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The Departed (2006)

The Departed is a 2006 crime film directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson. The film is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime film Infernal Affairs and went on to receive 5 Academy Award nominations and would receive 4, including the Awards for Best Picture and Best Director (the first for director Scorsese).

The following weapons were used in the film The Departed:




SIG-Sauer P226

The SIG-Sauer P226 is the weapon carried by all of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP) officers in the movie, including Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), Detective Brown (Anthony Anderson), Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) and numerous other characters.

Note: In real life, the P226 has been standard-issue for the MSP members since 1987. However, during the scene where Collin is sitting in a class on ballistics while at the academy, the instructor mentions that the department's service pistols are chambered for 9mm hollow-point rounds. This is a slight inaccuracy; the MSP have been using the .40 S&W version of the P226 since the mid-1990s (and more recently switched to the double-action-only DAK model, whereas the guns in the movie are SA/DA models).

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Massachusetts State Police cadets firing their SIG-Sauer P226 pistols during training at the academy. The longer barrel and squared-trigger guard denotes the pistol as a P226.
An Internal Investigations detective firing at Costello's men with his SIG-Sauer.
On the right, MSP Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) with a SIG holstered.
Sideview of Dignam's holstered SIG.
Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) with his SIG-Sauer P226 after the raid.
Detective Brown (Anthony Anderson) with his own SIG-Sauer.

SIG-Sauer P228

In some scenes, the SIG-Sauer P228 is seen carried by Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). While the above screencaps all show what appear to be P226 pistols rather than P228's, it is possible P228s were also used as standby guns.

Note: A stated-as-verified screen-used SIG-Sauer P228 used by Matt Damon is currently on display at the National Firearms Museum located at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, VA.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm

Astra A-100

Although the SIG-Sauer P226 is standard-issue for the Massachusetts State Police (both in the movie and in real life), a close-up of Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) firing his weapon at the academy reveals an Astra A-100. This pistol looks similar to the SIG-Sauer pistols, but it is a very different weapon. When Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is shown training on firearms at the academy, he also seems to be using this same pistol (probably the same prop gun).

Astra A-100 (.40 S&W version shown here)
Closeup of Collin Sullivan (Matt Damon) firing an Astra A-100 at the academy.

Beretta 84 "Cheetah"

Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) carries a Beretta 84 "Cheetah" (the early model) as his sidearm throughout the movie. It is seen most notably when he confronts Billy about the possibility that he might be an informant.

Beretta 84 (earlier version with round trigger guard) - .380 ACP (9x17mm)
Costello (Jack Nicholson) attempts to frighten Billy with his Beretta 84 Cheetah.
A close-up of Costello's Beretta.

Walther PPK

Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) carries as his pistol throughout the movie a flat nickel Walther PPK. This weapon is later used by trooper Barrigan (James Badge Dale) and then eventually by Collin (Matt Damon).

Walther PPK - 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) confronts a junkie with his Walther PPK.
Billy loads a magazine into his Walther PPK. Note the magazine he loads contains the extended curve (meant to provide a more full grip on the pistol).
Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) points his PPK.

Beretta 92FS

A suppressed Beretta 92FS is seen used by MSPD Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg).

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) fires a suppressed Beretta 92FS.


Colt Python

Mr. French (Ray Winstone) carries a snub-nose version of the Colt Python throughout the film. It is seen most notably during the warehouse scene, when he cocks the weapon while it's concealed behind his back.

Colt Python Stainless Steel variant with 2.5 inch barrel and rubber grips - .357 Magnum
Mr. French (Ray Winstone) cocks his Colt Python during the money exchange in the warehouse.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

In the film's beginning, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose during an execution by the airport.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose (right side) - .357 Magnum

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Fitzy (David O'Hara) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Fitzy (David O'Hara) fires his revolver at the Internal Investigations detectives.


Franchi SPAS-12

A Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun with a fixed buttstock is used by one of Costello's men during the shootout near the end of the film.

Franchi SPAS-12 with fixed stock and extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
One of Costello's thugs firing a fixed-stock version of the SPAS-12.

Mossberg 500 "Cruiser"

A Mossberg 500 Cruiser is used by Delahunt (Mark Rolston) during a shootout with Internal Investigations officers. Another Mossberg 500 Cruiser is also seen when Costello's men clear out of a room after being tipped off about a police raid.

Mossberg 500 "Cruiser" - 12 Gauge
Delahunt (Mark Rolston) is hit while holding his Mossberg 500 "Cruiser".

Ithaca 37

One of the Massachusetts State Police officers is seen firing an Ithaca 37 shotgun at Costello's men during the final gunfight. It is equipped with an extended magazine tube. Costello's thugs also point Ithaca 37s at the backs of the machine-gun armed Chinese thugs.

Ithaca 37 with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
An officer fires his Ithaca 37 in the foreground while another fires his P226 in the background.
A close-up of the same officer firing his Ithaca Model 37.
Ithaca Model 37 Deer Slayer Police Special - 12 Gauge
Costello thugs aim Ithacas at the Chinese buyers during the meeting. The one on the left has an extended-tube Ithaca 37, while the one on the right has a standard Ithaca. Both appear to be fitted with rifle sights.

Rifles / Carbines

Olympic Arms K23B

Olympic Arms K23Bs, Canadian-made ultra-compact Colt Carbine variants with 6.5-inch barrels, are used by several Boston Police Special Operations Unit officers when they take down Costello at the end of the film.

An Olympic Arms K23B similar to those seen in The Departed - 5.56x45mm. The ones in the movie have A1E1-style upper receivers (forward assist and case deflector with A1 sights), whereas this gun has an A2 upper receiver and the newer-style collapsible stock, but the barrel and forearm are identical.
Boston Special Ops officers ambush Costello's men with ultra-compact Olympic Arms K23Bs.
Close-up of an officer firing his K23B. The brass deflector is just visible in this shot, as is the forward assist and A1 rear-sight, indicating an A1E1 upper (as found on most Canadian AR variants).


An AKMS-type assault rifle is carried by one of the Chinese thugs in the warehouse (it looks like it might be a Chinese Norinco Type 56-1, but it's hard to tell because the weapon is never seen clearly).

Norinco Type 56-1 (Chinese AKMS) - 7.62x39mm
The Chinese mobsters prepare to exchange the money for the microprocessors with Costello's crew (the one in the center has an AKMS).

M16A1 / M16A2

M16A1 and M16A2 rifles are used by the police officers who perform the 3-volley salute at a funeral (all of them have A2 hand guards, but the receivers of some rifles are clearly A1 style).

M16A1 with A2 handguards - 5.56x45mm
M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
Massachusetts State Police officers firing M16 rifles at a funeral. Although all of these rifles have M16A2 hand guards, only the rifle on the far right has an A2 receiver; the others have A1-style receivers.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

During the warehouse scene, one of the Chinese thugs carries a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 fitted with a Surefire dedicated fore-end (but with no flashlight in the grip).

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
A Chinese gangster carrying a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with a Surefire grip (for some reason, there is no flashlight or any other attachment mounted in the grip).

Cobray M11/9

Two of the Chinese thugs are seen carrying Cobray M11/9 machine pistols during the money exchange in the warehouse.

Cobray M11/9 - 9x19mm
Two of the Chinese thugs flash their Cobray M11/9s at Costello's men.


Two of Costello's men fires at the Massachusetts State Police with a MAC-10 at the end of the film, despite Costello's earlier statement that his men don't carry machine guns.

MAC-10 - 9x19mm
A Costello thug firing a MAC-10 in his last moments.

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