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Dead Bang
Theatrical release poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Release Date 1989
Language English
Studio Lorimar
Distributor Warner Brothers
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jerry Beck Don Johnson
Bobby Burns Frank Military
Chief Dixon Tim Reid
Arthur Kressler William Forsythe
John Burns Tate Donovan
Chief Hillard Brad Sullivan
Sleepy Mickey Jones
Sergeant Kimble Mic Rodgers
Linda Kimble Penelope Ann Miller

Dead Bang is a 1989 thriller starring Don Johnson as Jerry Beck, a homicide detective with the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department who while investigating the murder of a fellow deputy uncovers a conspiracy involving white supremacists. The film was directed by John Frankenheimer and was inspired by an actual case.

The following weapons were used in the film Dead Bang:



Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is the preferred weapon of multiple characters in the film.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9mm
The Browning HP is loaded and chambered at the film's beginning.
The killer at the beginning holds his Browning Hi-Power on the convenience store clerk.
The shooting as seen in the security mirror. Trivia: An example of using camera angles to safely "shoot" an actor at close range. The image is distorted by the convex mirror, but the actor playing the killer is aiming away from the victim (who is 'squibbed' with blood hits). He is 'shooting' his blanks towards the far end of the counter.
The killer pulls the Browning HP 9mm on Los Angeles County Sheriff Deputy Sgt. Kimble (Mic Rodgers).
A closeup of Bobby's Browning Hi-Power during a robbery of patrons at a Texas bar.
Bobby Burns (Frank Military) fires his Browning HP during a shootout in Oklahoma City. This changes later to Beretta in a continuity error.
John Burns (Tate Donovan) holds yet another Browning Hi-Power.

Beretta 92FS

In what appears to be a continuity error, Bobby switches to a Beretta 92FS during a gun fight in the street instead of the Browning Hi-Power he was using earlier.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm.
Bobby Burns (Frank Military) fights in the street with his Beretta 92FS.
Bobby Burns (Frank Military) holds a Beretta 92FS instead of the Browning he was using earlier.


Colt Python with 6" Barrel

LA Sheriff's Department Homicide investigator Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) carries a Colt Python with 6" Barrel with Pachmayr rubber grips as his sidearm.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel and Rubber grips as seen in the film - .357 magnum
Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) fires back at the abandoned house with his Colt Python.
Beck uses a speedloader to put 6 more rounds into his Python.
Beck's Python is seen in his holster on the floor of the automobile.
Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) with his Colt Python during the shootout in the bunker.

Smith & Wesson Model 13

FBI Special Agent Arthur Kressler (William Forsythe) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 13 with a 3" Barrel. The particular S&W was the standard issue for F.B.I. agents in the late eighties.

Smith & Wesson Model 13, 3" barrel - .357 Magnum
Kressler picks up his S&W Model 13 with 3" Barrel.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

The female OKCPD officer (Trudy Forbes) draws a Smith & Wesson Model 15 on Beck after the gunfight in the street.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 .38 Special
The female OKCPD officer (Trudy Forbes) draws a S&W Model 15 against Beck as he tries to pull out his badge.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

The Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver is the sidearm carried by Chief Hillard (Brad Sullivan) and the rest of his deputies.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
Chief Hillard (Brad Sullivan) ducks down behind Beck. Hillard carries his trusty Smith & Wesson Model 10 .

Smith & Wesson Model 28

What appears to be the Smith & Wesson Model 28 revolver is carried by LAPD officers who confront Beck and a suspect after a chase.

S&W Model 28 Highway Patrolman with 4" bl.
LAPD officer walks past Beck in his car, with a S&W Model 28 (most likely since it was the 'economy version' of the Model 27) in the background.

Smith & Wesson Model 686

Chief Dixon (Tim Reid) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 686 revolver as his sidearm.

Smith & Wesson Model 686 - .357 magnum
Chief Dixon (Tim Reid) draws his S&W Model 686 during the raid on the compound.
Chief Dixon (Tim Reid) wields his S&W Model 686.
Dixon with his revolver as he kicks a door open.
Closeup of Dixon's revolver.

Submachine Guns

Cobray M11/9

Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) carries a Cobray M11/9 SMG at the conclusion of the film.

Cobray M11/9 9x19mm
Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) with his Cobray M11/9 during the raid.
Beck armed with his Cobray M11/9 during a search.
Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) carries the Cobray while checking out a pantry.
Beck holds the Cobray M11/9 as he searches the basement.


The MAC-10 is primarily used by Bobby Burns (Frank Military), but also by other members of his group during the film.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP

On the right, Bobby Burns (Frank Military) fires his MAC-10.

Micro Uzi

The Micro Uzi is used by Sleepy (Mickey Jones) as well as other members of Burns' gang.

Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
On the left, the Micro Uzi is used by Sleepy (Mickey Jones).


A full-sized Uzi is only seen when FBI Agent Kressler carries it during the assault on the cave complex.

IMI Uzi 9x19mm
FBI Agent Kressler (far left) carries a full sized Uzi Submachine Gun during the assault in the caves - 9x19mm


Colt Model 653

Several of Chief Dixon's deputies carry 14" barreled AR15 carbines, most likely the Colt Model 653. The carbine is also held by Chief Dixon (Tim Reid).

Colt Model 653 Carbine - 5.56x45mm
A deputy carries an AR15 carbine, most likely the Colt 653.
Chief Dixon (Tim Reid) holds the carbine.


An M16A1 rifle is briefly used by Burns' gang.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
One of Burns' gang is armed with the M16A1.


Guards at the Aryan compound all carry full stock AK47 rifles. They don't have the Chinese AK hoods so they are likely true AK47s or accurate clones.

Poly Technologies AK-47 - 7.62x39mm. This is the commercial clone of the original Type III AK-47 and is the most used in American films and shows when showing the milled receiver AK-47
Silhouetted guard in the tower holds a milled receiver AK47 rifle - 7.62x39mm

Norinco Type 56-1

Sleepy (Mickey Jones) also uses a Norinco Type 56-1 Underfolder AK during the fight at the abandoned house.

Norinco Type 56-1 (under-folding stock variant) - 7.62x39mm
Sleepy (left) armed with the Type 56 Underfolder AK.

Steyr AUG

The Steyr AUG rifle is only seen on a table full of weapons at the press briefing.

Steyr AUG - 5.56x45mm
Steyr AUG seen at the left on a table of guns at the press conference.

Winchester Model 70

Bobby Burns (Frank Military) uses what appears to be a Winchester Model 70 rifle to scope Beck while at the compound. Similar rifles are used by Chief Dixon's deputies later during a raid.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Burns holds the rifle.
Closeup of Burns as he holds the scoped rifle.
Deputy with a scoped Model 70.
Deputy with a scoped Model 70.


Ithaca Model 37

An Ithaca 37 is seen mounted in the squad car driven by Chief Hillard (Brad Sullivan) and later used by Jerry Beck (Don Johnson) at the gunfight at the abandoned house.

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 gauge
Ithaca Model 37 Shotgun seen mounted in Chief Hillard's cruiser.
When later when the car has flipped over, the Ithaca Model 37 is used by Beck in the gunfight.
Beck uses the Ithaca Model 37 Shotgun.


Gun Racks

When he travels to Bogan, Oklahoma, Beck goes to the Sheriff's office, where Chief Elton Tremmel (William Traylor) has a variety of weapons hanging on the wall or in his gun cabinet (makes and models to be determined).

Tremmel's gun rack is seen on the wall. The rifle at the top is possibly an M1903 Springfield and it appears to be a Winchester 1885 High Wall rifle at the bottom.
Tremmel's glass gun cabinet to his left appears to have several shotguns and rifles mounted.

Browning M1919A4 (Flash Gun Mockup)

During an escape, Burns (Frank Military) fires what appears to be a Browning M1919A4 machine gun from the back of a station wagon. In reality, this is an acetylene-firing 'fake' M1919-style replica.

Real M1919A4
Burns opens fire with the machine gun, which in reality is a mockup M1919-type of gas gun firing bursts of flames from its acetylene gas device.



Seen in a brief role as a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Deputy who talks to Beck at the murder scene is a young Garwin Sanford, who later would be known for his role as Narim (from the Tollan people) in the series Stargate: SG1.

Garwin Sanford as the unnamed LASD officer (left) / Right Garwin Sanford as Narim from Stargate: SG1

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