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American Dragons

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American Dragons (1998)

American Dragons (also known as Double Edge) is a low-budget 1998 crime thriller starring Michael Biehn as Tony Luca, an NYPD detective who partners with a South Korean detective (Joong-Hoon Park) to solve a series of murders which threaten to bring the city's Italian Mafia and Japanese Yakuza to war with each other. Despite taking place in New York City, the movie was actually filmed primarily in Vancouver, British Columbia. The film also stars Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa and Don Stark (prior to his casting on That 70s Show), as well as multiple Canadian character actors (such as Byron Mann and Roger R. Cross) in supporting roles.

The following weapons were used in the film American Dragons:


Smith & Wesson Sigma SW9F

Detective Tony Luca (Michael Biehn) carries a Smith & Wesson Sigma SW9F as his sidearm throughout the movie, even though the NYPD neither issues nor authorizes this pistol in real life. Rocco (Don Stark) briefly handles Luca's Sigma and tries to shoot a cop with it during their first meeting.

Smith & Wesson Sigma 9F - 9mm
Rocco holds Det. Luca's S&W Sigma SW9F to his head when they first meet, after telling Luca that he doesn't trust him.
Luca prepares to knock his Sigma out of Rocco's hand.
Luca holds his Sigma on Rocco while Rocco is holding a woman hostage.
Luca holds his Sigma on Yakuza boss Matsuyama.

Smith & Wesson 5904

Due to a continuity error, Luca's Smith & Wesson Sigma SW9F magically transforms into a Smith & Wesson 5904 when he knocks the gun out of Rocco's hand to prevent him from shooting a police officer.

Late Model Smith & Wesson 5904 - 9mm. The early model 5904 pistols had the finger step trigger guard, but S&W changed it to the rounded trigger guard for 'ease of production'.
Luca prepares to knock his service pistol - which has transformed from a S&W Sigma SW9F to a S&W 5904 - out of Rocco's hand when Rocco tries to shoot a cop who has walked in on their meeting.

Beretta 92FS

Many of the Italian Mafiosos, including Rocco (Don Stark), carry the Beretta 92FS as their sidearms, which is fitting for them since the Beretta is an Italian-made weapon. In the opening scene, two mafia thugs carry 92FS pistols fitted with suppressors, one of which is briefly used by Detective Luca to wound a thug.

Beretta 92FS 9mm
An Italian gangster holds his Beretta 92FS with suppressor on Luca.
A close-up of the suppressed 92FS.
Luca aims a 92FS after taking it from one of the thugs.
He fires the 92FS.
Rocco with his own 92FS (unsuppressed).

Desert Eagle Mark I

During the shooting at the bowling alley, Rocco (Don Stark) carries an IMI Desert Eagle Mark I in .357 Magnum as one of his weapons, which is used akimbo with an SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper. When he loads the gun, there is a very nice close-up of the slide in which it is possible to read ".357 Magnum" (the caliber can also be discerned from looking closely at the bore aperture).

IMI Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum
Rocco grabs his Desert Eagle Mark I from the trunk of his car.
A very nice close-up of the Desert Eagle as he loads in a magazine.
Rocco fires his Desert Eagle.
Note how he inappropriately limp-wrists the gun.
Another view of Rocco with his Desert Eagle

Taurus PT92 (?)

At the Italian mafia hideout, the Don Pazzo (James Crescenzo) can be seen holding a stainless pistol which seems to be a Taurus PT92, though this is mostly a guess because the pistol is only seen from a distance, with his hand partially over it. It does seem to have a Beretta/Taurus-style barrel.

Taurus PT92AFS (Stainless) with Slimline Black Factory Grips - 9x19mm
Pazzo is holding what seems to be a stainless Taurus PT92 AFS, circled in red.

Glock 17

Most of the NYPD officers carry Glock 17 pistols, which are only ever seen (barely) in their hip holsters.

Glock 17 9mm
The crouching NYPD officer has a Glock 17 in his holster.

Unknown compact pistol (Walther PPK/S?)

Detective Kim (Joong-Hoon Park) can be seen using a stainless pistol which appears to be a Walther PPK/S when he and Luca capture Matsuyama, but it is hard to tell because the weapon is never seen clearly.

Walther PPK/S .380.
Detective Kim using what appears to be a stainless Walther PPK/S.


Smith & Wesson Model 686

A Smith & Wesson Model 686 is used by one of the Italians during the bowling alley shooting. Later on, this same gun is used by Detective Luca when he and Kim visit the temple where Rocco and the assassin have been hiding out (it seems rather odd that he trades his S&W Sigma SW9F for this weapon).

Smith & Wesson Model 686 - .357 magnum
A mafioso at the bowling alley brings his S&W 686 around to fire from behind a bowling ball dispenser.
The mafioso takes cover behind the dispenser.
Luca takes cover while holding a S&W 686.
Luca crawling on the floor with his S&W 686 in hand.

Rossi Model 971

Detective Kim carries a Rossi Model 971 during the final gun battle at the end of the film.

Rossi M971 with 2.5" Barrel - .357 Magnum.
Kim brandishing his Rossi Model 971.
A close-up of the Rossi Model 971 as Kim fires it.

Smith & Wesson Model 629

Rocco (Don Stark) uses a pair of Smith & Wesson Model 629 .44 Magnum revolvers (both with 4" barrels) during the final shootout of the movie.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 with 4" barrel - .44 Magnum.
Rocco firing his two S&W Model 629s in the climax.
Another view of Rocco firing one of his S&W 629s.
A view of a 629 being fired from behind cover.

Ruger Speed Six (?)

During the film's climax, Detective Luca draws another compact revolver from an ankle holster, which he seems to carry as a backup piece. It appears to be a Ruger Speed Six, though this is not certain.

Ruger Speed Six with stainless steel finish .357 Magnum, .38 Special, .38 S&W, 9x19mm
Det. Luca holds his revolver (Ruger Speed Six?) on Rocco.
Luca fires his compact revolver.


SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper

Rocco's other gun during the bowling alley hit is an SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper cylinder shotgun, which he uses akimbo with his Desert Eagle.

SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper with short barrel and top folding stock - 12 gauge. Visible is the Cobray logo on the side, no visible drum advance lever like on the Striker and the recognizable 'key' in the front of the drum for winding up the rotary cylinder.
Rocco's SWD/Cobray Street Sweeper shotgun is hidden in a spare tire in the trunk of his car, along with his Desert Eagle and another unidentified pistol.
An extreme close-up of the Street Sweeper's receiver, showing the Cobray logo near the pistol grip.
Rocco aims with his Street Sweeper at a mobster in the bowling alley.
Rocco firing his Street Sweeper and Desert Eagle akimbo.
Another view of Rocco advancing with his Street Sweeper.

Unknown double-barrel shotgun

A double-barrel shotgun of unknown make and model is pulled by a cashier at the bowling alley when Rocco carries out a hit.

The cashier prepares to fire his double-barrel shotgun.

Mossberg M500 Bullpup

A Mossberg 500 Bullpup is carried by one of the Yakuza gangsters in the scene where Matsuyama is captured.

Mossberg M500 Bullpup 12-gauge
The heavyset gunman has a Mossberg 500 Bullpup.

Franchi SPAS-12

A Franchi SPAS-12 is visible lying on a pool table at the Italian mafia's hideout. This is another fitting weapon for them; it's an Italian-made gun.

Franchi SPAS-12 - 12 gauge
A Franchi SPAS-12 is visible on the pool table, circled in red.

Submachine Guns

Micro Uzi

The other of the two drive-by shooters uses a pair of Micro Uzi machine pistols. Another Micro Uzi is visible in the Italian Mafia's club when they're arming up to take on the Yakuzas.

Micro Uzi (with folding stock) 9mm
An image of a Micro Uzi's muzzle.
A close-up of the two Micro Uzis in the drive-by shooter's hands.
The two Micro Uzis close-up, illuminated by the muzzle flash of the other shooter's K3 in the background.
A Micro Uzi (circled in red) sits on a checkers table in the mafia's hideout.

Ruger MP9

When Luca and Kim capture Matsuyama (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) at a meeting in which his men are all fully armed, one of the Yakuza thugs is armed with a Ruger MP9.

Ruger MP9 with Stock folded - 9mm
Two Yakuza gunmen; the one on the right has a Ruger MP9, while the other has a nickel Cobray M11/9.

Cobray M11/9

One of the Yakuza gangsters carries a Cobray M11/9 which appears to have been nickel-plated.

Cobray M11/9 - 9mm.
Two Yakuza gunmen; the one on the right has a Ruger MP9, while the other has a nickel Cobray M11/9.

Kimel AP-9

A two-tone Kimel AP-9 (with a stainless upper receiver/barrel shroud) can be seen in the hands of one of the Yakuza gunmen during the scene in which Matsuyama gets captured.

AA Arms/Kimel Industries AP-9 Pistol - 9mm
Yakuza thugs holding their weapons on Det. Luca - the one circled has a two-tone Kimel AP-9.


One of the Yakuzas in the opening scene carries a suppressed MAC-10 machine pistol that he uses to shoot at the sword-wielding assassin rather unsuccessfully. Another MAC-10 (without a suppressor) is carried by a Yakuza in the scene where Matsuyama is captured.

MAC-10 - .45 ACP
A Yakuza bodyguard with a suppressed MAC-10.
More Yakuza gunmen; the one in the center has a MAC-10.

Steyr SPP

A Steyr SPP is also visible in the Italian mob's hideout, with many extra magazines nearby.

Steyr SPP 9mm
A Steyr SPP is circled in red.

Assault Rifles

LaFrance Specialties M16K

When Luca and Kim go to the Italian mafia's hideout and find them arming up to go to war with the Yakuzas, a LaFrance Specialties M16K can be seen on a pool table, with a number of 30-round magazines nearby.

LaFrance Specialties M16K - 5.56x45mm.
A LaFrance M16K is visible on the pool table, circled in red.

Machine Guns

Daewoo K3 Paratrooper

A Daewoo K3 Paratrooper is used by one of the drive-by shooters during the attempted hit on Detective Luca and Detective Kim (Joong-Hoon Park).

Daewoo K3 Paratrooper - 5.56x45mm
A hitman fires a Daewoo K3 Paratrooper at Luca and Kim (hiding behind a car) during the drive-by.
Another view of the K3 being fired.

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