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Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Kurt Wimmer
Release Date 2002
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Preston Christian Bale
Andrew Brandt Taye Diggs
Seamus Dominic Purcell
Errol Partridge Sean Bean
DuPont Angus Macfadyen

Equilibrium is a 2002 action movie directed by Kurt Wimmer. The movie is set in a dystopian future where the all-powerful government has banned the "source of all man's inhumanity to man," the ability to feel emotion, and regulates this using the powerful drug Prozium (as a point of trivia, it was originally the real-life anxiety medication Librium, hence the film's title, but the manufacturer understandably objected). John Preston (Christian Bale) is the most experienced member of the government's premiere law enforcement group, the Tetragrammaton Clerics (named for the four-letter Hebrew name of the Judeo-Christian God, YHWH), who use a series of firearm-based martial arts drills known as the Gun Katas to deal with "sense offenders." However, when his latest target turns out to be another Cleric, Errol Partridge (Sean Bean), Preston finds himself starting to question his values.

The following weapons were used in the film Equilibrium:


Beretta 92FS (modified)

Heavily modified Beretta 92FS pistols are used by John Preston (Christian Bale), Andrew Brandt (Taye Diggs), DuPont (Angus Macfadyen), Errol Partridge (Sean Bean), and the rest of the Grammaton Clerics throughout the film. The versions used in the movie were converted to automatic with a drop-in auto sear (DIAS) and given longer barrels and modified slides. The non-firing versions also had a selector switch on the side (which does not appear on the firing or "practical" weapons). The weapons are definitely the 92FS and NOT, contrary to popular belief, the Beretta 93R. The 93R is based on the older model 92-series pistols and still has the frame-mounted safety (whereas the weapons in this movie clearly have the slide-mounted safety) and a folding grip attached to the trigger guard (missing from the weapons in the movie). Although the 92FS is not normally a fully-automatic firearm, conversions are possible with DIAS units and have been done for many Hollywood movies (including Judge Dredd and Underworld).

A PhotoShop recreation of the Grammaton Cleric sidearms (heavily modified Beretta 92FS) used in the film (The ones in the film did not have the Beretta logo).
Screen-used rubber stunt gun. Note that this weapon lacks the selector switch of the detailed Hero gun.
Glowing 92FS's after the lights out scene.
View down the barrel.
"If your weapon's low, use mine."
An M16 style selector switch is installed on the disassembly lever.
Blood on the pistol.
Deployable studs built into the magazine for pistol whipping.
Weapon's trace.
Brandt's sidearm drops to the floor.
The bottom of the magazine is customized with the user's name.
Preston draws his 92's hidden in his sleeves
Weighted magazines thrown for later use.
Preston firing his Berettas in the Hall of Mirrors.
Preston reloading in the Hall of Mirrors (Note: This is actually a different pistol then what is normally used--see the trigger guards.
The muzzle flash is shaped like the symbol for Libria. The director Kurt Wimmer said in the DVD commentary it was a wasted effect that not many people noticed. This is clearly a director trademark also seen in Ultraviolet particularly noticeable in the "Library Scene" as purple bio-hazard symbols.

Glock 17

Most Armored Sweepers and police in the movie use Glock 17 pistols as their sidearms. Mary O'Brien (Emily Watson) manages to grab one of these pistols from a Sweeper and tries to kill Preston with it before the Sweeper regains control of his weapon.

Glock 17 (2nd Gen) - 9x19mm
Resistance fighter is armed with 2 Glock 17s as he is is gunned down by Preston.
Mary O'Brien (Emily Watson) holding a Glock 17.
The Armored Sweeper entering the gate has a Glock 17 in his chest holster.

SIG-Sauer P228

A SIG P228 can be seen very briefly in the hands of a resistance fighter killed by Preston.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm
Resistance fighter to the left is armed with a SIG P228 that he drops as he is is gunned down by Preston.

Walther P99

The Walther P99 is seen on a couple of armored sweeper's vests.

Walther P99 - 9x19mm
Walther P99 in the Sweeper's vest holster, on a side note ... Ouch!!!

Smith & Wesson Model 10

A Resistance fighter attempts to shoot Preston in the back of the head with a snubnose, bobbed hammer (double action only) Smith & Wesson Model 10.

A snubnose revolver pressed to Preston's head.
A snubnose revolver pressed to Preston's head.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Heckler & Koch MP5A3s are used by some of the sweepers in the movie.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
H&K MP5A3 being used by a Sweeper.
Preston being checked over by a sentry armed with a H&K MP5A3 with a 15 round magazine.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3s being used by Sweepers.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 slung across a sweeper captain.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 slung alongside a police officer.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

A Heckler & Koch MP5K is used by a Sweeper on a motorcycle in one scene and a resistance fighter in the lights out scene.

Heckler & Koch MP5KA4 with 30-round magazine - 9x19mm.
Heckler & Koch MP5K being fired by a Sweeper in a warehouse.
MP5K 9x19mm with the PDW-style folding stock attached, commonly used in films to emulate the PDW. A real MP5K-PDW, is distinctive in having the longer barrel and the newer trigger group.
A Heckler & Koch MP5K being fired by resistance fighter.

IMI Micro Uzi

The IMI Micro Uzi is used by some resistance members.

Micro Uzi SMG with stock folded - 9x19mm
Resistance members using an IMI Micro Uzi and a Skorpion Vz.61.
A Resistance member using an IMI Micro Uzi.

IMI Mini Uzi

The IMI Mini Uzi is used by some resistance members.

Mini Uzi SMG with stock folded - 9x19mm
Mini Uzi in the hands of the dying man to the left.
Mini Uzi on the floor.

Sa vz. 61 Skorpion

The Sa vz. 61 Skorpion is used by some of the resistance members.

Sa vz. 61 Skorpion - .32 ACP
A Resistance member using a Skorpion vz. 61.
Resistance with a Skorpion.
A Resistance member dies Skorpion in hand.

Walther MPK

The Walther MPK submachine gun is used by many Sweepers in the film.

Walther MPK with stock extended - 9x19mm
A Sweeper with a Walther MPK.
A Sweeper shooting a resistance member.
A Sweeper shooting another resistance member.
Sweepers with MP5's and MPK's fight resistance members.
A Sweeper standing guard with a Walther MPK. Also note the Glock 17 visible on his chest holster.

Walther MPL

The Walther MPL submachine gun is used by many Sweepers in the film.

Walther MPL with stock extended - 9x19mm
A Sweepers with MPL's fight resistance members.
A Sweepers with MPL's fight resistance members.

FN P90

FN P90s are used by the Sweepers in white suits; these particular weapons are clearly rubber props, as evidenced by the fact that even the magazines (which are transparent on a real P90) are solid black. Kurt Wimmer mentions on the DVD commentary that originally, all of the Sweepers were supposed to use the P90, but the Belgian government did not supply the real live-fire P90s it had promised to the production, only rubber training versions. Most of the weapons used by the Sweepers are, therefore, guns that were loaned by the German government (including the H&K G36s, H&K MP5s, and Walther MPKs).

FN P90 - 5.7x28mm
White suit Sweepers with FN P90s Mary's home is raided.
White suit Sweeper with an FN P90.
White suit Sweeper with an FN P90.


The Uzi submachine gun can be seen being wielded by a resistance member in the ending when the resistance rise up and overrun the Librian Government buildings.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
IMI Uzi.

Beretta M12

The Beretta M12 can be seen at the end of the film when the resistance storms the Government.

Beretta PM12S - 9x19mm
Three resistance members to the right are armed with M12s.
The man to the right is armed with a Beretta M12.

Sten Mk II

The Sten Mk II can be seen at the end of the film along side the Beretta M12 storming the Government. This can be an understandable firearm for the resistance to have as it is relatively simple and was made by hand by resistance groups in WW II. Note that the men are holding the Sten by the magazine which would damage the feeding lip causing the gun to missfire and damage the magazine.

Sten Mk II Sub Machine gun - 9x19mm
Two men to the far right have Sten guns.

Steyr MPi 69/81

The Steyr MPi 69/81 can be seen briefly being fired by a resistance fighter in the end.

Steyr MPi81 - 9x19mm


Mossberg 500 Cruiser

A pistol-gripped Mossberg 500 with an AimPoint is used by the resistance leader Seamus (Dominic Purcell).

Mossberg 500 Cruiser - 12 Gauge
Seamus (Dominic Purcell) holding a Mossberg 500.
Seamus runs with his Mossberg 500
A good view of the trigger guard.
A Mossberg 500 being used by sweepers to breach a door.

Benelli M3

Several of the sweepers are armed with Benelli M3s fitted with forward pistol grips and entry lights.

Benelli M3 Super 90 Shorty - 12 Gauge
Benelli M3 (note this one has a full stock).
Benelli M3 doorbreacher.
Benelli M3 doorbreacher.
Benelli M3 doorbreacher.
Sweeper searching Preston's car with a shotgun fitted with a muzzle brake.
Sweeper searching Preston's car with a shotgun fitted with a muzzle brake.
Sweeper pointing a M3 at Preston.
Preston flips the shotgun out of the sweeper's hands.


Heckler & Koch G36

The Heckler & Koch G36 is used by many Sweepers throughout the movie, and by Brandt (Taye Diggs) during one of the raids. Preston (Christian Bale) also briefly uses a G36 to kill several guards at the end.

Heckler & Koch G36 - 5.56x45mm NATO
Brandt (Taye Diggs) taking cover with his G36.
Brandt (Taye Diggs) fires his G36.
Police with Heckler & Koch G36s.
Close up of the H&K G36's receiver.
G36 in the test room.
G36K in the test room. Clearly a mirrored shot.
Sweeper firing his weapon as he dies.
A Sweeper becomes another victim of the protagonist.
Preston firing the G36.

Heckler & Koch G36K

The shorter Heckler & Koch G36K is also used by some of the Sweepers.

Heckler & Koch G36K - 5.56x45mm NATO
A Sweeper with a Heckler & Koch G36K.
Sweeper firing a G36K.
Sweepers standing guard in Vice Council DuPont's office
A Sweeper with a G36K.

Walther WA 2000

The Walther WA 2000 is used by a heavily armored Sweeper during one of the raids. Although the weapon is a semi-automatic sniper rifle, it is wielded as though it were a shotgun; the scope and bipod have been removed, and the actor playing the Sweeper pretends to rack a non-existent pump action under the barrel (accompanied by the sound of a shotgun being cocked). The WA 2000 in this movie is also a replica of some sort. It doesn't carry any trademarks at all.

Walther WA 2000 - .300 Win Mag
Walther WA 2000 being wielded by a Sweeper.
Walther WA 2000 being wielded by a Sweeper.
Walther WA 2000 being used by a Sweeper.


The AKMS is used by several of the resistance members.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
An AKMS being carried by a resistance member.
An AKMS in a raid near the beginning of the film.
An AKMS being held by a resistance member.
Resistance member firing an AKMS.
A Resistance member with AKMS getting blasted.


An M16A2 is briefly seen in the hands of a Sweeper whom Preston (Christian Bale) attacks when his wife is arrested which he drops immediately before snatching an AR-70 from another sweeper, commonly attributed as a continuity error though it is simply seen as one since the maneuver is so fast. When Preston is in the Warehouse raid whipping a group of Sweepers - they use AR-70s, but in some shots, they all clearly have M16A2s instead.

Colt M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
Preston in a flashback disarming a M16A2 wielding sweeper.
A simulated resistance fighter armed with an M16A2
Preston fighting a circle of sweepers with M16A2s.

Beretta AR-70/223

Beretta AR-70/223s are used by many of the Sweepers throughout the film.

Beretta AR-70/223 - 5.56x45mm NATO
Sweepers holding Beretta AR-70/223s.
An armored Sweeper.
Panicking armored Sweeper.
A Sweeper is threatened with his own AR-70.
Sweeper on the left with the AR-70.

Ruger Mini-14

An armored sweeper who's guarding the dog pen is armed with what appears to be a Ruger Mini-14 with synthetic furniture.

Ruger Mini-14 - 5.56x45mm. The one in the film has synthetic furniture.
The armored Sweeper on the right.

Colt Commando

A CAR-15 type Rifle fitted with a scope is seen in the "lights out" scene in the hands of several dying resistance fighters.

Colt XM-177 - 5.56x45mm
Uzi left, CAR-15 right.

Heckler & Koch G3A4

The G3A4 is seen in the hands of the resistance and in their arsenal.

Heckler & Koch G3A4 - 7.62x51mm NATO
G3A4 can be seen tilted up along with some other firearms.
A G3A4 is seen in the hands of a resistance member to the right.
A G3A4 is seen to the left along with several other firearms.



A likely fictional set of machine guns mounted on top of Librian APCs, which bear an odd resemblance to the APC in Aliens.

Librian APC.


After all the resistance fighters in the first raid have been killed 2 flamethrower wielding sweepers come in to burn the Mona Lisa. These appear to be gas-throwing props designed to resemble the M2 Flamethrower.


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