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In the Line of Fire

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In the Line of Fire
Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Wolfgang Petersen
Release Date 1993
Language English
Studio Castle Rock Entertainment
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Frank Horrigan Clint Eastwood
Mitch Leary John Malkovich
Lilly Raines Rene Russo
Al D'Andrea Dylan McDermott
Secret Service Director Sam Campagna John Mahoney
Marty Mendoza Tobin Bell
Bill Watts Gary Cole
Professor Riger John Heard
Agent Chavez Joshua Malina
Matt Wilder Gregory Alan Williams

In the Line of Fire is a 1993 action thriller starring Clint Eastwood as Frank Horrigan, a veteran Secret Service agent who requests to be put back onto Presidential protection detail when a rogue government operative contacts him about wanting to assassinate the current US President. The rare Eastwood-starring film not directed by the actor himself, In the Line of Fire was directed by Wolfgang Petersen (Air Force One) and was made with the cooperation of the USSS (United States Secret Service).

The following weapons were used in the film In the Line of Fire:



Composite Pistol

Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) builds a custom dual-barrel Composite Pistol made of plastic-like composite material as an assassination weapon to kill the President of the United States. While it is questionable how well the composite material would withstand the high pressure gases from firing, it is used several times in the film without ever breaking. When at the hotel where the President is staying, Leary assembles the weapon under the party table (after having practiced assembling it with his eyes closed several times), after having previously hidden the ammunition in a rabbit's foot keychain, and the springs in a pen. The weapon appears to use .38 Short Colt ammunition, or possibly a variation of .38 S&W with unbelted cartridge cases. One of the prop weapons was deliberately cut into three pieces in order to render it inoperable. Another version of the pistol also appeared in the film No Way Back (1995).

Prop double of actual pistol used in the film. This gun was used during scenes in which the gun was assembled and loaded, but not fired.
Actual firing pistol used in the film. Due to legal controversy, the prop has since been cut into three pieces to render it inoperable.
Mitch Leary tightens the rear screw on the Composite Pistol to hold it together.
Mitch pulls the bolts back and pulls both trigger simultaneously.
Mitch test fires his pistol by a lake and manages to destroy a toy boat with it. Pretty accurate for a gun that likely is smooth bore and has no sights...
One of the hunters tries out the pistol and uses it to kill a duck.
Leary reloads the pistol.
Leary hides two cartridges in a rabbit's foot keychain.
Leary loads the pistol under a table during the President's speech in the hotel.

SIG-Sauer P228

The SIG-Sauer P228 pistol is the sidearm carried by the Agents of the United States Secret Service in the film including Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood), Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott), and Lilly Raines (Rene Russo). At the time of the film's production, this was the actual sidearm carried by agents of the agency (before the switch to the P229) - In the Line of Fire is thought to be the first film to accurately feature the Secret Service carrying the P228.

World IMFDB Exclusive: Screen-used live firing SIG-Sauer P228. This weapon is verified as screen used from the film In the Line of Fire, and was carried and fired by Clint Eastwood in the film. IMFDB thanks The Golden Closet for providing this photo; also see their sales page for the weapon, here.
The SIG-Sauer P228 from In the Line of Fire (seen from the right).
USSS Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) with his SIG-Sauer P228 drawn when entering the apartment of Mitch Leary (John Malkovich).
Agent Al D'Andrea with his SIG-Sauer P228 drawn in Mitch Leary's apartment.
Horrigan's SIG is put to the head of D'Andrea.
Horrigan picks up his SIG P228.
Horrigan takes his SIG P228 out of a drawer before answering the door.
D'Andrea nervously aims his SIG P228 at Leary (John Malkovich). Note the blank firing adapter clearly visible in this closeup. It should also be noted that by holding the pistol so close to the face, the blowback would probably have caused great injury (possibly even blindness!).
When Leary offers to pull Horrigan up and save him from falling he draws his SIG P228 and holds it on him. Leary knows he won't fire since he would drop him, so he taunts him by wrapping his mouth around the muzzle. This was John Malkovich's improvisation, as it makes him look more psychotic.
Agent Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) draws down on Leary.
Horrigan chambers his SIG P228 on his way to the hotel. The gun is actually empty, since when he pulls the slide back, it locks, and then he releases it.
Agent Lilly Raines (Rene Russo) with her SIG-Sauer P228 drawn.
Leary uses the SIG P228 to threaten Horrigan.
Horrigan's SIG P228 on the floor of the elevator.

Glock 19

Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) uses a second generation Glock 19 while being pursued by Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) on the rooftops. This is the only time he is seen with it.

Glock 19 2nd generation - 9x19mm
Armed with the Glock 19, Leary peeks over the ledge at Horrigan as he hangs on for dear life.
Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) fires at D'Andrea with his Glock 19.

Llama III-A

At the film's beginning, Mendoza (Tobin Bell) hands Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) a nickel-plated Llama III-A to take out Al D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) after he discovers he is a Secret Service agent. Frank hefts the gun as he approaches and is seen putting it to the head of D'Andrea.

Llama III-A - .380 ACP.
Mendoza hands Horrigan a Llama III-A.
Mendoza tells Horrigan to kill D'Andrea.
The Llama III-A is put to the head of D'Andrea.
Mendoza (Tobin Bell) tries to shoot Horrigan with the Llama.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

USSS Agent Frank Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 19 during his meeting with Mendoza (Tobin Bell). Later on, a CIA operative (Carl Ciarfalio) holds a Model 19 on Horrigan. In the film, Horrigan is seen as being in the Secret Service all the way back to the JFK administration, and it is possible that this was his sidearm before he switched to the SIG-Sauer P228, because of the nationwide Law Enforcement switch to automatics in the early 1990's. The revolver also is seen in the hands of D'Andrea.

Screen Used Smith & Wesson Model 19 - .357 Magnum. This is the hero gun held and used by Clint Eastwood in the film
Frank Horrigan readies his Smith & Wesson Model 19 before his meeting with Mendoza.
Horrigan draws down on Mendoza with his Model 19 before identifying himself.
A CIA agent (Carl Ciarfalio) holds a Smith & Wesson Model 19 on Horrigan.
The revolver also is seen in the hands of D'Andrea.

Smith & Wesson 5904

Walter Wickland (Alan Toy) shows Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) and D'Andrea (Dylan McDermott) his personal protection, a Smith & Wesson 5904, which he claims he keeps in case Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) ever returns. At the film's beginning, one of Mendoza's men is armed what appears to be a Smith & Wesson 5904.

Smith & Wesson 5904 - 9mm.
Walter Wickland (Alan Toy) pulls out his Smith & Wesson 5904.
"This is in case he ever comes back." Wickland tells them about Leary.
Horrigan shoots one of Mendoza's men, armed with appears to be a Smith & Wesson 5904 (judging by the rear sight).

Colt Mark IV Series 70

The second thug shot by Horrigan appears to carry a Colt Mark IV Series 70 (judging by the grips) in a shoulder holster.

Colt MKIV Series 70 M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The second thug has what appears to be a Colt Mark IV Series 70 in his holster, judging by the grip.

Beretta 92FS

LAPD officers are seen with Beretta 92FS pistols when the President of the United States is rushed out of a Los Angeles hotel.

Beretta 92FS - 9mm.
On the left, LAPD officers with Berettas drawn as the Secret Service agents evacuate the President to the kitchen emergency exit.

Submachine Gun


When the Washington DC Metropolitan Police attempt conduct a raid on the possible home of Mitch Leary (John Malkovich), the MPDC ERT officers are armed with IMI Uzi submachine guns with stocks extended. Uzis are also seen used by the Secret Service agents when they rush the President out of the hotel after the assassination attempt. At the time, the Uzi was the preferred submachine gun carried by the President's Secret Service detail (one was notably drawn out during the actual attempt on President Reagan's life in 1981).

IMI Uzi - 9mm.
MPDC ERT officers armed with IMI Uzis enter a house where they believe Leary is at.
On the right, an Uzi is also seen used by the Secret Service agents when they rush the President out of the hotel.
A Secret Service Agent with an IMI Uzi watches Leary hold Horrigan hostage.


Winchester Model 70

Winchester Model 70 rifles are used by Secret Service Counter-Snipers at the hotel.

Winchester Model 70 - .30-06.
A Secret Service Counter-Sniper fires a Winchester Model 70 at Leary in the elevator.
A Secret Service Counter-Sniper fires a Winchester Model 70 at Leary in the elevator after Horrigan orders the snipers to aim high.

Steyr SSG 69

One of the Secret Service Counter-Snipers uses a Steyr SSG 69 rifle with a five round magazine and double set triggers.

Steyr SSG 69 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
Close up on the Steyr SSG 69 rifle's double set triggers and magazine.
The Counter-Sniper fires on Leary.

Colt Sako Model L-579 Rifle

Colt-Sako Rifles are used by the two hunters that walk up to Mitch Leary (John Malkovich) after they hear him fire his Composite Pistol.

Colt Sako Model L-579 Rifle - .308
Two hunters run through the woods to find Leary, both armed with Colt Sako Model L-579s.
The hunters carrying their rifles talk with Leary.


Gun Rack

When Horrigan (Clint Eastwood) is taking a nap on a break, a rack full of guns is seen behind him. These are likely a mixture of M16A1 rifles and Colt Commando rifles.

A gun rack is seen behind Horrigan. On the right, there appear to be M16A1 rifles and on the left appear to be Colt Commando's. The USSS also carried the IMI Uzi in 1993, at the time of the film's production.

Gun Photos

In the film, there are several photographs and drawings featuring rifles and pistols.

Horrigan finds some of Leary's photos and schematics. On the right there appears to be a drawing of a Glock 19 (foreshadowing!) and above that appears to be a drawing of a disassembled Hi-Point C9. The one on the left has so far not been identified, it could be one of Leary's own designs.
In the lower left, the infamous photo of Lee Harvey Oswald holding the Carcano rifle.
In a crime scene photo, Leary's former partner with what appears to be a Beretta 92FS in his holster.

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