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The Matrix
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by The Wachowskis
Release Date 1999
Distributor Warner Bros. Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Neo Keanu Reeves
Morpheus Laurence Fishburne
Trinity Carrie-Anne Moss
Agent Smith Hugo Weaving
Switch Belinda McClory
Apoc Julian Arahanga
Mouse Matt Doran

The Matrix is the 1999 science fiction film starring Keanu Reeves as a lowly office worker and underground computer hacker known as "Neo", who discovers that his entire world is not what it seems. The groundbreaking movie was directed by The Wachowskis, who would continue the story in two sequels released in 2003: The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions and then in 2021 with The Matrix Resurrections.

The following weapons were used in the film The Matrix:



Glock 17

In the opening scene, the police officers who conduct the raid on Trinity's (Carrie-Anne Moss) hideout use Glock 17 pistols as their sidearms. Due to a continuity error, Neo (Keanu Reeves) also switches from a Zastava CZ99 to a Glock 17 during the "deja vu" scene when Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) grabs him through the wall. Later in the film, the soldiers whom Neo and Trinity confront during the lobby and rooftop shootouts at the Agent-controlled building also seem to carry Glock 17s in their hip holsters.

What is notable is that the Glock 17s used in The Matrix are 3rd Generation models, which were brand-new at the time the film was shot (1998). To the best of IMFDB's knowledge, The Matrix is the first film ever to feature the 3rd Generation Glock pistols, beating End of Days into theaters by eight months.

Glock 17 3rd Generation - 9x19mm
An officer holds his Glock 17 in the opening scene of the film. Though the image is dark, it is possible to see the accessory rail on the dust cover, identifying this Glock 17 as a 3rd Generation model.
An officer armed with a Glock 17 and flashlight executing a Harries technique (poorly).
Officers prepare to breach the room with their Glock 17s at the ready.
An officer points his Glock 17 at Trinity.
An officer fires his Glock 17 at Trinity as she runs along the wall.
Trinity forces one officer to kill his own comrade with his Glock.
During the "deja vu" scene, Neo holds a Glock 17, which replaces the CZ99 he was using previously. It is likely that this is a rubber Glock that was used for stunt work because the armorer was not able to bring a rubber CZ99 to the set for filming.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX

The Agents, including Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving), famously carry IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX pistols, chambered in .50 Action Express, as their sidearms throughout the movie. The Desert Eagle was specifically chosen by the Wachowskis as the Agents' sidearm-of-choice, against the advice of armorer John Bowring, who dismissed them as "wanker" pistols.

IMI Desert Eagle Mark XIX - .50 AE
On a billboard a Desert Eagle is seen, with a vent running through the barrel to allow steam to run out, like the gun is smoking.
A copy of Agent Smith points his Desert Eagle at Neo during Mouse's training program.
An Agent fires his Desert Eagle at Neo during the famous dodge scene on the roof.
Agent Smith fires his Desert Eagle at Morpheus through the wall.
Soaked by fire sprinklers, Agent Smith disables the Bell 212 helicopter by firing his weapon into the fuel tank at point-blank range.
Smith holds his empty Desert Eagle on Neo. Note that that when the screenshot is enlarged to full-size, it is possible to read, "Desert Eagle .50 AE, Israeli Military Industries" on the slide, confirming the caliber of the weapon.
An Agent fires his Desert Eagle at Neo.
Smith shoots Neo with his Desert Eagle about a dozen times, despite only holding 7 rounds in the magazine and one in the chamber; also, no Agent is ever seen reloading. However, given his status as a computer program in a virtual environment, one wonders why the Matrix hadn't programmed the gun with infinite ammo.
Here we see the Desert Eagle cycling through crimped blank cartridges.

Beretta 84FS Cheetah

Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) carries a pair of Beretta 84FS Cheetahs as her sidearms in the film. These were selected because Moss has small hands and full sized Beretta 92Fs would be gigantic in her hands. What is interesting to note is that besides the Micro Uzi used in the beginning of the lobby scene, this is the only gun that Trinity feels she needs to bring into a building guarded by three agents. Meanwhile, Neo packs about a dozen guns and a bomb.

Beretta 84FS Cheetah - .380 ACP
Trinity draws her Beretta 84FS Cheetahs at the start of the film.
Trinity holds her Beretta Cheetah on an Agent at point blank so he is unable to dodge the bullet, and says...
..."Dodge this."
Two Beretta 84FS pistols passed off as Beretta 92FS's are seen tucked in Neo's waist. Note the forward curve on the grips and the frame mounted safeties. The size difference between the 84FS and 92FS is not that visible when tucked into a belt like this.

Zastava CZ99

Apoc (Julian Arahanga) gives Neo (Keanu Reeves) his Zastava CZ99 pistol as they try to escape an Agent-led SWAT attack after visiting the Oracle. The weapon is a CZ99 and not, as has been written previously, a SIG-Sauer P228; some of the weapons rental invoice documents published on Propstore.com have confirmed this. The CZ99 is a Yugoslavian-made pistol which is based on the P220 series, but is actually a very different weapon.

Zastava CZ99 - 9x19mm
Neo examines the Zastava CZ99 Apoc gives him. Note the narrow takedown lever and the decocker slanted at an upward angle. These are dead giveaways that this is a CZ99, not a similar P228.
Neo fires his Zastava CZ99 at the SWAT team through the wall.

Beretta 92FS

Neo (Keanu Reeves) takes at least two pairs of Beretta 92FS pistols with him on his mission to save Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne). While it may seem ridiculous to carry several copies of the same gun, it would be faster to drop the pistols when empty and pull out "fresh" ones than it would be trying to reload them, particularly when dual-wielding, as Neo does in the film. Also, such practice would have a rich precedent in the flintlock era, when bandits or pirates were known to carry up to six loaded one-shot pistols into battle.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Neo takes cover during the lobby shootout with a pair of Berettas drawn.
Neo unloads his Berettas at the Agent on the roof, but is unable to score a hit.
Empty Berettas are seen on the ground next to Neo.
Neo holds his empty Beretta on Agent Smith. For some strange reason it locks empty at the same time as Agent Smith's Desert Eagle, despite the Beretta holding over twice the amount of rounds (15 versus 7). Also note that the serial number (073822) is visible on the frame. According to the Beretta customer support web site, this weapon is a Beretta 92FS (as opposed to a 92F) with 3-dot sights that was manufactured in 1998 and sold with two ten-round magazines.

Browning Hi-Power

Switch (Belinda McClory) is seen carrying a silver chrome Browning Hi-Power with adjustable sights in 9mm caliber as her weapon of choice. She is first seen using it in the car to hold Neo at gunpoint and keep still while Trinity removes the "bug" the Agents planted in him, then using it to lay down cover fire along with Apoc while the others escape the SWAT team, taking out several SWAT members in the process.

FN Browning Hi-Power Nickel plated with "beer can" adjustable sights - 9x19mm
Switch holds her Browning Hi-Power on Neo when they pick him up off the street.
"Our way, or the highway."
A good side shot of Switch's Hi-Power when Neo opens the car door.
While the muzzle diameter looks large, it is just the large barrel bushing that is seen on Hi-Powers after 1973 and before the Mark III series. The lack of light hides the actual barrel from sight.
Switch with her Hi-Power while waiting for the phone to ring.
Switch shocked at Cypher's change of heart.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel

A lobby guard tries to pull a 3" heavy barreled Smith & Wesson Model 10 before Trinity shoots him.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel .38 Special
The lobby guard trying to get his revolver before Neo shoots him.
The lobby guard calls for backup with his Smith & Wesson Model 10 Heavy Barrel drawn after Neo and Trinity shoot down most of the other guards.
The guard turns to shoot Trinity but is mowed down.

Submachine Guns

Micro Uzi

During the lobby scene, Neo and Trinity both use Micro Uzis with bent trigger guards, Trinity using one to kill one of the first guards and Neo using two to keep the soldiers behind cover.

Micro Uzi with bent trigger guard and folding stock - 9x19mm
Trinity empties a magazine from her Micro Uzi into the last lobby guard. In reality, firing a Micro Uzi with one hand would make it very hard to control.
Neo taking cover with his Micro Uzis drawn.
Neo breaks cover and fires his Micro Uzis at the soldiers. Note the bent trigger guard.

Cobray M11/9

Apoc (Julian Arahanga) carries a Cobray M11/9 converted to full-auto with a thread protector, and is seen using it to lay down cover fire while he and the others are fleeing in the SWAT team attack. It can be identified as a Cobray M11/9 and not an original Ingram MAC-10 because of the elongated rear receiver.

Cobray M11/9 - 9x19mm
Apoc in the walls with his Cobray M11/9.
Apoc readies his Cobray M11/9.
Apoc fires his Cobray M11/9.
A good shot of the elongated receiver.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

In the lobby scene, Neo uses a pair of Heckler & Koch MP5Ks to eliminate the first set of guards.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
Neo picks up a Heckler & Koch MP5K in the virtual armory.
Neo does an "HK-slap". Note: when the image is blown up and right timing of the screenshot, it clearly shows the marking "SP 89" on the top of the receiver.
Asked to remove any metallic objects he's carrying after setting off the alarm, Neo shows a lobby guard his walking arsenal, where his two MP5Ks are hanging at his hips.
Neo wipes out the first set of lobby guards with a pair of MP5Ks.
Neo firing his MP5Ks.

Sa vz. 61 Skorpion (custom)

Neo fires a pair of custom-built Sa vz. 61 Skorpion submachine guns during the lobby shootout. They are fitted with custom muzzle shrouds, pistol grips, and 30-round magazines that were likely built for this movie. The cartridge cases falling from the guns are inaccurately shown as 5.56x45mm shells, which are far larger than .32 ACP rounds.

A rubber stunt replica of the custom Sa vz. 61 Skorpion used in the movie.
Neo shows the lobby guard his walking arsenal, with his Skorpion Sa vz. 61s hanging on his legs.
Neo takes cover while armed with his Skorpions.
Neo with his Skorpions.
Neo fires his Skorpions. These guns are great for firing in slow motion because the blowback action looks very cool in slo-mo.
The empty cases falling from the guns are inaccurately shown as 5.56x45mm shells, which are far larger than .32 ACP rounds. Also, the rounds fall too far directly under the guns, while a Skorpion's ejection port sends the spent shells up and to the right. Since the cases look like real shells and not blanks, it can be assumed they just dropped handfuls of shells to get the effect.
Neo firing his Skorpions.

Assault Rifles

M16 (SP1)

In the lobby shootout scene where Neo and Trinity encounter the security guard's "back-up" in the form of a unit of Army soldiers, the majority of the soldiers Neo and Trinity face up against are armed with M16 (SP1) rifles with slab-side receivers. The M16s used in this scene are a mixture of rifles with 3-prong flash hiders and rifles with M16A1-style "birdcage" flash hiders. Neo uses two of these M16s during this scene, one while cartwheeling across the lobby, another while on the roof.

M16 with 20-round magazine and original 3-prong flash hider - 5.56x45mm
M16 (SP1) with 20 round magazine and A1 Flash Hider - 5.56x45mm
A soldier fires his M16 at Trinity in the lobby.
Another soldier firing his M16 at Neo.
A soldier with an M16, here the 3-prong muzzle brake is visible.
Neo grabs an M16 while doing a cartwheel.
Neo fires the M16 while cartwheeling.
A soldier opens fire with an M16 with an A1 birdcage muzzle brake.
Neo disarms a soldier on the roof of his M16, which is clearly a rubber prop.
Neo fires an M16 on the roof, this one fitted with the 3-prong flash hider. The soldier behind Neo is also armed with an M16 but fails to use the rifle on Neo due to Trinity throwing an M9 bayonet right between the soldier's eyes.

Leader Dynamics T2 MK5

During the "deja vu" shootout, the SWAT officers are armed with Australian-made Leader Dynamics T2 MK5 short-barreled assault rifles. Although the weapons are rarely shown clearly on screen, the identity of the weapons has been confirmed by the rental invoices from Propstore, which also has one of the rubber T2 MK5 carbines on sale. The versions used in The Matrix are the "Commando" version which have 11.5-inch barrels; the weapons are also fitted with a custom-made forearm designed to hold both a tactical flashlight and laser sight. The use of an Australian weapon in this case makes sense, as most of the movie was filmed in Sydney, Australia.

Leader Dynamics T2 MK5 Assault Rifles - Select Fire Police Version with Short barrel - 5.56x45mm
A SWAT officer is seen left holding a Leader Dynamics T2 MK5. Note that this rifle, like the other T2 MK5s in the scene, is fitted with a 20-round magazine.
Two SWAT officer enter a room with their T2 MK5s at the ready.
A SWAT officer investigates a bathroom with his T2 MK5 at the ready.
A close-up of the muzzle of the T2 MK5, showing the distinctive front sight of the Leader Dynamics-series rifles. Notice that this particular carbine has both a standard tactical light fitted into the forearm on the right side of the weapon, and an additional, much brighter torch that is fitted to the left side and secured with electrical tape wrapped around the barrel and forearm. Why this guy needs two flashlights on his rifle is a mystery.
SWAT officers prepare to fire their T2 MK5s at the protagonists.


Mouse's Automatic Shotguns

The unusual pair of large guns that Mouse (Matt Doran) uses are custom-built cam-operated electric driven automatic 12 gauge shotguns with 25-shell cylinders and a fire rate of 900 rounds per minute. They were crafted by John Bowring, lead armorer of the film. As an inside joke, Bowring named the guns "Andy" (serial no. A1169 - Leetspeak for Andy) and "Larry" (serial no. L2779 - Leetspeak for Larry) after the Wachowskis' original names (now Lily and Lana, respectively), the writers and directors of the film. It can be assumed inside the Matrix, Mouse designed these shotguns for himself like he designed the woman in the red dress.

Mouse retrieves his Auto Shotguns from the case, which also contains belts of .50 BMG ammunition, for unknown reasons.
Mouse readies his shotguns.
Mouse unleashes the shotguns on the SWAT, but never scores a single hit.
Mouse gets barraged by the SWAT team.
Mouse fires his shotguns as he falls back.

Franchi SPAS-12

In the lobby shootout scene, a number of soldiers are armed with Franchi SPAS-12 shotguns, one of which is commandeered by Trinity and used against its original owner. The versions used by the soldiers have a solid fixed stock/pistol grip combination. One of them is seen firing the SPAS-12 in semi-auto mode -- a rare sight in movies. However, quick bursts of M16 fire are mistakenly dubbed over instead of the appropriate shotgun report.

Franchi SPAS-12 with fixed stock - 12 Gauge
A soldier in the lobby with his Franchi SPAS-12 at the ready.
A soldier fires his SPAS-12 at a very calm rate, which seems out of place in a rough action film.
Trinity kicks his SPAS-12, rolls it over his shoulder, and fires it into his back.
FPS view of Trinity shooting soldiers with the SPAS-12. Upon closer observation of the scene, Trinity actually racks the pump twice after shooting the shotgun's previous owner, therefore wasting a shot for no real reason.
Trinity firing the SPAS-12.
Trinity drops the SPAS-12 after the lobby shootout.

Machine Guns

GE M134 Minigun

Neo (Keanu Reeves) opens up with a GE M134 Minigun mounted on a Bell 212 helicopter while rescuing Morpheus. According to armorer John Bowring, they were firing the gun at 3,000 rounds per minute (half the maximum rate of fire for the M134).

GE M134 Minigun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Neo prepares to unleash the GE M134 Minigun on the Agents in the room.
Neo firing the Minigun at the Agents. Bowring also commented how they had to properly distance the gun from the glass window so the force of the blanks wouldn't send the glass flying back at the actors. The way Neo fans the weapon as he fires it, it's a miracle he doesn't hit Morpheus who is sitting in the center of the room.
Even in slow motion the gun is firing very fast.
Note how the shells falling from the gun are bottleneck blanks.
The barrels finally stop revolving after Neo kills all the Agents in the room.


M7 CS Gas Grenade

During the "deja vu" scene, a SWAT member throws an M7 CS gas grenade at the protagonists.

M7 CS gas grenade
The M7 gas grenade lands.

The Virtual Armory

The following guns are seen in the virtual armory when Neo and Trinity arm up before going into the Matrix:

Behind Neo: On the top shelf are two Sterling L2A3 submachine guns, three Cobray M11/9s, a few Beretta 92FS pistols, two Heckler & Koch USP pistols, two Glocks, three Micro Uzis, seven more Berettas, two Zastava CZ99 pistols, and some Glocks trailing off-screen. On the second shelf are nine Skorpion SA Vz 61 submachine guns, what appears to be two Madsen M50 submachine guns, several AKMs behind them and six M60 machine guns. On the final shelf are two possible Steyr MPi 69s or MPi-81s, a possible Sterling SMG, and five Sa vz. 58 assault rifles.
Behind Trinity: On the top shelf are six Heckler & Koch MP5Ks, six Glock pistols, and six Beretta 92FS pistols. On the second shelf are four M16 rifles (one with a 30 round magazine), three Australian Owen Submachine guns with Late War Camo paint pattern, two M1928A1 Thompsons, an M1928 Thompson with a 30 round magazine, an M1A1 Thompson, another M1928A1 Thompson, and an M1 Garand.

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