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Ronin Poster.jpg
Country UKD.jpg UK
Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by John Frankenheimer
Release Date 1998
Language English
Studio FGM Entertainment
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Robert De Niro
Vincent Jean Reno
Deirdre Natascha McElhone
Gregor Stellan Skarsgård
Spence Sean Bean
Jean-Pierre Michael Lonsdale
Larry Skipp Sudduth

Ronin is a 1998 thriller starring Robert De Niro as Sam, a former spy turned mercenary who is hired along with other specialists to recover a stolen briefcase from those intending to sell it to the highest bidder. The mercenaries then find shifting allegiances when the briefcase is recovered. The film was written by David Mamet (under the pseudonym Richard Weisz) and directed by John Frankenheimer and the cast included Jean Reno, Sean Bean, and Natascha McElhone.

The following weapons were used in the film Ronin:



Colt M1991A1 Series 80

In the first half of the film, Sam (Robert De Niro) carries a Colt M1991A1 Series 80 pistol, a modernized version of the 1911. He hides the pistol in a gutter at the rear of the first rendezvous point. He uses the M1991 to take out a sniper and provide cover fire during the arms deal. He later switches to a SIG-Sauer P228 after the convoy ambush. While discussing weapons and other preparations early in the film, Sam tells Spence (Sean Bean) that he favors the "1911" after being asked what sidearm he prefers. When Spence remarks that it's an "old gun", Sam replies that "it served my country well for a long time" - undoubtedly a metaphor for Sam himself.

NOTE: IMFDB previously referred to Sam's pistol as an original M1911A1, but PropStore sold this gun many years ago on their web site, and it was actually an M1991A1 Series 80 being used as a 1911 stand-in. In several scenes of the movie, it is also possible to see the black plastic grips characterizing the M1991A1.

Colt M1991A1 Series 80 - .45 ACP
Sam stashes his Colt M1991A1 Series 80.
Sam fires his M1991.
Sam with his M1991 before pulling back.

SIG-Sauer P228

Besides his Colt M1991A1 Series 80, Sam (Robert De Niro) also carries a SIG-Sauer P228. He uses it in the stadium scene to kill one of the the two attackers and also during car chase after that. Near the end of the film, he attempts to kill Seamus (Jonathan Pryce) with it. It can also be seen in promotional posters.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm.
Sam aims the SIG-Sauer P228.
Sam fires the SIG-Sauer P228.
Sam aims the SIG-Sauer P228 at Gregor as he escapes.

Beretta 92FS Inox

Vincent (Jean Reno) selects for himself a Beretta 92FS Inox fitted with Hogue combat grips. He is very skilled with the weapon and it is in fact the only weapon he uses throughout the entire movie. The Beretta used in this movie was eventually deactivated and sold by PropStore.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Jean Reno fires the Beretta 92FS Inox in a publicity still.
Vincent fires his Beretta Inox at the arms dealers.
Vincent with his Beretta Inox, as they go over a plan to ambush the convoy.
Vincent with his Beretta Inox during the convoy ambush.
Vincent fires his Beretta Inox during the chase with Seamus O'Rourke and Deirdre.

Glock 17L

Gregor (Stellan Skarsgård) throughout the film is armed with a Glock 17L with the factory sights removed in order to allow attachment of a claw mount with a Bushnell HOLOSight 400 (one of the earliest cinematic appearances of this device). In the scene where he attempts to exchange the package, Gregor's Glock 17L is fitted with the HOLOSight, a suppressor, and a 20-round Glock 18 magazine.

Glock 17L - 9x19mm
Gregor with his Glock 17L before stealing the case. Notice that the front and rear sight removed.
Gregor's Glock 17L with suppressor and a Bushnell HOLOSight 400. Note the mount which is of a type seen in vintage French magazines. This could be the first appearance of a holographic sight in any media ever.
Gregor shoots the Dapper Gent (Jan Tríska) for trying to rip him off. The suppressor is fake due to the presence of a muzzle flash. Note also how Skarsgård is actually pointing the gun into the rear of the jeep, to avoid injuring Tríska.

Glock 19

When the arms deal goes south a bodyguard is seen with a Glock 19. The Dapper Gent (Jan Triska) also uses a Glock 19 when trying to rip off Gregor for the case.

Glock 19 (2nd Generation) - 9x19mm
An arms dealer fires his Glock 19 at Vincent and Spence.
The Dapper Gent (Jan Tríska) draws his hidden Glock 19.
Back view.

Jericho 941FB Compact

Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) carries a Jericho 941FB Compact after the convoy ambush. It is later taken by Sam (Robert De Niro) but he's unable to shoot her and a car chase occurs.

Jericho 941FB Compact - 9x19mm
Deirdre with her Jericho 941 Compact.
Sam takes the Jericho 941FB Compact off Deirdre.

SIG-Sauer P239

Seamus (Jonathan Pryce) uses a two-tone SIG-Sauer P239 as his main gun throughout the film.

SIG-Sauer P239 - 9x19mm
Seamus holds his SIG-Sauer P239 on Gregor before he starts to question him.
Seamus fires his P239 at Sam and Vincent during the chase.
Seamus shoots Vincent in the stomach.

Beretta Cougar Inox

Before their first meeting, Vincent gives Larry a Beretta Cougar Inox from the weapons table. This has been inaccurately labeled as the PT945 seen elsewhere in the film. However, one can see in the image still the slide cleanly meeting the dust cover. Larry also chambers the weapon with the slide mounted safety on. He then toggles it off/on before stowing it in his coat.

Beretta 8000 Cougar F Inox with walnut grips - 9x21mm
Larry selects a Taurus PT945.
Larry inspects his Beretta. The slide-mounted safety is seen here.

Taurus PT945

A Taurus PT945 is used by one of the arms dealers at the site of the weapons/money exchange. Gregor (Stellan Skarsgard) also disarms "The Dapper Gent" (Jan Triska), a Russian mafia member, of this same pistol when he is dealing the package.

Stainless Taurus PT945 - .45 ACP
The arms dealer returns fire with his Taurus PT945.
"I thought this was supposed to be a social occasion."
Gregor disarms the Dapper Gent (Jan Tríska) of his Taurus PT945.

Walther P5

During the stadium scene, Sergi (Bernard Bloch) threatens Vincent (Jean Reno) with a Walther P5. When Sam (Robert De Niro) interferes, Vincent knocks Sergi's gun aside and his shot richochets into Sam's abdomen. He is then killed by Vincent with his Beretta 92FS Inox.

Walther P5 - 9x19mm
Sergi (Bernarn Bloch) with a Walther P5.
Sergi holds the Walther on Vincent.
Sergi prepares to shoot Vincent as Sam approaches.

Beretta 92FS

Mikhi (Feodor Atkine) shoots Gregor with a suppressed Beretta 92FS.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Mikhi (Feodor Atkine) with a Beretta 92FS.
Side view of the gun before he fires.

Taurus PT92

A German spy is armed with a Taurus PT92 during the stadium scene. It is recognizable as the PT92 by the lack of slide mounted safety and squared trigger guard.

Taurus PT92AF - 9x19mm
A German spy with a Taurus PT92.
Another with a Taurus PT92 also.

SIG-Sauer P229

Sam removes a two-tone SIG-Sauer P229 from Spence's (Sean Bean) pocket after "ambushing" him with a cup of coffee.

SIG-Sauer P229 two-tone version - 9x19mm
Sam reaching for Spence's gun

Beretta 93R

One of the convoy bodyguards is armed with a Beretta 93R pistol capable of 3-round burst fire.

Beretta 93R - 9x19mm
A bodyguard fires a Beretta 93R.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

During the ambush of the final convoy, Deirdre (Natascha McElhone) uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 submachine gun to assist Sam (Robert De Niro) in taking out the bodyguards.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with original "slimline" forearm - 9x19mm
Deirdre fires her MP5A3 as she gets out of the van.
Deirdre before moving up to provide Sam supporting fire.
Deirdre moves to the right flank to help Vincent.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Spence (Sean Bean) is armed with an MP5K in the first firefight with the arms dealers.

Heckler & Koch MP5K with Navy lower - 9x19mm
The MP5K laying on the table before the group gears up for buying additional artillery.
Spence sprays the gun dealer's BMW with his MP5K.
Spence opens fire with his MP5K.
Front view before Spence continues to open fire, while the rest of the group tries to pulls back.

Beretta PM12S

The Beretta PM12S used by the French Police in the movie.

Beretta PM12S - 9x19mm.
A French officer with a Beretta PM12S.


Two of the convoy guards carry full sized Israeli made IMI Uzis.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
A bodyguard returns fire with his Uzi.
A bodyguard fires an Uzi from the back seat.
The bodyguard is gunned down Uzi in hand.

IMI Mini Uzi

When the team are loading up their weapons, a Mini Uzi can be seen sitting on the table.

IMI Mini Uzi with stock folded - 9x19mm
A Mini Uzi laying on the table in the back by the crate.

Skorpion SA Vz 61

Two of the convoy guards are armed with Skorpion SA Vz 61 submachine guns which they employ with great ineffectiveness, since they are distracted by a firecracker-based gunfire simulator.

Skorpion SA Vz 61 - .32 ACP
A pair of guards with Czech made Skorpions.

Rifles & Carbines

SIG SG 551

During the first phase of the Convoy ambush, Sam (Robert De Niro) removes a SIG SG 551 assault rifle from the car and uses it to kill a few of the convoy guards. Also on the DVD cover of the film, Vincent (Jean Reno) can be seen holding one with its stock folded.

SIG SG 551 - 5.56x45mm
Sam fires a SIG SG 551 into the convoy.
Close up of the receiver.
Sam continues firing the SIG SG 551.

Bushmaster XM15 "V-Match"

The sniper at the end of the film uses a scoped Bushmaster XM15 "V-Match" at the ice show.

Bushmaster XM15 "V-Match" Note smooth handguard and absence of front sight - 5.56x45mm
The sniper aims her Bushmaster XM15.

Romanian AK Draco Carbine

During the convoy ambush a bodyguard returns fire from a moving car with a Romanian AK Draco Carbine.

Romanian AK Draco Carbine - 7.62x39mm
A bodyguard fires a Romanian AK Draco Carbine out of his window.

Machine Gun


Sam (Robert De Niro) unleashes an FN MINIMI-Para Mk 2 during the final scene of the convoy ambush.

FN Minimi Paratrooper with 100-round camo cloth ammo bag - 5.56x45mm
Sam unloads his Minimi.
Sam continues firing as more bodyguards arrive.
Sam takes cover and lays down more suppressing fire, while Gregor retrieves the case.


Mossberg 590 "Compact Cruiser"

Larry's (Skip Sudduth) main weapon in the film is a Mossberg 590 Compact Cruiser shotgun. He notably uses it to take out several bodyguards during the convoy ambush.

Mossberg 590 "Compact Cruiser" - 12 gauge
Larry (Skip Sudduth) finds cover with his Mossberg 590 "Compact Cruiser".
Larry with his Mossberg 590 "Compact Cruiser".

Franchi SPAS-15

One of the French police is armed with a Franchi SPAS-15.

Franchi SPAS-15 - 12 gauge
An officer with a Franchi SPAS-15.

Franchi SPAS-12

Another shotgun carried by the French Police is the Franchi SPAS-12

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 gauge
An officer with a Franchi SPAS-12.


Heckler & Koch HK69A1 Granatpistole

During the ambush on the first convoy, Sam (Robert De Niro) uses a Heckler & Koch HK69A1 40mm Launcher to destroy the first vehicle.

Heckler & Koch HK69A1 - 40mm
Sam grabs a Heckler & Koch HK69A1 from the backseat of his Mercedes 450SEL.
Sam aims the Heckler & Koch HK69A1.

Modified LAW 66

Sam takes out a convoy car with a type of LAW (Light Anti-Tank Weapon) he fires from his sunroof. The make and type is unknown, although it looks similar to an M72 LAW but it isn't. The body is too thick and it has an optical sight separate from the pop up sights of the LAW style launcher. Also the firing control button is completely unknown. It is probably a mockup fabrication, based on the LAW rocket design.

Sam uses an optical sight like an RPG attached to a LAW style rocket launcher from the sunroof of his Mercedes
Chasing after the car with a launcher based on the LAW rocket.
Closeup Detail of the launch button.

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