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S.W.A.T. (2003)

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Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Clark Johnson
Release Date 2003
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jim Street Colin Farrell
Dan "Hondo" Harrelson Samuel L. Jackson
Chris Sanchez Michelle Rodriguez
Deacon "Deke" Kaye L.L. Cool J
T.J. McCabe Josh Charles
Brian Gamble Jeremy Renner
Michael Boxer Brian Van Holt
Alex Montel Olivier Martinez
Greg Velasquez Reg E. Cathey
Capt. Thomas Fuller Larry Poindexter

S.W.A.T. is the 2003 feature film adaptation of the 1975 television series of the same name. Directed by Clark Johnson, the film stars Samuel L. Jackson as Sgt. Daniel "Hondo" Harrelson, an "old-school" LAPD SWAT officer who leads a newly-recruited team as they find themselves assigned to escort a notorious international crime lord who has promised anyone $100 million to break him out of police custody. Two unrelated DTV sequels would follow: 2011's S.W.A.T.: Firefight and 2017's S.W.A.T.: Under Siege. S.W.A.T. would again be adapted as a weekly television series (using elements and characters from the film as well) that stars Shemar Moore and premiered on CBS in the fall of 2017.

The following weapons were used in the film S.W.A.T.:



Kimber Custom TLE II

The primary sidearm of the Los Angeles Police Department's Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) officers in the film is a variant of the M1911A1 pistol known as the Kimber Custom TLE II made by Kimber Manufacturing, Inc. The pistols are fitted with a Surefire 310R weaponlight (distinguishable from the 610R by the minimal protrusion past the muzzle). During a training mission simulating a hijacked airliner, the team uses several of these weapons modified to fire Simunitions, identifiable by the orange markings on the grip and weaponlight. Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) and Brian Gamble's (Jeremy Renner) men are also seen using standard TLE IIs without weaponlights.

Kimber Custom TLE II with Surefire 310R weaponlight - .45 ACP. This one in a screen-used pistol, carried by Samuel L. Jackson in the film.
Kimber Custom TLE II with Surefire 310R weaponlight - .45 ACP. Another screen-used pistol.
Production still of Josh Charles as Officer T.J. McCabe taking aim with a Kimber Custom TLE II.
Officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell) on the firing line with the Kimber Custom TLE II.
Officer Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez) does a brass check on her Kimber pistol during a callup.
Officer Deacon 'Deke' Kay (L.L. Cool J) uses a Kimber modified to fire Simunitions during a training exercise.
Street on the right draws his Kimber.
Kimber Custom TLE II - .45 ACP
Travis (Page Kennedy), Gamble's right hand man, brandishes a Kimber Custom TLE II onboard a subway train.
Alex Montel (Olivier Martinez) shouts in vain for more ammo after his Kimber runs empty. Note the absence of full length guide rod.


S.W.A.T. armorer Mike Papac displays a Kimber Custom TLE II as used in the film.

Beretta 92FS

Beretta 92FS pistols are seen as the standard-issue sidearms of LAPD patrol officers, notably seen in the opening of the film in which the officers totally outclassed by the assault rifles and heavy body armor wielded by the bank robbers (the sequence was inspired by the real-life 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout, represented in the TV film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout, released in 2003, the same year as S.W.A.T.), prompting the mobilization of the SWAT team. GQ (Domenick Lombardozzi), one of Montel's cronies, is also seen using one fitted with a suppressor when attempting to liberate him from a Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department inmate transport bus. Several officers playing the role of terrorists during a training mission are also armed with Berettas that have been modified to fire paintballs and are identified by the orange markings on the bottom of the magazines.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
An LAPD Patrolman fires on the bank robbers with his Beretta moments before being gunned down by their AKM's
An LAPD SWAT officer playing the role of a terrorist draws a Beretta 92FS modified to fire paintballs during a training mission
Disguised as an LAPD officer, GQ (Domenick Lombardozzi), one of Montel's cronies, fires a suppressed Beretta 92FS while trying to break him out of Sheriff's Department custody.

SIG-Sauer P220 Sport

Brian Gamble can be seen carrying a SIG-Sauer P220 Sport as his weapon of choice, first using it to shoot Officer Michael Boxer (Brian Van Holt) in the neck when freeing Montel from custody. He also notably uses it in the final fight with his former partner Officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell). During the fight, Street manages to eject the magazine and get hold of the pistol, Gamble tauntingly holding up the ejected magazine, to which Street replies that there's still a round in the chamber before ejecting it and discarding the pistol, preferring to finish the fight hand-to-hand instead.

SIG-Sauer P220 Sport - .45 ACP
Gamble (Jeremy Renner) brandishes his SIG-Sauer P220 Sport.
Street with Gamble's freshly-unloaded P220 Sport moments before discarding it.

Browning BDM

A Browning BDM is used by one of the bank robbers in the film's opening sequence. The robber uses the pistol to threaten a female hostage before being taken out by Officer Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner).

Browning BDM - 9x19mm
A bank robber threatens a female hostage with a Browning BDM.

Smith & Wesson Model 629

While watching news of Alex Montel's capture and subsequent offer of $100 million to whoever can free him, a gang member can be seen holding a Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 with 4" barrel - .44 Magnum
A gang member holding a Smith & Wesson Model 629 revolver while watching news of Alex Montel's $100 million offer (this is only visible on the fullscreen DVD).

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

One of the primary weapons in the SWAT team's arsenal is the Heckler & Koch MP5A2, wielded by several of the SWAT officers. These MP5A2s feature the Navy trigger group, and are equipped with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlights.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight and Navy trigger group as used in the film - 9x19mm
Officer Chris Sanchez (Michelle Rodriguez) conducts a room-clearing exercise with her MP5A2 at the ready.
Officer Chris Sanchez engages Gamble's men with her MP5A2 during the final shootout.
Sergeant 2nd grade Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Samuel L. Jackson) holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A2
Hondo on the left with the MP5A2.


S.W.A.T. armorer Mike Papac conducts a weapons demo using a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 as used in the film


An Intratec TEC-DC9 appears in the scene where Alex Montel's cronies try to bust him out of the Sheriff's Office inmate transport bus while posing as LAPD officers, one of the cronies reaching into a police car and pulling one out, opening up on the SWAT officers that had just shown up on the scene.

Intratec TEC-DC9 - 9x19mm
One of Alex Montel's cronies in disguise fires his TEC-DC9 on the arriving SWAT team.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

At the start of the convoy ambush scene, a gang member posing as a hobo starts the ambush by whipping out a Heckler & Koch MP5K and letting loose, mowing down a motorcycle cop and riddling the frontmost vehicles in the convoy with bullets.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
A gang member opens up with a MP5K at the start of the police convoy ambush.

Micro Uzi

During the police convoy ambush, one of the gang members can briefly be seen with a Micro Uzi as his weapon of choice.

Micro Uzi with 20 round magazine - 9x19mm
A gang member brandishes a Micro Uzi during the police convoy ambush.

SWD M11/9

Another weapon used by the gang members in the police convoy ambush are several SWD M11/9 machine pistols with folding stocks.

SWD M11/9 - 9x19mm
A gang member fires his SWD M11/9 during the police convoy ambush.

Rifles / Carbines


The M4A1 Carbine is one of the primary weapons carried by LAPD SWAT in the film. Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) and his men also are seen with them later in the film. The M4s are fitted with Trijicon TA47 ACOG scopes on the carry handles and Surefire M500AB weaponlight handguards.

M4A1 with Trijicon TA47 ACOG scope and Surefire M500AB WeaponLight handguards as used in the film - 5.56x45mm
Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) holds the M4A1 during the opening bank shootout.
Officer Deacon 'Deke' Kay (L.L. Cool J) fires the M4A1 during a training exercise.
The team escorts their prisoner, Street with his M4 at the ready.
Officer Jim Street (Colin Farrell) holds his M4A1 carbine fitted with a Surefire M500AB WeaponLight and ACOG Scope as they are ambushed while escorting Montel.


S.W.A.T. armorer Mike Papac displays an M4A1 carbine as used in the film.
Former LAPD SWAT officer and technical adviser Randy Walker holds the M4A1 in the "low ready" position.


Some of the first firearms seen in the film are the AKM and AKMS. The assault rifles appear in the hands of bank robbers in the opening scenes of the film, which is based off the infamous 1997 North Hollywood Bank of America Shootout (represented in the TV film 44 Minutes: The North Hollywood Shootout), where a pair of AK-toting bank robbers dressed in heavy body armor wreaked havoc on the outgunned Los Angeles Police Department. Several AKM and AKMS rifles also appear being used by gang members who ambush a police convoy in an attempt to liberate Alex Montel. Two of the AKMs used by the robbers have high-capacity drum magazines (designed for the RPK light machine gun) instead of the standard 30-round box magazine.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
A bank robber wreaks havoc with an AKM fitted with a drum magazine.
A gang member with his AKM during the ambush on the L.A.P.D. convoy.
AKMS - 7.62x39mm
A bank robber (Gregory Sporleder) brandishes an AKMS during the bank robbery scene.


In a behind the scenes DVD featurette, S.W.A.T. armorer Mike Papac performs a weapons demo using an AKM with drum magazine as used in the film.

Ruger AC556K

Yet another weapon used during the gang ambush on the police convoy are a couple of Ruger AC556Ks, fully automatic short-barreled versions of the Ruger Mini-14, fitted with folding stocks.

Ruger AC556K with 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A gang member with his Ruger AC556K during the police convoy ambush.
Gangster with his Ruger AC556K during the police convoy ambush.


A Galil MAR is used by Travis (Page Kennedy) during the plane crash shootout, fitted with a C-MORE red dot sight.

IMI Galil MAR - 5.56x45mm NATO
A clear shot of the IMI Galil MAR.
Travis blind-fires the Galil MAR.

McMillan M88 Sniper Rifle

At one point in the film, an LAPD helicopter arrives to transport Alex Montel to the federal prison, but is shot out of the sky by one shot to each of the chopper's two engines from a McMillan M88 single shot sniper rifle fitted with a suppressor and extra ammo sleeves being wielded by Brian Gamble (Jeremy Renner) from a van in a parking garage several hundred yards away.

McMillan M88 sniper rifle - .50 BMG. This is the actual screen-used Sniper Rifle from the movie S.W.A.T., here fitted with a muzzle brake instead of the suppressor.
Promotional image of Gamble taking aim at an LAPD helicopter with a McMillan M88 sniper rifle.
Gamble lines up his shot with the suppressed McMillan M88.
Gamble fires the McMillan.

Remington 700PSS

Several SWAT snipers are seen using Remington 700PSS sniper rifles fitted with Leupold Mark 4 scopes and Harris bipods during the film. First during the bank robbery scene where SWAT sniper Sgt. Yamoto (Daniel Ichikawa) takes out one of the robbers trying to start the getaway car, and again trying to locate the source of the shots that took out the police chopper. The team is also seen practicing with them during their training, shooting playing cards at long range in a unusual game of poker, these rifles featuring a camouflage paint scheme as shown below.

Remington 700PSS with Leupold Mark 4 scope and Harris bipod - 7.62x51mm NATO
LAPD SWAT sniper Sgt. Yamoto (Daniel Ichikawa) takes aim at one of the bank robbers with his Remington 700PSS.
Yamato after taking down one of the robbers.
The team practices with camouflaged 700PSS rifles during their training.
The team with the rifles.


Benelli M1 Super 90

The Benelli M1 Super 90 shotgun is another main firearm used by LAPD SWAT and is used in the film by several SWAT officers, it is notably seen as the primary weapon of Deke Kay (L.L. Cool J). In addition to a Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight and pistol-grip stock, it is also tricked out with saddle shell holders on the right side of the stock and left side of the receiver for a total of 12 extra rounds of both buckshot and slugs. During the bank robbery scene at the beginning of the film, SWAT uses one of these shotguns fitted with a special muzzle brake as a breaching weapon to blow the lock off an air conditioning vent cover in order to gain access to the inside of the bank via the roof.

Benelli M1 Super 90 with pistol grip stock, Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight, spare shell holder, and sling - 12 Gauge
SWAT officers use a Benelli M1 Super 90 fitted with a door-breaching muzzle brake to gain entry to the bank via the roof during the robbery scene
Officer Deacon "Deke" Kay (L.L. Cool J) with his Benelli M1 Super 90 as they are ambushed during while escorting Montel.
"Deke" Kay with his M1 Super 90 during training.

Mossberg 590

During the training mission simulating a hostage situation onboard an airliner, Deacon 'Deke' Kay uses a Mossberg 590 shotgun modified to fire a rappelling line over the top of the plane. The Mossberg shown is a designated 'less-lethal' variant, indicated by the orange paint job on the stock, pump grip, and trigger guard.

Mossberg 590 - 12 Gauge
Officer Deacon 'Deke' Kay fires a rappelling line from a modified Mossberg 590. Note the orange colored components.

Remington 870

During the bank robbery scene, several LAPD patrolmen can be seen trying in vain to take down the robbers with Remington 870 shotguns which, like their Beretta pistols, are no match for the automatic rifles and heavy body armor of the robbers. Some of the gang members during the convoy ambush can also be seen with Remington 870's.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge

An L.A.P.D. patrolman fires his Remington 870 in a futile attempt to take down the armor-clad bank robbers.
A gang member brandishes a Remington 870 during the convoy ambush.



During the gang ambush of the LAPD convoy, two of the gang members can be seen picking up and then firing M72 LAW rocket launchers at the vehicles, destroying them in spectacular explosions.

M72 LAW - 66mm
A gang member firing an M72 LAW during the police convoy ambush. Firing an M72, or any rocket-launching weapon from inside a building can be incredibly dangerous due to the back-blast.

Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher

A Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher can be seen on the wall with other guns in the gun cage scene where Hondo gives Street his M4A1 for a tune up and during one of the training sessions.

Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher with C-More red dot sight - 37mm
A Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher hangs on the wall in the gun cage
Officer Jim Street aims a Sage Control SL-6 Rotary Launcher loaded with smoke rounds during a training exercise

M18 Smoke Grenade

In the scene where the LAPD convoy is ambushed, several gang members toss M18 smoke grenades into the street to cover their operation. Gamble also tosses one behind him in the sewers in an attempt to delay the SWAT team chasing his group.

M18 Smoke Grenade
A gang member tosses an M18 smoke grenade during the convoy ambush
Gamble pulls the pin on an M18 smoke grenade in the sewers

Model 7290 Flashbang Grenade

During the training mission onboard the airliner, several Model 7290 flashbang grenades are set up as booby traps on several entry points into the cabin, though the team is able to neutralize them without setting them off.

Model 7290 Flashbang Grenade
One of the Model 7290 flashbangs rigged with a tripwire

M18A1 Claymore

An M18A1 Claymore mine appears in the film when Gamble plants one in the sewers while him and his men are being pursued by the SWAT team. Thankfully, the team discovers the mine before it can cause any harm, later using it to blast open a locked gate at the end of the sewers.

M18A1 Claymore anti-personnel mine
Gamble rigging an M18A1 Claymore in the sewers
Street preparing to blow open a locked gate using the M18A1 Claymore.

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