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White House Down

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White House Down
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Country Flag of the United States.jpg US
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Release Date 2013
Studio Centropolis Entertainment
Iron Horse Entertainment
Mythology Entertainment
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Cale Channing Tatum
President James Sawyer Jamie Foxx
Alice Dawson Maggie Gyllenhaal
Martin Walker James Woods
Emil Stenz Jason Clarke

White House Down is a 2013 action film directed by Roland Emmerich and stars Channing Tatum as John Cale, a Capitol Police Officer and failed Secret Service applicant who finds himself trapped after heavily armed mercenaries seize the White House. He then proceeds to find President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) and the two try to find a way to thwart the terrorists. The film was released in the US on June 28, 2013, a mere three months following the release of the similarly-themed Olympus Has Fallen.

The following weapons were used in the film White House Down:



Glock 19

John Cale (Channing Tatum) uses a Glock 19 pistol as his sidearm while serving as the bodyguard of Speaker of the House Eli Raphaelson (Richard Jenkins).

Glock 19 (3rd Generation) - 9x19mm
John Cale (Channing Tatum) brandishes a Glock 19.
Cale unloads his Glock before giving it to White House security.

Beretta 92FS

Special Agent Martin Walker (James Woods) uses a Beretta 92FS as his main weapon throughout the film, despite the official sidearm of the Secret Service being the SIG-Sauer P229. The use of the pistol by Agent Walker is probably a nod to his son's service in the Marines Corps, being that the Beretta M9 is the pistol issued to the Marines. He does also keep the pistol near a photo of his deceased son which would also suggest that the use of the pistol is in his honor. A few of the Secret Service Uniformed Division officers are also armed with Berettas, which the mercenaries use to seize control of the White House.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Martin Walker (James Woods) checks his Beretta 92FS before placing it in his holster.
A mercenary retrieves a Beretta 92FS from a fallen Secret Service officer.
Walker fires a silenced Beretta 92FS.
Walker searches for the President and Cale.
Walker fires the Beretta.

Springfield Armory XD-45 Tactical

Cale uses a Springfield Armory XD-45 Tactical with an olive drab green frame taken from Vadim (Anatoly Zinoviev) for much of the movie. He later gives it to President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) to protect himself while they flee through the White House catacombs.

Springfield Armory XD-45 Tactical (flip side) - .45 ACP
Jamie Foxx holds a Springfield XD in a publicity shot for the film.
Jamie Foxx holds a Springfield XD in a publicity shot for the film.
Cale struggles with a terrorist who was armed with the Springfield XD.
John Cale (Channing Tatum) is seen firing the Springfield Armory XD.
Cale holds President Sawyer at gunpoint with the XD. Note the OD green frame and ".45 ACP" on the barrel, which proves this is an XD-45.
Cale is armed with the XD as he and President Sawyer take cover.

SIG-Sauer P229

Some of the uniformed and plainclothes Secret Service agents are armed with what appear to be SIG-Sauer P229 pistols.

SIG-Sauer P229 - 9x19mm
A Secret Service agent holds a SIG-Sauer P229.

SIG-Sauer P250 Compact

The SIG-Sauer P250 Compact with a threaded barrel appears to be the weapon used by Emil Stenz (Jason Clarke) as well as the mercenaries during the initial takeover of the White House. Secret Service agents are also seen armed with the pistol, in spite the P250 Compact is not used by the agency. John Cale (Channing Tatum) is seen armed with one from a fallen USSS agent until he is able to acquire a Brügger & Thomet APC9 sub-machine gun.

SIG-Sauer P250 Compact - 9x19mm.
SIG-Sauer P250 Compact with threaded barrel - 9x19mm.
On-set Armorer Paul Barrette holds the SIG-Sauer P250 Compact used in the film.
Channing Tatum holds the SIG-Sauer P250 Compact as John Cale in a publicity still from the film.
Stenz fires a SIG-Sauer, fitted with a suppressor that was disguised as a microphone.
Stenz and Motts (Falk Hentschel) on the left open fire at a group of surprised Secret Service officers.
A SIG-Sauer P250 Compact with a threaded barrel lies next to a dead Secret Service agent.
Cale fires his P250 Compact at a terrorist from between his legs.
Cale grabs his phone while holding a P250 Compact.

Ruger SR9c

Emil Stenz (Jason Clarke) uses a Ruger SR9c with a stainless steel slide and extended 17-round magazine as his sidearm.

Ruger SR9c Compact Pistol with Laser and stainless-steel slide - 9x19mm
Stenz threatens John Cale's daughter Emily (Joey King) with his Ruger SR9c.
Stenz aims his Ruger SR9c while confronting Cale on the White House roof. Note that the gun is not fully loaded, as the chamber indicator is down in this shot. It's likely that this was done for safety reasons.

Submachine Guns

Brügger & Thomet APC9

The Brügger & Thomet APC9 is used by several of the mercenaries who seize the White House, including Stenz and Killick (Kevin Rankin). The submachine gun seen is fitted with a tan upper receiver, an EOTech XPS2 sight, tactical light and suppressor. Cale uses one after seizing it from Ritter (Andreas Apergis) early in the film.

Brügger & Thomet APC9, early version - 9x19mm
Channing Tatum wields a Brügger & Thomet APC9 in a publicity shot for the film.
Ritter (Andreas Apergis) fires a APC9 when storming the Blue Room.
Killick (Kevin Rankin) fires a APC9 with one hand.
Ritter fires his APC9 at Cale.
Cale holds the APC9. Here we can see the tactical light attached on the APC9.
Cale fires the APC9 while rescuing President Sawyer.
Stenz holds an APC9.

Brügger & Thomet MP9

President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) fires a Brügger & Thomet MP9 with a suppressor after taking it from a fallen mercenary.

Brügger & Thomet MP9 with suppressor, red dot scope and unfolded stock - 9x19mm
President Sawyer picks up an MP9.
Sawyer tries to fire the suppressed B&T MP9, but can't see without glasses.
President Sawyer takes out Vadim (Anatoly Zinoviev) with the MP9.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Stenz uses a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with a suppressor while seizing control of the White House. Stenz's right hand man Motts (Falk Hentschel) uses a MP5A3 with tan furniture, a RIS handguard and foregrip, which is later taken by Cale when he rescues President Sawyer.

Heckler & Koch MP5-N with Navy trigger group, threaded muzzle, railed handguard, RIS foregrip, and M68 Aimpoint red dot scope- 9x19mm
Stenz fires a suppressor-equipped MP5A3.
Cale fires a MP5A3 with RIS handguards and a foregrip after taking it from Motts.
Motts aims the MP5A3 while another mercenary fires a FGM-148 Javelin.
Motts brandishes a MP5A3.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD

A couple of Heckler & Koch MP5SD submachine guns can be seen in the White House armory. Although the mercenaries are seen grabbing the MP5SDs, in a continuity error they turn into MP5A3s with suppressors when they are fired.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD5 - 9x19mm
The mercenaries grab MP5SD submachine guns from the armory.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

A couple of Heckler & Koch MP5K submachine guns can be seen in an armory. One can also be seen in a case in the back of the presidential limo.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
The MP5K's are seen at the top.
An MP5K in the limo's weapons compartment.

FN P90

Several Secret Service agents are armed with the FN P90. This is one of the few weapons used by Secret Service in this movie that is in fact used by the Secret Service in real life.

Fabrique Nationale P90 - 5.7x28mm
A Secret Service agent holds a P90 in a publicity photo.
Secret Service agents carry P90 submachine guns (behind Maggie Gyllenhaal) in a publicity shot for the film.
A Secret Service agent reacts to shooting from the White House.
A Secret Service agent fires a P90 during a shootout.
Secret Service agents hold P90s at the end of the film.


Mossberg 590 Cruiser

Cale gives Donnie the tour guide (Nicholas Wright) a Mossberg 590 Cruiser with a door breaching brake while rescuing the hostages.

Mossberg 590 "Cruiser" with door breaching brake - 12 Gauge
Cale hands a Mossberg 500 Cruiser to Donnie (Nicolas Wright).
"Tour's over." Donnie the tour guide (Nicholas Wright) holds the Mossberg 590 Cruiser.



US Army soldiers that surround the White House are armed with M16A4 rifles; US Marines at the White House are also seen holding M16A4s.

M16A4 Rifle (select fire; safe/semi/3 round burst) - 5.56x45mm
A US Marine in dress uniform holds a M16A4 as the President is escorted to the emergency bunker.
US Army soldiers hold M16A4s.


Some of the mercenaries are armed with M4A1 carbines with EOTech XPS2 sights. Agents from the Secret Service Counter-Assault Team are also armed with M4A1s, as are US Army soldiers and US Marines. In real life the US Secret Service no longer uses the M4A1, having replaced it with the Knight's Armament Company SR-16.

Colt M4A1 Carbine with M68 Aimpoint reflex optic and Knight's Armament RAS railed handguard and vertical forward grip - 5.56x45mm
Secret Service Counter-Assault Team agents hold M4A1s.
A M4A1 carbine lies next to a fallen mercenary.
Motts aims a M4A1 carbine after hearing a suspicious noise.
Motts and Stenz fire at Cale and President Sawyer after they escape with the Presidential limousine.
A Delta Force commando holds a M4A1 carbine.

SIG SG 552

Vadim (Anatoly Zinoviev) is armed with a short-barrelled SIG SG 552 carbine with a pronged flash hider and standard diopter sights while searching for the President in the White House living quarters. Cale takes the SG 552 and uses it while eluding Stenz.

SIG SG 552 - 5.56x45mm
Channing Tatum holds a SIG SG 552 rifle in a publicity shot for the film.
Vadim (Anatoly Zinoviev) fires his SG 552 at Cale.
Vadim reloads his SIG rifle.
Cale surprises Vadim in the White House kitchen.
Cale on the right holds the SIG rifle.
John Cale fires the SG 552 at the mercenaries on the White House roof.

MK18 Mod 0

A US Army soldier is briefly seen with a MK18 Mod 0 at the end of the film.

Mk. 18 Mod 0 with 4-position stock and RIS handguard - 5.56x45mm
A US Army soldier is briefly seen with a MK18 Mod 0 at the end of the film.

Sniper Rifles

Remington 700 (mounted on Cadex Defence Strike Dual rifle chassis)

Secret Service snipers use Remington 700 action mounted on the Cadex Defence Strike Dual rifle chassis.

Remington 700PSS with Leupold Mark 4 scope and Harris bipod - .300 Win Mag
Cadex Defence Strike Dual short action rifle chassis for the Remington 700.
On-set Armorer Paul Barrette shows off the Remington 700 action mounted on the Cadex Defence Strike Dual rifle chassis.
Secret Service snipers with a Remington 700 mounted on the Cadex Strike Dual Chassis and a thermal scope.
The snipers react to the mercenaries as they storm the White House roof.
The mercenaries use captured sniper rifles to fire on Secret Service agents on the ground.


Mercenaries use DPMS Panther LRT SASS rifles with suppressors after seizing them from the White House's rooftop armory.

DPMS Panther LRT SASS - 7.62x51mm
On-set Armorer Paul Barrette shows off the DPMS Panther rifle (from the Blu-Ray special features).
A mercenary opens fire with a DPMS Panther LRT SASS.
The mercenaries hold sniper rifles as they set up on the White House roof.
Another mercenary fires a DPMS Panther LRT SASS with a black stock.

Machine Guns


An FN M249 SAW machine gun is seen in the White House armory.

M249-E2 SAW - upgraded M249 with heat shield and full synthetic Stock, equipped with a 200 round ammo drum - 5.56x45mm
A M249 sits in the White House armory.

GE M134 Minigun

The mercenaries use a Minigun mounted on a Secret Service Chevrolet Suburban during a car chase on the White House lawn. John Cale (Channing Tatum) also uses the minigun in the film.

General Electric M134 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Motts (Falk Hentschel) prepares to fire the M134 minigun at the President's limousine.
Motts destroys a pool house with the M134 minigun.
Cale (Channing Tatum) prepares to fire the minigun.
A close-up of the minigun firing.

General Dynamics GAU-17/A

The MH-60 Black Hawks in the film are armed with pylon-mounted General Dynamics GAU-17/A miniguns.

General Dynamics GAU-17/A, US Air Force version of the M134 Minigun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A MH-60 Black Hawk opens fire with its GAU-17/A miniguns.
The GAU-17/A winds down after firing a burst.

Browning M2

The mercenaries also use a Browning M2 machine gun attached to a Leupold mount with several sights, including a Leupold HAMR scope.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
The mercenaries fire the Browning at the Presidential helicopters.
Firing the M2 attached to a Leupold mount with several sights, including a Leupold HAMR scope.

FN M240D

The MH-60 Black Hawk helicopters transporting Delta Force commandos have FN M240D machine guns mounted as door guns.

FN M240D vehicle and aircraft-mount version with spade grips - 7.62x51mm NATO
The door machine gun appears to be an M240D.
A M240D is mounted on the Black Hawk's door.


M26 Hand Grenade

President Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) uses what appears to be an M26 hand grenade as a distraction when he is confronted by Walker and Stenz at the White House pool. Grenades are later used during a fight between Stenz and Cale (Channing Tatum). They're depicted as emitting an audible electronic beeping that increases in frequency before the grenade detonates, something which they do not do in reality.

M26 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
President Sawyer flips the spoon off the hand grenade.
The grenade lands next to Walker.

FGM-148 Javelin

The mercenaries use a FGM-148 Javelin to fend off attacking helicopters. While the Javelin is designed as an anti-tank weapon, it uses an IR (heat-seeking) guidance system like those used on air-to-air missiles, allowing it to easily engage helicopters. Strangely, the Javelin is abandoned in favor of an outdated RPG-7 when the mercenaries actually have to destroy a tank, and Cale often describes them as "surface to air missiles". The launcher in the film is erroneously depicted as a standard hard-launch missile launcher, instead of a soft-launch (where the missile is pneumatically ejected a safe distance and then ignites its motor).

FGM-148 Javelin - 127mm
A mercenary aims a FGM-148 Javelin.
The mercenary fires a FGM-148 Javelin at one of the MH-60 Black Hawks. Note the oversized backblast of the Javelin. Also, a normal backblast of the Javelin would have burned the mercenary in the middle.
The mercenary remounts the Command Launch Unit to another Javelin missile tube after firing. Note that this is obviously a mirrored shot, since the CLU can only be attached to the missile's left side.
Stenz attempts to fire the Javelin as Cale tackles him.


A mercenary fires an RPG-7 at an advancing M1 Abrams during a chase between the mercenaries and Cale as he and the President attempt to flee using the Presidential Limousine. In reality, given its horrid accuracy, an RPG-7 with a PG-7VM rocket will do next to nothing to an M1 Abrams main battle tank, especially from the front. Exactly why they didn't use one of the dozen or so Javelin ATGMs they had just carried up, which would easily destroy an Abrams from any angle, is a mystery.

RPG-7 - 40mm
A mercenary aims a RPG-7.
The mercenary fires at a tank attempting to breach the White House lawn. He apparently doesn't realize that an RPG-7 with a PG-7VM rocket will do next to nothing to an Abrams, especially from the front.

Custom RPG-7 (mockup)

While being chased in the Presidential limousine, President James Sawyer (Jamie Foxx) takes out a custom rocket launcher which resembles an Airtronic RPG-7. This particular launcher appears to be an RPG-7D paratrooper model fitted with an M4-style stock and RIS rails. The type used is distinguishable from the standard RPG-7 by its takedown feature and the safety latch extension that is visible under the launch tube to prevent the sear from functioning when the launcher is in two pieces. Two separate rocket types can be seen being used with this weapon; the PG-7VM and the larger PG-7VL, but this launcher is fitted with a chromed warhead. The chrome is most likely for pure design and and to attract the audience, as chromed warheads have no beneficial value and too costly to be standard issue.

Airtronic RPG-7 - 40mm
While in the Presidential limousine, President Sawyer finds a disassembled RPG launcher, with a Leupold HAMR sight. Here, the launcher appears to be a RPG-7D paratrooper model distinguished by its takedown feature and the safety latch extension.
President Sawyer loads a custom PG-7VL rocket.
President Sawyer aims the launcher. The normal RPG-7 weighs 17.3 kg (37.7 lb) loaded, making it extremely difficult to aim it outside a car window during a high-speed car chase, further implying that this is a prop. Also note that the windows on the real Presidential Limousine WOULD not roll down as seen here.

White House Armory

The armory at the White House stores several pistols, rifles, and submachine guns.

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