Movies always leave a lasting impact on people’s minds. Along with the sound recording segment, the motion picture field employed about 257 thousand workers in the U.S.
From Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shotgun in “Terminator 2” to Neo’s arsenal in “The Matrix,” weapons used in cinemas have become a vital part of pop culture worldwide.
Take a look at the famous movie weapons of all time and know why they became so iconic.
The Terminator’s Shotgun
One of the most famous movie weapons of all time is Arnold Schwarzenegger’s shotgun in “Terminator.” This weapon was so iconic that it even has its action figure.
The shotgun was a vital part of the film and significantly affected the showdown between the Terminator and John Connor. It is easy to see why this weapon has become so iconic.
In the movie, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character uses a pump-action shotgun to kill the T-1000. The gun’s components included a 12-gauge Remington Model 1100 shotgun and a Heckler & Koch HK94A11 carbine.
John Rambo’s “M60” machine gun in First Blood
In the hands of Sylvester Stallone’s John Rambo, this weapon was responsible for some of the most iconic action movie moments of the ’80s. The M60 is a belt machine gun that fires the .308 Winchester cartridge. The U.S. military used it from the late 1950s until the early 1990s.
In “The Terminator,” Arnold Schwarzenegger’s character famously uses a Minigun to take out police cars and helicopters. This fearsome weapon can fire up to 6000 rounds per minute, making it an ideal choice for taking down an entire army of enemies. It was based on the real-life General Electric M134 Minigun used by the U.S. military today.
Vincent Vega’s Thompson Submachine Gun from Pulp Fiction
There is no mistaking Vincent Vega’s Thompson submachine gun from Quentin Tarantino’s classic “Pulp Fiction.” This weapon is iconic not just because of its appearance in the movie but also because of its role in one of the most famous scenes in film history. With its distinctive sound and firepower, it is no wonder that this weapon is so unforgettable.
The submachine gun was made of a real M1928A Thompson converted to full-auto fire. John Templeton initially owned the weapon, who rented it to Tarantino for the film.
While the gun is technically a replica, it is still an impressive weapon that any movie fan would love to own.
Walter White’s Python .357 Magnum from Breaking Bad
Walter White’s Python .357 Magnum from “Breaking Bad” is up there when it comes to iconic movie weapons. This gun was used by White (played by Bryan Cranston) in the show’s pilot episode to kill two drug dealers who were trying to steal his methylamine.
The gun is a six-shot revolver that fires .357 Magnum rounds. It was custom-made for the show by famed gun maker Tony Stroebel. It was made of unique parts like a ported barrel and custom grips. The gun was also fitted with a scope, making it even more dangerous.
Stroebel has also made guns for hit T.V. shows and movies, including “Terminator Salvation,” “The Dark Knight” and “Lone Survivor.”
Movie weapons are not just props. They are important characters that help create the atmosphere and story of an action film. They help engage the audience and help them connect to the characters on screen.