When a film or television show depicts weapons and combat, they frequently get it completely and inexplicably wrong. Whether bullets are flying while still in their cartridges or a uniform is worn completely incorrectly, most movies and TV shows have examples of incorrect weapons and combat. But, of course, this isn’t always the case, and now and then, combat and weaponry are executed so well that they stand out. Let’s see 15 cool details about Weapons and Combat that movies got right.
1. Captain Klenzendorf is seen using an MP28/II, an older submachine gun designed between world wars, in Jojo Rabbit (2019).
2. A gun magazine can be found on the dashboard of Furiosa’s War Rig in Mad Max: Fury Road. This would make it possible for her to reload a handgun with just one hand.
3. Inigo uses a right-handed sword scabbard in The Princess Bride and switches his sword to his left hand, whereas the Man in Black uses a variable back-mounted scabbard. So even before they start fighting, the Man in Black knows Inigo is fighting with his off-hand.
4. While Jules’ routine for gun preparation in Pulp Fiction (1994) includes putting on the safety, Vincent’s does not. Vincent accidentally (and hilariously) discharges his weapon later in the film due to his lack of preparation.
5. Jackson has a bruise on his thumb in Saving Private Ryan (1998), a common injury during WWII when soldiers’ thumbs got caught in the M1 Garand’s loading mechanism.
6. Gaston used his bow instead of his blunderbuss in the final confrontation with the Beast in Beauty and the Beast (1991) because it was raining, and the gunpowder would have gotten wet, rendering it useless.
7. Even though Hawkeye is firing a gun at Maria Hill in The Avengers (2012), he positions his body with his shoulder blades far back, just as if he were firing a bow and arrow. The traditional ‘cup and saucer’ method.
8. Saving Private Ryan (1998) depicted the Omaha Beach landing with such realism that the Department of Veteran Affairs established a telephone hotline to help traumatized veterans cope.
9. During the fair scene in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005), John (Brad Pitt) closes his left eye to aim but opens it again before shooting to maintain peripheral vision. This is what snipers do, indicating their weapon proficiency.
10. Robocop’s thermal vision accurately depicts gun barrels and ejected casings as hot in Robocop (2014).
11. Barbara, a cadet in Police Academy (1984), misfires and foolishly points the gun at the other cadets. Cadet Tackleberry, the only one who didn’t seek cover, is a gun nut who knew the shotgun hadn’t been cocked, and there was no round chambered so that it couldn’t be fired again.
12. Lance Corporal Schofield fires only 10 shots throughout the entire film in 1917 (2019). The exact number of bullets that could be loaded into his Lee Enfield Rifle.
13. Before the action begins in John Wick (2014), John wears his wristwatch as usual. However, when he enters “battle mode,” he wears them face inside, as soldiers typically do.
14. John Wick and an enemy fall into a pool in John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), and Wick moves about three feet away just before being shot. The bullets become ineffective at this range, similar to how a typical pistol round behaves underwater.
15. In the film John Wick (2014), when John inserts a new magazine into a Kimber 1911, he double-checks that it hasn’t jammed. Kimbers are notorious for jamming on a magazine’s first bullet. With the Glock, he doesn’t do this.
Sometimes fans notice these correct use of weapons and combat. These correct uses are very impressive and add to the specialty of the movie.