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Band of the Hand

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Band of the Hand (1986)

Band of the Hand is a 1986 action film starring Stephen Lang, Michael Carmine, Daniele Quinn, Leon Robinson, John Cameron Mitchell, Al Shannon, Lauren Holly, Laurence Fishburne, and James Remar. The film follows several troubled teens who are recruited into a secret program that uses special tactics to combat the drug gangs in Miami. Band of the Hand was produced by Michael Mann and directed by Paul Michael Glaser.

The following weapons were used in the film Band of the Hand:



Beretta 84

Before Carlos (Daniele Quinn) goes to the drug deal, Nikki (Lauren Holly) takes a Beretta 84 from her purse and hands it to him.

Beretta 84 (earlier version with round trigger guard) .380 ACP
Nikki (Lauren Holly) hands the Beretta 84 to Carlos (Daniele Quinn).
Another shot of the Beretta 84.

Beretta 92S

Cream (Laurence Fishburne) uses a Beretta 92S to threaten Joe (Stephen Lang). Joe then disarms Cream of the Beretta 92S and holds it on him, ordering that he tell his men to put down their weapons.

Beretta Model 92S with wooden grips - 9x19mm
Cream (Laurence Fishburne) threatens Joe (Stephen Lang) with the Beretta 92S
Good view of the Model 92S from the other side.
Joe turns the tables on Cream.

Taurus PT99AFS

When Joe orders Cream to have his men drop their weapons, one of them pulls out a nickel Taurus PT99AFS .

Taurus PT99AFS (nickel) - 9x19mm
The man on the right has the Taurus PT99AFS.

Colt Government Model M1911A1

When Cream's men surrender their weapons, one removes from his holster what appears to be a Colt Government M1911A1. Carlos (Daniele Quinn) can be seen using the Colt Government Model at the end of the movie.

Colt Government Model M1911A1 - .45 ACP
The man on the left has the Colt Government Model M1911A1.
Carlos (Daniele Quinn) fires the Colt Government Model M1911A1 during the attack on the drug factory.
Another shot of Carlos with Colt Government Model M1911A1 that gives a little better view of the pistol, thanks to the muzzle flash from Moss's weapon.

Colt Gold Cup National Match

Carlos (Daniele Quinn) throws a Colt Gold Cup National Match onto a bed before he announces to Joe he's leaving.

Colt Gold Cup National Match (Mark IV, Series 70) - .45 ACP
The Colt Gold Cup National Match after Carlos (Daniele Quinn) tosses it onto the bed.

Smith & Wesson 669

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson 669 is taken from one of Cream's thugs.

Smith & Wesson 669 with old bobbed hammer - 9x19mm.
Dorcy (Al Shannon) holds the S&W 669 he just took from Cream's thug.


Smith & Wesson Model 19

During the drug bust at the beginning of the film, undercover police officers are shown using Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose revolvers with 2" barrels.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose (left side) - .357 Magnum.
An undercover cop fires his snub nose S&W Model 19 at Nikki (Lauren Holly) as she flees the scene of the drug bust.
Carlos (Daniele Quinn) is taken into custody by undercover police officers after he's arrested at the drug bust. The officer on the right is holding a S&W Model 19.

Smith & Wesson Model 64

Aldo (Danton Stone), a friend of Carlos, is seen with a revolver, which appears to be a stainless Smith & Wesson Model 64.

Smith and Wesson Model 64 (early 80's variant with 3-inch heavy barrel) stainless steel - .38 Special
Aldo (Danton Stone) holds a cocked S&W Model 64 at the door.
Another view of the S&W Model 64.

Submachine Guns

Star Z-62

When Joe (Stephen Lang) disarms Cream (Laurence Fishburne), his men threaten Joe with an assortment of submachine guns. Joe forces Cream to make them drop the their weapons and has "The Band" collect them. One of Cream's men has a Spanish Star Z63. Ruben (Michael Carmine) can later be seen using the Z63 during the training session. Note the "two finger" trigger assembly (lower only for semi-auto, both for fully automatic) that clearly indicates that this is a Star Z63 and not the improved Z70/B. It should also be noted that this could be a Star Z-62, which was chambered in both 9x23 Largo as well as 9x19 NATO - and is identical except for the chamber depth (both model 9x19mm magazines had a plate welded to the front for a snug fit into the larger receiver opening). This is unlikely, however, as the Z-63 was the model specifically sold by the Spanish for export, and would likely have been the model obtained by the armorer.

Spanish Star Z63 Submachine Gun (9x19mm)
One of Cream's thugs holds his Z63 at the ready.
Ruben (Michael Carmine) holds the Z63 during a training session in which Joe attempts to teach "the band" tactics.

Beretta Model 12

One of Cream's thugs has a Beretta Model 12. J.L. (John Cameron Mitchell) can be seen using the Beretta M12 for the rest of the film.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Carlos (Daniele Quinn) picks up the Beretta Model 12 surrendered by one of Cream's men. In this shot, the separate controls for the fire selector and safety can be seen, indicating this is the original Model 12 and not the later 12s model.
On the left is J.L. (John Cameron Mitchell), seen during the training session holding the Model 12 with two magazines taped together.
J.L. armed with the Model 12 during the attack on the apartment house.

Walther MPK

One of Cream's men has a Walther MPK. This weapon isn't used again for the rest of the film.

Walther MPK with stock folded - 9x19mm
The man in the center of the screenshot can be seen holding the Walther MPK.


Two of Cream's men have MAC-10 submachine guns with barrel extensions and the stocks removed. One of these is used by Moss (Leon Robinson) for the rest of the film. Many of Cream's men can be seen using the same type of MAC-10s during the attack on the apartment house where Joe and "The Band" are staying. Some of the guards at Nestor's drug lab also use MAC-10s. At the end of the film, Nestor (James Remar) can be seen using a MAC-10 with no barrel extension.

MAC-10 with magazine removed and barrel extension .45 ACP
The man center right has the MAC-10.
The man on the far left is armed with a MAC-10.
One of Cream's men places his MAC-10 on the ground. Also seen in this shot are the Beretta Model 12 and the Star Z-62.
Moss (Leon Robinson) seen with the MAC-10 during the assault on the apartment house.
MAC-10 was used by Jamie Lee Curtis in the film True Lies - 9x19mm Parabellum.
Nestor (James Remar) holds a MAC-10.


An Uzi submachine gun is another weapon confiscated from one of Cream's men. Joe later uses the Uzi when Cream and his gang attack the apartment house. Nikki (Lauren Holly) can be seen with the Uzi near the end of the film.

IMI Uzi with collapsible buttstock extended - 9x19mm
The man in the center of this shot has the Uzi.
Joe (Stephen Lang) takes aim with the Uzi at a carload of Cream's men trying to run him down.
Joe reloads his Uzi.
Nikki (Lauren Holly) with the Uzi during the raid on the drug factory.

Smith & Wesson M76

Yet another weapon taken from Cream's gang is the Smith & Wesson M76. Dorcy (Al Shannon) uses the M76 for the rest of the film. Ruben (Michael Carmine) can be seen pretending to fire the M76 when "The Band" are inspecting the confiscated weapons. Some of Cream's men can be seen using M76 submachine guns during the attack on the apartment house, and some guards at the drug lab have them as well.

Smith & Wesson M76 - 9x19mm‎
Ruben (Michael Carmine) with the M76.
Dorcy (Al Shannon) uses the M76 to return fire on Cream's thugs when they attack the apartment house.
Dorcy (Al Shannon) with M76 before the drug factory raid.

Micro Uzi

The Micro Uzi submachine gun is seen in the hands of one of Cream's thugs, and it is later taken from him. Cream (Laurence Fishburne) himself uses a Micro Uzi during the attack on the house.

IMI Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
Dorcy (Al Shannon) cradles the Micro Uzi he took from one of Cream's thugs.
Cream (Laurence Fishburne) levels his Micro Uzi.
Cream exchanges gunfire with his Micro Uzi.


Remington 870

A corrections officer on the airboat that transports the protagonists to the Everglades can be seen holding a Remington 870. Nikki (Lauren Holly) uses a sawn off Remington 870 at the end of the film.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Corrections officer on the airboat with a Remington 870.
Close-up of Nikki (Lauren Holly) holding the Remington 870 after she discards the Uzi.
Nikki fires the Remington 870.

Mossberg 500

A few guards at the drug factory can be seen using Mossberg 500 shotguns.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun - 12 Gauge. Note the wood furniture.
Guards during the attack on the drug factory with Mossberg 500 shotguns.

Rifles & Carbines


Carlos (Daniele Quinn) can be seen with a M16A1 when Joe (Stephen Lang) is teaching him marksmanship skills. It's assumed this is Joe's personal weapon as it's not one taken from Cream's men. Ruben uses the same M16A1 during the attack by Cream's gang. Carlos uses the M16A1 to provide covering fire for the rest of "The Band" when they attack the drug factory.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm.
Carlos (Daniele Quinn) with the M16A1 being taught marksmanship skills by Joe.
On the left side of the screenshot, Ruben (Michael Carmine) fires the M16A1 during the attack on the house.


Carlos (Daniele Quinn) can be seen armed with a CAR-15 during the tactical training session. It's assumed that this is another personal weapon of Joe's as it's not one that was confiscated from Cream's thugs. Ruben (Michael Carmine) uses the CAR-15 as his personal weapon during the attack on the drug factory.

Carlos (Daniele Quinn) with the CAR-15. Note he has two 30 round magazines taped together.
Another shot of Carlos with the CAR-15 which shows the short barrel.
Ruben (Michael Carmine) fires the CAR-15 during the raid on the drug factory.


M61 Vulcan

A structure on top of the drug factory hides a gun turret containing a pintle-mounted rotary cannon. Grating on the structure folds down to allow the cannon to fire. The weapon closely resembles an M61 Vulcan but slightly smaller. It is not known if this is an actual weapon firing blanks or a prop gun constructed for the film. The cannon closely resembles the cannon mounted on the Blue Thunder helicopter, which is supposed to be a M61 Vulcan, but was a acetylene-firing mockup.

GE M61 Vulcan Cannon - 20mm
Gun turret with rotary cannon on top of the drug factory, ready for action. The grating that folds up and hides the gun when not in use can be seen in this shot.
The gunner fires the cannon at the "Band of the Hand"
More detail of the cannon can be seen in this and the next shot. The sparks are bullet impacts from Carlos' M16, in an attempt to fire through the vision port and kill the gunner.

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