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Con Air

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Con Air (1997)

Con Air is a 1997 American action film starring Nicolas Cage as Cameron Poe, a former US Army Ranger who after serving his time in prison for a fight that resulted in a death, finds himself on a prison plane that has been skyjacked by the other convicts aboard. The film was produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Simon West. The cast includes John Cusack, John Malkovich, Colm Meaney, Ving Rhames, Steve Buscemi and M.C. Gainey.

The following weapons were used in the film Con Air:


SIG-Sauer P226

The prison guards, U.S. Marshals and DEA agents arm themselves with SIG-Sauer P226 pistols. The convicts also use several P226s captured from the guards, most notably Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) who takes the pistol from the co-pilot (Martin McSorley) and uses it for much of the film.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Mack the Co-pilot (Martin McSorley) removes his SIG-Sauer P226 from the lock box.
Cyrus "The Virus" Grissom (John Malkovich) points his captured P226 at the pilot (Fredric Lehne).
Cyrus points the P226 at Guard Falzon (Steve Eastin).
Cyrus fires the P226.
Deputy US Marshal Starkey (Dylan Haggerty) at the airport readies his P226 when informed the plane guards are disguised convicts.
Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones (Ving Rhames) holds the SIG-Sauer "gangsta"-style.
Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones (Ving Rhames) dual-wields SIG-Sauer pistols.
DEA Agent Duncan Malloy (Colm Meaney) opens fire with his SIG-Sauer.
"Make a move and the bunny gets it" - Cyrus holds the P226.

Beretta 92SB

A Beretta 92SB pistol is carried by a cartel member (Eddie Pérez), noted by its rounded trigger guard.

Beretta 92SB - 9x19mm
A cartel member (Eddie Pérez) holds a Beretta 92SB and a Skorpion SA.

Colt Woodsman "Assassin" Model

One of cartel members (Thomas Rosales Jr.) carries a Colt Woodsman with both modified slide and barrel to thread a suppressor, commonly known as the "Assassin" model. Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) comments that the convicts would hear the shot, so he threads a suppressor on it. When Poe dispatches all the cartel members, he takes the gun for his own use, before dropping it diving from an explosion.

Colt Woodsman 1st Series - .22 LR
A cartel member (Thomas Rosales Jr.) points his Colt Woodsman Assassin at Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage). Poe comments that the gun would be heard, so he threads a suppressor on it.
"Well, hooray for the sounds of f****** silence!".
A cartel member holds his suppressed Colt Woodsman Assassin before Vince Larkin (John Cusack) breaks up the standoff.
Poe points his captured Colt Woodsman at Larkin.

Glock 17

Deputy US Marshal Vince Larkin (John Cusack) carries a 2nd generation Glock 17 as his main sidearm.

2nd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
Vince Larkin (John Cusack) points his Glock 17 at Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage).
Larkin readies his Glock while riding a police motorbike in Las Vegas.
When his Glock runs empty, Larkin simply tosses it away. Apparently he forgot to bring any spare magazines with him. He also forgets that a real U.S. Marshal would never carelessly discard his weapon in a public place for some bystander to pick up.

Seecamp LWS-32

The undercover DEA agent Willie Sims (José Zúñiga) is slipped a Seecamp LWS-32 pistol before boarding the plane, which he draws before being killed by Cyrus (John Malkovich).

Seecamp LWS-32 - .32 ACP
Duncan Malloy (Colm Meaney) slips a LWS-32 in the sock of DEA agent Willie Sims (José Zúñiga).
Willie Sims (José Zúñiga) holds Joe "Pinball" Parker (Dave Chappelle) hostage with the LWS-32.
A close-up of the LWS-32.
The LWS-32 falls to the floor when Cyrus (John Malkovich) shoots Sims.

Submachine Guns

Skorpion SA

A cartel member (Eddie Pérez) dual-wields a Skorpion SA alongside a Beretta 92SB in the hangar at the bone yard.

Skorpion SA vz. 61 - .32 ACP
A cartel member (Eddie Pérez) holds the Skorpion in his left hand while in a standoff with Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage).
The Skorpion on the ground before Poe kicks it away.


Remington 870

Police officers carry Remington 870 shotguns when the convicts are being loaded onto the plane. Several shotguns are also seen in the arsenal located in the belly of the plane and are later used by the convicts.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Police officers armed with Remington 870 shotguns as Nathan "Diamond Dog" Jones (Ving Rhames) walks to the plane.
An officer holds his Remington 870 as the bus approaches.
Cyrus hands out Remington 870 shotguns from the weapons stash.


M16A1 (with A2 handguard)

The National Guardsmen, Deputy US Marshals, and police officers are armed with M16A1 rifles fitted with M16A2 handguards. Actually these rifles are M16A1 barreled uppers with A2 handguards, however, the lower receivers are the original slab sided M16s.

M16A1 with A2 handguard - 5.56x45mm
Deputy US Marshal holds his M16A1 with A2 handguard.
National Guardsmen armed with M16A1 rifles.


The convicts take several M16A2 assault rifles from the weapons stash. The rifles fire fully-automatic, which means that they are actually M16A2 upper receivers placed on full-auto M16A1 lower receivers, typical of all Hollywood "M16A2" rifles. This is even evident visually in some of close-ups.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
Cyrus aims his captured M16A2 hybrid gun.
Diamond Dog firing his captured M16A2. Note the M16A1 lower receiver coupled with the A2 upper receiver.
Cyrus shoots out a plane door lock with the M16A2 on full auto, showing it is a fully-automatic gun.

Rubber M16 prop

When Cyrus throws down his empty M16A2, it changes to a rubber prop featuring the M16A1 sights and lacking a forward assist, shell deflector, and magazine fencing. This means that the prop was mostly likely cast from a civilian AR-15 Sporter-1 rifle fitted with M16A2 handguard.

The rubber M16 prop bounces on the floor.


Defense Technologies 1315

When Cyrus (John Malkovich) takes the guns out of the weapons hold, a few of convicts are seen using DefTech 1315 launchers, inaccurately portrayed as HE grenade launchers.

Defense Technologies 1315 - 37mm
Diamond Dog (Ving Rhames) loads a dummy 37mm grenade in the DefTech 1315. Note the blue ring.
Diamond Dog readies the 1315 launcher.
A convict fires the 1315 launcher.
A close-up of Diamond Dog firing the 1315 launcher.

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