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The Departed

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The Departed (2006)

The Departed is a 2006 American crime thriller film directed by Martin Scorsese and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Alec Baldwin, Martin Sheen, Mark Wahlberg, and Jack Nicholson. The film is a remake of the 2002 Hong Kong crime thriller film Infernal Affairs and went on to receive 5 Academy Award nominations and would receive 4, including the Awards for Best Picture and Best Director (the first for director Scorsese).

The following weapons were used in the film The Departed:



SIG-Sauer P226

The SIG-Sauer P226 is carried by all of Massachusetts State Police (MSP) officers in the film, including Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon), Detective Brown (Anthony Anderson), Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) and numerous other characters.

Note: In real life, the P226 has been standard-issue for the MSP members since 1987. However, during the scene where Colin is sitting in a class on ballistics while at the academy, the instructor mentions that the department's service pistols are chambered for 9mm hollow-point rounds. This is a slight inaccuracy, the MSP have been using the .40 S&W version of the P226 since the mid-1990s (and more recently switched to the double-action-only DAK model, whereas the guns in the film are SA/DA models).

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Massachusetts State Police cadets firing their SIG-Sauer P226 pistols during training at the academy. The longer barrel and squared trigger guard denotes the pistol as a P226.
On the right, MSP Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) with his holstered SIG-Sauer.
Sideview of Dignam's holstered SIG-Sauer.
An Internal Investigations detective fires his SIG-Sauer at Costello's men.
Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) with his SIG-Sauer P226 after the raid.
Detective Brown (Anthony Anderson) with his own SIG-Sauer.

SIG-Sauer P228

In some scenes, the SIG-Sauer P228 is carried by Sergeant Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon). While the above screencaps all show what appear to be P226 pistols rather than P228s, it is possible P228s were also used as standby guns.

Note: A stated-as-verified screen-used SIG-Sauer P228 used by Matt Damon is currently on display at the National Firearms Museum located at the NRA Headquarters in Fairfax, Virginia.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm

Astra A-100

Although the SIG-Sauer P226 is standard-issue for the Massachusetts State Police (both in the film and in real life), but a close-up of Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) firing his weapon at the academy reveals an Astra A-100. This pistol looks similar to the SIG-Sauer pistols, but it is a very different weapon. When Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) is seen training on firearms at the academy, he also seems to be using this same pistol (probably the same prop gun).

Astra A-100 - .40 S&W
A close-up of Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon) firing an Astra A-100 at the academy.

Walther PPK

Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) carries a flat nickel Walther PPK as his sidearm throughout the film. Later this weapon is used by Trooper Barrigan (James Badge Dale) and then eventually by Colin Sullivan (Matt Damon).

Walther PPK - .380 ACP
Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) confronts a junkie with his Walther PPK.
Billy loads a magazine into his Walther PPK. Note a magazine he loads contains the extended curve (meant to provide a more full grip on the pistol).
Billy Costigan (Leonardo DiCaprio) points his PPK.

Beretta 84 Cheetah

Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) carries a Beretta 84 Cheetah (the early model) as his sidearm throughout the film. It is seen most notably when he confronts Billy about the possibility that Billy might be an informant.

Beretta 84 Cheetah (early model with rounded trigger guard) - .380 ACP
Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) uses his Beretta 84 Cheetah to threaten Billy.
A close-up of Costello's Beretta.

Beretta 92FS

A suppressed Beretta 92FS is used by MSP Staff Sergeant Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg).

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Sean Dignam (Mark Wahlberg) fires his suppressed Beretta 92FS.


Colt Python

Arnold French (Ray Winstone) carries a Colt Python (snub nose model) throughout the film. It is seen most notably during the warehouse scene, when he cocks the weapon while it's concealed behind his back.

Colt Python stainless steel variant with 2.5 inch barrel and rubber grips - .357 Magnum
Arnold French (Ray Winstone) cocks his Colt Python during the money exchange in the warehouse.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

At the beginning of the film, Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose during an execution by the airport.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose (right side) - .357 Magnum
Frank Costello (Jack Nicholson) fires his Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose during an execution.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Fitzy (David O'Hara) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver during a shootout with Internal Investigations detectives.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Fitzy (David O'Hara) fires his revolver at Internal Investigations detectives.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

During the warehouse scene, one of Chinese thugs carries a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 fitted with a Surefire dedicated forend (but with no flashlight in the grip).

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
A Chinese thug holds his Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with a Surefire grip (for some reason, there is no flashlight or any other attachment mounted in the grip).

Cobray M11/9

Two of Chinese thugs are seen carrying Cobray M11/9 submachine guns during the money exchange in the warehouse.

Cobray M11/9 - 9x19mm
Two of Chinese thugs flash their Cobray M11/9s at Costello's men.


Near the end of the film, two of Costello's men are seen firing MAC-10 submachine guns at the Massachusetts State Police, despite Costello's earlier statement that his men don't carry machine guns.

Ingram MAC-10 - 9x19mm
A thug firing his MAC-10 in his last moments.


Franchi SPAS-12

A Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun with a fixed stock is used by one of Costello's men during a shootout near the end of the film.

Franchi SPAS-12 with fixed stock and extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
One of Costello's thugs fires his SPAS-12.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

A Mossberg 500 Cruiser is used by Timothy Delahunt (Mark Rolston) during a shootout with Internal Investigations detectives. Another Mossberg 500 Cruiser is also seen when Costello's men clear out of a room after being tipped off about a police raid.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser - 12 Gauge
Timothy Delahunt (Mark Rolston) gets shot while holding his Mossberg 500 Cruiser.

Ithaca 37

One of Massachusetts State Police officers is seen firing an Ithaca 37 shotgun at Costello's men during the final shootout. It is equipped with an extended magazine tube. Costello's thugs also point their Ithaca 37s at the backs of Chinese thugs.

Ithaca 37 with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
An officer fires his Ithaca 37 in the foreground while another fires his P226 in the background.
A close-up of the same officer firing his Ithaca 37.
Ithaca 37 Deer Slayer Police Special - 12 Gauge
Costello's thugs point their Ithaca 37 shotguns at the Chinese buyers during the meeting. The one on the left has an extended tube Ithaca, while the one on the right has a standard Ithaca. Both appear to be fitted with rifle sights.

Rifles / Carbines

Olympic Arms K23B

Olympic Arms K23Bs, Canadian-made ultra-compact Colt Carbine variants with 6.5 inch barrels, are used by several Boston Police Special Operations Unit officers when they take down Costello's thugs near the end of the film.

An Olympic Arms K23B similar to those seen in The Departed - 5.56x45mm. The ones in the film have A1E1-style upper receivers (forward assist and case deflector with A1 sights), whereas this gun has an A2 upper receiver and the newer-style collapsible stock, but the barrel and forearm are identical.
Boston Special Ops officers ambush Costello's men with their ultra-compact Olympic Arms K23B carbines.
A close-up of an officer firing his K23B. The brass deflector is just visible in this shot, as is the forward assist and A1 rear sight, indicating an A1E1 upper (as found on most Canadian AR variants).


An AKMS-type assault rifle is carried by one of Chinese thugs in the warehouse. It looks like a Chinese Norinco Type 56-1, but it's hard to tell because the weapon is never seen clearly.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
Norinco Type 56-1 - 7.62x39mm
Chinese mobsters prepare to exchange the money for the microprocessors with Costello's crew. The one in the center has an AKMS.

M16A1 / M16A2

M16A1 and M16A2 rifles are used by the police officers who perform the 3-volley salute at a funeral. All of them have A2 handguards, but the receivers of some rifles are clearly A1 style.

M16A1 with A2 handguard - 5.56x45mm
M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
Massachusetts State Police officers firing their M16 rifles at a funeral. Although all of these rifles have M16A2 handguards, but only the rifle on the far right has an A2 receiver, the others have A1 style receivers.

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