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In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders

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In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders (1988)

In The Line Of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders is a 1988 made-for-television film based on the events of a real life FBI investigation which led to the April 11, 1986 FBI Miami shooting incident.

The following weapons were used in the film In the Line of Duty: The F.B.I. Murders:


Smith & Wesson 459

Special Agent Ben Grogan (Ronny Cox) and Special Agent Jerry Dove (Bruce Greenwood) both carry Smith & Wesson 459 9mm pistols as their sidearms. Special Agent Ron Risner (Randal Patrick) is also armed with a 459. This is quite accurate, as the FBI purchased 803 S&W 459's and issued them to SWAT trained Special Agents in the early eighties.

Smith & Wesson 459 - 9x19mm
Special Agent Dove fires his Smith & Wesson 459 at the suspects.
Special Agent Grogan fires his S&W 459 at the suspects, despite being unable to see clearly without his glasses.
Special Agent Dove (Bruce Greenwood) fires his S&W 459 at Platt.
Risner fires his S&W 459 from across the street.
Special Agent Grogan (Ronny Cox) fires his S&W 459.
Agent Grogan reloads while Agent Dove discovers his pistol is unusable after it is hit with a .223 round.
Dove frantically tries to fix his gun, apparently unaware that Agent McNeill's Model 10 lies unused behind him.
Special Agent Risner (Randal Patrick) fires his S&W 459 before running out of ammunition.

Beretta 92F

In a continuity error, both Special Agent Jerry Dove (Bruce Greenwood) and Special Agent Ron Risner (Randal Patrick) are seen with a Beretta 92F in some scenes.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
Special Agent Jerry Dove draws his Beretta after a kid fires a toy MAC-10 at them.
Dove with his Beretta as they search for whoever fired the gun at them.
Dove holsters his Beretta after discovering it's a kid with a toy MAC-10.
Agent Ron Risner with Beretta as he tells Ed Mirelles (Ronald G. Joseph) it's over.

Colt M1911A1

William Matix (Michael Gross) briefly uses a M1911A1 pistol to steal a car by shooting it's owner. The M1911A1 is also used in the film when Platt and Matix break into the pinball machine salesman's home. It is later seen when Matix tells his wife to get out.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Matix threatens the pinball machine salesman.
Another view of the M1911A1 held by William Matix (Michael Gross).
Several M1911A1's are seen when the agents search the paramilitary group.
Matix's M1911A1 is seen resting on the dinner table when he tells his wife to get out.


The man that is shot by William Matix with a Colt Python is target practicing with an unknown pistol. It closely resembles the S&W 459, but there is never a close up shot.

A man target practices as William Matix approaches.


Smith & Wesson Model 10

Agents who do not carry the Smith & Wesson 459 pistol in this film carry a 4" barreled Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 Special revolver, including Supervisory Special Agent Gordon "Gordy" McNeill (Doug Sheehan). Special Agent Ed Mirelles (Ronald G. Joseph) notably uses a Model 10 to fatally wound Matix and Platt as they attempt to flee the shootout.

During the period the agency-issued revolver for FBI Special Agents was the 3" barreled Smith & Wesson Model 13 .357 Magnum revolver; The Model 13 became FBI standard-issue in 1982.

In the actual shootout SA Ed Mirelles carried a 3" barreled Smith & Wesson Model 686 .357 Magnum revolver, while SSA Gordon McNeill carried a 2.5" barreled Smith & Wesson Model 19 .357 Magnum revolver. The two weapons were personally owned by Mirelles and McNeill, respectively, and are both listed in FBI documents as being approved for carry by the respective agents.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (Heavy barrel) Revolver (Post 1950s Model) - .38 Special
SSA Gordon "Gordy" McNeill prepares to fire his Smith & Wesson Model 10 at the the suspects.
SSA McNeill (Doug Sheehan) fires his S&W Model 10 at William Matix. In the film he hits Matix in the arm, in the actual shootout he hit Matix in the face, knocking him unconscious for several minutes.
Special Agent Gilbert Orrantia (Geoffrey Deuel) returns fire from across the street, before being wounded by Platt.
A wounded McNeill attempts to reload his Model 10.
Special Agent Mirelles (Ronald G. Joseph) draws his Smith & Wesson Model 10, after emptying his shotgun.
Mirelles fires at Matix and Platt as they attempt to flee.
Mirelles with his Model 10 after emptying it at the Platt and Matix.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Special Agent John Hanlon (Peter McRobbie) uses a backup Smith & Wesson Model 36 in the shootout scene, after his main sidearm was knocked over during a collision with the other pursuit vehicles.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Agent Hanlon puts his Smith and Wesson Model 36 in an ankle holster.
Hanlon (Peter McRobbie) takes cover behind one of the FBI vehicles.

Smith & Wesson Model 686

Michael Platt (David Soul) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 686 to kill a man target shooting with a rifle at the beginning of the film, to steal his gold Monte Carlo. William Matix carries the Model 686 in a shoulder holster during the shootout; At one point Platt takes the revolver and attempts to shoot Special Agent Ed Mirelles (Ronald G. Joseph) with it, missing his head by inches before the gun misfires after 3 shots.

In the actual shootout a Smith & Wesson Model 586 was used, but not in this particular portion of the incident - A Dan Wesson revolver is what Platt pulled from Matix's shoulder holster. The S&W Model 586 was used first by Michael Platt at the beginning of the actual shootout, before switching to his Ruger Mini-14.

Smith & Wesson Model 686 - .357 Magnum
Platt shoots a man target practicing at the start of the film with a Smith & Wesson Model 686.
An armored truck guard draws a Smith & Wesson Model 686 on Platt & Matix.
Top view of the Smith & Wesson Model 686 after Platt draws it from Matix's shoulder holster.
A wounded Platt stumbles towards the car which Mirelles is hiding behind.
Platt fires three rounds at Mirelles before it misfires.

Colt Python

William Matix (Michael Gross) uses a Colt Python in an attempt to kill a man target shooting with a pistol to take his black Monte Carlo. It is never seen again.

In the actual shootout a Dan Wesson revolver (which resembles the Colt Python) was used in addition to a Smith & Wesson Model 586.

Colt Python - .357 Magnum
Matix aims the Colt Python at the man target shooting.
Matix fires the Colt Python.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

Michael Platt (David Soul) briefly uses a Smith & Wesson Model 29 during the home invasion scene. After that, the revolver is never seen again.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 Magnum
Platt jams his S&W Model 29 into the pinball salesman's chest.


Ithaca 37

William Matix (Michael Gross) uses a Ithaca 37 shotgun throughout the film. Michael Platt (David Soul) uses it to execute a guard who drew on them. In the film the barrel is cut down in front of the magazine tube. In the actual shootout Matix used a Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun that featured an extended magazine tube so the barrel would not have been cut down.

Ithaca 37 with sawed-off stock and barrel - 12 Gauge
Platt takes the Ithaca 37 shotgun from Matix and executes a guard who drew on them.
Matix threatens a drive-thru bank teller with his Ithaca 37 shotgun during a robbery.
Matix with his Ithaca 37 at another bank robbery.
Matix fires the Ithaca 37 at Special Agent Dove.
Another view before Matix fires another round.

Remington 870

Several FBI agents are seen with the Remington 870 in the film. Special Agent Ed Mirelles (Ronald G. Joseph) notably uses a Remington 870 during the shootout.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge

Supervisory Special Agent Gordon McNeill (Doug Sheehan) gets a Remington 870 out of the FBI armory as they get ready to question a paramilitary group.
Agents with 870's as they prepare to search grids where the robbery suspects might be.
Special Agent Mirelles, wounded in the left arm by Platt, racks the Remington 870 with his functional arm.
Mirelles fires the Remington 870 with one arm.

Rifles / Carbines

Ruger AC-556K

Michael Platt (David Soul) uses a Ruger AC-556K for most of the film. Platt uses the AC-556K to kill an armored car guard, and later uses it in the shootout against the FBI agents that attempt to apprehend him.

In the actual incident, the real Michael Platt used a Mini-14 with a folding stock, but it was stainless steel and was semi-auto only, unlike in the film where a full-auto AC-556 was used.

Ruger AC-556K - 5.56x45mm (.223)
Several Ruger AC-556's are seen being used by the paramilitary group the FBI questions.
Platt fires his Ruger AC-556K in the wall after a bank employee doesn't tell him what he wants to hear.
Platt threatens bank employees with his Ruger AC-556K.
Platt reloads his Ruger AC-556K, note the selector switch meaning it's a factory or professionally converted to full-auto.
Michael Platt (David Soul) continues practice shooting with his Ruger AC-556K, after buying five thousand rounds of ammunition.
Wounded by the FBI agents, Platt reloads his Ruger AC-556K during the shootout. His rifle has two magazines taped together 'jungle-style.'
Platt prepares to fire his AC-556K after getting to his feet.

Bolt-Action Rifle

The film opens up with man, likely meant to be Emelio Briel, using a bolt-action rifle. He is then shot by Michael Platt (David Soul) with a Smith & Wesson 686.



William Matix (Michael Gross) fires a M16A2 when he and Michael Platt are shooting in the woods.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3-Round Burst Only).
Matix and Platt shoot at bottles in the woods.
Close up of the receiver.
Another view.


Several M16A1's are seen when the FBI question the paramilitary group.

M16A1 - 5.56x45mm.
Three M16's are seen.

Norinco Type 56

Another rifle used by the paramilitary group is the Norinco Type 56.

Norinco Type 56 (fixed stock variant) with under-folding bayonet ("pig sticker") which was standard on PLA-issue Type 56s - 7.62x39mm
A Norinco Type 56 lying on the ground after the FBI show up.
Upper right same one used in the prior seen above next to what appears to be a Valmet M76.

Submachine Guns


An IMI Uzi is seen being used by the paramilitary group. It's fitted with muzzle brake.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
A paramilitary member training with an Uzi.
The same used in the prior scene above.

Thompson M1928A1

An M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun is seen when the FBI checks the paramilitary groups weapons.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
What appears to be an M1928A1 Thompson Submachine Gun.


A MAC-11 is also seen.

RPB Industries MAC-11 - .380 ACP (9x17mm)
A MAC-11 back towards the ammo box.

Micro Uzi

A Micro Uzi is seen between a Ruger AC-556 and a Thompson. Another is seen behind several pistols.

Micro Uzi - 9x19mm
A Micro Uzi between a Ruger AC-556 and a Thompson.
A Micro Uzi behind several pistols.

Machine Guns


Several M60 machine guns are seen when the FBI go to question the paramilitary group.

M60 GPMG - 7.62x51mm
On a table when the FBI approach
Mounted on a Jeep.
Most likely the same one seen on the table.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on a Jeep when the FBI question the paramilitary group.

Browning M2HB - 12.7x99mm (.50 Browning)
M2HB Mounted on a Jeep.


Paintball Gun

Special Agent Jerry Dove (Bruce Greenwood) practices with a paintball gun when SWAT training. It is a "SplatMaster" paintball pistol. It holds 10 paintballs in the upper tube and must be cocked each time before firing (single shot) and uses a CO2 cartridge.

SA Jerry Dove as he clears a room.
Dove with a paintball gun after realizing he shot the postman played by an agent.

Para Ordnance Model 85

After the FBI arrive to question the paramilitary group. A kid fires a Para Ordnance Model 85 at them. After the agents catch up with him he explains that it's a pellet gun.

The Model 85 was produced in the 80s as a "Dye Marking Tactical Machine Pistol." and was intended to resemble the MAC-10 to help train military and law enforcement personnel.

The Para Ordnance Model 85. Note the "This Is Not A Toy" printing in the background.
A kid prepares to fire at the agents.
The kid with his toy MAC-10 after the agents catch him.

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