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Independence Day

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Independence Day
Independence day movieposter.jpg
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Release Date 1996
Studio Centropolis Entertainment
Distributor 20th Century Fox
Main Cast
Character Actor
Captain Steven Hiller Will Smith
David Levinson Jeff Goldblum
Thomas J. Whitmore Bill Pullman

Independence Day is a 1996 science fiction action film that follows the citizens of Earth who band together to repel alien invaders determined to take the world by force. The film was directed by Roland Emmerich and the cast included Will Smith, Jeff Goldblum, Bill Pullman, Mary McDonnell, and Randy Quaid. The film would be followed twenty years later in 2016 with the sequel Independence Day: Resurgence.

The following weapons were used in the film Independence Day:


Beretta 92FS

The Beretta 92FS appears in the film in the hands of U.S. Secret Service agents and U.S. military personnel. USAF Major Mitchell (Adam Baldwin) along with Secret Service agents can be seen volley-firing them to kill an alien as it is telepathically attacking President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman). In another scene, Major Mitchell fires one at a captured alien fighter when David Levinson (Jeff Goldblum) is demonstrating the computer virus he designed to neutralize the aliens' technology, the first shot ricocheting off the fighters' shields and the second shot hitting a Coke can placed on the hull of the fighter when David uploads the virus. A Beretta 92FS can also be seen in a graphic on a TV news broadcast asking Los Angeles residents not to fire on the spacecraft for fear of starting an interstellar war.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
USAF Major Mitchell (Adam Baldwin) along with a Secret Service agent volley fire at an Alien with their Beretta 92FS handguns. USMC Gen. William Grey (Robert Loggia) uses a 92SB as noted by its rounded trigger guard. Also note the Secret Service agent close to the camera, who is using a cup-and-saucer grip on his gun. Real agents are trained in weapons handling and surely wouldn't use this grip.
USAF Major Mitchell fires the Beretta 92FS borrowed from a SF at a Coke can placed on the alien spacecraft.
A Beretta 92FS being used in a graphic on a local TV news broadcast, which warns the citizens of Los Angeles to not use their guns to shoot at the alien ships overhead.

Beretta 92SB

USMC General William Grey (Robert Loggia) uses a Beretta 92SB to shoot an alien that is telepathically attacking President Thomas J. Whitmore (Bill Pullman). Due to a continuity error, Mitchell's (Adam Baldwin) Beretta changes from a 92FS to the older 92SB when he finishes off the alien with three shots. The pistol is distinguished from the 92FS by its rounded trigger guard.

Beretta 92SB - 9x19mm
USMC Gen. William Grey (Robert Loggia) fires at an Alien with his Beretta 92SB.
Mitchell fires three rounds into an Alien's head with a Beretta 92SB.

Browning Hi-Power

A Browning Hi-Power is seen in the hands of a Royal Air Force pilot when pilots of varying nationalities are having a discussion in the Iraqi desert.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm. These Hi-Powers feature elongated bushings different from Hi-Powers Made before 1973 and after the MK II Series.
The Browning HP is seen on the left.
An RAF pilot on the left holds the HP. Note that he has a finger on the trigger and appears to be pointing it right at the pilot on the right.
The pilot holds the pistol.


Double-Barreled Shotgun

When David Levinson goes to pick up his father Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch) in New York City, Julius comes to the door brandishing a Double-Barreled Shotgun, thinking David is one of the many looters running rampant as a result of the panic created by the aliens' arrival. Interestingly, the weapon makes a pump-action cocking sound when Julius first raises it.

Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Julius Levinson (Judd Hirsch) brandishing a double-barreled shotgun.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch HK94A3

In several scenes, U.S. military personnel at Area 51 can be seen with Heckler & Koch HK94A3s mocked up as Heckler & Koch MP5A3s (identifiable by the lack of paddle mag release and barrel lugs), notably when Captain Steven Hiller (Will Smith) arrives at Area 51 with an alien fighter pilot he captured, and following President Whitmore's "Independence Day" speech prior to the final battle, waving the weapons in the air and cheering.

Heckler & Koch HK94A3 mocked up as MP5A3 - 9x19mm
A guard with a Heckler & Koch HK94A3 gives Captain Steven Hiller clearance into Area 51.
An Area 51 guard holds the HK94A3 while listening to President Whitmore's "Independence Day" speech .



U.S. military personnel can be seen carrying M16A2 rifles in several scenes, most notably during the attacks on Marine Corps Air Station El Toro and Area 51.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm

During the attack on the El Toro Marine Air Station, a U.S. Marine in the middle is seen carrying an M16A2 rifle. Note that the Marines in this scene, like all of the military personnel seen throughout the film, do not wear PASGT Kevlar helmets (which would have been standard-issue in the U.S. military in 1996), but rather older M1 helmets equipped with poor-fitting PASGT helmet covers.
Several soldiers carrying M16A2's at Area 51 when Captain Hiller arrives with the captured alien.
From the Special Edition, the soldier on the left with the rifle.
From the Special Edition, the rifle is seen on the left.

Machine Guns

Gryazev-Shiponov GSh-6-30

MiG-31 Foxhounds parked at an airbase in Russia carry internally-mounted Gryazev-Shipunov GSh-6-30 cannons as their secondary armament.

GSh-6-30 rotary gun - 30x165mm
MiG-31 Foxhounds carry the GSh-6-30 cannon as secondary armament.


In several scenes, Humvees can be seen armed with M60 machine guns mounted on them, primarily at Area 51.

M60 Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M60 machine gun mounted on a Humvee behind two guards at Area 51.

M61 Vulcan

The M61 Vulcan appears in the film as the secondary armament of USMC F/A-18 Hornets and USAF F-16 Falcons. As with all the human weapons, they are largely ineffective against the aliens' defenses, but prove more than capable once the aliens' shields are disabled. The production didn't receive support from the US Department of Defense, so in many scenes, the jets seen were either full-size non-flying mockups or created with computer-generated effects. The proliferation of F/A-18s is apparently due to high cost of period CGI only allowing the use of one high-detail aircraft model in battle scenes, though the distant shot of aircraft assembling for the final battle also includes low-detail F-14s, F-15s, AV-8 Harriers and A-10 Thunderbolts.

General Electric M61 Vulcan Cannon - 20x102mm
F/A-18 Hornets and F-14 Tomcats are readied at the El Toro Air Base.
A full-size mockup of an F-16 Falcon is seen in the background.
A full size F/A-18 mockup is seen as volunteer pilots are briefed.
The F/A-18 Hornet is seen being worked on behind Major Mitchell (Adam Baldwin). Note the erroneous "Air Force" painted along the fuselage of the Hornet (The Hornet is only in service with the US Navy and US Marine Corps). This is due to the fact that the scene was a reshoot and this is the same mockup fighter used in the film The Rock.
An F/A-18 Hornet firing its M61 Vulcan while providing cover.

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