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The Jackal
The jackal.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Michael Caton-Jones
Release Date 1997
Language English
Studio Mutual Film Company
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
The Jackal Bruce Willis
Declan Joseph Mulqueen Richard Gere
FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston Sidney Poitier
Major Valentina Koslova Diane Venora
Isabella Celia Zanconia Mathilda May
FBI Special Agent Timothy I. Witherspoon J.K. Simmons
FBI Special Agent McMurphy Richard Lineback
Ian Lamont Jack Black
Akashi Daniel Dae Kim

The Jackal is a 1997 American action thriller starring Richard Gere as a former IRA sniper who is recruited by the FBI to track down a professional assassin known as "The Jackal" (Bruce Willis), who has been hired by a Russian mobster to eliminate a major American political figure. The film is a loose remake of the 1973 thriller The Day of the Jackal.

The following weapons were used in the film The Jackal:



SIG-Sauer P228

SIG-Sauer P228 pistols are used by FBI Special Agents Timothy I. Witherspoon (J.K. Simmons) and McMurphy (Richard Lineback). Near the end of the film, Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere) uses one when facing The Jackal (Bruce Willis), as does Isabella Zanconia (Mathilda May).

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm
Agent Witherspoon points his SIG-Sauer P228 while in Moscow.
Agent Witherspoon shuts off the radio blasting "Red Tape" by Agent Provocateur while holding his SIG P228.
Declan chambers his SIG P228 while following The Jackal in the subway station.
Jackal jumps past the train to get some distance between he and Declan. Here he is holding a SIG P228 but later he is seen using a Glock 17 until the end of the film.
Declan fires his SIG P228 at Jackal, and does an awful job faking the recoil. He's about a second late and over-doing it too much.
Declan points his SIG P228 at Jackal as he holds a girl hostage.
Isabella shoots Jackal in the neck with a SIG P228.
Isabella hugs Declan while holding the SIG P228.
Declan grabs Isabella's SIG P228 and finishes off The Jackal with several shots to the chest.

SIG-Sauer P229

FBI Deputy Director Carter Preston (Sidney Poitier) uses a SIG-Sauer P229 as his sidearm.

SIG-Sauer P229 - 9x19mm
Deputy Director Preston with his SIG P229 in an FBI-canted holster.
Deputy Director Preston points his SIG P229 at Declan.
Preston with his SIG P229 drawn during the assassination attempt on the First Lady.

Beretta 84FS "Cheetah"

Major Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) carries a Beretta 84FS "Cheetah" as her sidearm. The Jackal (Bruce Willis) also carries one fitted with a suppressor.

Beretta 84FS "Cheetah" - .380 ACP
Jackal points his suppressed Beretta 84FS "Cheetah" at Declan at the Marina.
Jackal fires his Beretta Cheetah at Major Koslova (Diane Venora).
Koslova with her Beretta Cheetah at the Marina.
Koslova points her Beretta Cheetah outside Isabella's house.
Koslova searches the house for Jackal.
When Jackal (Bruce Willis) sees his face on a news report, he pulls out his suppressed Beretta Cheetah and points it at Douglas (Stephen Spinella).

Makarov PM

Major Valentina Koslova (Diane Venora) carries a Makarov PM during the arrest in Moscow, using it to shoot Ghazzi Murrad (Ravil Isyanov) in the head when he tries to knife her.

Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
Koslova draws her Makarov PM from her holster.
Koslova after shooting Ghazzi Murrad in the head.

Smith & Wesson 6906

One of the Secret Service Agents is seen using a Smith & Wesson 6906.

Smith & Wesson 6906 - 9x19mm
Circled in red.

Glock 17

Near the end of the film, The Jackal (Bruce Willis) uses a Glock 17, which he acquired along with a police uniform.

2nd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
Jackal waits to ambush Declan while holding his Glock 17.
Jackal taunts Declan by forcing his hostage Maggie (Maggie Castle) to scream for help.
Jackal prepares to shoot Declan with the Glock 17 before being shot in the neck by Isabella.

Beretta 92FS

While Declan (Richard Gere) is under watch by the FBI, he tries to find a shaver in one of the desks but also finds a Beretta 92FS, which he doesn't pick up despite the opportunity.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
Declan stares at the Beretta 92FS in the desk drawer.

Beretta 92SB

After The Jackal (Bruce Willis) fails to kill the First Lady (Tess Harper), the Secret Service Agents are seen armed mainly with Beretta 92SB pistols, as noted by their rounded trigger guards.

Beretta 92SB - 9x19mm
Secret Service Agents armed with Beretta 92SBs.


One of the Secret Service Agents is seen using an M1911A1 pistol of unknown make.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Circled in red.

Glock 19

Some of the Secret Service Agents are seen using Glock 19s.

2nd Generation Glock 19 - 9x19mm
A Secret Service Agent with a Glock 19.

Walther PPK

As a last-ditch effort to kill Declan (Richard Gere), The Jackal (Bruce Willis) pulls out a Walther PPK from his coat pocket before being shot again.

Walther PPK - .32 ACP
Jackal draws his Walther PPK from his coat pocket.
Jackal fires his PPK behind his back.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch "HK94SD"

The Jackal (Bruce Willis) carries a Heckler & Koch HK94 chopped and converted to resemble a Heckler & Koch MP5A3 fitted with a fake "integral" suppressor to make it an MP5SD3. He uses it to dispatch the FBI agents in Isabella Zanconia's (Mathilda May) house.

Heckler & Koch HK94 chopped and converted - 9x19mm
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 - 9x19mm
Jackal uses his Heckler & Koch "HK94SD" to finish off Agent McMurphy (Richard Lineback).
Jackal readies his "HK94SD" before shooting Major Koslova (Diane Venora) through the couch.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

One of the Secret Service Agents is seen using a Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with a slimline forend.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with slimline forend - 9x19mm
Circled in red.

Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW

One of the Secret Service Agents is seen using a Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW.

Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW - 9x19mm
Circled in red.

Assault Rifles


Members of the US Marine recon team Declan (Richard Gere) is paired with use M16A2 rifles. The guards at Declan's prison are armed with them as well.

M16A2 - 5.56x45mm
Prison guards hold what appear to be M16A2s, circled in red.
A recon Marine armed with an M16A2.
A Marine on the left has an M16A2.

AR-15A2 Government Carbine/R6520

Some of the FBI SWAT teams use the Colt AR-15A2 Government Carbine, a semi-automatic CAR-15 made for police, marketed as such but officially indexed as the "R6520", identified by their 16" A1 profile barrels and A2 rear sights.

Colt Model R6520 "AR-15A2 Government Carbine" - 5.56x45mm
An FBI SWAT member with an AR-15A2.
An FBI SWAT member with an AR-15A2.


The Russian MVD SOBR team are all armed with AKS-74U assault rifles during the bust in Moscow. Some are also seen during the film's opening credits.

AKS-74U - 5.45x39mm
An AKS-74U is seen during the opening credits.
The MVD SOBR team in Moscow armed with AKS-74Us.
An officer on the right holding an AKS-74U.

AKS-74 (mockup)

What appears to be one of the side-folding stock AKS-74 mockups seen in Red Dawn is seen during the opening credits. The simple combination of a triangle side-folder and a 7.62x39mm chambering never existed on the same rifle.

AKS-74 - 5.45x39mm
A screenshot from Red Dawn showing the fake AKS-74.
An AKS-74 being picked up during the credits.

Sniper Rifles

Remington 700PSS

Secret Service snipers guarding the First Lady (Tess Harper) are seen with Remington 700PSS rifles slung over their backs. One of the snipers is also seen holding what appears to be a standard Remington 700 when viewed through Declan's scope.

Remington 700PSS with Leupold Mark 4 scope and Harris bipod - .300 Win Mag
A Remington 700PSS slung over a police sniper's back, circled in red.
Circled in red.
Declan spots through his scope a Secret Service sniper armed with the rifle.

Heckler & Koch SR9(TC)

US Marine sniper Akashi (Daniel Dae Kim) carries a customized Heckler & Koch SR9(TC), which like most Hollywood SR9 rifles is in fact a Heckler & Koch HK91 rifle mocked up as SR9 and fitted with a Swarovski LRS 3 (Laser Rangefinding Scope). He gives the rifle to Declan Mulqueen (Richard Gere), who uses it to shoot the scope off of The Jackal's (Bruce Willis) automated machine gun. Akashi then uses the rifle to shoot the gas tank and ignite the fuel, blowing up the SUV housing the machine gun.

"Faux" Heckler & Koch SR9(TC) (in reality a mocked-up HK91) - 7.62x51mm NATO
US Marine sniper Akashi (Daniel Dae Kim) hands Declan the Heckler & Koch SR9(TC). Note the forward assist, indicating a more realistic mock up than most "faux" SR9s in films.
Declan checks the LRS 3 scope on the Heckler & Koch SR9(TC).
Declan takes aim with the SR9(TC).
Declan flicks the safety off before firing. The trigger pack looks like a modified G3 lower with S-F settings. The metal trigger packs for HK91s usually have 0-1 as the factory setup and HK91s were commonly used as a substitute for SR9 rifles in various films.
Akashi shoots out the fuel tank on the SUV.


WZ.83 Pallad D

A kidnapper in Porvoo uses a WZ.83 Pallad D to fire a less-lethal round to stun a man before kidnapping him. In the typical Hollywood fashion, he is knocked off his feet and thrown back when hit, defying the laws of physics.

WZ.83 Pallad D - 40x46mm
The kidnapper takes his WZ.83 Pallad D out of his van.
The kidnapper shoots the man with a less-lethal ball from his WZ.83 Pallad D.

Heavy Weapons

"Polish ZSU-33 14.5mm" (Browning M2HB mocked up as KPV heavy machine gun)

For his job, The Jackal (Bruce Willis) purchases a heavy machine gun via online contacts. The weapon is identified in the film as a "Polish ZSU-33 14.5mm", which is in reality a Browning M2HB mocked up as a KPV heavy machine gun in 14.5mm. Both guns have a cyclic rate of 600 rounds per minute, but the Polish gun is said to have a rate of 1400RPM. The rounds Jackal uses are Depleted Uranium rounds, which he claims he uses for better "spall" on impact, even though in reality they are used because of their density and ability to penetrate armor. He notably uses it twice in the film, once to kill Ian Lamont (Jack Black), the man who built the automated mount for him, and again in the assassination attempt. The mocked-up weapon was supplied by Stembridge Gun Rentals.

Trivia: While there are a handful of large-bore anti-aircraft platforms called the "ZSU", AND they were used by Poland, the suffix is bore diameter in millimeters, so if it existed, it would be designated the "ZSU-14.5". However, neither a ZSU-14.5, nor a ZSU-33 exist, the series only features the ZSU-23, ZSU-37, and ZSU-57, so where they got the "33" from is totally unclear.

Furthermore, the "ZSU" series doesn't refer to the guns themselves but the self-propelled vehicles they're mounted in. The guns themselves don't have names, they're done by mount. ZSU-23 for instance, means self-propelled vehicle with 23mm gun, whereas ZU-23 would mean a stationary mount outfitted with the same gun.

HOWEVER, it's not totally hopeless, the ZSUs were made to replace the ZPU-2 and ZPU-4 (because these used pre-existing, pre-named base guns, the numbering is simply the order in which they were developed), which were actually anti-aircraft weapons (again, the designation technically refers to the mount) for which the gun used was the 14.5mm KPV, and were used by Poland, so, calling it a "Polish ZPU 14.5mm" would actually be (sorta) correct.

Browning M2HB on M3 tripod - .50 BMG
An actual KPV heavy machine gun on wheeled carriage mount for comparison - 14.5x114mm. Note the deceptively small size of the gun; it's only about 20% larger than the entire M2HB, but looks like it could be twice it's length.
The readout for the Polish ZSU that The Jackal purchases. From the readout, it appears that the weapons cyclic rate is too fast for an actual Browning M2 and The Jackal asks for a MINIMUM caliber of 7.62x51mm NATO and the computer says it's 14.5mm. Note that the data/specifications below the weapon image appear to be for a Minigun. Of particular note "barrels" under the weight column.
Jackal unveils the Browning M2HB mocked up as a KPV heavy machine gun.
Jackal prepares to test the fake KPV as Lamont looks on.
Jackal points the fake KPV at Lamont.
Close-up on the muzzle of the fake KPV as it follows Lamont.
Jackal destroys Lamont and his vehicle.
Jackal sets up the fake KPV in his SUV.
The fake KPV ready to open fire.


Note how when The Jackal turns the Browning to Lamont the belt fed falls because it is not fixed to the guide.

Browning M2HB

A standard non-mocked up Browning M2HB is seen mounted on a Humvee in US Marine base.

Browning M2HB on vehicle pintle mount - .50 BMG
A soldier mans a Browning M2HB mounted on a Humvee at US Marine base.


GE M134 Minigun

While never actually seen in the film, The Jackal (Bruce Willis) is offered a GE M134 Minigun by his contacts while purchasing a weapon on the computer for his assassination. It was the most obvious choice since he requested a weapon with a high-cyclic rate, no lower in caliber than 7.62mm. Jackal claims he prefers non-American made weapons, and thus settles for the 14.5mm machine gun.

General Electrics M134 Minigun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Jackal is offered a GE M134 Minigun by his contacts.

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