|Live Free or Die Hard
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|| United States
||20th Century Fox
Live Free or Die Hard is the fourth installment in the Die Hard film series. This 2007 sequel was directed by Len Wiseman (Underworld) and Bruce Willis returns as NYPD Lieutenant John McClane, who finds himself paired with a young hacker (Justin Long) as they must attempt to stop cyber terrorists from shutting down the United States government. The cast also included Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Timothy Olyphant, Maggie Q and Cliff Curtis. The film was released internationally under the title Die Hard 4.0.
The following weapons were used in the film Live Free or Die Hard:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
In this fourth installment, Detective Lieutenant John McClane (Bruce Willis) changes his sidearm to a SIG-Sauer P220R (nowadays, this model is simply known as the standard P220) instead of the Beretta 92FS he carried in the previous films. The use of a SIG-Sauer series pistol is more in line with the sidearms approved for on-duty carry by the NYPD (although the P226 DAO is the actual approved NYPD model). During the confrontation with Mai Linh (Maggie Q) at the power plant, she takes the P220R and points it at Matthew Farrell (Justin Long). After McClane hits her with an SUV, she loses the gun and it is never seen again. McClane later takes a Beretta Px4 Storm from Robert Russo (Yorgo Constantine), which becomes his weapon for the rest of the film.
SIG-Sauer P220R - .45 ACP. This is the screen-used gun that was carried and fired by Bruce Willis
in the film.
After being accused of not being a real cop, Detective Lt. John McClane shows Matthew Farrell the SIG-Sauer P220R in his shoulder holster.
McClane with his P220R after returning fire on Rand; he fires a total of twelve shots, though the P220 only has a capacity of 8+1. It's worth noting that only three of the shots are actually seen on-screen, with the remainder edited in as background sound effects as the camera cuts to the rest of the terrorists in their van.
McClane takes aim with his SIG-Sauer P220R...
...and fires four rounds at a fire extinguisher in the hallway of Farrell's apartment building, launching a terrorist out of the window with the blast in true action movie fashion. McClane fires two more rounds at the remaining terrorists as they retreat back to Farrell's apartment, and the gun runs empty.
McClane drops an empty magazine out of his SIG-Sauer P220R before reloading. Although the magazine appears to stick somewhat instead of dropping free, this appears to be because McClane is shaking the pistol vigorously, due to nerves and panic, which is preventing it from smoothly ejecting (as opposed to shaking it because
McClane's SIG-Sauer P220R is knocked out of reach when a terrorist bumps the door open.
The P220R still lays on the floor away from McClane.
McClane reaches another cover while holding his empty SIG-Sauer P220R.
McClane peaks around the corner with his P220R (now loaded again) drawn. He fires a total of seven rounds from his second mag, with one round evidently lost in editing.
After firing at the terrorist in the kitchen, McClane has to reload his P220R a second time. This magazine seems to contain sixteen rounds, though it's noteworthy that the first eight (a proper full capacity) are all shown on-screen, and then the second eight are all shown from the perspective of the bullet impacts; this could simply be standard movie embellishment, or it could be seen as showing the same eight rounds from two different points of view.
McClane's P220R runs empty again after he blindly fired at the terrorist's direction. In total, McClane used all three of his carried magazines and then ran out of ammo, something exceptionally rare in action movies.
McClane draws his P220R when the helicopter attacks but does not fire it.
A security guard at the power plant who is shot by a terrorist disguised as an FBI agent (Matt McColm
) is seen holding a SIG-Sauer P220R.
McClane holds his P220R at a terrorist, while his enemy himself holds his Heckler & Koch USP Tactical at McClane.
McClane's magazine falls on the ground after Mai Linh presses the magazine release when confronting him. She then tries to hit Farrell with the round left in the chamber.
Mai Linh pushes the magazine back into the P220R, then rechambers it. Note that the hammer is cocked, which is correct as the gun had most recently fired the chambered round with no magazine inserted, thus resulting in the hammer being recocked after firing, but the slide not locking back.
Mai Linh (Maggie Q
) points McClane's SIG-Sauer P220R at Matthew Farrell before being hit by an SUV driven by McClane. Note she is showing good trigger discipline.
Beretta Px4 Storm
Terrorist Robert Russo (Yorgo Constantine) is seen carrying a Beretta Px4 Storm in several scenes, both with and without a suppressor. John McClane (Bruce Willis) takes it after killing the previous owner and uses it as his sidearm in the second half of the film. During the final confrontation with Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant), Matthew Farrell (Justin Long) uses McClane's dropped Px4 Storm to kill Emerson (Edoardo Costa).
Beretta Px4 Storm with silencer - 9x19mm
Disguised as a Hazmat cleanup crew member, Robert Russo (Yorgo Constantine
) guns down a security guard at the Woodlawn facility with his suppressed Beretta Px4 Storm.
Beretta Px4 Storm - 9x19mm
Russo points his Beretta Px4 Storm at McClane.
McClane enters the cooling tower with the Px4 Storm drawn.
McClane speaks to Thomas Gabriel on the radio before being attacked by Rand (Cyril Raffaelli
McClane fires his Beretta Px4 Storm at Rand as he avoids the shots while using his advanced Parkour skills.
The Beretta Px4 Storm falls onto the cooling tower shutters, temporary out of reach for both McClane and Rand.
Another view of the Beretta laying on the shutters.
McClane kills the semi-truck driver by firing his Beretta Px4 Storm through the door.
McClane kills the last of Gabriel's thugs. Notice his shoulder holster is black and not leather like at the beginning of the film, because he took Russo's shoulder holster (and spare magazines) when he took the Beretta.
Matthew Farrell (Justin Long
) kills Emerson with McClane's Beretta Px4 Storm.
One of the terrorists is seen using a Beretta 92FS to take care of the hackers in the semi-truck, including Casper (Andrew Friedman). An interesting note, the particular Beretta used in the film was the same prop gun used by Bruce Willis in Die Hard 2 and Die Hard with a Vengeance. Call it a "cameo" role, if you will. This is also the only film in the Die Hard series in which McClane does not use a Beretta 92 variant as his own sidearm.
A terrorist guns down Casper with the Beretta 92FS of the second and third Die Hard
A patrolman in Washington D.C. is briefly seen holding a Beretta 92SB, noted by its rounded trigger guard and ambidextrous decocking safety.
A D.C. patrolman holding a Beretta 92SB during the start of the helicopter attack.
Beretta 92G Elite 1A
Thomas Gabriel's main hacker Trey (Jonathan Sadowski) is briefly seen holding a Beretta 92G Elite 1A. The same gun is seen used in Mission: Impossible III.
Trey walks with his Beretta drawn.
Jericho 941 R
Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) uses a stainless steel Jericho 941 R as his sidearm, which he points at Lucy McClane (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) during the final confrontation and uses to shoot Matthew Farrell (Justin Long) in the leg. Later, Gabriel sticks the muzzle of the Jericho into John McClane's (Bruce Willis) gunshot wound, so McClane simply forces him to pull the trigger, causing him to shoot through his pre-existing wound.
IMI Jericho 941 R with stainless steel finish - 9x19mm. This is the actual gun used by Timothy Olyphant
in the film.
Gabriel shoots Farrell's leg with his Jericho 941 R.
Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant
) points his stainless Jericho 941 R at Lucy when trying to persuade Farrell into undoing his hacking lock.
Gabriel approaches a wounded John McClane while holding his Jericho 941 R.
Gabriel points his Jericho 941 R at McClane.
Gabriel points his Jericho 941 R at McClane's head.
Gabriel attempts to revive McClane from his gunshot wound daze by sticking the muzzle of the Jericho 941 R into his wound.
McClane: "How about 'Yippie-Ki-Yay', motherf*-?!"
- McClane forces Gabriel to shoot himself through McClane's wound. This close-up shows the gun cycling in subsequent frames.
FBI agents, including Director Miguel Bowman (Cliff Curtis) and some of the Washington D.C. police officers are seen using third generation Glock 22s. They are noted as such by their muzzle diameters and by the fact the FBI actually carries Glock 22s in real life. John McClane (Bruce Willis) at one point also takes a Glock 22 from a terrorist disguised as an FBI agent and uses it to kill him.
A D.C. patrolman fires his Glock 22 at the terrorists' helicopter during the attack.
Close-up of the Glock 22 in the terrorist's holster before McClane grabs it and shoots him in the foot through the holster. Note how the trigger is in the fired position, meaning it wouldn't actually fire if McClane pulled the trigger.
McClane shoots the terrorist with his own Glock 22.
McClane holding the Glock 22 after shooting the terrorist.
A Glock 22 is seen in Miguel Bowman's (Cliff Curtis
Heckler & Koch P2000SK
Mai Linh (Maggie Q) uses a suppressed Heckler & Koch P2000SK when she and some of the terrorists infiltrate the power plant.
Heckler & Koch P2000SK - 9x19mm
Mai Linh kisses Gabriel with her Heckler & Koch P2000SK in her holster before setting off.
"Agent Tovarek" executes one of the computer operators with her suppressed Heckler & Koch P2000SK.
A publicity image of Mai Linh (Maggie Q
) with her suppressed Heckler & Koch P2000SK.
The HK P2000SK rests on the desk while Mai Linh intends to shut down the power grid of the entire east coast.
Mai Linh puts down her P2000SK.
Heckler & Koch USP Tactical
During the scene at the power plant, McClane (Bruce Willis) runs into a terrorist (Michael Papajohn) who is armed with a Heckler & Koch USP Tactical fitted with a KAC suppressor. McClane fires his SIG-Sauer P220R and the terrorist fires the USP Tactical simultaneously over each other's heads before knocking each other's guns away. McClane eventually gets a Glock 22 out of the terrorist's holster and uses it to kill him.
Heckler & Koch USP Tactical - .45 ACP
A terrorist (Michael Papajohn
) tries to shoot McClane with his suppressed Heckler & Koch USP Tactical as seen from McClane's perspective.
The same scene from the terrorist's perspective.
Heckler & Koch USP Compact
Emerson (Edoardo Costa) armed with a Heckler & Koch USP Compact which Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) grabs after she knocks the MP7A1 out of his hands and shoots him in the foot with it, but he restrains her and points it at her.
Heckler & Koch USP Compact - .45 ACP
An excellent close-up of the Heckler & Koch USP Compact in Emerson's holster.
Emerson tries to shoot McClane but is shot by Farrell first.
One of the terrorists at the power plant (Matt McColm) is seen using a SIG-Sauer P226R fitted with a suppressor. When the terrorist is shoved into the elevator shaft by Matthew Farrell (Justin Long), his gun falls into the SUV lodged in the shaft. Mai Linh (Maggie Q) tries to use the gun to kill McClane, but the car falls to the bottom of the shaft before she can fire off a shot.
SIG-Sauer P226R pistol with SWR Shadow 9 Suppressor - 9x19mm.
One of the terrorists at the power plant (Matt McColm
) guns down a security guard with his suppressed SIG-Sauer P226R.
The terrorist looks the SUV while holding his SIG-Sauer P226R.
The terrorist fires his SIG-Sauer P226R and shows us how ineffective the Hollywood suppressors are at dampening the muzzle flash.
Mai Linh pulls the SIG-Sauer P226R out from under her back after having fallen on it.
Mai Linh tries to point the SIG-Sauer P226R at McClane.
Kimber Custom TLE II
Rand (Cyril Raffaelli) carries a Kimber Custom TLE II as his sidearm.
Kimber Custom TLE II - .45 ACP
Rand with his Kimber Custom TLE II drawn after having landed on the hood of McClane's Ford Crown Victoria Police Interceptor.
Rand fires his Kimber Custom TLE II at McClane.
McClane kicks Rand's Kimber Custom TLE II away.
A MPDC police officer keeps this pistol in his holster.
One of the terrorists keeps this pistol in his leg holster.
Heckler & Koch UMP-45
Many of the terrorists are seen using Heckler & Koch UMP-45s throughout the film. They are all fitted with C-More red-dot sights, Surefire M900A vertical foregrip/flashlight combinations, and flash-hiders. McClane (Bruce Willis) commandeers one after the shootout at Matthew Farrell's (Justin Long) apartment, but never uses it.
Heckler & Koch UMP-45 - .45 ACP. This is the screen-used gun that appeared in the film Live Free or Die Hard
and was later used on the set of Iron Man
. It is one of many UMP-45s that appeared in both films and is in the same configuration seen in both films.
One of the terrorists (stuntman Clay Cullen) fires his Heckler & Koch UMP-45 at McClane.
The terrorist uses his shoulder and the stock of his UMP-45 while trying to open the apartment door by force.
The terrorist fires his Heckler & Koch UMP-45 through the wall of Farrell's apartment.
After getting shot by McClane, the terrorist takes cover in the kitchen and reloads his HK UMP-45.
The terrorist firing his UMP-45.
A closer shot of the UMP-45.
The terrorist reloads his UMP-45 a second time. Reloads are a relatively common sight in this film.
With his UMP-45 drawn, the terrorist advances towards McClane's position.
After the explosion, McClane reaches for the UMP-45 previously dropped by the terrorist.
A close shot of foregrip and flashlight when McClane picks up the UMP-45.
John McClane checks the chamber, then the magazine, and puts it back into the UMP-45.
McClane picks up the debris covered UMP-45 after the terrorist is killed by the C4 rigged to Farrell's computer.
The UMP-45 lying in the back seat of McClane's car.
A terrorist in the background carries an UMP-45.
Emerson readies his UMP-45 when receiving orders from Gabriel.
Emerson confronts Farrell with his UMP-45.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2
Most of the FBI agents in Washington D.C. are seen carrying Heckler & Koch MP5A2 submachine guns with Navy lower receiver/trigger groups.
Heckler & Koch MP5A2 - 9x19mm
An FBI agent holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A2.
The FBI agent on the left carries an MP5A2.
An FBI agent has his MP5A2 on his back.
An FBI agent on the left wrongfully holds the MP5A2 by the magazine.
McClane and Farrell pass another FBI agent, also armed with an HK MP5A2.
A uniformed officer of the FBI Police (responsible for protecting FBI facilities) also carries a HK MP5A2.
An FBI agent with MP5A2 in the background.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
Few FBI agents in Washington D.C. are seen holding Heckler & Koch MP5A3s with Navy lower receiver/trigger group. A terrorist can also be seen being armed with one.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9x19mm
An FBI agent holding a Heckler & Koch MP5A3.
The FBI agent behind McClane holds a HK MP5A3.
A terrorist carries a MP5A3.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1
Emerson (Edoardo Costa) uses a Heckler & Koch MP7A1 to wound John McClane (Bruce Willis) moments before the rescue of his daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) during the final confrontation. Later, Lucy knocks the MP7A1 out of Emerson's hands and tries to kick it to McClane, but Thomas Gabriel (Timothy Olyphant) intercepts the weapon before it reaches McClane.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1 with Zeiss Z-Point sight - 4.6x30mm
Emerson (Edoardo Costa
) points his Heckler & Koch MP7A1 at McClane.
Emerson holding his MP7A1 while struggling with Lucy.
Emerson drops his MP7A1 when Lucy shoots his foot with his own sidearm.
Gabriel stops the MP7A1 with his foot after Lucy attempted to slide it underneath the BMW where McClane was laying.
Rifles / Carbines
Heckler & Koch G36C
Another weapon used by the terrorists are Heckler & Koch G36Cs. Like the UMPs, they are fitted with C-More red-dot sights and Surefire tactical flashlights.
Heckler & Koch G36C - 5.56x45mm
A terrorist runs through the hallway with his Heckler & Koch G36C.
The terrorist aims his G36C at the wall.
The terrorist fires his Heckler & Koch G36C through the door of Matthew Farrell's (Justin Long
The terrorist attempts to indirectly sweep the apartment by firing his G36C through a hole in the door.
A terrorist in the background armed with a G36C.
The same terrorist drops his G36C when he is shot by McClane.
Heckler & Koch G36K
A terrorist can be seen loading a Heckler & Koch G36K into the truck, which prompts one of the hackers to ask why the weapons are present. Gabriel responds by saying: 'They are the hardware to your software'.
Heckler & Koch G36K with ZF 3x4° dual optical sight - 5.56x45mm
M4A1 Carbines are used by the FBI agents. They are fitted with rear BUIS, an M68 Aimpoint red-dot sight, AN/PEQ-2 lasers, a vertical foregrip, and a TLR-1 weaponlight. The security guards at the Woodlawn facility have the same setup except that they have a Surefire M900A weaponlight/foregrip instead.
Colt M4A1 Carbine - 5.56x45mm
An FBI SWAT officer runs with his M4A1 Carbine.
Another FBI SWAT officer walks by McClane and Farrell with his M4A1 Carbine.
Another FBI SWAT officer with his M4A1.
FBI SWAT officers with M4A1s on both the right and left edge.
FBI agent Alderson takes cover behind a blue Ford Taurus with his M4A1 drawn.
Agent Alderson gets shot by Del while firing his M4A1 at the helicopter.
FBI agent Laughlin fires his M4A1 Carbine at the terrorists' helicopter.
Laughlin tries to protect McClane and Farrell...
...but is shot by Del while still holding his M4A1 Carbine.
A Woodlawn guard holds his M4A1 while receiving a distress call via radio.
A Woodlawn guard drops his M4A1 when he is killed by Russo.
Robert Russo (Yorgo Constantine
) holding one of the deceased security guards' M4A1 Carbines.
Another FBI SWAT with his M4A1.
A rack filled with M4A1 Carbines at the FBI headquarters.
An FBI HRT operator points his M4A1 Carbine at Matthew Farrell (Justin Long
FBI SWAT with M4A1 Carbines.
FBI SWAT enters the warehouse.
More FBI SWAT at the scene.
FBI SWAT, only visible in the trailer.
Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR
The rifle used by Rand (Cyril Raffaelli), first in the shootout at Matthew Farrell's (Justin Long) apartment, and later during chase scene in Washington D.C., is the Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR (Special Purpose Rifle). This is a little-known AR-15 derivative developed by Crane and is used by U.S. SOCOM personnel in Iraq, Afghanistan, and other hot-spots globally. The Mod 0 uses a PRI carbon fiber handguard while the Mod 1 uses a Knight Armament free-floating aluminum handguard. The weapons in the film are fitted with a Leupold Mark 4 CQ/T rifle scope, suppressors, brass catchers, Surefire M900A weaponlight foregrips, as well as AN/PEQ-2 IR designators, and are fired on automatic (which suggests that the terrorists simply took the upper receivers/barrels and slapped them on full-auto lowers).
Mark 12 Mod 0 SPR - 5.56x45mm NATO
Rand takes his Mk 12 out of the rifle bag, assembles it, loads a magazine, then (in this shot) pulls the charging handle.
Rand (Cyril Raffaelli
) fires his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR at McClane in Farrell's apartment. Here we see how the suppressor is clearly fake as it does nothing to dampen the muzzle flash on the weapon.
Close-up of Rand aiming his rifle.
Rand scans the room after barraging it with automatic fire, a poor choice for the sniping role.
Rand takes cover behind the parking garage wall and quickly removes his rifle when McClane returns fire.
Rand aiming his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR.
Del (Chris Palermo
) holds his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR with brass catcher while sitting on the helicopter backseat.
A closer view of Del's rifle.
Del (Chris Palermo) fires his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR at a MPDC patrol car. Since the weapon is fitted with a brass catcher (a safety precaution in a helicopter), it is not necessary to use blanks during this scene and instead CGI muzzle flashes are used. They are quite obvious to spot since they are shown as emitting a "star" pattern flash, despite coming out of a flat-tube suppressor.
Del fires his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR at the FBI vehicles.
Rand climbs out of the co-pilot's seat and prepares to fire at the police car in the tunnel. Here we see the brass catchers are attached by electrical tape wrapped all the way around the gun, including the magazine. This completely eliminates the possibility of reloading the weapon.
Rand fires his rifle at the Crown Victoria.
Rand unloads his Mk 12 Mod 0 SPR at the incoming police car. This is a good view of the PEQ-2 IR laser mounted on the SWAN rail, the Surefire M900A vertical foregrip, and the muzzle detail of the Surefire FA556-212 suppressor.
National Guardsmen soldiers are seen with M16A2s in Washington D.C.. They appear to be resin props.
The soldier on the left is armed with an M16A2.
A soldier holding his M16A2. The FBI SWAT member next to him has an M4A1.
Several soldiers run by, armed with M16A2s.
National Guardsmen soldiers with M16A2s slung over their backs. Also note that the African-American extra has his patch on the top flap of his shoulder pocket, rather than the lower part where it should be.
SIG SG 552
A terrorist is briefly seen holding a pair of SIG SG 552 rifles when Gabriel's (Timothy Olyphant) men load up.
A terrorist holding two SIG SG 552s.
One of the terrorists at Farrell's apartment is armed with this assault rifle.
The terrorists in the van respond to the gunshots from the apartment.
The terrorist runs up the stairs with his rifle drawn.
General Dynamics GAU-22/A
At one point, John McClane (Bruce Willis) is forced to face a Lockheed Martin F-35B jet (noted from the F-35A model by its short takeoff and vertical landing (STOVL) system similar to a Harrier jet). This jet is erroneously outfitted with a pair of GAU-22/A 25mm guns (a four-barrel model of the older GAU-12/U) under the fuselage when the actual F-35B is only outfitted with a single external gunpod. At the time the film was made it was hard to find information on where this was mounted (the final model being a single wedge-shaped gunpod mounted on the centreline hardpoint), so it's possible the filmmakers simply assumed the F-35 used twin external pods like some models of the Harrier. The guns devastate the semi-truck McClane is driving but the pilot recklessly hovers the aircraft around a demolished cluster of overpasses and eventually crashes when debris falls in the lift fan, causing engine failure.
General Dynamics GAU-22/A - 25x137mm
The F-35B jet somehow effortlessly flying around a collection of overpasses while inaccurately firing off two GAU-22/A 25mm Gatling guns. This is obviously fake because the car on the left is not even so much as scorched by the high-powered jet exhaust mere feet away. The F-35B's VTOL engine is purely for takeoffs and landings and not designed to allow the aircraft to operate like a helicopter for prolonged periods, and would overheat if used this way.
The F-35B jet demolishes the semi-truck with its erroneous pair of GAU-22/A 25mm Gatling guns.