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Phantoms poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Joe Chapelle
Release Date 1998
Studio Dimension Films
Distributor Miramax
Main Cast
Character Actor
Dr. Timothy Flyte Peter O'Toole
Sheriff Bryce Hammond Ben Affleck
Jennifer Pailey Joanna Going
Lisa Pailey Rose McGowan
Deputy Stuart 'Stu' Wargle Liev Schreiber
Deputy Shanning Nicky Katt

Phantoms is a 1998 science-fiction thriller adapted from the Dean Koontz novel of the same name, in which two sisters (Joanna Going and Rose McGowan) arrive at a small town in Colorado and discover that its residents have all mysteriously vanished. As they seek to uncover what happened to the town, they are joined by the town's Sheriff (Ben Affleck) and his deputies, and eventually a discredited academic (Peter O'Toole) who believes that the town's residents may have all been consumed by an evil shape-shifting entity known as the Ancient Enemy.

The following weapons were used in the film Phantoms:


SIG-Sauer P226

Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm throughout the movie, although he later switches to a Beretta 92F. Bryce's use of the SIG may be due to the character's background as a former FBI Special Agent; at the time of the film, the SIG P226 and P228 were the standard-issue FBI sidearms.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) draws his SIG-Sauer P226 as he and Deputy Wargle search a hotel.
A close-up of the SIG's muzzle.
Sheriff Hammond draws his SIG while utilizing the Harries technique.
Hammond fires his SIG at the phantom moth after the creature breaks into the station.
Another view of Hammond holding his SIG.
Hammond charges into a restroom with his SIG drawn.

Beretta 92F

The Beretta 92F is carried by Deputy Steve Shanning (Nicky Katt) and is used by Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) near the climax. Berettas (or possibly Brixia Arms Model 92 Army replicas - see below) also appear to be carried in the Bianchi M12 holsters worn by the Biological Warfare Unit soldiers who first appear later in the film.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
Deputy Steve Shanning (Nicky Katt) carries the Beretta 92F while utilizing the Harris technique.
Deputy Shanning's Beretta lies discarded on the street after Highlight for Spoilers: he is baited and then consumed by the Ancient Enemy.
In the climax, Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) draws a Beretta, which has mysteriously replaced the SIG-Sauer P226 he was using earlier in the film.
A close-up of the Beretta's muzzle.

Brixia Arms Model 92 Army

Although the Beretta 92F appears in most scenes in the film as the sidearm of the Snowfield, Colordo deputies, an early scene actually features a Brixia Arms Model 92 Army (standing in for an actual Beretta), which is seen in the hand of the deceased Deputy Paul Henderson (Larry Odien) when the sisters find him at the sheriff's substation. They find the expended shell casings but not the actual slugs, which were shot into Henderson's killer. The absence of his attacker's blood (to say nothing of the bizarre condition of Henderson's corpse) is one of the early mysteries of the film.

Brixia Arms Model 92 Army - 8mm blank
"You weren't shooting at a disease, were you, Paul?" Henderson's service weapon in his hand; notice that while he supposedly fired the weapon before his death, the hammer is not cocked back in single-action mode, as it should be. Also note that the slide markings reveal clearly that this is the Brixia Arms Model 92 Army; the indentation at the front of the slide, as well as the two-level markings on the left side, are consistent with Brixia Arms replicas of the Beretta 92FS. (Flipping the image also reveals the slide in fact reads, "Brixia Arms.")
The expended shells from Henderson's sidearm. These appear to be crimp-nosed blanks. Note that these blank casings more likely were fired by some of the other handguns in the film, as the Brixia Arms Model 92 Army seen in Henderson's hand fires 8mm commercial blanks rather than Hollywood blanks.

Smith & Wesson Model 27

Deputy Stu Wargle (Liev Schreiber) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 27 as his sidearm.

S&W Model 27 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Deputy Stu Wargle (Liev Schreiber) draws his Smith & Wesson Model 27 while investigating the Candleglow Inn.
Wargle with his S&W.
Wargle loads the S&W in the sheriff's station.


Mossberg 500 Cruiser

Dr. Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going), after finding the dead Deputy Henderson, smashes open the sheriff's gun cabinet and appropriates a Mossberg 500 shotgun. Her sister, Lisa (Rose McGowan) rightly points out that a gun didn't do Henderson any good, but Jennifer insists on taking one "For whatever." She proves incapable of loading it properly, despite claiming to "understand the concept," leaving Lisa, who was raised in L.A., to load it for her.

Mossberg 500 Cruiser with plain barrel, no heat shield - 12 gauge
Lisa shows Jennifer how to properly load the Mossberg.
"See? L.A.'s good for something."
Shells for the Mossberg that Jennifer chooses.
A close-up of the Mossberg's muzzle as Jennifer fires it in the climax of the film.

Ithaca 37

When Jennifer smashes open the gun cabinet in the sheriff's station there are two Ithaca 37 shotguns seen. Bryce, Lisa and Stu are seen with the shotgun at various times in the film.

Ithaca 37 Deer Slayer Police Special (note the rifle sights and riot-length barrel) - 12 gauge
Shotguns visible in the gun cabinet before Jennifer smashes it with a chair. The Ithaca 37's are second and fourth from left.
Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) carries the Ithaca 37.
Stu Wargle (Liev Schreiber) uses the shotgun.
Lisa (Rose McGowan) loads up the Ithaca 37 before a confrontation with the shapeshifter.
Lisa on the right holds the Ithaca 37.

Winchester Model 1912

A Winchester Model 1912 shotgun is seen in the sheriff's gun cabinet.

Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Shotguns visible in the gun cabinet before Jennifer smashes it with a chair. The Winchester 1912 is third from left.

Winchester Model 1897

A Winchester Model 1897 shotgun is seen in the sheriff's gun cabinet.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Shotguns visible in the gun cabinet before Jennifer smashes it with a chair. The Winchester 1897 is second from left.


MGC M16 Replica

The military personnel at the checkpoint outside of Snowfield, Colorado all carry MGC M16 replica rifles that are fitted with M16A2 foregrips and "birdcage" flash hiders to make them look like M16A2s. MGC M16s fitted with replica M203 grenade launchers are also carried by some of the Biological Warfare Unit soldiers, and are also seen in the armory of the unit's transport vehicle.

MGC M16.
Soldiers guard one of the Biological Warfare Unit's mobile laboratories, armed with MGC M16 replicas configured to look like M16A2s.
On the far left, the distinctive "fake" forward assist of the replica can be seen.
The muzzle of a discarded M16 replica is visible on the ground after the Ancient Enemy kills all of the soldiers at the military checkpoint.
Sheriff Hammond finds several M16s fitted with M203 grenade launchers in the armory of the transport vehicle. All of these rifles clearly have the square-shaped forward assist found on MGC M16 replicas. (Also note that the second rifle from the right seems to have the magazine inserted upside-down!)

Ruger AC556 Muzzelite Bullpup

Ruger AC556 assault rifles fitted with Muzzelite Bullpup stocks, laser sights, forward vertical grips, and (in some cases) AN/PVS-4 night-vision scopes are carried by the Biological Warfare Unit soldiers in MOPP suits who accompany the science team into Snowfield. The Rugers used in Phantoms are the same rifles that were originally built for the movie Tank Girl, though they are fitted with different accessories in this film; they were also later re-used in several episodes of Firefly.

Ruger Mini-14 in a Muzzelite MZ14 Bullpup stock - 5.56x45mm
A Biological Warfare Unit soldier holds his modified Ruger AC556 Bullpup with the fitted laser sight, forward vertical grip, and AN/PVS-4 night-vision scope in the church.
The soldier fires his AC556.
The weapon is fired, showing off the impressive muzzle flash created by full-load motion picture blanks.
A silhouette view of the AC556 being fired (in slow-motion).


Defense Technologies 1315 37mm

Defense Technologies 37mm Gas Gun launchers are used by Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) and Dr. Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going) to fire the bacteria canisters into the shape-changer. The DefTech launchers used in the movie are fitted with a custom flash hider designed to hold an under-barrel flashlight, as well as ladder sights borrowed from M203 grenade launchers.

DefTech 1315 - 37mm
A close-up of a Def Tech 1315 37mm launcher in its case. In this image, it is possible to see the launcher's serial number (002723), in case anyone wants to try and track it down.
The Def Tech 1315 wielded by Dr. Jennifer Pailey (Joanna Going).
Sheriff Bryce Hammond (Ben Affleck) fires the Def Tech launcher.
Sheriff Hammond fires the launcher.

M203 Grenade Launcher

Several of the Biological Warfare soldiers carry MGC M16 replica rifles fitted with M203 grenade launchers. Four more of these replica rifle/grenade launcher combinations are also seen in the armory for the transport vehicle when Sheriff Hammond retrieves the DefTech launchers.

M203 grenade launcher 40mm
One of the soldiers appears to carry the MGC M16 Replica fitted with an M203 grenade launcher while searching a home.
Sheriff Hammond finds a rack of M16s fitted with M203s in the armory of the transport vehicle.

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