Watchmen is the 2009 feature film adaptation of the DC Comics graphic novel series created by Alan Moore and Dave Gibbons. Set in an alternate 1985 where super-powered individuals have existed for decades, the film follows a group of retired superheroes now shunned by the public, but have to work together when one of their original members is found murdered. The film was directed by Zack Snyder (Sucker Punch) and the cast includes Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Billy Crudup, Malin Akerman, Carla Gugino, Patrick Wilson, and Jackie Earle Haley. The comic book series would be adapted again with an original series sequel that premiered on HBO in October of 2019.
The following weapons were used in the film Watchmen (2009):
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
D&L Sports Professional Model Longslides
The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) carries as his sidearms custom 1911-series D&L Sports Professional Model Longslides with ornate smiley-face grips to match the Comedian logo. They have "Nixon 1970" written on the grips, indicating they were a gift from Nixon for serving in the Vietnam war. At the beginning of the film, The Comedian tries to bring up one of his 1911s (fitted with a sound suppressor) to combat the attacking assailant in his home but fires off one stray shot to no avail and is disarmed. For the most part, these guns are only seen in his holsters or in a presentation case any other time. Anachronistically, the guns have Picatinny Rails, a technology that wasn't invented until the mid 1990s.
The Comedian's pistols prop replica display.
Actual movie props used by the Comedian.
The Comedian poses in a promotional still while armed with one of his D&L Sports Professional Model Longslide pistols.
One of The Comedian's D&L Sports Professional Model Longslides fitted with a suppressor and resting on a Hustler magazine.
The Comedian fires off a stray round when the assailant gains control of the weapon. Note the large muzzle flash, which a real suppressor would dampen significantly.
The shell casing ejects in slow motion, and surprisingly looks like a real shell (as opposed to a crimp-nosed blank shell).
One of The Comedian's D&L Sports Professional Model Longslides on display in his hidden closet armory.
The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) uses his issued M1911A1 sidearm in the film to kill a pregnant Vietnamese woman (Nhi Do) when she slashes him with a broken bottle for leaving her and the baby behind. During the film's opening credits, a criminal armed with an M1911A1 is shown being foiled by a young Nite Owl I (Clint Carleton). A criminal attempting to kill Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) also draws a nickel plated M1911A1 fitted with ivory grips, but is blown up horrifically before he can fire off a shot.
Nite Owl I beats a criminal armed with an M1911A1.
The Comedian fires his M1911A1 from a UH-1 Huey helicopter in the Director's Cut version of the film.
An M1911A1 with a square trigger guard, similar to the one in the film
The Comedian aims his squared trigger guard M1911A1 in a promotional still.
The Comedian aims his M1911A1 at the Vietnamese woman after she slashes his face with a broken bottle.
A side shot of the M1911A1 as The Comedian guns down the Vietnamese woman. The only non-standard implication on the handgun is the obvious square trigger guard, which may be a custom improvement. For some reason the rear-sights are not visible in this shot, possibly due to depth of field.
Rock Island Armory M1911A1 with bright nickel plating and pearl grips - .45 ACP
A criminal draws a nickel plated M1911A1 with ivory grips before being blown up by Dr. Manhattan.
A stainless steel Detonics CombatMaster is seen in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory. Note the flat top cutaway section after the rear sight, and the dip in the ejection port.
Detonics CombatMaster with stainless steel finish - .45 ACP
CombatMaster circled in red.
Smith & Wesson Model 686
A Smith & Wesson Model 686 revolver is seen in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory.
Smith & Wesson Model 686 - .357 Magnum
A Smith & Wesson Model 686 circled in red.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers are used by the guards in Riker's prison, one of which is taken by Silk Spectre II (Malin Akerman) and later used to shoot Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode), who impressively catches the bullet. They are also carried by some of the NYPD policemen.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special
An NYPD officer aims his Smith & Wesson Model 10 as the NYPD ESU enters Moloch's house.
An NYPD officer aims his Smith & Wesson Model 10 at Rorschach as police try to restrain him.
"You're such an asshole..."
Silk Spectre II tries to kill Veidt with the Smith & Wesson Model 10 she took from a prison guard.
Smith & Wesson Model 15
Some of the NYPD police in the film carry Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolvers, notably an officer in Edward Blake's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) apartment who fires his at Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) to no avail.
Smith & Wesson Model 15 - .38 Special
A Smith & Wesson Model 15 is seen in an officer's holster as he finds two criminals tied to a fire hydrant by Rorschach.
An officer fires his Smith & Wesson Model 15 at Rorschach. The Baughman ramp front sight and adjustable rear sight are visible, though just barely, identifying it as a Model 15 rather than a Model 10.
Smith & Wesson Model 586
A Smith & Wesson Model 586 with a four inch barrel is used by Roy Chess (Douglas Chapman) to fire at Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) and shoot two employees (killing one) before Veidt hits him with a pole. In the novel the gun was based on a Beretta Model 70.
Smith & Wesson Model 586 - .357 Magnum
Roy Chess levels his Smith & Wesson Model 586 on Veidt and his associates.
Another close up on the Smith & Wesson Model 586, revealing it is loaded with hollow points.
Chess firing his Smith & Wesson Model 586.
Close up on the hammer of the Smith & Wesson Model 586 as Chess tries to use his last round to kill Veidt, which he fails to do.
A Walther PPK is left at Moloch's (Matt Frewer) side after he is murdered. The assassin who killed Moloch is seen unscrewing the suppressor before placing it next to him. Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) later finds it when he comes to ask Moloch questions, finding himself trapped by the police and framed for the murder.
Walther PPK with suppressor - .380 ACP
Rorschach finds the Walther PPK at Moloch's side.
Moloch's murderer unscrews the suppressor on the Walther PPK.
The assassin places the Walther PPK at Moloch's side.
Colt Detective Special
When Daniel Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson) and Laurie Juspeczyk (Malin Akerman) fight off "Knot-Tops" in the alleyway, one of them draws a Colt Detective Special and fires several shots at Laurie but only succeeds in shooting one of his comrades in the back and is dispatched by Dan.
Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
A Knot-Top aims his Colt Detective Special.
The Knot-Top fires his Colt Detective Special.
Colt Police Positive Target
A Colt Police Positive Target is seen drawn by Gerald Grice, the man who murdered the little girl Blair Roche, when he enters his house, but he is quickly disarmed by Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley).
Colt Police Positive Target - .22 LR
Gerald Grice draws his Colt Police Positive Target.
Grice enters his home with his Colt Police Positive Target at the ready.
Grice searches his house with his Colt Police Positive Target at the ready.
When Grice is knocked down, the Colt-styled cylinder latch on the Police Positive Target can be seen.
Grice searches his house after having one of his butchered German Shepards thrown at him through the window.
Rorschach knocks away Grice's Colt Police Positive Target.
Veidt security guards standing behind Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) as he attempts to stop Roy Chess (Douglas Chapman) from biting down on a cyanide capsule are armed with 2nd Generation Glock 17 pistols.
Glock 17 (2nd Generation) - 9x19mm
Veidt guards stands behind Veidt armed with a Glock 17.
A better shot showing the anachronistic 2nd Generation features.
In the Director's Cut of the film, Laurie Juspeczyk (Malin Akerman) disarms a government agent of his Beretta 92FS and unloads it. While in 1985, the 92F would have been the only squared trigger guard Beretta model available, it is more likely the newer 92FS was used.
Laurie grabs the agent's Beretta 92FS.
Laurie locks the slide back and lets the round in the chamber drop through the magazine well.
Laurie drops the empty Beretta 92FS on the ground.
Smith & Wesson Model 29
On one of the TVs Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) is watching, Lord Humungous (Kjell Nilsson) can be seen aiming his scoped Smith & Wesson Model 29, from a scene in The Road Warrior.
Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver with 8 3/8" barrel - .44 Magnum
In a display case in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) apartment, several Flintlock Pistols are seen hanging, along with several decorative swords.
Flintlock pistols are seen in a display case in Blake's apartment.
Viet Cong fighters destroyed by Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup) wield folding stock Zastava M70AB2 rifles (possibly meant as stand-ins for Norinco Type 56-1's) noted by their folding grenade launcher sights.
Zastava M70AB2 folding stock rifle - 7.62x39mm
A Viet Cong fighters fires his Zastava M70AB2 at Dr. Manhattan.
The Viet Cong fighters look on in awe at the unstoppable blue giant.
As the Viet Cong fighters flee, the folding stocks are visible.
A Viet Cong fighters whose leg is blown off (seen in better detail in the Director's Cut) is seen with a milled receiver AK-47 before being burned to death by The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan).
Poly Technologies AK-47 - 7.62x39mm. This is the commercial clone of the original Type III AK-47 and is the most used in American films and shows when showing the milled receiver AK-47
A Viet Cong fighter with a severed leg has an AK-47 at his side.
10" barreled CAR-15 carbines are seen used by U.S. Army soldiers during the Vietnam War scenes and one is seen in The Comedian's hidden closet armory, the NYPD ESU use CAR-15 carbines with longer barrels, slab-side receivers, and full stocks (as opposed to the more traditional collapsing stock). Based on the fact the weapons actually have safe-semi-auto selector switches, they could very well be GAU-5/A models, or at least very close copies.
GAU-5/A aka Colt Model 610 - 5.56x45mm NATO. This is the USAF version and was only used by them. This is NOT the E1 version, which was used almost exclusively by the Army.
Late 1970s model Colt AR-15 Sporter 1 Carbine - converted into an XM177 Lookalike for the film The Dogs of War
- 5.56x45mm NATO
In The Comedian's hidden closet armory a CAR-15 with a collapsing stock is visible.
U.S. Army soldiers are seen armed in Vietnam with CAR-15 carbines.
An NYPD ESU officer aims his CAR-15.
Note slab-side upper receiver and full M16
Note lack of magazine fencing.
Rorschach uses a can of Veidt Hairspray and a lit match to burn NYPD ESU officers armed with CAR-15s.
Rorschach smacks away a CAR-15 before it can be used on him.
An ESU officer flicks the selector switch on his CAR-15 to full-auto. This indicates the lower on this rifle is not from a civilian copy like most film-used CAR-15, and it may possibly indicate the lower is from a GAU-5/A or similar unit. The writing is likely inlaid with white crayon, which isn't standard but likely done so it can be read in low-lighting conditions.
An ESU officer unloads his CAR-15 on full-auto, and misses Rorschach.
ESU officers trying to apprehend Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) in Moloch's (Matt Frewer) house are seen armed with Ruger AC556 rifles with folding stocks.
Stainless Steel Ruger AC556 Carbine with Factory Folder Stock - 5.56x45mm NATO. The versions in the film have blued receivers and the stocks folded.
A ESU officer leads the charge armed with a Ruger AC556.
The ESU officer is blinded by the burning flame emitted from Rorschach's improvised flamethrower while trying to aim his Ruger AC556.
An MP is seen armed with an M16A1 outside the Rockefeller Military Base. Rikers prison guards are also seen firing M16A1s at the owl-ship "Archie" in the Director's Cut.
Colt M16A1 - 5.56x45mm NATO
An MP guards the perimeter of the Rockefeller Base while armed with an M16A1.
A Rikers prison guard fires his M16A1 at "Archie".
Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle
The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) is seen holding a scoped Carcano M91/38 while watching John F. Kennedy's car drive by. This implies that the Comedian was the purported "Grassy Knoll" shooter and that he delivered the fatal shot. The rifle seen in the movie is the same model used by Lee Harvey Oswald himself.
Carcano M91/38 Short Rifle - 6.5x52mm
The Comedian prepares to leave the grassy knoll wielding Oswald's infamous rifle.
Heckler & Koch HK91
Both the telescoping stocked Heckler & Koch HK91A3 and the fixed stock Heckler & Koch HK91A2 are seen in the Comedian's hidden closet armory.
Heckler & Koch HK91A3 with factory telescoping Stock - 7.62x51mm NATO
A Heckler & Koch HK91A3 with telescoping stock is second from the left (next to the MP5SD3).
Heckler & Koch HK91A2 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The HK91A2 is farthest on the right
On the far right is the HK91A2 with the fixed stock.
Remington 700 (Marksman's Rifle MR-700 Conversion)
A Remington 700 (Marksman's Rifle MR-700 Conversion) rifle is seen in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory.
Remington 700 Marksman's Rifle MR-700 Conversion - 7.62x51mm NATO
A close up on a Remington 700 MR-700 Conversion rifle, with a spare six-shot cartridge holder.
During the opening sequence summing up the past, Hippies stick flowers into the barrels of M1 Garand rifles of U.S. Army military policemen before the MPs fire them on the hippies, flowers still in the muzzles. This is an homage to the famous photograph where a protester places a flower in the barrel of an MP's M14 Rifle. In reality, MPs in the U.S. did use M14 Rifles during this time period. National Guardsmen (as in the Kent State shooting in 1970) were armed with M1 Garands.
MPs train their M1 Garands (with fixed bayonets) on rioting protestors.
A flower is stuck in the muzzle of one of the MP's M1 Garands by a protestor.
The MPs open fire on the protestors with no prior instigation.
MPs guarding the military research facility witness a glimpse at the return of Jon Osterman (Billy Crudup
) while armed with M1 Garands.
On a wall rack in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) apartment, three percussion rifles/muskets of unknown make and model are seen.
Thompson Center Arms Hawkins Plains rifle - .50 caliber
Percussion fire rifles are seen hanging on the wall in Edward Blake's apartment.
The Percussion rifles hanging on the wall as Blake battles the assassin.
In the Director's Cut of the film, Rikers prison guards fire Remington 870 shotguns at Nite Owl II's (Patrick Wilson) owl ship "Archie" as they spring Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) from Rikers prison.
Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 gauge
Rikers prison guards fire their Remington 870s at "Archie".
The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) fires on rampaging crowd members with an Ithaca 37 shotgun. He has loaded it with less-lethal rubber bullets, as he claims in the scene.
Ithaca 37 Riot Version - 12 gauge
The Comedian hangs from the side of "Archie" the owl-ship while holding his Ithaca 37 shotgun.
The Comedian fires his Ithaca 37 at rioters.
The Comedian ejects a shell from the chamber with a small amount of powder still burning in it.
A Franchi PA3/215 is seen in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory when Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) investigates his home. In the original graphic novel, the only thing seen in the closet was his costume, a MAC-10, two 1911s in his holsters, and a few knives.
Franchi PA3/215 - 12 gauge
A Franchi PA3/215 in The Comedian's closet, circled in red.
A shot of the Franchi PA3/215 pistol grips.
Another shot of the Franchi PA3/215.
Sawed Off Double Barrel Shotgun
A Sawed-off Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers is drawn by a criminal before he is blown up by Dr. Manhattan (Billy Crudup). On one of the TVs Adrian Veidt (Matthew Goode) is watching, Mad Max (Mel Gibson) can be seen wielding his iconic sawed-off double barreled shotgun with internal hammers in The Road Warrior.
Sawn-off Rossi Overland Double Barreled Shotgun - 12 gauge
A criminal attempts to draw a sawed-off double barreled shotgun when facing Dr. Manhattan.
M60 Machine Gun
An M60 machine gun is seen used by one of the U.S. Army soldiers in Vietnam (Director's Cut only), and one is also seen in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory.
M60 machine gun with bipod folded - 7.62x51mm NATO
An M60 machine gun is seen on the left.
A soldier (a cameo by director Zack Snyder
) fires an M60 machine gun from the door of a UH-1 Huey helicopter in Vietnam.
Browning M2 Aircraft
Seen mounted on the forward ventral turret of a US B-29 "Superfortress" bomber plane flying over Japan after dropping one of the nuclear bombs, are four Browning M2 Aircraft air-cooled units. This is a goof, as only the forward upper turret of the B-29 was fitted with four M2s, the other three, including the forward ventral turret, were only fitted with two. In any case, all "Silverplate" B-29s (B-29s modified to carry nuclear weapons) had their gun turrets removed to save weight.
Browning M2 Aircraft - .50 BMG
A US B-29 "Superfortress" outfitted with a bottom turret of Browning M2 Aircraft machine guns. Note that it dropped the atomic bomb, but instead of the "Enola Gay," it's "Miss Jupiter," who is Laurie Juspeczyk's mother.
GE M134 Minigun
Nite Owl II's (Patrick Wilson) owl-ship "Archie" is outfitted with a single GE M134 Minigun unit, which he uses to chop down a water tower and partially douse the flames on a burning building.
GE M134 Minigun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Close up on the barrels of the GE M134 Minigun firing from inside "Archie".
Outside view of the GE M134 Minigun firing from "Archie".
The empty brass (which is live brass, not crimp-nosed blanks) is dumped out of the ship through a small port in the floor.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3
A Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 is seen on a rack in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 - 9x19mm
A Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 circled in red between the two HK91s.
Colt M1921AC Thompson
A thug is seen foiled by The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) in the opening credits while firing an Colt M1921AC Thompson into the air. In the special features the gun is revealed to be a specially built prop (likely a battery operated airsoft gun) that cycles the bolt slowly so the shot could be achieved. A rod was attached to the barrel to keep it level, as the weight would surely make holding it at such an angle one-handed difficult.
Colt M1921AC Thompson - .45 ACP
A bank robber is held in a head-lock by The Comedian whilst firing his M1921AC Thompson into the air. Note how the post-production added muzzle flash doesn't show flame emitting from the Cutts compensator's top ports.
Cobray CM203 Flare Launcher
A Cobray CM203 Flare Launcher is seen in The Comedian's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) hidden closet armory, standing in for the HE-grenade launching M203 grenade launcher.
Cobray CM203 Flare Launcher - 37mm Flare
A Cobray CM203 Flare Launcher (and two sound suppressors, one for a MAC-10, the other for his D&L Sports custom) next to his costume.
M79 grenade launcher
The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) uses an M79 grenade launcher to fire smoke rounds at people trying to vandalize buildings with the phrase "Who watches the Watchmen?" in the rioting crowds. He even hits one rioter dead on with a smoke round during the "American Dream" scene. It is also seen in his closet when Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) is checking out his apartment.
M79 grenade launcher - 40x46mm
The Comedian fires his M79 grenade launcher on the rioting crowds in a promotional still.
An M79 grenade launcher is seen in The Comedian's hidden closet armory when Rorschach investigates.
The Comedian fires smoke rounds from his M79 grenade launcher at rioters.
The Comedian talks with Nite Owl II (Patrick Wilson
) before shooting a rioter directly with a smoke round.
The Comedian (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) uses an M1A1 Flamethrower to light his cigar with the pilot and then burn a VC soldier while in Vietnam. He can also be seen posing with it in promotional movie posters.
Schematic drawing of M1A1 Flamethrower
The Comedian lights his cigar with his M1A1 Flamethrower. Note how he isn't squeezing the trigger yet flame is still coming out.
A Vietnam-era picture of The Comedian with his M1A1 Flamethrower.
The Comedian lights his cigar with the burning pilot of his M1A1 Flamethrower.
The Comedian burns a wounded Viet Cong soldier with his M1A1 Flamethrower.
The Comedian sadistically burns the soldier to death, all while grinning.
Rorschach's Grapple Gun
Specifically designed by Nite Owl II/Daniel Dreiberg (Patrick Wilson) for him, Rorschach (Jackie Earle Haley) uses this grapple gun to enter Edward Blake's (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) apartment and later uses it as a weapon to shoot an ESU officer as they break into Moloch's apartment. In the graphic novel, the police report says that Rorschach broke the officer's sternum with it, but it appears to hit the ESU officer in the stomach in the film.
Replica prop of Rorschach's grappling gun on display with his mask.
Film poster featuring Rorschach posing with his grapple gun.
Rorschach fires the grapple gun to get into Blake's apartment in a promotional still.
Rorschach draws his grapple gun from his coat.
The prongs extend on the grapple gun.
The prongs extend again when Rorschach draws the weapon on NYPD ESU.
Rorschach shoots an ESU officer with the grapple gun.