As you may already know, Die Hard is considered by many to be the greatest Christmas movie of all time. The film is set at a business’ Christmas party on Christmas Eve, which comes under attack by terrorists. Some movie fans even draw parallels between Die Hard and It’s a Wonderful Life, although that might be a little bit of a stretch. After a recent rewatch of the film, we decided to get in the holiday spirit and share six of the most iconic firearms featured within.

1. Beretta 92F

Bruce Willis' character, John McClane, with a Beretta 92F.
Bruce Willis’ character, John McClane, with a Beretta 92F.

The Beretta 92F is the sidearm of choice for Detective John McClane (Bruce Willis). It’s featured throughout the movie and it probably plays a bigger role than any other firearm in the movie.

2. Heckler & Koch P7M13

Alan Rickman's character, Hans Gruber, aims his Heckler & Koch P7M13.
Alan Rickman’s character, Hans Gruber, aims his Heckler & Koch P7M13.

The Heckler & Koch P7M13 is terrorist leader Hans Gruber’s (Alan Rickman) primary weapon throughout the film. The firearm features an innovative squeeze cocking mechanism.

3. Heckler & Koch HK94 (MP5)

A terrorist armed with a modified HK94 searches for John McClane.
A terrorist armed with a modified HK94 searches for John McClane. He later performs the “HK slap” to very spookily chamber a round (who knows why it wasn’t locked and loaded in the first place).

Modified Heckler & Koch HK94s are used by the terrorists and John McClane thought the film. The HK94s found in the movie were shortened and modified to look more like “standard” MP5s. After stealing one from a terrorist, John McClane famously sends the message “Now I have a machine gun. Ho Ho Ho.”

4. M16A1 (Replica)

Two SWAT members can be seen here with M16A1s.
Two SWAT members can be seen here with M16A1s.

Several SWAT team members carry replica versions of the venerable M16A1.

5. Steyr AUG

Karl unloads his AUG at some air vents, hoping to hit McClane.
Karl unloads his AUG at some air vents, hoping to hit McClane.

The Steyr AUG is used by Karl (Alexander Godunov) and it was probably the most unusual-looking weapon to American audiences at the time. The gun’s appearance in Die Hard introduced the American public to bullpup firearms.

6. M60E3

The M60E3 being used against Powell's patrol car.
The M60E3 being used against Powell’s patrol car.

The M60E3 was used as a “show of force” against Sergeant Al Powell (Reginald VelJohnson).

Hope you enjoyed our look back on the best Christmas film of all time. Merry Christmas, and happy holidays to all! More information about firearms used in the film can be found at the Internet Movie Firearms Database.

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4 thoughts on “6 Iconic Guns from the Greatest Christmas Movie of All Time, ‘Die Hard’

  1. My friends used to laugh at me when I said ‘Die Hard’ was a Christmas movie. “Now I have a machine gun, Ho Ho Ho”. You can’t get more Christmas than that.

  2. BTW, the 93F used by Bruce Willis in “Diehard” is the same pistol used by Mel Gibson in “Lethal Weapon.” I believe it is currently on display in the National Firearms Museum.

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