What are some of the worst movie firearm scenes? For those of us who shoot at least a little bit, it can be more stressful watching a movie and knowing that something is totally wrong when it comes to firearms. Here are some of the ones that have irked me for years, and I would love to hear what they do for you.
Golden Eye: James Bond and other spy thrillers take some serious liberal grace with their firearms. This liberal grace is evident in this movie, specifically in a few areas. First is the suppressed Walther that James uses, as it over-emphasizes the “silencer” capability. Unfortunately, it is because of scenes like this and others that is why we still need to pay a$200 tax stamp to the BATFE for something that could save my eardrums a bit of abuse.
Rambo: I will say that I love the series, but there are so many fallacies in them it does make me cringe on just about all of them. While I got to do some weapons training with the Danish Army (who have the new M60s), we got a chance to try and fire from the hip and with one hand… let’s just say it’s near impossible to be that accurate. From the ability to manhandle an M60 with seemingly unlimited ammunition with a single hand (23 lbs. unloaded, the average AR is about 7). If we look past that, Rambo seems to be amazing with his bow as well, scoring kills at carbine distances, and enemies drop immediately from that shot…. which is not like any game animal I have ever shot with a bow. That said, there is a lot of entertainment value, but just don’t watch the third one at the end with its dedication to the Mujahadeen in Afghanistan….it didn’t age well.
Predator: I know, easy choice, right? With all the muscle and use of amazing firepower, there is very little that is accurate. From the weight of the weapons, the inability to accurately depict the firearms capabilities and a constant topic…. reloading. Additionally, the M203 grenades that are strapped to the bow, those grenades arm from rotating out of the tube, something I don’t think would happen from the bow shot.
Hurt Locker: This is likely the worst movie I have seen for numerous reasons, but I will go with just two parts. First, there is no way an EOD tech with a 50 BMG can score headshots at several hundred yards on a moving target, and even the best snipers in the business would agree that is a total bunk. The second part is when the protagonist pulls up an IED with multiple artillery shells with one hand….for those who have not partied with arty, those look like 155mm shells, and the average weight is 95 lbs….each. In my opinion, just skip the movie.
For those of you who are reading this and new to the shooting sport, please don’t use these movies or others like them as your basis for accurate movie depictions. Do your homework and realize the only way you get better is a ton of training, something you won’t see in many movies. And ditch the soda and popcorn, nothing goes better with a movie than a cup of some Patriotic coffee, if you’re one of those people who are serious about your coffee check out our worry-free subscription options.
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Author: Ian Bolser