A Look Inside Movie Armament’s Vault

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Update: The owner of MAG contacted me after the publication of this article to remind me that “there are thousands, not hundreds” of guns in the vault. Somewhere close to 4000 with 1000 of those being handguns and 2000 being machineguns. Clearly my urge to resist hyperbole was misguided.

Movie Armament’s Group is a Canadian company that provides firearms for movies and television productions. I was fortunate enough to spend an afternoon being shown around their vault, and was allowed to snap a few photos of the treasures within.

All the firearms are fully functional live firing. When a production requests a particular firearm, Movie Armaments will supply a gun wrangler on set to retain control of the firearm, convert it to the appropriate blank charge, run the actors through proper manipulations etc. Almost every firearm in the vault is capable of full auto fire, as I was told “directors never really want semi auto shooting.”

There are literally hundreds of guns in the vault, and around every corner there’s something usual and rare. As a gun-nerd, it was an absolute delight to visit, and I could easily spend days in there pulling things apart.

MAG has provided guns for movies like Boondock Saints, RED, the Resident Evil series, Robocop, and most recently every gun in Suicide Squad that just released. For a full list of the movies they’ve worked on, check out their IMDB page or for other views of the vault, their Instagram feed.

Some of these are taken with a proper camera, but the majority were taken on my cell-phone, so please accept my apologies for that. If you click on any of these you should get a nice hi-rez version.

Movie Armaments Vault HK MP5 and M320

Top: A classic MP5-K with the vertical grip and 4.5 inch barrel. Bottom: The M320 40mm grenade launcher in a standalone setup

Movie Armaments Vault HK 416 and AKSU Krinkov

Top: A select fire HK 416 with the Geissele lightweight freefloat rail, a PEQ-15 laser and Eotech & Magnifier optics package. Bottom: An original Russian AKSU Krinkov. Check out this TFB article on where the Krinkov name comes from.

Movie Armaments HK MP7

The always sexy H&K MP7. Apparently sourcing blank 4.6×30mm rounds is a real challenge. Fortunately MAG can manufacture their own for varying charge levels.

Movie Armaments Group HK MP7 Group

There are literally piles of MP7s sitting around the vault. I snapped this shot to contrast the size difference between “deployed” and “compact” mode of the MP7.

Movie Armaments Vault HK G36C

A factory original G36C. Apparently these are a popular request for TV shows looking for something slick and high tech. This concludes the “German tour.”

The Author with an Original Stoner

Your’s truly with a slightly wild expression. Because yes, that is a real Stoner 63 in my hands. No, they wouldn’t tell me where they got it.

Movie Armaments Group North Korean AK

Another mysterious acquisition. There were stacks and stacks of AK pattern rifles of every kind, but this one stuck out. Do you recognize those symbols?

Movie Armaments Group North Korean AKM

That’s right, it’s an AK made in North Korea. Not many of those make it across the DMZ.

Movie Armaments Swedish K

Another bit of historical fun: the Swedish K submachine gun. If you look on the wall below you can see a PPSH submachine gun that has been burned and damaged for effect.

Movie Armaments Norinco QCW-05

A real rarity: an integrally suppressed QCW-05 submachine gun. This Chinese 9mm is made by Norinco, and apparently “a real bitch to run reliably.”

Movie Armaments Vault Glock 18

A factory Glock 18. Not exactly common in Communist-Canada.

Movie Armaments Group Benelli MR1 SBR

A 12″ SBR Benelli MR-1 from the Robocop reboot. The blue panel on the stock was designed as an LCD screen that would be digitally altered in post production. A shorty MR1 might not be a highlight for most people, but I see this as the closest we ever got to a realization of Beretta’s Rx4 prototype.

Movie Armaments Tavor X95 Machine Guns

As a Tavor shooter I couldn’t pass up the chance to handle MAG’s X95 models. These Israeli IDF issue rifles are super small and super light. The 9mm version is pictured with the enclosed trigger guard, while the 5.56 version has the reduced pistol grip.

Movie Armaments Vault Uzi

The original Uzi submachinegun. I’ve never used such a convoluted folding/telescoping stock.

Movie Armaments Group Micro-Uzi

The much smaller Micro-Uzi. Notice that this isn’t a “select fire” weapon. This is full auto or nothing.

Movie Armaments Galil SBR

An SBR Galil rifle that I will never be allowed to own. All Galil’s in Canada are prohibited as “variants of the Kalashnikov.”

Movie Armaments Galil Selector

Hebrew inscriptions on the fun-switch selector of the Galil. Fun fact ב is for bodedet which is semi, א is for otomat which is autotmatic, and נצ is natzur which is safe. This concludes the “Israeli tour.”

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While I was there a shipment arrived from Beretta. Inside? Several new ARX-160 rifles and their grenade launchers.

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This unit features the 11 inch barrel. The under-barrel launcher is Beretta’s GLX 160.

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A look inside the grenade launcher. Note that this is a push forward like the old M203, rather than a twist like the M320.

Movie Armaments MG42 Pile

There are hundreds of historical weapons inside the vault as well, stashed away on racks piled high to the ceiling. I happened across this stack of MG42s and other WWII treasures. (Can you spot the Bren Gun?)

Movie Armaments SAW and G3

A more modern machinegun rack is loaded with M249 SAWs and G3s. Loading procedure with a SAW using blanks can be quite tricky.

Movie Armaments Daewoo and Thompson

Both the Daewoo and Thompson are something of a rarity in Canada. Thanks mid-90s gun control for shutting out all the fun stuff!

Movie Armaments Group C7 C8

The C7 and C8 rifles used in Hyena Road, a Canadian produced film about our soldiers in Afghanistan. Fun Fact: Colt Canada now sells the semi-auto versions of these rifles to licensed Canadian citizens.

Movie Armaments RPG-7 Tubes

And finally, a full stack of RPG tubes. “We only needed one or two, but they said we had to buy them by the crate. So we got a crate!” These also see use in foreign weapons familiarity courses for the Canadian Forces.

There were literally hundreds of things I didn’t see or didn’t photograph, and lots that couldn’t be shown because of security or NDA requirements, but I hope this short sample has provided some interest to you: the wider gun-loving public.



Edward O

Edward is a Canadian gun owner and target shooter with a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism. Crawling over mountains with tactical gear is his idea of fun. He blogs at TV-Presspass and tweets @TV_PressPass.


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  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Did you meet MPM2008?

    • Mr Mxyzptlk

      He is in America, this company is in Canada.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        He might be sneaking around who knows.

  • Dickie

    Awsome thanks for sharing

  • Lemdarel

    So many goodies that should be legal but are prohibited due to an Order in Council…

    Oh well, a man can dream.

  • Steve

    Is *that* all?

    Haha, kidding – very lucky to have such a tour! Might be a little jealous!

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    Awesome.

    • A bearded being from beyond ti

      Her face looks really weird on that pic.

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        I think her face is just weird anyway.

        • A bearded being from beyond ti

          Could be. Doesn’t seem like she has any fat at all, just skin stretched over the skull.

    • HUMP

      HEY!You better recant that bit about Canada being “Comie”.People in other Countries may get the wrong perception of us.We may have rather stifled gun laws,but we are a proud free democratic society with regular elections that are NOT rigged!

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        No clue what you’re talking about

        • Blake

          Dude clearly doesn’t understand how to post comments. He’s replying to the article, not to you.

      • Evan

        Well, you DID have Rob Ford. He was great fun for everyone who didn’t live in Toronto.

      • “elections that are NOT rigged!”

        Then how did the little Turd-DOH get elected?

  • A bearded being from beyond ti

    Ah man, seeing all those guns makes me wish i could shoot just one of them. But i doubt that will ever happen…

    • well gun ranges in the US often have such guns for rent. you just gotta pay the ammo which is often more expensive then the gun rental.

      • A bearded being from beyond ti

        well i don’t live in the US and there aren’t many gun ranges in stockholm and im cheap as hell so i doubt there’s gonna be any gunblasting within the foreseeable future…

        • Claus Økær Holdt Hansen

          You guys can own full auto guns, for sport shooting, here in Denmark, we have a real hard time (more or less impossible) just getting them on a collector permit.

          • A bearded being from beyond ti

            Since when could we own full-auto guns for anything?

  • Harry’s Holsters

    So cool! Seeing that many MP7s in one place must have been crazy. It’s amazing how the film industry always gets an exclusion.

  • James

    Very nice tour! Tnx.

    Who makes that half picatinny rail topcover on that FAL? All the DSA’s I’ve seen are full cover rails.

  • K-Gunner

    Very cool indeed! I do find it sad that the movie industry gets exceptions to the rules and totally disgusting how Hollywood movies and television involve so many guns in the hands of actors engaged in violent acts who then protest about gun violence and cry for more gun control. A bunch of damn hypocrites!

    • money was the reason. Hollywood told the calif liberals that if they didn’t put in those exemptions billions of dollars each year would not be there.

  • Mack

    How does the film company get exclusions from the gun laws having prohibited guns in canada? Or is there licensing they can get?

    • Mattie Dimes

      Money

    • MacK

      Very much the same in the US… Whats good for “me” is not okay for “thee”. While not their fault, they get to play the game while regular citizens are left in the dust because of politicians.

      • like California class 3 dealers they got an exemption from the California gun laws because other wise Hollywood pictures wouldn’t get any guns for tv shows, movies etc.

    • In Canada we have different licenses for individuals or businesses. A business, depending on their specific stream of business, can apply for things civilians cannot. For example: a company doing R&D for police and mil contracts may be able to own suppressors, while an individual civilian cannot.

  • Franivelius

    OMG… that place sure looks like heaven to me.

  • I see that Canada is just like America when it comes to corporations with deep pockets being above the laws all us plebeians and helots have to abide by.

    Ah well, at least Hollywood can continue being the primary source of anti-gun hysteria and paranoia while actively contributing to the problem by glamorizing crime and full auto ultraviolence; and really, isn’t that what The Spirit Of Christmas is all about?

  • Fruitbat44

    Be still my beating heart . . .

  • SP mclaughlin

    I never thought that modern Norinco 9mm even existed outside of China.

    • Friend of Tibet

      freaking nice looking gun!!!!

  • HKmaster

    I wonder how that North Korean AK made it to Canada. If only guns could talk!

    • Tritro29

      Chek Po model…probably from Africa.

    • MAG

      The North Korean AK was part of a purchase of 200 AK variants from an arms dealer in England for Movie Armaments Group. The AK’s were from various manufacturers, including Yugoslavian, East German, Chinese, Bulgarian, Russian, Egyptian (Maadi), and North Korean models. Many of the guns were war booty from the Balkan Wars, and many had Croatian and Bosnian markings carved into the wood furniture. Contrary to what seems to be popular belief, the North Koreans, do export their AK products. Most of them are usually sterile Type- 68 models (AKM’s), with SAR selector markings and no factory marks other than serialization. These Type- 58’s were probably old stock that the North Koreans were anxious to get rid of and were sold to one faction or another in Bosnia. They would not have cared that they were not sterile because the Type- 58 is so old that it could have changed hands numerous times before getting there. I have seen the sterile Type- 68’s both in Lebanon and in El Salvador.
      – President of Movie Armaments Group

  • Dan Campbell

    As a Canadian, I look at all these lovely firearms with the usual sense of jealousy, but also a profound sense of gratitude for film armourers like MAG who are saving these guns from the smelter, or from mouldering in a museum basement. This is a service to history.

  • Chris laliberte

    Please, someone explain how these movie guns fire blanks, vent gas out the front for muzzle flash, and cycle the gun without some kind of muzzle adapter that blocks the barrel and allows pressure to build up. I don’t get it. Durp.

    • From the article the guns in the storage are keep in live fire mode.

      I would assume on gas operated guns when converted on set they either use a blank firing adapter that can be inserted into barrel/muzzle device or a special barrel with the blank firing adapter built into it.

      With pistols it depends on the gun. Most of the pictures I’ve seen it requires almost completely removing the lock up on the barrel hood.

      • Holdfast_II

        I don’t know if it’s true, but I’ve heard from a few different sources that an M-60 went walkies during the filming of Rambo: First Blood up near Hope, BC. And was later recovered in Northern Ireland.

    • They use a ton of different blank adapters. So depending on the charge (do you want lots of flash, or a little flash?) they install BFAs inside the barrel that allow for certain effects and to keep the gun running. One of their biggest challenges with a new firearm is building a BFA and working up the desired charge loads for a specific firearm.

  • LCON

    Are we sure about the Saw’s I noticed that a lot of Canadian productions use south Korean K3’s dressed as M249’s

    • MAG

      Our 8 M249/ SAW variants (MK46, MK48, SAW PARA, and M249) in inventory are all real. The K3’s that you see in Canadian film productions belong to Felcan Enterprises in Vancouver. We have in the past rented the K3’s from Felcan before we were able to obtain our M249’s. So you are correct and quite observant.

  • Evan

    So wait, these are all real guns that actually work, and not blank firing replicas? Yeah, I’m clearly in the wrong business.

  • Holdfast_II

    Anyone know where one can buy a C79 scope?

    I’ve been trying to recreate my old C-7 (semi only of course), but the sight is the sticking point. There are other Elcans available (at a nasty price of course), but I can’t find anyone selling a C79 in decent condition.

  • Friend of Tibet

    I really like that type 05, I think the reason why it won;t run reliable is the type 05 is designed based on Chinese 9mm ammunition, the spec is a little different.

  • Holdfast_II

    It would be interesting to see how long it lasts. I doubt this Airsoft version has any Tritium though. Actually, at that price I really hope it doesn’t.

    • the airsoft stuff these days is pretty high quality if not from china. not surprising when you learn that the non chinese companies making it are often the same factory/company that makes the parts for guns. Airsoft maker Toyko Mirui (not sure about spelling right now) makes parts for the guns the JSDF uses. apparently on various ar-15 forums are reviews of these airsoft replicas such as how they hold up to the gun version. some hold up pretty well others are complete crap.

  • Core

    Nice. 🙂