HOLLYWOOD AUCTION: John McClane’s Beretta 92F And More On eBay

It is the summer of 1989 and I’m a kid on a family vacation traveling through Silverthorne, Colorado. Being huge Indiana Jones fans, we decide to beat the heat and and catch a matinee showing of ‘The Last Crusade’ for a second time. It was that afternoon that I decided I wanted a leather whip, a satchel and a Webley WG Army revolver. Now fast forward to “adulthood” – if you are like me and have made gun purchases based on some of your favorite movies, you have the chance to buy some actual firearm props at the most recent installment of eBay’s Hollywood auction series.

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Sure, some of the prices are in the ‘transferable machine gun’ range, but these are real collectible pieces (arguably historic) that we have all lusted after as both kids and adults.

By the way, I got the the whip and satchel that summer, but I settled for a Ruger Blackhawk revolver in .45LC instead of the classic Indy wheelgun. Unfortunately, I don’t see the Webley Army in the current eBay live auction.

Check out some of the Hollywood auction examples below.

Hollywood Auction on EBay 

Hollywood auction

1437. Bruce Willis “John McClane” hero Beretta M92F from Die Hard with a copy of Stembridge documentation to 20th Century Fox.(TCF, 1988)Vintage original screen used Beretta 92F (9 x 19mm) signature hero prop handgun used by Bruce Willis as “John McClane” in the blockbuster action film. The semi-automatic pistol features ejecting ammo magazine and a notably extended mag release and slide release, which were modifications made specifically for Bruce Willis. The Beretta 92F features prominently in the film as the go-to sidearm of “McClane” including the unforgettable scene when our hero conceals his Beretta by strapping it to his back with Christmas wrapping tape for the climactic showdown. The gun was modified to fire blank rounds in the film, and the firing pin has since been removed. Buyer should never attempt to place any rounds in the gun (blank or otherwise). The iconic weapon is accompanied by a copy of the original Stembridge Gun Rentals, INC. paperwork denoting the production, serial numbers and other rental specs. The gun exhibits production wear and distress. In production used fine condition. If shipped to the U.S., shipping must be arranged through a federal firearms licensed dealer. $20,000 – $30,000

 

 

1339. Aliens original hero Colonial Marine M41-A Pulse Rifle.(TCF, 1986) One of the most famous sci-fi firearms, the M41-A Pulse Rifle was featured heavily in James Cameron’s 1986 action sequel Aliens. Designed by Cameron himself and constructed under the supervision of renowned armorer Simon Atherton at Bapty Armory, the Pulse Rifle is viewed by many as the pinnacle of Sci-Fi prop weaponry. This is an original prop Pulse Rifle that was originally constructed for and used in Aliens, and later re-built and re-used in Alien 3. The prop is constructed around a WWII era M1A1 Thompson submachine gun, which was originally modified to fire blanks for the production and has since been fully decommissioned. The Thompson is fitted with a custom-made pistol grip, and a custom-made extended barrel. A SPAS-12 shotgun cage mounts below the Thompson barrel via a custom-stamped barrel shroud, simulating the grenade launcher. The grenade launcher features the original SPAS-12 pump handle, which was cut down for a different look in the film. It slides freely back and forth, allowing the pump-action loading of the launcher to be simulated. As only one version of the Pulse Rifle had a practical grenade launcher (actually a Remington 870 shotgun) fitted, this piece has a dummy grenade launcher filling the SPAS cage. The ends of the piece are capped with a custom-made steel shoulder stock, and a custom-made aluminum barrel cap at the front of the grenade launcher. The entire assembly is housed in a vacuum-formed ABS outer casing, which completes the unique profile of the prop. While all other components on the piece were used in Aliens, the casing was installed specifically for the production of Alien 3. After Aliens, all of the Pulse Rifle props were struck back to their original firearm components, and most of the casings used were discarded as they were no longer deemed necessary. When the decision was made for Weyland scientists to carry Pulse Rifles during the climax of Alien 3, Bapty had to re-assemble the Pulse Rifles and were now lacking the outer casings. New outer casings were therefore manufactured by vacuum-forming over one of the original casings from Aliens, and the new ABS casing was fitted to the prop with bolts, brackets and custom-riveted plates. The outer casing was originally painted black for use in Alien 3, as are all Pulse Rifle props in the film, but was later re-sprayed green by Bapty to return the piece to its classic Aliens form. The clip base is made from wood and is installed with a screw at the front of the casing. The Pulse Rifle is complete and in good film-used and weathered condition. All of the moveable components-the shoulder stock, grenade launcher pump handle, and original Thompson selector switches and trigger-can be moved and positioned. This is a rare opportunity to own a masterpiece of film prop weaponry. Special shipping must be arranged through a federal firearms licensed dealer.$12,000 – $15,000

 

1477. Terminator Salvation “T-600” prop mini-gun.(Warner Bros., 2009) Original hand held M134 Minigun prop constructed of cast hard rubber, metal and cast resin components expertly assembled and finished in dark steel metallic tones. Consisting of 33 in. long cast hard rubber multi-barrels and drive assembly over an internal metal supporting armature. With a 5.5 in. round metal arm hoop in the back with interior gasket padding for supporting the stockless gun and a cast resin joystick trigger mounted to the top of the carriage. Used by the early model T-600 Terminators in this popular sequel. In production used fine condition. $1,000 – $1,500

 

1474. Arnold Schwarzenegger “Terminator” Franchi SPAS-12 Shotgun Serial Number AA5876 from The Terminator.(Orion, 1984) Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun prop with serial number AB3482 with folding stock and modified to shoot blank rounds. Highly visible when the “Terminator” (Schwarzenegger) uses the shotgun to steal weapons from a gun store clerk. The folding stock was removed for use in the unforgettable chaotic and deadly, “I’ll be back” scene at the police station. The property master rigged the rear sling mount with a black cord that attached to the wrist, allowing Schwarzenegger to bear the weight of the gun with one hand. The sling mount was broken off and the bolt charging handle was removed by the armorer division of the prop house after production for use in a subsequent production. In very good condition. Comes with an LOA from the Property Master and prop house.If shipped to the U.S., shipping must be arranged through a federal firearms licensed dealer. $20,000 – $30,000

 

1778. Angelina Jolie “Salt” prop Sig 55X machine gun from Salt. (Columbia, 2010) Original hard rubber 29.75 in. long prop Sig 55X machine gun with extended stock. Cast from the hero live firing weapon, Serial #TP004540. Used by “Salt” (Jolie) in the final battle sequence with “Ted Winter” (Liev Schreiber) when she takes this gun from a security guard outside the PEOC and in pickup shots when Salt talks to Winter through a bulletproof window of the PEOC inner chamber. In production used fine condition. Includes production call sheets and ephemera related to the weapon. Comes with a COA and a copy of rental records from the weapons supplier and on set armorer. $600 – $800

 

1737. Hugo Weaving “Agent Smith” prop .50 cal Desert Eagle from The Matrix Reloaded. (Warner Bros., 2003) Precise prop replica of a .50 caliber Desert Eagle constructed of cast hard black rubber. The 8 x 5 in. prop is used by “Agent Smith” (Weaving) in multiple stunt sequences and notably when multiple Agent Smiths attempt to stop “Neo” (Reeves) and company from escaping through a hallway of “back doors” inside the Matrix. Marked on the butt, “R62”. The prop remains in production used fine condition and is accompanied by an LOA from the weapons coordinator for both The Matrix Reloaded and The Matrix Revolutions, which were shot simultaneously. $1,000 – $1,500

 


 

1322. Star Wars – Episode VI: Return of the Jedi (10) production used weapon reference photographs from set decorator Mike Ford. (TCF, 1983) Vintage original (10) gelatin silver 8 x 10 in. semi gloss photos of weapons from the Star Wars universe. Including images captioned, “MIG Rifle Rebel”, “MIG Rifle Imperial”, “Finned AR7 (Scrap”, “Sterling SMG Silver Rebel” and more. Includes 2- typed correspondence 1-from Set Decorator Mike Ford dated 2nd September 1981 and regarding the weapons and photographs, both on Revenge of the Jedi stationery. From the collection of Academy Award winning set decorator and designer Mike Ford. $500 – $700



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  • GPSrulz

    Hmmm… My kids don’t need thier college funds… Right?

    • Anonymoose

      I sometimes wish I’d spent my college fund on registered machineguns and gold-plated Desert Eagles.

      • Gary Kirk

        Could think of a couple other things.. Then I could just afford machine guns and gold plated Deagles.. Cause if I spent mine on guns, I’d still be broke.. Couldn’t bring myself to get rid of any.. This is all hypothetical anyways.. WTF is a college fund?? I just had to go to work..

        • Anonymoose

          We sued the State of Colorado after a skiing accident in the 90s. It is literally impossible to work your way through college now. College has become an overblown waste of time, and people are dumber now because of it.

          • Gary Kirk

            It’s not impossible to work your way through college.. I worked, and didn’t go.. So “worked my way through college”.. No college debt, yay!! And am waiting for the email to let me know I am now a lead welding engineer for a very large hotel chain.. 😉

  • Klaus Von Schmitto

    Since when does Ebay allow an FFL item to be sold?

    • Tim

      Since $30,000.

      • Klaus Von Schmitto

        You’re right. Should have been obvious.

    • Mystick

      Yeah, they state those aren’t permitted in the same paragraph they tell you that nuclear weapons cannot be sold on the site.

    • Northerner

      since the greedy bastards will make a huge commission on the sale and paypal fee!

  • Dark Helmet’s helmet from Space Balls! Sell machine guns and buy hollyweird props……..I think I’ll keep my machine guns.

  • Holdfast_II

    “and a notably extended mag release and slide release, which were modifications made specifically for Bruce Willis.”

    Are they saying that John McLane has stubby fingers!?

    • Anonymoose

      No, he’s a lefty.

  • TheNotoriousIUD

    “Salt” is probably the stupidest movie ive ever seen.
    I dont think there has ever been a star as big as Jolie who has only been in bad movies.

    • Pete – TFB Writer

      Never saw it. Mr and Mrs Smith was entertaining

      • TheNotoriousIUD

        Dont waste your time.

    • Hoplopfheil

      Wanted? Mr and Mrs Smith?

  • Christian Hedegaard-Schou

    Of course NOW ebay allows firearms to be sold. Hypocritical a-holes.

  • olivehead

    That does not look like an extended slide stop, and the pistol does not look like other pics I’ve see of the supposed “hero” 92F from Die Hard (which pics did clearly have an extended slide stop and mag button). Anyone have any ideas?
    BTW it’s not because Bruce has stubby fingers but because he’s a lefty.

  • Rock Island Auction

    Did somebody say “gun auction”?

  • NOUNBELIEVER

    The Beretta is a large pistol…Mr. Willis is not a large man…,.stubby fingers ? no, just a smaller male…some folks have used ” barrel chested ‘ descriptions as other folks would not admit somebody might really have a large waist line…words will not hide reality…I found the Beretta a far reach for my hand…remember the rationale for dropping the 1911 .45 ACP was “smaller, lighter, shorter, with more cartridges than the M1911…the Beretta is longer, wider, heavier, more distance to the trigger ..a real hand full of a pistol….it was VN era, the JFK ” wiz guy smart kids ” telling us what is ” right and proper ” about everything they wanted to change…Air Force General Curtis LeMay liked the S&W M39 aluminum frame, shorter overall length, and flat for shoulder holster or belt carry under a jacket… easier for ” his Airmen to handle “…same reasoning was made by LeMay for the M-16…the M1 .30 Carbine was too low powered to protect across the large airfields of the jet age airplanes and the M-1 Garand and the M-14 were too heavy for ” a long eight hour day of duty with a shoulder arm ” … thus begun the hand gun change….Viet Nam and operations in the jungle…smaller opponents… the ” cloak and dagger ” or ” spec ops ” people not supposed to reveal that the USA was in the Viet Nam War…no USA Arms, not .45s….lot of use of the Browning High Power 9mm 13 shot pistol…now, faced in the close dark, wet jungle…a revolver was faster for that quick shot double action trigger but very limited cartridge count….same story with the Walther P-38 or P-1 pistol….given tdhe times and the James Bond inclinations of JFK…visits are paid to S&W…the S&W M59 was the first of the modern hi-cap 9mm, double action-single action pistols…and a blocky thing it was……the story of the adoption of the Beretta is another example of politics overriding common sense….the S&W M59 was not allowed to be the winner of the new pistol selection competition …we forced the .7.62 MM rifle cartridge upon our NATO allies….the politicians decided that Italy would get the honor of providing the pistol as ” winner ” after major changes to the manner of test result counts of malfunctions.and manipulating the manner of statistics listing .. the S&W actually was the better choice …and it was American made… ….no, I am not short nor small…handle the M1911 OK but the Beretta is a long reach to the trigger…and the ” new pistol ” was supposed to shorten the distance to the trigger as the 1911 was ” too big, too heavy, the trigger too far “

    • idahoguy101

      The military kept the M1911 pistols in service for so long because there was a million of serviceable ones after WW2. Along with huge stocks of 45ACP ammo for them. But eventually they wore out…
      As for the choosing of what became the M9, well being an oversized pistol didn’t seem to be part the criteria. They went for high ammo capacity.
      As far the USAF they never used the M14. Went from the M1 carbine to the M16. I’ve shot some beat to crap worn out M16s built without the forward assist. The USAF just has to be different…

      • NOUNBELIEVER

        Gen Le May had experienced the weight of the M1 .30 caliber Garand (10 pounds )..and found it excessive for guard duty…therefore the issue of the M1 Carbine for its smaller mass and shorter length….but airfields had to match the airplanes landing needs…either more guards, more vehicles to patrol the airfields…or a shoulder arm which would have the range for the airfields….the first contract for the AR-15 Assault Rifle ( not M-16 until officially adopted ) was given by the Air Force…and it is rumored this first contract was cover for getting these new rifles to ” spec ops ” or MAC-V operator / contractees…I have heard the rumor that the first 2000 went to Viet Nam.

    • Michigunner

      I agree with you about the size of the Beretta 92. Unlike you, I am relatively short and small (but in very good shape) at 5’10 and 150 lbs. I can shoot the Beretta 92 just fine at the range, in fact I used to own one. However, it was awkward for me to use; the slide stop or mag release require altering my firing grip, and shooting accurately in double action requires some grip alteration as well. I would not want to use one as a defensive pistol. In fact, it would be my last choice and I would choose just about any other double stack full size 9mm. Not a bad gun, but a really big gun for what it is. I have absolutely no issues with a 1911. Like you say, the Beretta 92 is just a large pistol.

      • Anonymoose

        They used to make a 92 Compact Type M that was thinner and smaller and used 8-round magazines. Good luck finding one these days, though.

  • Disarmed in CA

    Neat. Lotta coin for guns that don’t go bang tho..

  • Mystick

    Why does a non-firing, deactivated prop gun require an FFL?

    • Nashvone

      To cover their butt in the state of Commiefornia since it was a working firearm when they bought it?

      • James

        Yeah. I assume since the frame is real they have to. Who knows. California is wack like that.

      • Mystick

        Perhaps. Deactivated war surplus doesn’t require an FFL…. If it no longer is capable of propelling a projectile, it no longer meets the definition of a firearm and would be considered “destroyed or deactivated” per the law.

      • HR Pufnstuf

        And like everything else out there, they’re ” know to the State of California to cause cancer.”

  • bert saxby

    What’s the story on the P9S?

  • Robert Furtkamp

    Don’t those “blank firing guns” that require FFL…….violate eBay’s policy for us plebians?

  • LazyReader

    *GASP*…………..SHUT UP AND TAKE MY MONEY

  • American Patriot

    What right mined guy would buy a prop gun from Liberal Anti’s who are against the very Idea of owning guns? And to pay that kind of price is absolutely nuts, I would never support those Liberal Ba*tards in any way, shape or form.

  • chicago mike

    Sorry, nothing attached to Hollyweird holds any value to me.

  • Alex V

    What, no porcelain Glock 7s from Die Hard 2? I hear they will go right through airport security. My buddy and I just watched the first two the other day.