The Guns of Die Hard

Steve Johnson
by Steve Johnson

The upcoming Nation Firearm Museum Hollywood Guns exhibit would not be complete without guns from the 1988 classic Die Hard. The barrels are threaded so that a blank firing adapter can be inserted. The blank adapter increases the pressure inside the barrel allowing the weak blanks to open the slide.

You can learn more about the below guns at NRABlog and the latest episode of The Curator’s Corner (Click on “program Archive” button, then click the Apr 01 tab, then scroll down to “Curator’s Corner”). Many thanks to Lars for emailing them me the photos.

Beretta 92F prop gun
Bruce Willis’ Beretta 92F
Hans Gruber’s Heckler & Koch P7 M13

[ Many thanks to Lars Dalseide for emailing me the photos. ]

Steve Johnson
Steve Johnson

I founded TFB in 2007 and over 10 years worked tirelessly, with the help of my team, to build it up into the largest gun blog online. I retired as Editor in Chief in 2017. During my decade at TFB I was fortunate to work with the most amazing talented writers and genuinely good people!

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  • Matt Sharpe Matt Sharpe on Apr 07, 2010

    We didn't get the Karl's AUG, but the MP5 Willis carries around will be on display at this exhibit.

  • Daniel E. Watters Daniel E. Watters on Apr 07, 2010

    For what its worth, blank cartridges are not necessarily weak. They simply don't have a projectile to contain the gas pressure, and thus, require the bore constrictor to operate self-loading firearms.

    Remember that actors Jon-Erik Hexum and Brandon Lee died due to the mishandling of prop revolvers and blank cartridges. Obviously, revolvers don't need a bore constrictor in order to function with blanks.

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