Welcome back to the 24th installment of my blog, in which I don’t claim to be an expert, in fact the opposite. I’m a new user to the AR platform and want to share my findings and experiences as I go through and build rifles as well as being the Operations Manager at Tyrant Designs.
Movies are sometimes known for being realistic, but when it comes to scenes with guns they usually miss the target (see what I did there). But for the average person watching a movie they probably;
1. Don’t notice the inconsistencies with the actual physics of shooting, and
2. Don’t care. Unfortunately for us 2A gun lovers, it’s hard not to cringe when I see something ridiculous that’s supposed to be serious.
5 movies I thought did a decent job of being realistic.
1. Lone Survivor
Do you ever notice that many times in movies the actors have unlimited ammo? Not in Lone Survivor. I thought they did a great job of giving a realistic portrayal of the amount of ammo the characters carried and fired. Conserving ammo is important when you have a limited amount. The actors looked comfortable handling their weapons and it made the movie feel realistic. Kudos for them all having optics and actually using them.
More specifically, the incredible bank Robbery scene. In the scene, a bank robbery doesn’t go well which ends up turning to a huge shoot out in Los Angeles. The director Micheal Mann is known for having realistic gun play in his movies and he does not disappoint. The Robbers use automatic weapon fire to suppress police advancement, while the police stay on semi automatic firing protocols. Oh yeah, and they actually reload their guns when out of ammo.
Another Micheal Mann film. You can see the correct application of the Mozambique Drill or informally the “two to the chest, one to the head”. It’s a shooting technique that’s used in close quarters. You shoot twice to the center mass of the target, followed by the more accurate shot to the head. I feel bad ass just explaining that to you.
4. John Wick
I mean how could I not mention Keanu Reeves absolutely killing it (see what I did there) in this movie. Reeves underwent a lot of 3 gun type training from Taran Butler, who is currently one of the best 3 gunners. Now I know he’s like a super human “good guy” in the movie, who can’t die. But, if you get past all of that, the actually gun play is well done. His shooting Fundamentals are spot on, he has trigger discipline, and he is master of the reload. He uses another close quarters shooting style called center axis relock.
This may be one of the simplest examples of realistic shooting in movies and I think all shooters can relate. Eastwood pulls out his old revolver and sets up a tin can to shoot at for a target. Despite being very close, he misses every time. Until he blows it away with a shotgun out of frustration. Shooting takes practice, and I don’t care how big of a bad ass you are, it’s hard to hit small targets with handguns, period. I think most people think you just point and shoot and the bullet goes exactly where your eyes think it should go.
What other movies did you think did a good job of putting together realistic scenes with guns? Did I forget something? Let me know in the comments!