This movie was…pretty bad. There’s no getting around it. Even for a run-of-the-mill action movie, it’s simply not great.
This movie sees John heading off to Eastern Europe to find his son, Jack (actually John Jr.), who is accused of being a terrorist but is actually some kind of CIA super agent…yeah, that’s where we’re going with the story. They piled on the CG explosions and arsenals of firearms, but the story is…well, if you’ve seen it, I dare you to tell me the plot without looking it up. Double dare.
So, we’re just going to run through this one quickly.
John starts off the movie at a gun range, shooting his old standby pistol, the Beretta 92FS. This is the only time we see him use the handgun.
At one point, McClane’s son, Jack (Jai Courtney) carries a Beretta 92FS with tan synthetic grips in a holster mounted to a tactical vest. He uses it through the films final act.
When we first meet him, Jack uses a Makarov PM as his sidearm. We don’t see it again after the sequence where he runs into his father on the street, whom he calls “John.” Interestingly, the Makarov is the same gun carried by bad guy Simon Gruber in the third Die Hard movie.
A SIG-Sauer P220 Combat is among the weapons in the trunk of the car the McClanes steal from the nightclub.
McClane takes the tan-framed P220 Combat in Chernobyl…yes, they go to Chernobyl…and uses it aboard the helicopter to shoot into the cockpit.
McClane takes a first generation Smith & Wesson M&P pistol from the CIA safehouse after the attack. He carries it for a little while, before giving the gun to Jack.
In one scene, which generated a lot of promotional photos, Jack gives John a Remington 870 Police Entry pump action shotgun with an M4-style stock and pistol grip, a Shurefire dedicated forend weaponlight, and a receiver-mounted side saddle shell holder.
John loads the gun in the elevator to the ballroom and uses it through the next shootout.
Jack is armed with an AK-104 assault rifle that he took of one of Alik’s henchmen. John also uses an AK-104 with tac light and vertical foregrip during the ballroom shootout.
McClane grabs an FN SCAR-H CQC battle rifle from the car trunk of guns and uses it in Chernobyl. The gun is topped with an EOTech holographic sight, a weapon light, a Magpul RVG vertical foregrip, and an AN/PEQ-15 ATPIAL.
McClane grabs an M249 SAW Paratrooper belt-fed machine gun with an EOTech sight when the safehouse is attacked. He uses it to kill several of Alik’s henchmen, firing it from the hip while holding one of the bipod legs with his support hand.
There is another Beretta in the film, a Beretta Px4 Storm Sub-Compact carried by Irina Komarov (Yuliya Snigir), who pulls it on her father, Yuri Komarov in the ballroom. John used a Beretta Px4 Storm during the second half of the previous Die Hard movie, after losing his trusty Beretta 92FS.