The Guns of ‘The Accountant’
This sleeper hitman hit has some great firepower.
Ben Affleck has reinvented himself for the 2010s. He went from being Matt Damon’s occasional sidekick and the star of many a romantic comedy to being a serious actor, and even an action-movie star. His 2010 film Boston bank-heist thriller, The Town, garnered an Oscar nod for co-star Jeremy Renner under Affleck’s direction, furthering his Hollywood clout.
He followed it up with the taut thriller and Academy darling, Argo, in 2012, and then Runner Runner in 2013 and the decidedly adult mystery adaptation of the best selling book Gone Girl in 2014.
After that, he became the first Batman to use a gun on screen that wasn’t mounted to a vehicle. (Granted it was during a dream sequence, but still.)
Affleck isn’t going to let the second half of his career become a superhero typecast—his soon-to-be-released The Accountant looks to be a serious, if mysterious, type of thriller, with Afleck as the titular character, Christian “Chris” Wolff, who is a “forensic accountant who un-cooks the books for illicit clients.”
There are plenty of shots in the trailer of Chris being a genius with numbers, writing numbers, obsessing over numbers, but there are also numerous scenes with him firing guns from full-auto submachine guns tp .50 caliber sniper rifles, and housing a secret gun room in a trailer.
So is he a genius crooked CPA who launders money for powerful bad people, or is he an assassin? Or is one a cover for the other? We won’t know until the movie is released. For now, we can dissect the action, and the hardware.
J.K. Simmons plays Ray King, perhaps capitalizing on his new great shape for his role as Commissioner Gordon opposite Affleck in the upcoming Justice League movie. We see him with what looks to be a SIG-Sauer P229R in 9mm ascending a staircase.
We also see a character traversing a dimly lit hallway with a Glock 17 in hand.
Then we get a brief shot of Jon Barenthal as Brax affixing a suppressor to a Heckler & Koch MK23 pistol in .45 ACP with a decidedly un-Punisher beard and haircut. . The large and heavy MK23 was introduced in 1996 as an offensive handgun for the military. The US SOCOM version of the pistol came with a laser sight module and suppressor designed by Insight Technology and Knight’s Armament Company and was adopted for special operations units.
The civilian and law enforcement version of the pistol is designated as the Mark 23. This was during the assault weapons ban that lasted from 1994 to 2004 and the primary difference was it came with a 10-round magazine instead of the standard 12-round mag. It is still sold in Canada with the 10-round mag. Other differences are purely cosmetic other than the fact that the military MK23 had slightly different SAAMI headspace specs to allow ball ammo to work more reliably.
A smaller lighter version of the large-frame Mark 23 is now sold as the HK USP.
Affleck is also seen loading a Kimber Custom TLE II fitted with a weapon light and a suppressor. The pistol is a 1911 single-action handgun with an integrated accessory rail chambered in .45 ACP.
Near the end of the trailer, Chris fires what looks like a Heckler & Koch HK416. This is based on the AR-15 platform and was conceived as an improvement over the Colt M4 carbine, with the inclusion of the HK proprietary short-stroke gas piston system adopted from the H&K G36 assault rifle, rather than the M4’s direct impingement system.
Externally, the HK416 looks much like the M4. It has a redesigned adjustable stuck that let’s the user rotate the butt plate, and a more ergonomic pistol grip. It also has a single-piece handguard that attached with a free-floating rail interface for improves accuracy and mounting accessories. It also has a thicker barrel to compensate for the increased pressure of the pistol gas system. Finally, an adjustable gas block allows reliable operation with shorter barrels with or without a suppressor.
The HK416 was recently selected by the French military to replace the bullpup FAMAS rifle made by FB Herstal. According to thetruthaboutguns.com, H&K is on the hook for 101,000 rifles to be delivered to the French government, with the first going to special forces.
Throughout the trailer, we see several shots of Chris laying prone on a shooting mat in a field firing a Barrett M82A1M .50 BMG sniper rifle with a bipod. The M82 is recoil-operated, semi-automatic sniper rifle made by American Barrett Firearms Manufacturing company and is used by many units and armies around the world. It’s officially designated as an anti-material rifle, because of its power, but it’s used in many circumstances a an anti-personnel sniper rifle because of its accuracy and power over extreme distances.
Armed personnel often refer to the rifle as a Light Fifty. The M82A1 is the latest variant of the M82 family and has been adopted by the U.S. Marine Corps as the M82A3 SASR in large numbers. It differs from the M82A1 in that it has a full-length Picatinny rail allowing for a variety of scopes and optics to be mounted. It also includes a rear monopod, a slightly lighter weight, and a detachable bipod and muzzle brake.
Another variant is specifically designed to fire the Raufoss Mk 211 Mod 0 armor-piercing incendiary rounds.
There’s also an interesting shot in the trailer of FBI agents discovering a General Electric M134 Minigun is mounted to the ceiling near a window by some kind of pivoting arm—it’s purpose can only be imagined, as the electrically operated machine gun doesn’t seem to be connected to a power source or ammunition can.
We’ve lightened up a still from the trailer here so we can better see the interior of Chris’ secret gun room in his trailer, where several sniper rifles, assault rifles, sub machine guns, and handguns can be seen mounted on pegboards.
The folks over at the Internet Movie Firearms Database posted a shot of Afleck undergoing some gun training for the film at International Tactical Training Seminars in Los Angeles, California with Scott Reitz and Brett McQueen.
The Accountant opens nationally on October 14.