After a somewhat surprising stint as the governor of California, Arnold gave a revival of his action career a serious shot in the 2010s with a series of roles that were great performances, but most often in less-than-stellar movies. The movie landscape had changed drastically since the early 2000s, with action movies being largely relegated to the direct-to-on-demand market, replaced by CG-heavy superhero movies in the big summer blockbuster slots. Still, there were some wonderful gifts given to long-time fans, like getting to finally see Arnold firing a machine gun alongside Sylvester Stallone and Bruce Willis.
The Last Stand (2013) – Sheriff Ray Owens
This film was Arnold’s first large roll since his sojourn into politics. It was…adequate, but fell pretty flat upon release, quickly transitioning to VOD and Blu Ray. Though it has its faults, it’s a pretty fun movie about a small town sheriff who finds himself with an inexperienced staff standing between the leader of a drug cartel who escaped prison and is on his way to the Mexican border.
Of course, Arnold is the sheriff, Ray Owens, who quickly rises to the occasion to protect his town. He recruits Lewis Dinkum, played by Johnny Knoxville, as a slightly off-kilter gun nut to help him arm up.
Smith & Wesson Model 500
Dinkum’s favorite firearm throughout the movie is a Smith & Wesson Model 500. And, it being one of the largest firearms in the movie, Owens (Arnold) gets to use it for a while in the movie’s third act.
The monstrous revolver has a standard 8.38″ barrel and factory muzzle brake. The film makes great use of the gun’s large bore and long barrel, positioning the camera to make it look as big as possible, as often as possible.
Colt MK IV Series 80
While all the deputies on his small police force carry Glock pistols, Owens carries a 1911, probably just to emphasize that he’s old school.
Specifically, he carries a Colt MK IV Series 80 pistol. The model was introduced by Colt in 1983, the main difference from the series 70 being a new firing pin block safety system, consisting of a series of internal levers and a plunger that blocks the firing pin from moving until the trigger is pressed. This helps eliminate the possibility of the gun firing if dropped on a hard surface or if struck hard against something.
Short-Barreled Remington 1100 shotgun
Oh Arnold and his short-barreled shotguns. This time, as Owens, he goes semi-auto with a cut-down Remington 1100 (Sidewinder Model SW-PC), a short-barreled semi-auto shotgun.
The sheriff uses the shorty shotgun a few times throughout the movie—thought he might be showing his age, as he doesn’t fire it one-handed for once.
After the first gunfight, Frank Martinez (Rodrigo Santoro) goes to the armory in the Sheriff’s office and retrieves a Remington 870 shotgun fitted with black synthetic furniture and an extended magazine tube.
Owens later uses the same Remington shotgun when his Colt runs out of ammo.
One of the bigger pieces in Dinkum’s armory is a Vickers machine gun, or as he calls it, Vicky. He also calls it his “Nazi-killer.”
Owens uses the gun mounted in a vehicle during the big shootout in the town as a surprise for the drug dealer’s men. It’s vaguely reminiscent of a western when the hero would man a Gatling gun in a wagon and turn it against the men who brought it.
The Vickers machine gun is a water-cooled .303 British machine gun produced by Vickers Limited, originally for the British Army.
The gun was a heavy weapon of war, typically requiring a six- to eight-man team to operate: one fired, one fed the ammunition, the rest helped to carry the weapon, its ammunition, and spare parts.
In the movie, Dinkum serves the role of ammo-feeder while Owens fires.
It was in service from before WWI until the 1960s, with air-cooled versions of it on many Allied World War I fighter aircraft.
Escape Plan (2013) – Rottmayer
After The Last Stand, Arnold starred in an prison-break movie along with longtime rival and friend Sylvester Stallone.
Stallone was the lead as Ray Breslin, an expert in maximum security prisons who, as part of his profession, anonymously enters prisons and then escapes, thereby exposing their weaknesses.
He finds himself abducted and put in a prison he didn’t agree to escaping, where he meets Rottmayer (Arnold) a fellow inmate who helps him formulate the titular escape plan.
FN M249 SAW
Firearms don’t really come into play until the big escape toward the end of the movie, after the inmates discover their prison is located in a giant oil tanker.
The helicopter that flies to the tanker to retrieve Rottmayer is armed with an FN M249 SAW machine gun fitted with a brass catcher. Once aboard, Rottmayer mans the gun and helps facilitate Breslin’s escape.
As is often the case with belted ammunition in movies, you can clearly see in several scenes it is loaded with belts of crimp-nosed blank cartridges.
In a continuity error, while Rottamayer is manning the gun in the helicopter, the ammo belt of blanks appears and disappears.
Most of the piston guards carry Glock 21 handguns as their primary sidearms. Breslin manages to get one of the Glocks from a downed prison guard. Rottmayer also carries the .45 ACP pistol and uses it during the escape.
As imfdb.org points out, the pistol switches to an airsoft model in some scenes.
Sabotage (2014) – John ‘Breacher’ Wharton
When reading the premise, this movie sounds like it should be pretty good. What it turned out to be was a mess of a movie with a number of red herrings and unnecessary misdirection.
Arnold plays Breacher, the leader of a DEA assault team who is implicated in the theft of $10 million from a drug cartel during a raid in which one of the team is killed. From there it becomes a bit of a mess as the team is cleared and reinstated before members start turning up dead. Breacher’s family is kidnapped and brutally murdered.
Months pass as Breacher searches for the killers. It turns out it wasn’t the cartel at all that was going after the team. Breacher ends up being the one who stole the money. After his whole team is killed, he travels to Mexico and eventually kills the man responsible for murdering his family, taking a bullet to the chest in the process.
Kimber Custom TLE II
During the shootout in the Mexican bar, Breacher carries a Kimber Custom TLE II 1911-platform pistol. He uses it to take out Brujo, a cartel member who he finds out killed his family, and his men.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose
During a flashback scene, we see Breacher with a snubby Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver.
The Model 19 was built on S&W’s K-frame and is chambered for .357 Magnum. The K-frame is a bit smaller and lighter than the company’s N-frame .357, which is known as the Model 27.
Noveske Rifleworks N4 CQB
It seems Arnold took a page from The Expendables armorer and uses a Noveske N4 CQB rifle with various accessories including Aimpoint Micro T-1 sights, Magpul PMag magazines, and Surefire M900 foregrips, which you see throughout the movie.
The rifle is also used by Monster (Sam Worthington), Lizzie and Sugar (Terrence Howard).
Benelli M4 NFA
It wouldn’t be an Arnold movie without a shorty shotgun. During a raid, Breacher uses an M4 NFA shotgun with a short barrel and a collapsible stock. All NFA models have barrels shorter than 18 inches.
Caroline Brentwood is also seen using the shotgun.
The Expendables 3 – Trench Mauser
The biggest problem with The Expendables 3 was the massive cast, adding an entire team of younger mercenaries and bringing back Arnold as Mauser, along with adding Mel Gibson as the new bad guy and Harrison Ford as a helicopter pilot.
Arnold gets about as much screen time as he did in the second ensemble action fest, which isn’t too bad.
Arnold used the AA-12, normally carried by Ceasar (Terry Crews), at the climax of the second Expendables movie, and with the character badly injured for the third film, it was only appropriate that Mauser would carry the full-auto, drum-magazine fed shotgun.
The shotgun is also fitted with a weapon light as it was int he previous two movies.
FN MAG/M240G Machine Gun
Trench and Yin Yang (Jet Li) are seen using the M240G Machine Gun when riding in the attack helicopter flown by Drummer (Harrison Ford). It’s odd that Arnold uses the same machine gun as he did the last time he shared the screen with Stallone.
Heckler & Koch USP
Trench briefly uses a H&K USP to threaten Barney Ross (Stallone) when he sneaks on the airbase. Other than that, the character doesn’t use a handgun in any of the Expendables movies.
Maggie (2015) – Wade Vogel
This movie was a bit of a departure for Arnold, as it’s a brooding dark film about a zombie child and her father. Unfortunately, it was a bit dry and came just a little too late to ride the wave of zombie obsession that gripped the nation when The Walking Dead was at its peak of popularity.
Wade Vogel (Arnold) is seen holding a rifle that appears to be a bolt action Winchester Model 67A.
The Winchester 67A single-shot, bolt-action rifle chambered in 22 Short, Long, and Long Rifle that required the striker be manually cocked via knurled tab at the rear of the bolt before firing. The 67A was one of Winchester’s budget products produced in large numbers and a believable choice for a farmer of limited means to have on hand.
Terminator: Genisys (2015) – T-800
Terminator: Genisys is the fifth installment in The Terminator science fiction film series and Arnold returns in a starring role as a new version of the iconic character.
The 2015 film finds Kyle Reese (Jai Courtney) traveling back to the year 1984 to protect Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) from a Terminator sent to eliminate her as he did in the first film. He finds that the past is vastly different from what he was told and what was seen in the original Terminator film. Many fans balked at this reconning, as it renders the events of the past three films utterly irrelevant—plus this movie wasn’t that great with wooden performances from Courtney, Clarke, and, to be honest, Arnold, though he tried to differentiate Old-Man Terminator from his past takes on the character.
Some controversy was also caused by the fact that the movie’s biggest twist was utterly exposed in the film’s second trailer.
Genisys also features Byung-hun Lee as a T-1000, which is quickly and somewhat disappointingly destroyed.
We also get an almost-real-looking CGI version of Arnold as the T-800 from The Terminator, who is killed by his older counterpart.
The film is set in several different time periods (1973, 1984, 2017 and 2029), so there was an attempt to show weapons that were appropriate for each era.
In this fifth installment, Arnold wields another shotgun. He uses a Remington 1100 with a stubby barrel and magazine tube to face off against a CGI recreation of his younger self from the original movie. Yes, there’s more time travel involved…and they basically retcon the entire series and TV show.
In a later scene, he uses another 1100 with a longer barrel and mag tube (bottom).
Benelli M3 Super 90
During a confrontation in a garage, “The Guardian” Terminator (Arnold) uses a hidden shotgun that resembles the pistol-gripped version of the Benelli M3, which is hidden inside a giant stuffed teddy bear.
When Sarah and Kyle are in the police lockup in 2017, Sarah finds the shotgun then gives it back to the Guardian, who then uses it while on the rooftop.
Benelli M4 Super 90
A Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun fitted with an EOTech sight was used by “The Guardian” Terminator in 2017.
Built to fill a government contract, the M4 was the first gas-operated shotgun produced by Benelli.
Its function is designed around a unique new action called the “auto regulating gas operated” (ARGO) system.
The short-stroke design uses two stainless-steel self-cleaning pistons located just ahead of the chamber to function opposite the rotating bolt, thereby eliminating the need for the complex mechanisms found on other gas-actuated automatics. The ARGO incorporates only four parts: two symmetrical shrouds containing two small steel gas pistons.
For now, that ends the list of guns used by Arnold on the big screen…so far that is. There are rumors of yet another Terminator sequel in the works, which IMDB.com has listed as “Untitled Terminator Reboot” for 2019. He’s also working on a sequel to Twins titled Triplets, a movie entitled The Legend of Conan and a movie called Blanco about a former Naval officer who is forced into piloting a narco submarine for a Mexican drug cartel looking to move a big load of cocaine, so we might be soon adding to this list.