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hen it was announced that gadget-geek spy TV show from the 60s was being made into a big-budget Hollywood movie, with names like Tom Cruise and Jon Voight attached, many were skeptical. But when the spy thriller hit theaters with an updated version of the classic Mission: Impossible theme, it was a major hit with audiences and critics alike.

The movie was something of a gimmicky gamble based on a TV show that ran for seven seasons, the last of which aired in 1973. Fortunately, the movie was awesome and the special effects were able to pull off some of the show’s best concepts, like the false-face masks, in ways that weren’t possible on the small screen.

It would go on to spawn a slew of sequels, but this was the original. Let's take a look at the guns from the movie that revived the modern spy thriller.

Ethan Hunt - Beretta Cougar

Oddly enough, in his first go round as Ethan Hunt in *Mission: Impossible*, Cruise only held a gun in one scene and he didn't fire it. You can see he uses the teacup grip so popular in 90s action movi
Oddly enough, in his first go round as Ethan Hunt in Mission: Impossible, Tom Cruise only held a gun in one scene and he didn't fire it. You can see he uses the teacup grip so popular in 90s action movies.photo from imfdb.org

Throughout the entire film, though there’s plenty of gunplay, the only time Ethan Hunt (Cruise) picks up a firearm is when he’s alone and paranoid in the team’s apartment after the disastrous mission that sets the plot in motion.

That pistol is a Beretta 8045 Cougar F, hidden in a vase in the Prague apartment. The pistol is a version of the Italian gun maker’s Beretta 8000 series chambered in .45 ACP. The “F” configuration means the gun has a double-action trigger, exposed hammer, and an ambidextrous safety/decocking lever mounted on the slide.

The gun was produced between 1998-2004 in the D and F configurations. A compact Mini 8045 Cougar was also produced in the same configurations.

IMF Agents: SIG-Sauer P228

Various IMF agents, including director Kittridge (Henry Czerny) can be seen carrying SIG-Sauer P226 handguns.
Various IMF agents, including director Kittridge (Henry Czerny) can be seen carrying SIG-Sauer P228 handguns.photo from imfdb.org

A number of IMF agents, including IMF director Kittridge (Henry Czerny) and Claire Phelps (Emmanuelle Béart) carry SIG-Sauer P228 handguns.

We also see Claire is seen putting her SIG on the table in Prague in the safe-house before the mission falls apart.

One of the IMF agents at Max's apartment is also seen with a suppressed Czech CZ 75B handgun and another is seen with a Steyr TMP submachine gun.

Phelps - CZ 82

Jim Phelps faking his own death with a suppressed CZ 82 pistol.
Jim Phelps faking his own death with a suppressed CZ 82 pistol.photo from imfdb.org

When IMF Team Leader Jim Phelps uses a CZ 82 fitted with a suppressor to fake his death during the Prague mission at the beginning of the movie. When watching the movie, it can easily be mistaken for a Walther PP series pistol, but screenshots show the CZ82's unique protruding trigger guard.

This is also the pistol Ethan sees "aimed" at Phelps on his wrist display, making him think Phelps had been shot and fell off a bridge.

Phelps - Custom Pistol

A good look at the "spy gun" that Phelps has concealed as parts inside a boombox on the train.
A good look at the "spy gun" that Phelps has concealed as parts inside a boombox on the train.photo from imfdb.org

During the big train scene at the end of the movie, when Phelps is revealed to be the bad guy behind the plot all along, it's also revealed that he smuggled a firearm onto the train hidden in pieces inside a boombox.

We get a scene of Phelps assembling the gun, which looks to be a two-barreled derringer of some kind fitted with a custom suppressor.

Phelps assembles the gun after removing the parts from the boombox. It looks to be a large-sized derringer-type of pistol before the suppressor is affixed.
Phelps assembles the gun after removing the parts from the boombox. It looks to be a large-sized derringer-type of pistol before the suppressor is affixed.photo from imfdb.org

The prop was custom made for the film by an armory firm in the UK. Phelps uses it to kill Claire Phelps (Emmanuelle Béart) before climbing atop the roof of the train for the epic final chase as Ethan scrambles after Phelps, while also running from an attacking helicopter. Even after all these years, the sequence still holds up and looks great. Check it out below: