Guns of Mission: Impossible – Fallout
The latest blockbuster entry in the MI series upholds the traditions of the stellar action series.
Mission: Impossible – Fallout is the sixth movie in the MI franchise, with a seventh and eight planned for the coming few years.
The story spans the globe and is relentlessly paced with a smaller cast than previous entries. Ethan Hunt (Cruise) along with IMF agent Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) who is a veteran of the series going back to the first movie, though he has made only a brief cameo in some entires, and Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg) who has been a series mainstay since his first appearance in the fourth film as a tech expert turned field agent round out the main cast, with Henry Cavill as August Walker, one of the main antagonists.
Rebecca Ferguson also has a large part, reprising her role from the previous film as MI6 agent Ilsa Faust, a newer character whose complicated past with Ethan and the evil Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) finally comes to a head.
The action is relentless as Ethan and his allies try to track down three missing Plutonium cores that one of Lane’s followers is trying to assemble into bombs that will ultimately kill a third of the world’s population. It also ties up some storylines for Hunt that have been unraveling since the third movie, and there’s even a reference to the original film’s extremely likable red herring antagonist, Max (Vanessa Redgrave).
One of the more remarkable sequences is a low altitude helicopter chase through some mountains, a scene for which Cruise actually learned to fly a helicopter. There are a lot of shots showing him clearly alone in the small chopper, and it’s not a green screen effect—and that comes through in the intensity, I think. Plus, there are a lot of gun fights and Cruise uses some of that firearms training he’s received for past MI movies and films like Collateral.
And if you’re going to binge the series any time soon, consider this: when Fallout was made, Tom Cruise was only two years younger than Jon Voight was when he played Jim Phelps in the original Mission: Impossible (1996).
In the beginning of the movie, we see Ethan with a 1911 pattern pistol as he answers a knock on his door in Belfast when he receives the classic self-destruct message from IMF, but we don’t see him with the gun again.
For the majority of the film, Ethan and the other IMF agents carry the SIG-Sauer P226R pistol as their main sidearm. The “R” at the end of the model name used to indicate that it was a P226 with an accessory rail, however, the rail is now standard on the SIG-Sauer P226 and it can be predominantly seen in a number of shots.
Heckler & Koch USP Compact
During the raid on Solomon Lane’s convoy, Ethan uses an H&K USP Compact, a favorite pistol of the series. He performs an impressive quick draw with this pistol and the end of the chase, shooting his first target from the hip before transitioning to a solid two-hand grip and taking out three more.
Mission: Impossible 2 was the first ever on-screen appearance of the compact version of the USP.
During the bathroom fight, Hunt briefly holds a Makarov PM pistol, dropped by Lark (Liang Yang), during the long fight scene, but he never fires it.
SIG SG 552 and Beretta PM12
We see a group of operatives, presumably bad guys, firing carbines. Some are armed with SIG SG 552 carbines in 5.56mm and others are armed with the more distinctive-looking Beretta PM12 in 9mm with their standard integrated foregrips.
Heckler & Koch HK416C
During the extensive chase scene in Paris after Lane’s escape involving cars, motorcycles, cops, and bad guys, Ilsa throws herself into the mix with a Heckler & Koch HK416C carbine with a 9-inch barrel chambered in 5.56x45mm that she uses to shoot through the windshield of Ethan’s car, grazing Solomon Lane’s head.
M249 Paratrooper SAW
Walker uses an M249 Paratrooper SAW machine gun with a brass catcher attached during the hectic helicopter chase seen, doing a good job of firing controlled bursts. The paratrooper model of the Squad Automatic Weapon is distinguished by a collapsing, low profile stock instead of the full buttstock on the regular M249.
As he fires from his chopper at Hunt giving chase, it appears he is firing tracer ammo, or at least that’s what it looks like in the movie.