In the fourth installment of the series, the story again centers on Ethan Hunt, who discovers that the entire IMF has been disavowed because of their alleged involvement with a terrorist attack in Moscow. Cruise returns as Hunt and sees the addition of Jeremey Renner as Willaim Brandt, Paula Patton as Jane Carter, and the return of Simon Pegg as Benji Dunn, tech-guy turned field agent.
The movie plays on the “spies in the wind” theme as the IMF folks have to do their job without any resources or support from the home office and save not only the agency, but probably a good portion of the world too.
The film would go on to be the highest grossing film in the series, as well as Cruise’s highest grossing film to date. A lot of that was due to successful marketing featuring snippets of some daring visual effects and stunts that made it look like Cruise free solo climbed the sheer glass exterior of the Burj Khalifa tower in Dubai, the world’s tallest building. Scroll to the bottom to see the stomach-churning stunt work and check out all the guns used during this fun-as-hell MI sequel.
Ethan Hunt, William Brandt
SIG-Sauer P226 E2
All the male IMF agents, including Hunt, Benji Dunn, and William Brandt are seen carrying the SIG-Sauer P226 E2 in 9mm as their primary sidearm throughout the film.
In a memorable scene, Hunt discovers that Brandt isn’t who he seems to be when he attempts to disarm him and Brandt reverses it, ending up with the SIG.
SIG-Sauer P226 SCT
Agent Carter uses a SIG-Sauer P226 SCT as her sidearm in most of the movie. You can tell its the E2 model because of the extended magazine well, longer front sight, and forward cocking serrations.
Desert Eagle Mark XIX – Highly Modified
Agent Carter uses a Desert Eagle Mark XIX with a grappler attachment that might look pretty familiar while helping Hunt escape from a Russian prison in the opening sequence.
This is obviously a callback to the same kind of gadget gun that Hunt used in Mission: Impossible 3.
Trevor Hanaway (Josh Holloway) and Hunt are both seen with the Glock 17, though the one hunt uses has been modified to fire tranquilizer darts, much like the one he used in the previous sequel.
In a continuity error Brandt (Renner) is seen carrying a Glock 17 in a scene in the Burj Hotel, when before and after this scene he carries the SIG-Sauer P226 E2.
Heckler & Koch USP Compact
A Heckler & Koch USP Compact is the main weapon of Agent Anatoly Sidorov (Vladimir Mashkov) and his partner. Hendrick’s (Michael Nyqvist) right hand man Wistrom (Samuli Edelmann) also uses a USP Compact in Dubai. We get a good look at Sidorov’s USP when Ethan disarms him on the escalator.
Heckler & Koch P7M13
Wistrom (Samuli Edelmann) uses the always cool looking Heckler & Koch P7M13. This is the same pistol used by legendary action movie villain Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) in Die Hard. It has a unique grip safety located on the interior of the grip under the trigger guard instead of on the backstrap.
Winstrom uses the pistol fitted with a suppressor in Mumbai.
In the opening of the film, which for once doesn’t feature Ethan Hunt, the assassin Sabine Moreau (Léa Seydoux) uses a suppressed Makarov in Budapest, as does Agent Jane Carter.
Later, Moreau attempts to shoot Carter with a Makarov in Dubai before being disarmed and eventually launched from a window in the tallest building in the world.
Russian Federal Protective Service guards at the Kremlin are also armed with Makarov PM pistols.
Custom AKM Rifle
Russian operatives in Moscow use customized AKM rifles during the ambush on the IMF secretary, Ethan, and Brandt.
The rifles are fitted with KCI quad rail systems, to which is attached a vertical foregrip, and what looks to be modern, polymer furniture.
Other weapons used during the ambush include at least one FPK/PSL sniper rifle and several AKMSU carbines that have bee customized similiarly to the AKM above.
And now, let’s take a look at the most hair-raising sequence in the movie, which doesn’t include any firearms, but is still so awesome that we had to include it.