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he fifth installment in the MI series, Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation, brings back the “new” cast of characters: Benji (Pegg), William Brandt( Jeremy Renner) along with Isla Faust (Rebecca Ferguson) plus Hunt (Cruise) and Luther Stickell (Ving Rhames) who is the only character other than Hunt to appear in every MI film, at least for a cameo. When IMF is shut down by the government because of its suspected bombing of the Kremlin, Hunt and his team must go rogue (get it) to clear their names and battle a mysterious organization known only as The Syndicate. Again, mostly on their own, the team has to face worse odds than ever before. Traditions that become part of action movie series are special...in Die Hard it was seeing how much punishment John McClane could take, in Indiana Jones it was about what gross creatures Indy would have to face on his adventure—in Mission: Impossible, it's what crazy stunt can they get Tom Cruise to do that will leave the audience with sweaty palms if not a racing heart. In Ghost Protocol it was the nerve-wracking free-climb on the sheer glass exterior of the tallest building in the world.

In Rogue Nation, it's a lengthy underwater sequence that will having you testing yourself to see how long you can hold your breath. Cruise trained under diving specialist Kirk Krack to be able to hold his breath for three minutes to perform an underwater sequence which was filmed in a single long take without any edits (though the scene in the movie was cut with several breaks, giving the impression for the scene having several takes). Stunt coordinator Wade Eastwood claims that Cruise held his breath for just over six minutes to get the shot.

And we haven't even mentioned the opening sequence when Hunt hangs on to the exterior doorway of a cargo plane as it takes off...

Scroll to the bottom to check out the underwater scene and check out all the guns used in Rogue Nation on the way.

SIG-Sauer P226

Hunt and Ilsa trade a suppressed SIG-Sauer P226R while tied together in the outdoor restaurant scene.
Hunt and Ilsa trade a suppressed SIG-Sauer P226R while tied together in the outdoor restaurant scene.photo from imfdb.org

Members of The Syndicate carry SIG-Sauer P226 pistols throughout the film, which are often suppressed and sometimes fitted with a red-dot sight. Hunt also briefly uses one of the pistols with a suppressor while tied to Ilsa during the outdoor restaurant scene.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact

Solomon Lane briefly uses a Heckler & Koch USP Compact in one scene.
Solomon Lane briefly uses a Heckler & Koch USP Compact in one scene.photo from imfdb.org

Some Syndicate members can be seen with H&K USP Compact pistols. Ilsa Faust is also seen with a suppressed USP Compact at the climax of the movie as she holds Hunt at gunpoint. Solomon Lane (Sean Harris) also uses the same pistol.

SIG Pro SP2022

Solomon Lane's go-to sidearm is a SIG Pro SP2022 pistol, often fitted with a suppressor.
Solomon Lane's go-to sidearm is a SIG Pro SP2022 pistol, often fitted with a suppressor.photo from imfdb.org

During the particularly brutal execution of an IMF sleeper agent while Ethan is locked in a booth, Solomon Lane uses a suppressed SIG Pro SP2022 in the film and also carries it at other times instead of the USP Compact.

The SIG Pro series of pistols was originally developed as a .40 S&W–caliber service pistol and introduced in June 1998 with the SP 2340 model, followed shortly by a version in .357 SIG (which retained the same model designation). About one year later, a 9mm variant, the SP 2009, was introduced and entered production in response to demand for the caliber.

Walther SSP .22LR target pistol

Walther SSP .22LR target pistol standing in for a pair of tranquilizer guns.
Walther SSP .22LR target pistol standing in for a pair of tranquilizer guns.photo from imfdb.org

When the need came up to have Hunt and Brandt wield some super-spy type tranquilizer guns, the filmmakers went to a real, though unusual looking gun as a stand-in. The duo actually use Walther SSP .22LR target pistols to subdue the Prime Minister (Tom Hollander) and Attlee (Simon McBurney) in London.

The SSP is made in Germany by the target competition arm of the gunmaker, Walther Sportwaffen. The gun was made in response to ISSF rule changes in the 25 meter Rapid Fire Pistol event in 2005 which effectively rendered the Walther OSP obsolete, since wrap-around grips, light trigger pulls, and the use of .22 Short ammo was prohibited.

Custom Disguised Rifle

Hunt aiming a stolen covert sniper rifle from an assassin that looks like an alto flute when broken down and put in a case.
Guns of Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation (2015)
Hunt aiming a stolen covert sniper rifle from an assassin that looks like an alto flute when broken down and put in a case.photo from imfdb.org

The only other gun used by Hunt in the movie is unorthodox to say the least. During the attempted performance assassination in Vienna, various Syndicate members are armed with covert firearms.

Ilsa with the flute rifle.
Ilsa with the flute rifle.photo from imfdb.org

One, which Hunt captures and uses after fighting off the assassin who brought it, is made from an alto flute, which looks just like a brass instrument when disassembled in its case.

The other hidden guns include Ilsa’s, which is tucked away in a piece of handrail—as well as an assassin disguised as a police officer creating a rifle from his side-handle baton.