Guns of Tom Cruise Movies: 2006-2012
Mission: Impossible III (2006) • Knight and Day (2010) • Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol (2011) • Jack Reacher (2012)
With a new Mission: Impossible film slated for release next year and the Top Gun set for release later in 2020, let’s take a look at the guns used by Tom Cruise on the big screen from 2006 to 2012.
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
In 2006, Cruise starred in Mission: Impossible III, a followup that returns the series to its espionage routes, but director J.J. Abrams ups the action factor.
The beginning of the film sees a retired Hunt (he’s just an instructor now with wife and a house in the burbs) back in action to rescue a former student from being held hostage by a bunch of bad guys in a factory-type building.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
Hunt carries a Heckler & Koch MP5K submachine gun for the assault, a scaled down version of the MP5, with a PDW-style stock. Cruise must have gotten some odd training for this film, as he can be seen holding the MP5K by the magazine well instead of the vertical foregrip.
Cruise performs a number of tactical reloads and pistol transitions during the action sequence, and dips a bit into Jon Woo territory during the escape when he leans out a vehicle, like really far, to get a better shot at their pursuers with his Glock 19.
Heckler & Koch G36K
During the ambush on the bridge, Hunt grabs a disassembled Heckler & Koch G36K assault rifle from a case in their disabled Lincoln Navigator, assembles it, and fires at the mercenaries sent to free Owen Davian (Phillip Seymour Hoffman). Again, Cruise grips that magwell like grim death.
The G36K is the shorter carbine length version of the internationally popular assault rifle that is fitted with an open-type flash suppressor and shorter forend, including a bottom rail that can be used to attach accessories. The barrel cannot launch rifle grenades or support a bayonet like the full length version, but can be used with the AG36 grenade launcher. The gun is in service with German special forces, who are issued an accompanying 100-round C-Mag drum. Hunt uses one of two variants, with the integrated optics in the top carry handle. The other version has irons only.
Desert Eagle Mark XIX Airsoft as Grappling Hook Pistol
Later in the film, Hunt uses what looks like a highly modified Desert Eagle Mark XIX that fired projectiles like camera disablers and a grappler attachment during the Vatican mission. The prop for the movie was actually built from an airsoft replica, not an actual firearm, though it does look distinctive.
Hunt also uses a Beretta 92G Elite 1A pistol during the mission to rescue Agent Ferris (Keri Russell), He passes it to Ferris during their escape and we can see it’s fitted with a tactical flashlight.
The Beretta 92G is an updated version of the 92FS, which was adopted as the Army’s M9 pistol for many years.
Knight and Day (2010)
Knight & Day saw Cruise starring alongside Cameron Diaz in an action comedy that attempted to ride the same gun-heavy, quip-heavy tone that Charlie’s Angels and Mr. and Mrs. Smith had success with.
While the movie wasn’t a huge box office draw, or even that memorable, it had a lot of guns.
SIG Sauer P229
We’ll start with handguns. Cruise, as American spy Roy Miller, briefly uses one of the suppressed SIG-Sauer P229s he picked up during the plane scene. All the bad guys carry suppressed P229s in this scene.
Next up is a gun that doesn’t often get screen time, probably due to its odd appearance to non-gun people. At the end of the freeway shootout, Roy uses a Taurus Judge .45 Long Colt/.410 Gauge. Later on June (Diaz) holds the gun and you get a good look at its distinctive long cylinder.
The revolver isn’t considered a short barreled shotgun by the ATF because it actually has a rifled barrel and can fire bullets as well as shotgun shells, though it only has a limited range with each.
SIG Sauer P250
Throughout the movie, Roy uses a two-tone SIG-Sauer P250, sometimes with a laser sight mounted on the bottom accessory rail. It was likely the first appearance of the new P250 pistols in a feature film. While in Spain, Miller actually carries twin P250s, and Diaz uses them at one point, firing backward from a motorcycle while Miller drives.
Springfield Armory TRP Operator 1911
While Miller is being chased across the Austrian rooftops, he draws a Springfield Armory TRP Operator pistol and uses it to fire at the agents chasing him.
The TRP is a 1911-platform pistol available in a few configurations and colors, including the TRP Operator Black Armory Kote model with a full-length accessory rail, which gives it a different silhouette than a typical 1911.
Z-M LR 300 ML Carbine
Now onto longer guns.
During the tunnel firefight, Miller uses a Z-M LR 300 ML carbine that he takes from the trunk of the car the agents use when they try to transport June to “safety.”
The rifle is the carbine version of the full-sized Z-M LR 300 rifle fitted with Magpul PMag polymer magazines. It also has a vertical foregrip mounted as far forward as possible on the bottom rail, which Cruise doesn’t use, but he doesn’t grab the magwell this time.
Heckler & Koch MP7A1
For the warehouse shootout, Miller uses two Heckler & Koch MP7 machine pistols with iron sights and standard 40-round magazines. He later gives one of the MP7s to June to use.
The MP7 is a personal defense weapon chambered for HK 4.6 x 30mm cartridge first produced in 1999 that uses a short-stroke piston gas system instead of a the traditional blowback system usually seen in submachine guns. The ammo is almost entirely exclusive to the gun, the bullets of which are made almost completely of a hardened steel penetrator instead of copper or lead. The gun will take a 20-, 30-, or 40-round box magazines that fit into the pistol grip like an Uzi, and has ambidextrous controls and a telescopic stock as well as an integrated folding front grip.
It’s a lightweight firearm for its size due to the extensive use of polymers and was actually designed to be fired one handed if necessary while being concealable and offering all the advantages of a larger submachine gun.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011)
In 2011, Cruise returned for the fourth installment in his now successful Mission: Impossible series, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, in which he reprises his role as IMF agent Ethan Hunt with a new cast of supporting characters.
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.
SIG Sauer P226 E2
Though Cruise did all the dizzying climbing stunts himself, he was securely attached to the building with cables at all times, which were later digitally erased. Still, if you have even the slightest problem with heights, the sequence will make you dizzy (see below).
All the male IMF agents, including Hunt, Benji Dunn (Simon Pegg), William Brandt (Jeremy Renner) are seen carrying the SIG-Sauer P226 E2 in 9mm as their primary sidearm throughout the film.
Hunt is also briefly seen using a Glock 17 later in the film and he uses a modified Glock to shoot tranquilizer darts at the end of his escape from the Russian prison.
So, in a departure from the more action heavy third installment and more in keeping with the first MI movie, Hunt only uses one firearm throughout the whole movie.
Jack Reacher (2012)
The following year, Cruise began a new franchise based on a popular book series by Lee Child. The first film was titled after the main character Jack Reacher and is based on the novel “One Shot”. Cruise stars as Reacher, a highly decorated former U.S. army investigator who travels extremely light (seriously, a backpack is too much for this guy, he hits the road with the clothes on his back and that’s about it) and moves around a lot, living off the grid and off his service pension. He’s called upon by a former Army sniper he once investigated overseas who is accused of seemingly shooting five random people in a stateside terror attack.
Reacher briefly uses a Gen 3 Glock 19 that is carried throughout the movie by Detective Emerson (David Oyelowo), when it’s given to him by Helen Rodin (Rosamund Pike) in a display of trust.
During his investigation, Reacher is led to the rifle range, where the alleged shooter practiced, and to its owner, Cash (Robert Duvall). Reacher proves his worth to Cash by putting three rounds through the bull’s eye of a target at 700 yards with a bolt-acton Remington 700—which he of course does, with one warm-up shot that hits a bit high.
In the memorable scene, Reacher begins on his back holding the rifle and rolls slowly into a prone shooting position before putting the target in the scope, which I’ve never seen nor heard of anyone doing, but hey, it looked cool.
In the photo above, Reacher uses Charlie’s (Jai Courtney) highly customized M4A1 rifle with an angled vertical foregrip, dual optics, a side mounted back-up holographic sight, a weapon light, and a Magpul PMag, along with a laser designator. We see Reacher remove the aiming devices before entered a close-quarters situation, where he won’t need them.
SIG Sauer P556 SWAT Hybrid
The henchmen employed by the Zec (Werner Herzog) use SIG-Sauer P556 SWAT hybrid rifles during the finale. Reacher ends up using one fitted with an Aimpoint reflex sight after taking out one of the bad guys with a rock.
According to the imfdb.org, the rifle used by Reacher was previously seen in the movie Salt and is a custom gun with a SIG SG 550 series lower receiver not seen on the actual production P556.