Movie Guns of Sylvester Stallone 2010—Present

Sylvester Stallone has had one of the most varied and explosive careers in cinemas history, during which he's fired a lot of guns on screen. Like, a whole bunch.

Sylvester Stallone has had one of the most varied and explosive careers in cinemas history, from his rise as an award-winning writer / actor to an action movie icon who helped define the pop culture of a couple decades, at least. During that career, he's fired a lot of guns on screen. Like, a lot.

Take a tour through Stallone's career through the firearms he has used on screen, from 2010 to the present.

The Expendables (2010)

Barney Ross

Kimber Gold Combat II

Stallone as Barney Ross with his customized twin Kimber Gold Combat II 1911 pistols.
Stallone as Barney Ross with his customized twin Kimber Gold Combat II 1911 pistols.photo from imfdb.org

In 2010, Stallone capitalized on the resurgence of his career and created the ambitious action ensemble movie, The Expendables.

He stars as Barney Ross, the leader of a group of aging mercenaries who are a little past their prime, but still the best in the business, and they have the gear to go with all that experience.

Ross carries two handguns in double thigh-rigs (made custom by Galco Gunleather), identical Kimber Gold Combat II 1911s that are elegant in their simplicity, with smooth black grip panels, however, these were no off-the-shelf guns.

A close-up of one of Ross' custom Kimber pistols.
A close-up of one of Ross' custom Kimber pistols.photo from imfdb.org

According to this story from tactical-life.com, Kimber's Product Manager of Pistols, Winslow Potter, says, "The pistol for The Expendables movie was based off of our current Gold Combat II pistol, but highly customized.

“Instead of being Kimpro finished stainless, the frame and slide were carbon steel, then mirror polished and hot blued. They wore mirror polished stainless small part accents.”

Ross wears a similar gunbelt in all three Expendables movies. This is the gunbelt and holsters Stallone wore in *The Expendables 2* including the holster for his Colt SAA, along with three painted rub
Ross wears a similar gunbelt in all three Expendables movies. This is the gunbelt and holsters Stallone wore in The Expendables 2 including the holster for his Colt SAA, along with three painted rubber prop guns. This item was sold by Heritage Auctions.photo from heritageauctions.com

“We made a total of 10 identical pistols (other than serial numbers) for the movie and had a total of three weeks to make them, start to delivery, in order to get them to the ISS to do their appropriate modifications. My understanding is some were to made blank firing, while others were to remain live-fire pistols.”

Ross uses the guns in several sequences, often shooting them rapid fire, and reloading them almost as fast.

Custom Colt Single Action Army revolver

Ross' Colt SAA revolver in .45 Long Colt in its holster as he unsnaps the retention strap.
Ross' Colt SAA revolver, chambered in .45 Long Colt, in its inverted holster as he unsnaps the retention strap.photo from imfdb.org

Ross also carries another pistol on his belt when he’s in full combat gear, and it’s a little unconventional.

It’s a customized Single Action Army revolver in .45 Long Colt with a shortened barrel featuring compensator cuts, no front sight and semi-gloss black grips, and what looks like a case hardened finish.

One of the Colt SAA revolvers used in the movie.
One of the Colt SAA revolvers used in the movie. Note the ported barrel and lack of a front sight.photo from imfdb.org

He keeps it in a upside down black leather holster, with a retention strap, in the 3 o’clock position.

Ross uses the gun as sort of a hideout / last resort gun that he surprises enemies with by quick-drawing and fanning the bobbed hammer, shooting six rounds with lightning speed.

Ross fans his Colt SAA.
Ross fans his Colt SAA.photo from imfdb.org

If we count carefully, there are usually six shots when Ross fires the gun, which is a little off, since the SAA is meant to be carried with the hammer down on an empty chamber, to prevent the hammer from accidentally being triggered and firing a round. However, Ross’ gun could be a more modern version of the SAA, which could include a safety feature allowing it to be loaded with six shells.

Beretta 92FS

Ross confronts the "customs agent" with his Beretta 92FS as he and Christmas escape Vallena.
Ross confronts the "customs agent" with his Beretta 92FS as he and Christmas escape Vallena.photo from imfdb.org

When Ross and Christmas (Jason Statham) first visit Vallena, they travel light. Ross is armed only with a Beretta 92FS that he keeps concealed until cornered. Christmas seems to only be armed with his throwing knives.

FN 2000 Tactical

Ross uses an FN 2000 assault rifle in the beginning of the movie.
Ross uses an FN 2000 assault rifle in the beginning of the movie, though it's hard to see, as that scene is extremely dark.photo from imfdb.org

During the opening scene on that tanker with the pirates, Ross is armed with the distinct looking FN 2000 bullpup rifle (though the scenes are pretty dark) fitted with an EOTech sight, a weapon light, and a laser sight. Ying Yang (Jet Li) is also armed with an FN 2000.

Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat

Ross and the other members of the Expendables, several armed with Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat rifles.
Ross and the other members of the Expendables, several armed with Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat rifles.photo from imfdb.org

Ross’ signature long gun, which he uses for the last quarter of the film and the raid on Garza’s compound is the same as used by most of the other Expendables: a Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat carbine, which is equipped with a Vltor VIS-1 monolithic upper receiver.

Another shot of Ross with his Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat carbine.
Another shot of Ross with his Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat carbine with a C-More red dot sight.photo from imfdb.org

The guns use KX-3 flash hiders and Mod stocks from Vltor and were converted to full auto for the movie.

Ross’ Diplomat is fitted with a C-More red dot sight (some of the others have EOTech sights), a Surefire M900 weapon light, vertical foregrip, and a laser sight.

The Expendables 2 (2012)

Barney Ross

Custom Kimber Gold Combat II

Ross returns with his twin Custom Kimber Gold Combat II.
Ross returns with his twin Custom Kimber Gold Combat II handguns in .45 ACP.photo from imfdb.org

Stallone returned as Ross in The Expendables 2 two years later with a cast that was even bigger than the first film, and some extremely questionable facial hair. While the movie became a bit of a parody of itself, and the cast was too overblown for any kind of chemistry or backstory to develop, this big-budget sequel is still a fun ride with plenty of cool gun moments.

Ross again carries his custom Kimber Gold Combat II pistols in a double holster rig, but this time, the grips feature small “Expendables” emblems, which is also on Ross and Gunner Jensen bowie knives.

He also has his awesome cut-down backup SAA on his belt again, which he uses to great effect.

SIG-Sauer P229 E2

When not fully kitted out, Ross carries a Sig-Sauer P229 E2 in the sequel instead of his Beretta 92FS from the original.
When not fully kitted out, Ross carries a Sig-Sauer P229 E2 in the sequel instead of his Beretta 92FS from the original.photo from imfdb.org

Instead of a Beretta, Ross carries a Sig-Sauer P229 E2 pistols when he’s in "civilian" mode this time around. He uses it primarily when the group is in Albania and are confronted by Jean Vilain (Jean-Claude Van Damme) and his henchmen at the crash site.

The P229 E2 is an in between sized handgun that can serve as a duty gun as well as a concealed carry pistol. It has a short-recoil operated double/single action firing system with a stainless steel slide on an alloy frame. The external hammer can be decocked with a decocking lever on the left side of the frame.

Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat

Stallone as Ross firing his Noveske alongside action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench and Bruce Willis as Church.
Stallone as Ross firing his Noveske alongside action icons Arnold Schwarzenegger as Trench firing an AA-12 full-auto shotgun with a drum magazine and Bruce Willis as Church firing a Heckler & Koch HK416.photo from imfdb.org

For a long gun, Ross and most of the other Expendables again use Noveske Rifleworks Diplomat carbines converted to full auto with various accessories. They are likely the same guns used for the first film. Christmas (Jason Statham) is armed with an M4A1 with a M26 MASS shotgun attached under the barrel for the Nepal mission.

Another shot of Ross with his Noveske.
Another shot of Ross with his Noveske that lets you see the vertical foregrip and C-More sight.photo from imfdb.org

Bullet to the Head (2013)

Jimmy

FN Browning Hi-Power

Stallone as Jimmy with his Browning Hi-Power fitted with a 3-lug adapter for a quick-release suppressor.
Stallone as Jimmy with his Browning Hi-Power fitted with a 3-lug adapter for a quick-release suppressor.photo from imfdb.org

In 2013, Stallone's action resurgence hit a little bit of snag with Bullet to the Head, a film intended to be a gruff underworld tale of hitmen, organized crime, and revenge—but it ended up being a fairly weak movie with an even weaker plot, that was almost worth watching just for the fireman axe fight between Stallone and Jason Momoa.

Stallone plays Jimmy Bobo, an aging ex-con and hitman whose partner is killed under mysterious circumstances after they complete a job.

Jimmy’s favored pistol is a nickel-plated Browning Hi-Power fitted with a 3-lug adapter, allowing the use of a quick-detach suppressor. This is the gun he takes to perform the hit in the bath house, but finds that the firing pin has been removed.

Colt Woodsman

Jimmy with his suppressed Colt Woodsman.
Jimmy with his suppressed Colt Woodsman.photo from imfdb.org

During the opening hit scene, we see Jimmy briefly using a Colt Woodsman .22LR pistol, with a suppressor, as his quiet assassination gun in the hotel room, before he and his partner discover the girl hiding in the bathroom.

Smith & Wesson Model 340PD

Jimmy fires his backup Smith & Wesson Model 340PD revolver.
Jimmy fires his backup Smith & Wesson Model 340PD revolver.photo from imfdb.org

Jimmy also carries a backup gun in an ankle holster: the appropriate Smith & Wesson Model 340PD revolver in .357 Magnum, which he pulls during the fight scene in the club bathroom.

Beretta 92FS

Jimmy kills his target with a Beretta 92FS in the bath house after he finds his pistol has been sabotaged.
Jimmy kills his target with a Beretta 92FS in the bath house after he finds his Browning has been sabotaged.photo from imfdb.org

When Jimmy discovers the firing pin in his Browning has been removed, he has to engage in a fist fight with his target, in a scene that's kind of like Eastern Promises Lite. Jimmy prevails and eventually gets ahold of his target's Beretta 92FS and puts him down.

Winchester 1894 lever-action rifle

Jimmy with a obviously worn Winchester 1894 lever action rifle with a loop and trigger guard wrapped in some kind of cordage.
Jimmy with a obviously worn Winchester 1894 lever action rifle with a loop and trigger guard wrapped in some kind of cordage.photo from imfdb.org

Jimmy uses a Winchester 1984 lever action rifle with a cord-wrapped lever and trigger guard during a memorable scene with Christian Slater, that ends rather abruptly. However, what was almost a badass scene was a little ruined by a really awful CGI muzzle blast.

Escape Plan (2013)

Ray Breslin

Glock 21

Breslin with a Glock G21.
Stallone as Ray Breslin with a Glock G21.photo from imfdb.org

Later that year, Stallone started a new movie franchise, co-starring with Arnold Schwarzenegger, with Escape Plan (a sequel is currently in production), the story of a prison expert who is covertly inserted into maximum security facilities to test their security, until something goes wrong in a super secret government prison.

While there aren’t a lot of firefights and nobody is armed but the guards, Stallone's Ray Breslin does get his hands on a Glock 21 pistol which he uses during his escape.

M1911A1

Breslin with a M1911A1 in the climactic helicopter scene.
Breslin with a M1911A1 in the climactic helicopter scene.photo from imfdb.org

During the nail-biting helicopter scene toward the end of the film, Breslin uses an M1911A1 to take out the Warden Hobbes (Jim Caviezel) in a particularly explosive fashion—a death the character richly deserved.

The Expendables 3 (2014)

Barney Ross

Heckler & Koch G36K

Ross in *The Expendables 3* with a Heckler & Koch G36K.
Ross in The Expendables 3 with a Heckler & Koch G36K.photo from imfdb.org

In 2014, Stallone came back for a third time as Barney Ross in the less-than-stellar Expandables 3 which saw the cast expanded even more with the addition of a whole new team of younger mercenaries, and Mel Gibson as Stonebanks, a former Expandable who turned into an illegal arms dealer.

Ross switches up his long gun for this installment, opting for a Heckler & Koch G36K in 5.56mm fitted with a G36V-style 1.5x scope. Jensen and Stonebanks’ men also carry the rifle.

Stonebanks himself uses the similar Heckler & Koch G36C with a scope when shoots from the helicopter. Christmas carries the same gun, but fitted with a EOTech sight.

Custom Colt Single Action Army

Ross is back with his custom Colt SAA.
Ross is back with his custom Colt SAA.photo from imfdb.org

Ross is back with his backup SAA revolver he used in the past two films, this time using it to save his own butt during the big final fight with Stonebanks and his S&W Model 500.

This time, that backup Colt plays a pretty important role, especially in the final fight between Ross and Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).
This time, that backup Colt plays a pretty important role, especially in the final fight between Ross and Stonebanks (Mel Gibson).photo from imfdb.org

Custom Kimber Gold Combat II

Ross also is again carrying his twin Kimbers.
Ross also is again carrying his twin Kimbers.photo from imfdb.org

His double pistol rig with twin Kimber Gold Combat II pistols again returns as Barney’s go to sidearms, though it looks like the pistol belt is different, maybe it’s the buckle.

Noveske/Colt Hybrid

In a bit of a switch-up, Ross uses an Noveske/Colt Hybrid carbine with a suppressor in the film's opening sequence.
In a bit of a switch-up, Ross uses an Noveske/Colt Hybrid carbine with a suppressor in the film's opening sequence.photo from imfdb.org

But just because Ross uses an H&K rifle doesn't mean he's given up his old favorite. In the beginning desert sequence, we see Ross using a Noveske carbine, but it's not the same as in the previous two movies.

This time, he uses a rifle made from a Noveske 16-inch Infantry upper receiver and a Colt lower receiver. In previous films, a Noveske upper and lower were used and then converted to full-auto for the movie.

The gun is topped with a C-more sight, a Surefire M900, and Magpul BUS, as well as, sometimes, a suppressor.

And that brings us up to date on Stallone's action career, but next up, the long awaited Rambo V: Last Blood will be released in Fall 2019. Not too much is known about the plot, just that John Rambo has been working his family's horse range in Arizona for the past decade after coming back to the U.S. from Burma. Something goes down and he ends up taking on a Mexican cartel south of the border.

When we gets some more details, we'll share them!

Rambo V: Last Blood is due out this Fall.
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