ID guns in movies better with IMFDB


If you've spent the past 14 years wondering about the guns used by Nicolas Cage's character Castor Troy in the 1997 smash hit Face/Off, today just became the most important day of your life. Because I bet you never thought to look it up on the Internet Movie Firearms Database. Here, let me IMFDB that for you:

Castor Troy's (Nicolas Cage) weapons of choice are two gold titanium nitride plated Springfield Armory M1911-A1 V-10s fitted with custom gold inlaid grips, that he keeps in two small-of-the-back holsters. Among the obvious modifications to the guns include skeletonized hammers, beavertail grip safeties, ambidextrous slide stop safeties, target sites, moderately bevelled magazine wells, and V-10 ported slides/barrels.

Feel free to spend the rest of the day looking up any and every other gun you've ever seen on the silver screen. You're welcome. IMFDB [Thanks Siege]


  1. This is a cool site, I used it awhile back to find out what the gun was that James Caan uses in Alien Nation. It’s a Freedom Arms Model 83 Revolver chambered in .454 Casull BTW.

  2. IMFDB is great. Check out LOST. It’s pretty cool to see the mostly-historically-accurate guns used (and there’s a lot of them). Makes me love LOST even more.

  3. I heard about this site from the Greatest Movie Ever! podcast. They were actually discussing Face/Off at the time. I’ve since used it to identify a lot of firearms in Guy Ritchie movies.

    Everyone should listen to that podcast, just like everyone should read BoingBoing.

  4. I was just on this last week looking up what revolver was used in Tin Man, the Sci Fi miniseries. Looking up the guns used in Firefly, the Mummy and the Indiana Jones movies was fun, too.

    1. IMDB already includes soundtrack info. And yes, that includes music in the film but not on the official CD.

  5. “Now that there is the Tec-9, a crappy spray gun from South Miami. This gun is advertised as the most popular gun in American crime. Do you believe that shit? It actually says that in the little book that comes with it: the most popular gun in American crime. Like they’re actually proud of that shit.”

  6. Oh, c’mon anybody that knows anything about firearms can instantly recognize the 1911 .45. That’s low hanging fruit.

    1. Yeah, which is why it’s odd that they did not correctly identify them as the model 1991 .45 colt!

      Do you know the difference?

      Hint: it’s in the picture.

  7. I discovered this site last summer while doing online research for the article on District 9 that never got written for the blog that I am still contemplating. It is proof that there is a niche area for everything on the internet and if you procrastinate enough, you will find it by chance if not by effort.

  8. “Let me introduce you to a close personal friend. This is an M41A pulse rifle – 10 millimeter – with an over and under 30 millimeter pump-action grenade launcher. Feel the weight.”

    In other words, I think this site will be very helpful in the case of all those other movies that aren’t nearly so direct. Gracias, BoingBoing.

    1. Lol, are you from arfcom by any chance? This is a question long use to separate the true hoplophile from the hoplophobe.
      FN FNC of course :)
      I’m kinda surprised that the IMFDB is still news, its been around for a while!

      1. Maaayyybeeee. Although I took a sabbatical a year or so ago. Too much time posting and not enough working.

  9. See, since it’s a John Woo movie, the villain has some wanky, gaudy, over-the-top, flanged out hardware. Woo’s good guys pack two black matte Berettas, or a classic 12 gauge, or even a working man’s snub nose .38.

    Uh oh, now you got me gun geeking out too.

  10. Holy SHIT. Color me IMPRESSED. I mean, really impressed. A lot of time and energy spent there by people who know WTF they are talking about.

    My question about Heat was sort of a running joke on this gun forum I used to frequent – but they totally got it right.

    Good resource – thanks!

  11. I like guns, but I’m a bigger fan of boats. I wish there was an database of boats and ships used in movies

  12. LOL and I read your phrase “Here, let me IMFDB that for you” like “Here, let me IM f***ing DB that for you”, haha.

  13. just trying to get my inner- spelling geek to shut up about a gun site spelling “site” where they clearly mean “sight” This one is quickly becoming a pet peeve.

  14. Just as data points, my first reactions were “I need to see that movie”, and “This is gun porn”.

  15. Formating on the page is fucked. It seems to be hardcoded to 16:9 for no good reason. Only other pages i have seen that on is on ifan(atic?) pages…

  16. I’ve known about this site for about a year. It was a great place to check up on controversies about which guns were going to appear in Red Dead Redemption. Yes, the fact that they include video games makes them that much more awesome.

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