We’re back with another movie weapons article, focusing on one movie in particular: Independence Day. Check out our articles on other movie weapons in Transformers and The Matrix. This weekend is the Fourth of July, so we figured it was the best time to feature this blockbuster film.
Beretta 92 – One of the most popular movie weapons in recent years, the Beretta sees some action in Independence Day in the fight against the aliens. The Beretta is known by the military as the M9 and it replaced the M1911 as the standard firearm in 1990. With Independence Day’s release in 1996, the Beretta was still a new weapon.
The Beretta 92 is one of the most widely used movie weapons because of its purpose in the U.S. military. The gun is ambidextrous (can be used by those who are right-handed and left-handed) and uses 9MM rounds. It’s considered perhaps the most reliable military surplus handgun on the market today.
Military personnel make use of the Beretta in Independence Day. General Grey, Major Mitchell, and a Secret Service agent use their Beretta 92’s to stop an alien in a lab after the President tried to talk with it.
M61 Vulcan – This automatic firearm based on the Gatling gun is the other primary gun used in Independence Day. The M61 has been an armament on U.S. fighter jets for over 50 years. It’s a six-barreled firearm that can unload its rounds at a rate of 6000 rounds per minute. The gun was originally designed by General Electric and has been used on numerous fighter jets, including most recently the F-22 Raptor.
The M61 makes this list of movie weapons because of its pivotal role in Independence Day. In the movie, the M61 is outfitted on the F/A-18 Hornet fighter jets. The M61 proves to be ineffective against the alien fighters that have shields, but once those shields are disabled, the M61 easily destroys the alien aircraft. The second battle scene in the air between the F/A-18’s and the alien fighter craft is arguably the best part of the movie, and gives any military surplus enthusiast good entertainment.
Written by Craig Kent, member of the Best Military Surplus team.