Forgotten Weapons on the Heat Firefight

One of my favorite action movies of all time, and I am sure it’s on the list for most of you out there, is Heat, directed by Michael Mann and starring Robert Deniro and Al Pacino, along with an all-star cast. If you’re too young or just don’t have a clue what movie I’m referring to, stop and find a way to stream it. Watch it in its entirety and come on back as there are some spoilers ahead.

Heat was an excellent film in many ways. Things are done right because the filmmaker actually used advisors who knew what they were doing and he listened to their advice. I mean if you’re going to pay for advisors, you ought to listen to them right? Either way, I digress. The actors also received weapons training. Here’s a behind the scenes feature:

All the hard work of the actors and filmmakers paid off with a great movie with a good plot, character development, and some of the best shootout scenes in Hollywood history. It’s also a movie that gun enthusiasts can enjoy without yelling at the screen for things that never make sense when it comes to guns in the movies.

HEAT - guns in movies
Did you know this scene was filmed on location in DTLA on the weekends?

If you’re familiar with Ian McCollum of Forgotten Weapons, he is just a wealth of information when it comes to weapons—especially the rare ones. I’ve learned a lot from his videos over the years. He made a video based on the firefight after the bank heist in Heat.

He and his friends go to the desert in the same attire and weapons to run some drills to simulate certain aspects in the firefight between the bank robbers and the police in Heat. They reenact a lot of the iconic scenes like Robert Deniro’s speech to the hostages in the bank to Val Kilmer’s well-executed emergency reload.

Forgotten Weapons HEAT reenactment
They got the wardrobe down to the tee.

Ever wondered how much each of those large black duffel bags of money weighed? Iain states in the video that 4 million dollars weighs about 88 pounds and that it was too heavy for them to run safely so they went with 60 pounds.

Forgotten Weapons HEAT duffle bag scene
It doesn’t look easy to do with that duffel bag full of cash!

They run Colt CAR15s and a Galil like Tom Sizemore’s character does in the movie. 

Ian McCollumb running the CAR15 in the Forgotten Weapons reenactment of HEAT.
Ian running the CAR15.

It’s definitely a fun video to watch with all of them in the desert on a sunny day running live-fire drills lugging those heavy black duffel bags and a dummy around.

Forgotten Weapons HEAT reenactment, reloading Galil while holding a dummy.
An excellent reload with the Galil, all while holding onto that dummy!

I am sure they had a blast making it. It definitely answered some of the questions about how realistic it was for the bank robbers to run and gun with those duffel bags loaded with cash.

Watch both of the next two videos!

If you’re looking to have a clone of the CAR15s from Heat, you’ll need some good ole metal mags, which can be found at GunMag Warehouse. 

For those who have a Galil, GunMag has those too: TAPCO Galil/Golani Sporter .223/5.56 30-Round Polymer.

Fifty Shades of FDE is a full-time LEO in California with about a decade's service in a very large metropolitan agency. He’s a husband, father, and firearms enthusiast. He is a supporter of the Second Amendment and a proponent of law-abiding citizens’ right to defend themselves with concealed carry permits. He runs his @fiftyshadesofFDE page on Instagram and writes gun/gear reviews on - when he's not writing for The Mag Life, of course.

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