Guns of Denzel Washington Movies: Variety

If you were asked to list every Denzel Washington movie ever made, you’d definitely miss a few. He’s made a crazy number of movies over the years, and most of them include guns in one way or another. That makes choosing Denzel Washington movie guns difficult, but we gave it our best shot. Check out our top 5 list of guns used in Denzel Washington movies, in no specific order.

Denzel Washington guns
Denzel Washington has certainly done a lot of movies, and most with guns. (Photo credit: Distractify)

Glock 34

If you’re wondering why a Glock gets the first mention, it’s because it’s the gun that played a rather prominent role in Man on Fire. Then there’s the fact that when Denzel draws the gun in the movie from beneath a cover garment, he does so with pretty good technique.

Denzel Washington draws Glock 34 in Man on Fire
Denzel as John Creasy drawing his Glock 34 surprising well in Man on Fire. (Photo credit: imfdb.org)

You have to admit that proper technique isn’t something you see in movies on a regular basis. Aside from that nicely-executed draw, the G34 is the gun Denzel-as-Creasy uses to attempt to kill himself, only to have the gun fail to fire. He saves that round of ammo and later hands it to the man he feels is deserving of it, in a final way. (Seriously, just watch the movie.)

Glock 34 long-slide handgun chambered in 9mm.
The Glock 34 is a long-slide model chambered in 9mm. (Photo credit: Glock)

The Glock 34 isn’t the model you see making tons of appearances, not when you compare it to other models. It’s a long-slide gun chambered in 9x19mm Parabellum and in real life, it sees use by some of the upper-tier law enforcement groups and teams, like SWAT. The gun has a 5.31-inch barrel length and an overall length of 8.82 inches. Standard capacity is 17+1.

Heckler and Koch HK45

You can’t put together a list of guns used in Denzel movies without including the Book of Eli. Why? Because it’s not every day an apparently blind man accurately wields guns for the duration of the show. That and the whole post-apocalyptic vibe that ranges from awesome to creepy is something you have to see to believe.

Denzel Washington aims HK45 in The Book of Eli
In The Book of Eli, Denzel has a pair of guns that see regular use, including an HK45. (Photo credit: imfdb.org)

During the movie, Denzel, who is Eli, of course, carries and uses a Heckler and Koch HK45. Interesting choice the apocalypse, but certainly a good one.

Heckler and Koch HK45
The Heckler and Koch HK45 is a well-made gun capable of fantastic accuracy. (Photo credit: Heckler and Koch)

Heckler and Koch makes some quality guns, and the HK45 is proof of that. If you could choose any handgun for the apocalypse, wouldn’t you want it to be one that’s incredibly well-made?

As its name suggests, the Heckler and Koch HK45 is chambered in 45 ACP. Standard magazine capacity is 10 +1. It has a 4.46-inch barrel and an overall length of 8.03 inches. A textured grip facilitates the shooter’s ability to keep a solid hold on the gun during use. Molded finger grooves are prominent at the forward portion of the grip.

Winchester 1894

Surprised? This is the rifle that shows up way back in the 1990s when Denzel filmed The Pelican Brief.

Denzel Washington holding a Winchester 1894 in The Pelican Brief.
In The Pelican Brief, Denzel plays Gray Grantham, whose gun of choice is the Winchester 1894. (Photo credit: imfdb.org)

The movie was based on a book written by John Grisham and featured Julia Roberts as Denzel’s co-star. Denzel played Gray Grantham, a newspaper reporter, while Julia was an intrepid law student who stumbled onto a conspiracy. In the film, two Supreme Court Justices have been murdered, and of course, there’s a huge cover-up involving all sorts of dark things. During the course of events, Denzel-as-Gray uses the gun he has on hand, which is a Winchester 1894. So…big-city newspaper guys use lever-actions? Duly noted.

Winchester 1894
The Winchester 1894 is seen in The Pelican Brief in the hands of Denzel’s character, Gray Grantham. (Photo credit: Guns for Sale)

As its name suggests, the Winchester 1894 went into production in 1894. Although there was a brief break in production, it’s basically been manufactured ever since. The most common chambering is probably .30-30 Winchester, but it’s been made in other calibers, too, such as 357 Magnum, 45 Colt, and 444 Marlin. Capacity depends on the specific gun and its barrel length, which matches tube magazine length, so this is a gun that averages between 7 and 9 rounds. Now you know, if you’ve ever wondered, that Denzel has, indeed, used a lever-action rifle in one of his movies.

Smith and Wesson 4506-1

Finally, we get to Training Day. It’s the movie where Denzel plays a dirty cop who gets taken down by his impressionable rookie. In it, he has all sorts of firepower, but it’s his set of Smith and Wesson 4506-1s that gets the most attention. There’s one scene in particular where he fires the guns simultaneously while holding one of the sideways, gangster-style, that stands out.

Denzel Washington with Smith and Wesson 4506-1 in Training Day
It’s probably the movie you were waiting for: Training Day. Denzel uses a bunch of guns in this one, but the pair of Smith and Wesson 4506-1s is probably the most memorable. (Photo credit: imfdb.org)

If you’re wondering if this model was ever actually approved for law enforcement in California, we’ve got news for you: It totally was. In 1997 the infamous North Hollywood Shootout took place between armed robbers and members of law enforcement, and after that, the 4506-1 became an officially-allowed gun for duty use by the LAPD.

Smith and Wesson 4506-1
A Smith and Wesson 4506-1. Two of the guns used in Training Day would later be used in the popular TV show, The Shield. (Photo credit: Gun Auction)

The Smith and Wesson 4506-1 is chambered in 45 ACP and has an all-steel frame, giving it some serious heft. A big pro of the gun’s overall weight is that it helps offset the felt recoil and muzzle rise of its chambering. It was in production from 1988 to 1999. This is a double-action/single-action pistol with an 8 +1 capacity. One feature of this model worth mentioning is that it is a combination safety and decocker lever.

Denzel Washington with two Smith and Wesson 4506-1 pistols in Equalizer 2
Denzel wields two guns…again…in the Equalizer 2. (Photo credit: imfdb.org)

Colt M1911 and Smith & Wesson M&P

This one’s a twofer. In Equalizer 2, Denzel plays Robert McCall. It was the first sequel to one of his own movies, and there was a lot of cool firepower. During one scene, Denzel-as-McCall dual wields a 1911 and a Smith & Wesson M&P (in another, does the same, but instead of the M&P, the second gun is a MAC-10). The 1911 is a gun McCall takes off a gangster and then uses to take care of business, as expected.

Colt M1911 in Equalizer 2
The Colt M1911 is one of those guns people either love or hate. (Photo credit: The Sporting Shoppe)

It seems safe to assume the 1911 used in the movie is chambered in 45 ACP. It’s a single-stack, meaning capacity is a bit limited, and not your typical bad guy’s choice of weapon. If you adore 1911s you’d say it’s a stellar choice due to its reliable performance and history of getting stuff done in battle; if you hate 1911s, you’d ask why they’d use a gun you expect to fail dramatically at the worst possible moment. Can’t really win talking aout 1911s.

What’s your favorite Denzel movie, and which gun use do you like best? Tell us in the comments section.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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