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Tuesday, November 22, 2016 8:02
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USA -( Have you ever watched a movie and wondered what specific type of firearm was used onscreen?

Sometimes it’s something exotic and new that you are not familiar with, other times it can be an antique historical piece, but most often it’s something not captured in the best light or the best angle and it could be either a SIG or a Glock.

If you need a resource to clear that up or even win a bet you may want to check out the Internet Movie Firearm Database at

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IMFDB is basically a Wiki dedicated to firearms used in movies, television shows and video games and while it has the spirit of a Wiki in that anyone can edit; it is superior to resources like Wikipedia that are edited by people with little to no knowledge of the subject matter at hand.

There are genuine subject matter experts at work here.

The site was created by Chris Serrano in 2007 following that tried and true formula for success: Build something for which people have a need.

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Serrano was simply trying to find out information concerning some of the guns used in the Matrix movies and discovered there was not a lot of reliable or credible information out there.

So he built the site.

Nearly a decade later, IMFDB boasts hundreds of contributors and in 2015 began publishing a weekly newsletter that reaches thousands of readers every Friday morning.

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Serrano still puts in several hours a day on the site whether it is working on articles, welcoming new users or optimizing performance of the software or servers.

Many of the folks who edit IMFDB are armorers or prop masters from the various movie studios, so in many cases you do not just see a stock photo of a particular firearm, but an actual piece that was used in a film.

We discovered the site by accident a few years ago and it has quickly become one of our favorite sites to read for hours at a time.

And despite being the consummate gun nerd, it actually corrected our perceptions of onscreen firearms more than once.

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It may have been the release of the film Silence of the Lambs occurring close to the first time we saw a Colt Anaconda and were watching in a movie theater while getting engrossed in the story, but we thought for sure that “Buffalo Bill” was carrying one and assumed that for years.

That is not exactly a film you watch over and over, but a few years later we did and noticed a few firearm details that seemed off to our memory.

We consulted IMFDB to confirm and lo and behold, we were wrong for almost two decades. The revolver in question was a Colt Python.

Still a great revolver, just not the one which we incorrectly thought was used in the movie.

We have honestly lost track of hours on there while looking something up and just clicking away to other links

I know what you’re thinking. “Big deal it’s just an online repository of lists of guns.”

No, it is much more than that.

On the surface it seems like pages of different firearm models and their associated films, with some pretty pictures and basic text.

However, there are actual user guides integrated into the site to help users out.

For example, there are a plethora of pump shotguns that have been made over the past 130+ years. Whether a movie is set to take place in the 1916 or 2016, chances are a pump shotgun may be onscreen.

Not just the typical action movie, war movie or mob movie, either.

Firearms are a part of the American way of life and art reflects that.

It’s reflected in the number of shotgun manufacturers that have come and gone over the years as well as the ones who remain.

So with all these variants out there, how does a novice tell one make and model from another?

Simple, check out the user guide about identifying pump shotgun.

It has side by side pics of forends, barrels, stocks, etc. so you can verify whether the character in a particular film was holding a Stevens, Ithaca or a Mossberg as opposed to a Remington.

Check out the site and test your own powers of observation or simply just find out once and for all: “What rifle did Al Pacino use in Heat?”

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