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Few Good Men, A - Markinson Suicide Gun - Wrong Calibre.
Lt. Col. Markinson (J T Walsh) commits suicide with a US Marines standard issue Beretta 9mm pistol, albeit chromed, a concession to his rank.
In court later, Lt Kaffee (Tom Cruise aka Tom Mopather) describes the calibre as ".45" - monster mistake. US defence forces have not used .45 calibre weapons as standard issue for years.
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HowardG on 11-13-2000
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kaylee writes:
I was in the USMC when this movie came out (I was stationed in Okinawa Japan) and I was a military police officer at the time and we carried the .45 . I believe we were the last ones to do this since they started issuing the 9mm as I was leaving and did in fact get issued one at Camp Lejeune when I checked in to the PMO on base. Just wanted to let you know this was in fact quite possible since I saw the movie while I was stationed there.
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Booch writes:
It is a very good catch to notice that the gun he used was a 9mm model 92 Beretta and then it was later referred to as .45. However, I would like to point out a slip-up in the slip-up report. The Beretta in question was not "chromed," it was nickel-plated. No one in their right mind would ever try to chrome plate a pistol.
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scotty writes:
It is possible that it is a .45 as Beretta does make the model 92 in this caliber. Given that he could carry a chromed pistol that is defineitly not issued, but it was most likely really a 9mm as you point out, and if it was a .45 it should have been a Colt. Special Forces types have been known to carry a personal sidearm of just about any make and caliber (I don't recall if he was wearing the Force Recon wings or not)so it it is possible he had a Chromed .45 Beretta.
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bilmcchr writes:
it is true that Beretta makes a model 92 in .45, however, they did not begin production of the .45 version until around 96/97. since the movie was made around 91/92 it can not possibly be a Beretta model 92 .45
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Vice writes:
Beretta doesn't make the 92 in .45. Well, not that I know of anyway.
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sliptrap writes:
Ok there is no way that he would have EVER used that weapon on duty. For 1 it isnt even tactical, Force Recon doesnt get to use whatever weapon they want regardless of opinion and Berreta doesnt make a nickel plated M9 which is what model he would be using if it was military issued. The military doesnt used the Model 92F even though technically they are the same weapon. It was a giant blunder on the film makers part on both accounts.
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