Small But Accurate Weapon And Combat Details That Movies Got Right

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More often than not, when a movie or television show depicts weapon use and combat, they do so completely and inexplicably wrong. It's far easier to do something incorrectly than it is the right way, but that's no excuse for the plethora of incorrect depictions that have been thrown out at fans over the past few decades. Whether bullets are flying while still in their cartridges or a uniform is worn completely incorrectly, odds are, you can find examples in most movies and TV shows.

Of course, it's not always like this, and every so often, combat and weapon use is done so well, they stand out. Granted, it doesn't happen too often, but it does happen. When it does, fans tend to take notice, and they sometimes head to the MovieDetails subreddit to share their findings. The best examples of this have been listed below, so take a look, and if you find something you didn't catch yourself, be sure to give it an upvote!

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    3,847 VOTES

    John Wick Knows How To Expertly Operate Numerous Handguns

    From Redditor u/myson_optimusprime:

    In John Wick (2014). Both times John puts a new magazine into a Kimber 1911 he does a press check to make sure it didn’t jam. Kimbers are notorious for jamming on the first bullet of a magazine. He doesn’t do this with the Glock.

    3,847 votes
  • 2
    3,171 VOTES

    John Wick Turns His Watch Around Before Going Into Combat

    From a now-deleted Redditor:

    In John Wick (2014), before the action starts, John wears his wristwatch normally. But when he goes into the "battle mode", he wears them face inside the wrist, which is the way soldiers usually do it. (So that they could see the time while holding a rifle and to avoid reflections of the glass).

    3,171 votes
  • 3
    3,283 VOTES

    John Wick Knows How Ineffective Bullets Are Underwater

    From Redditor u/MyFabulousUsername:

    In John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum (2019), John Wick and an enemy fall into a pool and Wick immediately moves roughly three feet away just before being fired upon. At this distance, the bullets are rendered ineffective which is consistent with how a typical pistol round behaves underwater.

    3,283 votes
  • 4
    2,697 VOTES

    Lance Corporal Schofield Only Fired As Many Rounds As He Could In '1917'

    From Redditor u/Pedro-Kantor:

    In 1917 (2019), Lance Corporal Schofield fires only 10 shots the entire film. The exact amount of bullets that fit inside his Lee Enfield Rifle.

    2,697 votes
  • 5
    2,964 VOTES

    Tackleberry Knows He's Safe In 'Police Academy'

    From Redditor u/Uber_Ben:

    In Police Academy (1984), cadet Barbara misfires and idiotically points the gun towards the cadets. Cadet Tackleberry, the only one who did not seek cover, is a gun nut and knew that the shotgun hadn't been cocked, no round chambered, and therefore couldn't be fired again.

    2,964 votes
  • 6
    2,593 VOTES

    The Omaha Beach Scene In 'Saving Private Ryan' Is Too Real For Many Veterans

    From Redditor u/RobotJohnson:

    The Omaha Beach scene from Saving Private Ryan (1998) was depicted with so much accuracy to the actual event that the Department of Veteran Affairs set up a telephone hotline for traumatized veterans to cope.

    2,593 votes