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The Guns of The Walking Dead

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The “zombie apocalypse” scenario is brought up quite often on gun forums all the time, the question of what gun to use if the undead rise up has been discussed countless times. What would I use during a zombie apocalypse? I’ll save that for a later post.

Whenever I watch AMC’s hit show The Walking Dead the gun enthusiast in me always pays close attention to the guns and weapons used, who am I kidding, I actually do this with all movies and TV shows I watch. What makes the weapon choices in The Walking Dead so interesting is that no one is using a tacticool assault rifle or is dual wielding pistols. They’re not sporting anything too fancy. Even the main character Rick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln), a sheriff’s deputy, is using a wheelgun. We wrote about the weapons used in The Walking Dead a while back, specifically about the prop and stunt weapons used on set. Below is a collection of the guns used by the characters of the TV show The Walking Dead.

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We’ll start out with two weapons that aren’t firearms, but that are probably 2 of the most iconic weapons from the series.

Horton Scout HD 125 Crossbow
While it’s not a gun, any Walking Dead weapon list would not be complete without mentioning Daryl’s crossbow. His Horton Scout HD 125 Crossbow allows him to hunt game and walkers silently as to not attract the attention of other walkers.

It’s actually available on Amazon.com for purchase with a red dot scope already attached.

His crossbow is pretty pricey and rare these days, if you’re looking for an alternative for cosplaying or for a Halloween costume here’s an affordable alternative crossbow

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Stryker Strykezone 380 Crossbow

Daryl’s new crossbow from season three the Stryker Strykezone 380 Crossbow, it was found by Rick and Michonne in Morgan’s weapons cache. It features a 160lb draw weight with 123 ft/lbs of energy at 380 FPS.

Just like with Daryl’s older Horton, the Strykezone crossbow is also available on Amazon for all the Daryl Dixon fans out there. His crossbow is pretty pricey and rare these days, if you’re looking for an alternative for cosplaying or for a Halloween costume here’s an affordable alternative crossbow

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Michonne’s Katana
Also not a gun, but it’s one of the most iconic weapons in The Walking Dead right after Daryl’s crossbow. Michonne’s Katana was actually custom made for the TV show.

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But you can actually buy a replica katana on Amazon. They’re limited to only 2000 produced and available worldwide. The actual katana you can buy is seen below.

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Colt Python .357 Magnum
Deputy Rick Grimes carries a six-inch Colt Python chambered in .357 Magnum as his duty sidearm, and after he wakes up in the hell that is the world in The Walking Dead his trusty Python remains his handgun of choice. We first see Rick use his Python to kill a little girl walker in the opening scenes of the pilot episode.

Here’s a prop version of Rick’s Colt Python that’s perfect for cosplay, it’s available on Amazon. There’s also a pretty cool looking and affordable airsoft version on Amazon too.

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Mossberg 590 12 Gauge Shotgun
After Rick’s Python, one of the most used guns in The Walking Dead is the Mossberg 590 12 gauge shotgun used by Shane Walsh (Jon Bernthal), also a sheriff’s deputy. The Mossberg 590 is a variant of the classic Mossberg 500 series of shotguns used by the military and many police agencies around the country. We see Shane using his 590 in the pilot episode while on duty as a deputy and throughout the series to put down walkers.

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Ruger M77 Hawkeye Bolt-Action Rifle
Dale Horvath (Jeffrey Demunn) is one of the most level headed, wise and experienced members of the group. Dale is usually on watch atop his Winnebago with his trusty Ruger M77 Hawkeye bolt-action rifle slung on his shoulder, he’s rarely ever seen without it. Andrea uses Dale’s M77 when she mistakenly shoots Daryl thinking he is a walker while she was on watch.

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Glock 17
One of the most used handguns in the series, the popular Glock 17 handgun is used throughout both season one and two of The Walking Dead. Shane uses one as his duty gun, with other members or the group using it in various instances to kill walkers.

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Mossberg 500 12 Gauge Shotgun
Along with the Mossberg 590 used by Shane, the group also uses a Mossberg 500 pump-action shotgun. We see Glenn (Steven Yeun) use it to defend the camp in season one and kill the walkers in the barn on Hershel’s farm in season two. Rick also uses the Mossberg 500 when they run into the “Vatos” in season one.

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Smith & Wesson 3913 Ladysmith
Used by Andrea (Lauri Holden), her S&W 3913 “Ladysmith” was a gift from her father. When we see Andrea first draw her S&W in the second episode of the first season, she pulls it on Rick and it’s pretty obvious she doesn’t know how to use it as she keeps the safety on. Later in season two she expands her firearms knowledge as she becomes a more experiened walker killer under Shane’s tutelage.

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Beretta 92FS
We first see the Beretta 92FS when Rick takes refuge in a tank as he runs into a horde of walkers in Atlanta. He pulls it off what he thinks is a dead American soldier, who turns out to be walker. Andrea also uses the Beretta 92FS in season two when her and Shane are jumped by walkers as they search for Sophia in a group of track homes. We also see various American soldiers using the Beretta 92 in a few flashback scenes.

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Remington 870 12 Gauge Shotgun
Along with the Mossberg 590 and 500 shotgun, the group also has a Remington 870 Wingmaster pump-action shotgun. A variant of the Remington 870 line of shotguns, we see Daryl Dixon (Norman Reedus) use it a few times in both season one and two. T-Dog (IronE Singleton) and Glenn also use a Remington 870 shotgun with a synthetic stock from Rick’s bag of guns that he gathered at his police station in season one.

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Other Notable Appearances

Sig Sauer P226

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Browning M2HB Machine Gun

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M4A1

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Remington 700

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Winchester Model 70

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Browning Hi-Power

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49 COMMENTS

  1. In the “terminus” episode, Rick is asked what guns are in the bag they burried. He lists several guns. He never says .357, but he did say .44 magnum. This means he carries a Colt Anaconda, not a Python. Same frame, different caliber.

    • Rick was not referring to his own gun when he talked about the .44 in the bag. He was talking about the Smith and Wesson M29 taken from the claimers.

    • The .44 magunum Rick mentions is the snub-nose model that Michonne took off one of Joe’s gang just before Rick tears Joe’s neck apart with his teeth. Rick has ways carried a Colt Python six inch as his primary side arm. Yes, he has utilized many other weapons as you can expect in the situations the group he leads encounters. Hell, you would use any type of weapon you could to stay alive

  2. Just an observation I noticed that when the governer attacked the prison that one of his minions had a ballet m71. That seems kinda odd that two different groups would have the same rifle just nitpicking love the show nonetheless

  3. I’ve seen a few people ask about Rick’s holster. I might be mistaken, but I think it’s a Safariland holster.
    As for the handgun Merle uses there, I’m not sure what it is, but it can’t be a Browning Hi-Power. The Hi-Power is a 9mm pistol, and look at that bore on the barrel. That’s almost definitely a .45, which is not a caliber that the Hi-Power would be found chambered in.

  4. @Rick i was sitting here saying m9 not 92fs snd thanks and to the other dude i served and theres a lot of difference the sights and the 92’s bigger frame and also holds 2 more rounds so tell me…how does your foot taste

  5. I love the show and my best was Shane. Unfortunately we all know how that ends so…. My second favourite character was Merl cause he is the voice of Harper in black ops 2 but he dies too so now i am on Daryl

  6. The soldiers use the M9, not 92FS. Very slight distinction, yet any service member who carried the M9 would agree that distinction should be made

    • The only difference between an M9 and a civilian 92FS is the former having “M9” stamped on the slide and frame. Aside from that, they’re both the exact same pistol. It’s highly unlikely any movie armories would go through the trouble of getting actual M9s (can you even get an “M9”-marked pistol on the civilian market?) when a civilian 92FS will further the illusion perfectly. In fact, a lot of guns on screen aren’t actually what they’re representing. A few examples being:

      *The “AK-74s” in the 1982 Red Dawn were Egyptian-imported Maadi ARM semi-autos converted to select-fire and dressed up.
      *The “M4s” and “M16A4s” in Battle: Los Angeles (and pretty much every other movie out there) aren’t true M4s or M16A4s, but rather the respective upper receiver assemblies mated to A1 lowers.
      *Most full-size Glocks are 17s rather than 22s or whatever model that [insert federal/state LEO agency] uses in real life.
      *Many DShK HMGs are actually M2HBs or M60Ds that have been dressed up (though quite a few *real* ones do appear in American cinema these days, one being in TWD S1E6 “TS-19” in an MG nest outside the CDC).
      *And, most relevant to this discussion, all “M9s” are actually civilian Beretta 92FS or even Taurus PT92s.

      Just because you see a Soldier or Marine in a movie using his “M9”, doesn’t mean it’s an actual M9, so this “distinction” you say “should be made” doesn’t really exist. Contrary to popular belief, the companies who supply these guns don’t have every firearm on earth at their disposal. Hence the IMFDb policy of classifying all such “M9s” as what they most likely are (civilian Beretta 92FS) unless someone can provide credible proof (such as, for example, a verified message from the armorer that supplied the pistol) that it really is an M9.

      And just an FYI to anyone wondering, the tank pictured above is a British Chieftain, a common stand-in for the M1 Abrams in films because there’s only *one* M1 in private ownership today, that one being the non-functioning skeleton of one of the original XM1s built for testing of the platform. What you see on TV isn’t always what you think it is.

      Have a good one, friend. 😉

  7. Dale’s rifle is a Rem. 700……Not a Ruger M77.
    In the third pic, where Rick is sighting down it, you can see the Remington style bolt knob and Remington two position safety. In other pics you can see the “Remington” roll mark on the left side of the receiver, and the two-piece bolt-on scope bases.

  8. I really like The walking Dead my daughter and I are both big fans . The show has a great feel to it, you get sucked in and can’t get out, as if you would want to . I own a Colt King Cobra myself with an 8 inch barrell it’s a fine gun and a little more rugged than the Python .Although if I was in the fix Rick and the rest are in I think I would want my Ruger 10/22 with a 100 round barell clip with me too a lot of fire power and very little weight . Anyway it’s a well done show fun to watch

  9. I think it suits the Governor that he carries a nickel Beretta 92 and that Steyr AUG. Fancy guns for a fancy man to set himself apart as special.

  10. Overall, the weapons advisor on this show does a great job. The weapons used are the kind that would be readily available here in the South, especially all of those hunting rifles, shotguns and popular handguns like the Python and Glocks.

    I think it’s interesting that the only “exotic” gun I have seen is the Governor’s bull pup.

    Andrea has a real problem with the safety on a gun. When she pulled her S&W Ladysmith on Rick, the thumb safety was on. Tonight, when she asked for Rick’s gun to kill herself, she said “I know how the safety works”. Colt Pythons don’t have a safety. Then the sound effects guys blew it when she shot herself and we heard a shell casing hit the concrete floor. Yeah, great sound effect, but come on man 🙂

    • I agree with you about the shell casing thing. But I think the line about the safety was more to do with nostalgia than actual firearms logic, lol.

    • Yes. I coulda swore I waz the only person who heard that. I’m glad I’m not alone. That was weird

  11. I LOVE the show. I love any horror movies, especially if they have zombies. My mother actually got me into the show.

  12. What about the Beretta m9/92fs rick got off the soldier zombie in the tank in ATL and the pistol Carl basically fed to the zombie that was stuck in the mud near Hershels farm. What was that?

  13. Are there plans to update this? From what I can tell this is mostly season one and a little of two.

    Another good place to check is the Internet Movie Firearms Database (www.imfdb.com) It has loads of movies and TV shows and the weapons listed. Very comprehensive.

  14. If you look at the picture of Shane sitting at the RV’s table cleaning his Glock 17, look at the magazine. It’s a straight column 10 round, not a staggered column 17 rounder.

  15. Watching WD again..did Rick just eject a shell twice?? from his shotgun!? The first time before they went to see G to exchange the prisoner he cocked his shotgun. I’m sure he would have already done that walking around the streets. But maybe not. But for sure, now that it is cocked and loaded, when he tells G that “we are locked and loaded” he cocked his gun to let him know. But by doing that, he ejected the shell. So that’s a wasted shell, I mean, someone else can pick it up. But those vatos probably got a good laugh at seeing the shell ejected! Don’tcha think?

  16. I love Shane. Although he is hot-headed and loses his mind a bit, he is still the strongest member of the group, and the best shot. His thinking is rational for that type of situation, in my opinion.

    • Hey smart one have u seen season 1 ep 6 Rick and Shane r fighting Rick is trying to pull the moss berg from Shane and he got it so I think u know nothing about the show and only watched it once

      • Stupid kid, Shane was the man, he got crazy and too obsessed though, 10& Lori’s fault but still, he should have left or gotten his head straight.

  17. The episode “Nebraska”, Lori grabs a revolver before heading into town and has it on the passenger seat. Some kind of .38 special?

  18. I keep wondering why the keep featuring Amy, Andrea’s sister(first one one the left in the first picture), in so many of the show’s promo pics. Andrea had to use her S&W 3913 Ladysmith in episode five of season one to put her down when she got zombiefied.

    It’s a shame to because I liked her character. Well, if they brought Merle back…..

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