John Wick 3: Parabellum, is finally here. And so are the John Wick guns.
Keanu Reeves returns as the world’s favorite super assassin as he looks to simply survive Chapter 3, with a $14 million price on his head and the High Table after his blood.
It’s one of the few film franchises we absolutely love round these parts and the third instalment of the insane franchise did not disappoint. There are issues with this film, it isn’t quite the clean revenge fest we have come to know and love. But it’s still epic box office fodder and an entertaining film.
Keanu Reeves, basically the best dude in Hollywood if you listen to the stories and a monster 3-Gun competition shooter in his own right, lays waste to a ridiculous number of hitmen that are out for his blood.
He uses a samurai sword, a book, dogs get in on the action and then there are the guns of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum. Ahhh yes, the John Wick Guns…
The firearms sequences are the heart of the movie, as Keanu Reeves combines Jiu-Jitsu, Judo and good old fashioned popping caps in peoples’ asses, heads, just about everything. Jardani ‘John Wick’ Jovonovich is the reluctant badass everybody kind of wishes they could be, but clearly aren’t…
Wick’s Seal of Approval.
The guns themselves have turned into icons, too, with the HK30P Long Slide and compensator from the first film and the Taran Tactical Innovations modified Glock 34 in the second giving an interesting, educated slant on what could have been a stock polymer pistol.
In John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum, the anti-hero super assassin is on the run with a $14 million bounty on his head after shit went really sideways in the second film.
Now he has to call upon his skills as the greatest underworld hitman the world has ever seen, as well as martial arts and this enviable collection of firearms.
Halle Berry and serious dogs, too. But mainly guns, lots of guns…
John Wick Chapter 3 has turned into a cottage industry with actual firearms merchandising. Seriously look at this list for the actual John Wick branded firearms. This is almost like a Rocky punching bag or a Jurassic Park trapper keeper, but with bullets.
That’s way cool and it really is like the Air Jordan seal of approval for self defense handguns, shotguns and just about every other gun for sale. If Mr Wick approves, then it’s probably good enough for you, me and SEAL Team 6.
The Guns of John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum
1. STI 2011 John Wick Combat Master Package
- Price: $6,000+
- Caliber: 9mm
- Barrel Length: 5.4 inch
- Total Length: 8.78 inch
- Weight: 3lb
- Capacity: 22+1
This really is one of the finest double stack 9mm 1911 pistols on the market. It’s a ludicrous amount of ammunition to pack into one handgun, everything is match-grade and this is a competition spec gun that could easily turn into the ultimate must-have fashion accessory of the Summer.
At the very least, it could be one of the best guns on sale this year. I mean, we got excited about it…
STI International has turned the double-stack 1911 into an art form. It is telling that it has focused its efforts on 9mm rather than the more cumbersome 45 ACP.
Our gut tells us that the ballistics technology has closed the gap to the point that the additional rounds in the mag offer more benefit than the extra grains in each bullet. For us, and apparently STI, 9mm has won the war.
John has made a lot of enemies, too, so round count is a big deal for him. This is a hitman that killed 3 guy with a pencil and now one with a book. But he tends to piss off large groups of people.
So 22+1 rounds is a damn site better than the 7+1 Kimber 1911 he got in John Wick Chapter 2 from the Bowery King Laurence Fishburne.
Bowery King Takes Seven Cuts For Seven Bullets
That was an act of kindness that would come back to haunt the Bowery King by the way, as the Adjudicator exacts swift and savage justice to anybody that assisted Wick in the second film. That included slicing and dicing Fishburne almost to death.
Of course, Continental Hotel boss Winston helped Wick, too, so he finds himself on the wrong side of the High Council. That gives our favorite super assassin access to The Continental Hotel’s unique range of services again. That brings him into contact with this rather lavish STI 2011 Combat Master.
The grip is polymer, the frame is aluminum and that’s how STI has come up with some modern day witchcraft when it comes to the final weight. It’s not a typo, this is a full-size, 3lb gun. Perhaps that’s why it costs so much.
When a $4000 Handgun is a Business Expense
This is absolutely a match-grade gun that is almighty as a nightstand pistol and a self-defense tool. It isn’t the
Here is the inside line from Taran Butler himself.
Where to Buy STI Handguns
STI Guns builds competition-spec handguns and 9mm double-stack 1911s that are really expensive before Taran Butler gets hold of them. So inevitably you can’t buy these guns down your local pawn shop.
So where can you buy STI Guns off the peg, without going to the company for a custom gun order?
Our inside tip is Guns.com, and maybe look at a used gun. They don’t always have everything in stock, but they do have a solid selection of STI Guns that you can buy right now. This is a boutique manufacturer, but you can have an STI within 48 hours if you’re flexible on the finish.
You can see the custom grip, slide cuts and various other features are exactly the same. So even though the official ‘John Wick Combat Master’ version might not be available, the STI international DVC is basically the same gun. You might even like the STI Staccato Compact or STI DVC Open 3 pistol for sale more.
2. Remington 1876 New Model Army Revolver
- Price: $572.99
- Caliber: 45 Long Colt
- Barrel Length: 8 inch
- Total Length: 13.25 inch
- Weight: 3lb
- Capacity: 6 rounds
This one almost stole the show.
It’s the sheer audacity of stopping in the middle of a chase that could and should end in his demise to rebuild a 19th Century revolver just in time to pop an ill-fitting cap in an assassin’s ass. Or head, more precisely.
The vintage gun collection was all too convenient, we agree. But we still love the way he stripped that thing down and got it working while we could hear the bad guys closing in.
From a firearms perspective, it was a comedy aside. But damn that old school revolver is cool.
The one we have to for you to buy is a modern day Cimarron New Model Army tribute, a conversion revolver that uses a modern revolver system with 45 Long Colt, but there are plenty of vintage firearms for sale out there.
Civil War Revolver Brought Up To Date
These were standard issue during the American Civil War.
They were more expensive than the Colt alternative. But when a factory fire devastated Colt’s ability to manufacture guns at all, the Union military turned to Remington. Apparently, this was a more durable and better-engineered firearm.
Freely Available Revolver
Because of their ubiquity, you can pick up a Remington-Beals revolver on the vintage firearms sites, Gunbroker and a whole host of used gun stores.
It will probably be more of a display piece than anything else in the end, but, well, there’s nothing wrong with that.
Wick is better known for high-capacity semi-auto handguns with competition pedigree. So this was a wild addition to the guns of John Wick 3.
But without this piece of Union history, Wick wouldn’t have made it out of New York City and this would have been a
I mean he could have run away too, but that would have been less dramatic. I don’t know, I’m not a film critic. Just buy a gun…
3. Heckler & Koch P30L
- Price: $699.99
- Capacity: 9mm Luger
- Capacity” 15+1
- Barrel Length: 4.45 inch
- Total Length: 7.5 inch
- Weight: 1.7lb
This is a nod back to the first film directed by Chad Stahelski and the HK P30 Long Slide is just a cool firearm. This is just a black polymer handgun and yet this DA/SA pistol might be the best.
I can’t get as excited about the HK VP9 for some reason, even though it’s a massively competent firearm. The truth is that Sig and Glock closed the perceived reliability and fit and finish gap, while keeping prices lower.
Is the Heckler & Koch better than the Glock and the Sig? Possibly, but it’s marginal these days and the HK price tag just seems nonsensical when there are similarly talented semi-automatic handguns for much less money.
Heckler & Koch P30L is a Special Handgun
But the Heckler & Koch P30L is special, perhaps because it was the handgun John Wick used to lay waste to the Russian mob. That infamous killing spree, that started over a dead puppy and a stolen car.
The one in the new film doesn’t have the compensator, that was just a touch overkill, but it’s still an absolutely iconic handgun.
This one, despite the high price tag, we would have in a heartbeat. Maybe that is the power of the John Wick seal of approval. Maybe it’s the
The P30 in its standard form is a popular service pistol for police forces that get subsidies, or can just afford to buy HK firearms online.
Heckler & Koch is a legend for a reason, but it has lost the sheen of invincibility with the latest range of handguns. Not because there’s anything wrong with them, it’s just the opposition has closed the gap.
The P30 is still going strong, though, the Version 3 is on the way, for
4. TTI John Wick Benelli M2 Ultimate 3-Gun Package
- Price: $3,043
- Barrel Length: 21 inch
- Total Length: 42.5 inch
- Weight: 7.8lb
- Capacity: 7+1
We have already worked out that John doesn’t mind spending big on firearms. But even he might wince at more than $3000 for a shotgun. It has been billed as the best 3 Gun shotgun that money can buy, but still.
He doesn’t really buy it anyway, it’s a loaner.
This is not a cheap gun. But then it comes from Taran Tactical Innovations and company boss and multiple World Champion sport shooter Taran Butler knows a thing or two about 3 Gun competition.
Wick needs the same fast reload times. and accuracy and reliability are pretty useful across the board. Keanu Reeves shows off some unique quad loading skills, too, which is another firearms in-joke. It’s a slick skill too.
Armor Piercing Slugs are Brutal
Wick and New York Continental Hotel concierge Charon head out with shotguns and armor piercing slugs to take on the next wave of invaders after the hotel is deconsecrated by The High Council.
This Benelli Ultimate 3 Gun Package shotgun gets a custom bolt carrier. The lightweight trigger takes 3lbs off the pull, a machined and polished receiver and feed mechanism offers faster loading. Modifications to the extractor and the barrel to make sure this gun goes bang every time.
The Taran Tactical Innovations Ultimate Charging Handle is joined by a development of the cheap plastic Magwarez clip that garnered such attention in the first film.
It’s a 7+1 tactical shotgun with a 21 inch barrel. A Nordic tube magazine extension gives it a little more firepower, although we were hoping for a box magazine fed shotgun. Never mind…
New Shotgun For a New Movie
John showed just what he could do with the Benelli M4 Tactical in the Catacombs scene in the second film. He also wielded a Kel Tec KSG. It was brutal, we loved the Kel-Tec, and now the trusty Benelli is back, although this time it’s in Benelli M2 form.
The differences are relatively subtle and unless you’re heading in to the white heat of target shooting competition then you can achieve largely the same look with some choice TTI shotgun parts & accessories on an otherwise stock Benelli M2 Tactical. You pay a lot less money than you’ll give Taran Butler and Taran Tactical too.
That will be a much cheaper gun.
Where to buy a Benelli M2 Tactical
Reliable stockists of Benelli shotguns are actually thinner on the ground than you might think. Every USA gun store lists them, but not all of them actually have the best shotguns for sale right now and you’ll end up back ordering and waiting.
Benelli has a full line, from the relatively affordable entry-level Benelli Nova line of pump action shotguns through to the advanced M2 and Benelli M4 Tactical shotgun for sale. So even if you can’t quite afford to keep up with John Wick’s finer taste in weaponry, you should be able to find a Benelli to suit your budget.
So where is the best place to buy a Benelli M2 Tactical online? Here are our best options:
- Palmetto State Armory – Benelli shotguns.
- Euro Optic- A complete selection of Benelli Tactical shotguns in stock, including the M2 Tactical and Benelli M2 Super 90.
- Guns.com – Benelli M2 Tactical for sale.
5. Bond Arms Texas Defender Derringer
- Price: $469.99
- Caliber: .357 Magnum/38 Special
- Barrel Length: 3 inch
- Total Length: 5 inch
- Weight: 1.25lb
This is another straight-up weird weapon to have lying round the place, especially when it is the good doctor’s only home defense handgun. I mean, really?
This two-shot special Bond Arms Texas Defender is designed as a last line of defense, it’s a sock gun or pocket pistol. It is just not a home defense gun and any one of the professional hitmen for hire that the doctor sewed together with unnerving regularity
Still, it serves its purpose here, which is to fire two rounds into the doctor to make sure it looked like he helped John under the severest duress.
Bond Arms does as good a job of modern day Derringers as anybody and this is a cool firearm to have in your arsenal. It’s an engineering oddity, more than something useful, and a vintage firearm that is absolutely fascinating as a collector’s piece today.
I mean you can carry it, but then you could back a Sig P365 into about the same space and that’s more useful. This is an interesting gun, but we do hope that it was chambered in 38 Special, rather than .357 Magnum.
6. John Wick Sig Sauer MPX Carbine
- Price: $3,509.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Capacity: 10+1
- Barrel Length: 16 inch
- Total Length: 32.8 inch
- Weight: 7lb
You didn’t think John Wick would use a standard Sig Sauer MPX Carbine did you? I mean he could have saved about $2,000 and just bought one of the world’s best 9mm AR pistols in a variety of formats. But no, this is another TTI custom firearm.
There’s a Hiperfire 24 Reflex Trigger, Lancer carbon fiber rail, red dot sights and lots of other trick parts & accessories that turn this into the ultimate competition shooter. Do you need a competition shooting 9mm carbine rifle that costs this much? Does anybody?
Not really, and the fact that he is rocking a 9mm rifle at all will have sent some of you into nervous spasms. Honestly, we get that.
Great Competition Shooter, But as a CQB?
John Wick’s Sig Sauer MPX Carbine, if you pictured it in your head, would almost certainly be the shorter pistol platform that has established itself as one of the best close quarters combat weapons on the market.
That does show up, together with the Sig Copperhead. But the star of the rifle show is a 9mm carbine and I’m honestly not sure how I feel about that.
There are times in that epic Continental shootout that the rifle looks genuinely cumbersome for Keanu Reeves. If you had offered him a Copperhead at that particular moment in time, I reckon he’d have taken it and it’s almost like Taran Butler chose this for cvommercial reasons.
He also had to pump an awful lot of 9mm into various people to take them down, which made a case in itself for a 300 Blackout pistol with more punch, or a 5.7x28mm that could beat the body armor. Maybe next time…
7. TTI Glock 19 John Wick Combat Master Package
- Price: $2, 299
- Caliber: 9mm
- Capacity: 15+1
- Barrel Length: 4.02 inch
- Total Length: 6.85 inch
- Weight: 1.44lb
Halle Berry had to have a custom gun for her role as Sofia. Indeed her first act is to do what not very many have managed to do before and put a bullet in the hero, although he was wearing the bulletproof suit.
She didn’t know that…
The Glock 19 would have been a safe option for action movies, a nothing option in all honesty, but the TTI Combat Master version is both an epic piece of product placement and a way to add a little spice to the film.
Now we’re still left with a $2,299 Gen 4 Glock 19 at the end of the day.
That puts this handgun right into the sights of the Agency Arms and ZEV Tech opposition. You can buy complete firearms from Grey Goose and even the steel frame Glock 19 evolution, the ZEV Tech OZ9, for less than this now.
Check them out here in our list of the best custom Glocks for sale in 2022.
What are the Glock Upgrades?
The TTI Combat Master a competition trigger, a stainless steel guide rod and done an admirable job of the stippling. Inevitably there’s a slide job and the trademark TTI base plates that can give you up to give rounds.
Less inevitably there’s a Streamlight laser hanging off the bottom rail. She really doesn’t look like she needs that kind of help to be honest.
It doesn’t quite excite us as much as the Glock G34 John Wick Combat Master Package that starred in the second film and makes a cameo in this one, but it’s a great competition shooter anyway. That was possibly the best work Taran Butler has done with a Glock.
8. Walther P99 + Compensator
- Price: $579.99
- Caliber: 9mm Luger
- Barrel: 4 inch
- Total: 7.1 inch
- Capacity: 15+1
The motorcycle scene in John Wick 3 is insane. But we kinda love it and the Walther P99 that finds its way into the random John collection.
This gun comes with a compensator, too, in a little nod to the first film. A compensator on a compact, shooting gangsters in the neck at point blank range at about 80mph, is a bit ridiculous. But it’s fun,
This black polymer pistol is a great compact 9mm handgun for sale. We think there are better options, but this is a cool gun that we rarely give the spotlight to. So here’s the Walther P99’s chance to shine, in technicolor glory.
9. ReX Zero 1 Alpha
- Price: $608.99
- Caliber: 9mmx19mm Luger
- Barrel: 4.25 inch
- Total: 8.5 inch
- Weight: 2.6lb
- Capacity: 17+1
Jerome Flynn’s character Berrada made a fatal mistake when he put a bullet in Sofia’s dog in Casablanca. But at least he did it with one of our favorite full size 9mm handguns.
The ReX Zero 1 Alpha is a Slovenian pistol from Arex, a military supplier for many years. The guns are machined from billet, to exacting ISO standards. Income inequality and cheap labor must explain why they can deliver this kind of quality for $999.99.
This is a custom gun, in essence, with a simple finish.
The gun gets a Nitrocarburized finish that you normally find on high end custom AR-15s. It works perfectly and the tight tolerances eliminate shimmy in the long slide. That means this gun is a seriously smooth shooter.
10. Benelli M104 Tactical
- Price: $1,899
- Caliber: 12 Gauge
- Barrel: 18.5 inch
- Total Length: 45.6 inch
- Weight: 8lb
- Capacity: 5+1
Charon proves he’s more than just a Concierge in John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum.
He rolls up his sleeves, picks up a Benelli M104 Tactical shotgun and joins John Wick on the floor for The Continental shootout. He’s quite handy with a shotgun that the Special Forces and US Marines like to call on.
The Marines have used variants of this gun for more than 20 years. There’s an Auto Regulating Gas system (ARGO) at the heart of Benelli’s brilliance. That keeps the gun firing in almost any conditions.
11. Grayguns Sig Sauer P365 Nitron
- Price: TBC
- Barrel Length: 3.1 inch
- Total Length: 5.8 inch
- Capacity: 10+1
- Weight: 1.11lb
The entire first film was a clear message that you do not fuck with a man’s dog. Not this man anyway. This film proves it’s an equally bad idea to mess with a woman’s dogs too.
Halle Berry has an entourage of attack dogs that play no small part in the mayhem. When Jerome Flynn’s hammed up character shoots one of her dogs, her response comes via a Greyguns Sig Sauer P365 Nitron. Then other guns…
Grayguns produces straight-cut triggers, polished and coated internals and other goodies for the custom Sig P365 market. It also works with other Sigs and HK models, but it is one of the lesser known custom gun tuners. So the involvement with John Wick is a serious coup.
The pistol Halle Berry carries is a full custom gun with unique stippling, a slide job and lots of other touches. But you know you can get most of the looks of this gun, and the stippling, with this $85 Sig P365 grip module.
Grayguns will do all of this for you, but it’s bespoke work and you’ll have to ask nicely for a price. My guess is you won’t get much change from $1,600 for a complete gun.
What you can do, though, is buy Grayguns Sig P365 parts & accessories, and do it yourself.
12. Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless
- Price: $700 (USED)
- Caliber: 32 ACP
- Barrel: 3.75 inch
The 1903 Colt General Officer’s Pistol is a Browning single action blowback pistol that occasionally gets reissued to this day.
The Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless is a gun from a bygone age and the modern equivalent is really the subcompact 1911 champion of the world. That’s the Colt Defender.
While this gun is severely outclassed in almost every other department, it’s a pivotal weapon in the movie.
Winston offers the gun to John. He can take it, shoot him and prove his fielty to the High Table, or they can go to war with the Adjudicator’s forces. You know the rest.
Is John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum a good movie?
Chad Stahelski and his team have produced two of the best films in recent times with the simple revenge flick followed by a slightly more complex revenge flick. John Wick Chapter 3: Parabellum is different, which is perhaps inevitable.
The High Table and the machinations of The Continental Hotel and its clientele were simple plot devices to drive a tried and trusted revenge formula. The third film delves deeper into the origins and it all gets a bit crazy and comes off like a modern day interpretation of a bad Kung Fu movie.
There’s a spiritual part
John Wick is Not a Ninja
John Wick is a gritty super assassin. He is an anti-hero in a bullet-proof suit. He is not a ninja and he is not a superhero.
Keanu Reeves walks the line with both of these things with the disappearing act mid-chase. Zero, played by Marc Dacascos, is an edged weapons kind of guy, which again seems a little far-fetched and does dent the firearms fever in the film. Such is life.
The part we have a real hard time swallowing, though,
John Wick is not Highlander. He is not Jamie Lannister. He is not the greatest swordsman in New York City. So the end didn’t make much sense either. Except for that, awesome movie.
Did John Wick Choose the ‘Right Guns’?
This is the first film I found myself openly questioning the guns of John Wick’ 3. There are simply better options and this might be the film that crossed over into marketing choices, rather than the right gun for the occasion.
We did love The Matrix reference by the way. “Guns, lots of guns…” That bit was epic.
Make no mistake, though, John Wick had an arsenal at his disposal. Yet he chose a 9mm rifle and Benelli M2? I have to call just a little bullshit on this one.
This was a gamified final sequence for an action movie, choose your weapon and go out to face a wave of bad guys. These were not sound choices for these circumstances.
The handgun was decent, a high capacity 9mm pistol is absolutely the way to go.
He put multiple rounds into several bad guys, when one would do. Incidentally, we did like the accuracy with that.
It possibly would take several rounds of 9mm to get the desired result and throwing the rifle at the end was kinda funny.
Armor Piercing Bullets, Anybody?
The biggest problem is that really the only choice for SWAT teams with body armor is the FN 5.7 and similarly chambered pistol caliber carbine like the CMMG Banshee. You can find that in our AR pistols post here.
Now they would have sliced through the body armor with pure velocity. But they would have also ruined the movie, we guess…
Mag Fed Shotgun Beats Benelli
The Benelli? Surely a
I know, that was kind of the point and John Wick hasn’t always had the best gun for the job, remember ‘$7 million buys you 7 rounds.’?
But here he had a full weapons room, a room full of guns. He chose these weapons and I think the John Wick guns of record weren’t quite right this time. We hope director Chad Stahelski and Taran Butler are reading. Of course they are…
Also, we think it’s kind of weird there wasn’t a single Smith & Wesson in the fray. I mean there might be, but you never see a Smith & Wesson out there in the main frame.
Want to check out some other action movie guns? Have a look at the guns of Mission Impossible 4: Fallout. Then have a bit more fun with the guns of Deadpool 2. Then have a look at forgotten anti-hero Joe Exotic’s gun collection for no good reason whatsoever…