Today you're in for a real treat. Not just because it's Thursday and time again for Curator's Corner, but because today we're featuring guns from The Departed. Now I'm not getting all worked up because I'm a DiCaprio or Scorsese fan, I'm getting all worked up because we have four firearms from the four Oscar winning film. Lets hit them one at a time.
In the role of an undercover bad guy, Leonardo DiCaprio favored the Walther PPK. A .380 stainless steel semi-auto, PPK stands for Polizeipistole Kriminellmodell or Police Pistol Detective Model. First produced in 1931, it was a favorite of real and cinema spies (like James Bond) alike.
Jack Nicholson in the role of underworld crime boss Frank Costello carried a Beretta 84BB Cheetah. With a 13 round magazine and an alloy frame, the Cheetahs were first made available to the public in 1976.
Playing against character, Matt Damon is Costello's inside man at the Massachusetts State Police Department with a SIG-Sauer P226. The firearm of choice for law enforcement agencies worldwide, Matt uses the SIG to put an end to Costello and his time on the take.
Finally we have another Beretta in the shape of a model 92FS. Though this gun had almost as little time on the screen as it's owner Mark Wahlberg, it made quite the impression. Manufactured in Italy and America, the 92FS had the dubious distinction of replacing the M1911A1 for the U.S. Military.
For the rest of the story, tune in to see National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier as Curator's Corner Goes to the Movies with The Departed, tonight at 10:20 EST on NRANews.com and Sirius Patriot channel 144.