By Lars Dalseide | November 15 2012 17:56

After appearing in Lethal Weapon, Beretta 92 reappears in Die Hard

Beretta 92F used in the movies Die Hard and Lethal Weapon at NRA Museum

Fairfax, Virginia - One of the great things about Curator's Corner is that it provides an opportunity to learn. Sure, the Hollywood and collectable guns are great attention getters, but picking up a pointer or two along the way is never a bad thing. Take tonight's episode for example.

That's where you'll see a Beretta 92F. But not just any Beretta 92F — this one has a Hollywood connection. Two when you get down to it.

"The Beretta was used by Bruce Willis in Die Hard and by Mel Gibson in Lethal Weapon," said National Firearms Museum Assistant Curator Matthew Sharpe. "It happens a lot."

What happens a lot is that firearms from the big Movie Prop and Armory houses often appear in a number of films. That's what happened with this Beretta. Part of the National Firearms Museum's Hollywood Guns exhibit in Virginia

"Both films had a few things in common," explained Sharpe. "Joel Silver was the Producer and Michael Papac served as Weapon Specialist on each of the movies. One (either Silver or Papac) probably liked the look of the gun in Mel's hands so they brought it over to Lethal Weapon for Bruce."

The U.S. Military replaced the 1911 with the Beretta 92F back in 1985. Constructed of completely interchangeable parts, the F model also comes with a modified trigger guard and an open slide design. But that's all we're going to say for now.

For the rest of the story, you'll have to tune in tonight for the final Curator's Corner shot at the 2012 National Police Shooting Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. That's 10:40 eastern time on NRANews.com and SiriusXM Satellite Radio.

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