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Most Realistic Gun Scenes in Movies (And Some Ridiculous Ones)

3. Lone Survivor

The true story of a tragedy involving a four man SEAL team was first a book by Marcus Luttrell, and later turned into a movie starring Mark Wahlberg.

Prior to shooting the movie the four actors who portrayed the SEALs attended a three week boot camp where they trained with actual SEALs.

Lone Survivor
Lone Survivor

The training cleared paid off.  The guys handle their weapons like Pros.

Not just when firing them, but when patrolling and being more casual.  They look comfortable with their weapons and their gear.

Fingers are off triggers, the firearms are carried professionally.

All of the weapons have an optic, and the actors appear to use them.

They use aimed, semi auto fire, the exact way SEALs would.  As they become more and more wounded they improvise effective means to use their firearms, grenade launchers, and smoke.

Lone Survivor, Smoke Out
Lone Survivor, Smoke Out

The tension is constantly building as the guys are running out of ammo.  This isn’t like the Walking Dead where you constantly question why they never run out of ammo.

You feel the tension as they keep fighting and run empty.

It gets to the point where Ben Foster’s character runs both his rifle and then pistol dry.  The final shot of the M9 with the slide locked back gives you goosebumps.

Lone Survivor, Slide Lock
Lone Survivor, Slide Lock


None of these guys seemed to have a sling, which is an invaluable piece of gear.

What can we learn:

  • Aimed accurate fire is critical
  • How to operate a firearm with one hand