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Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

A look at the film industry's promotion of the world's most widely read firearm publication.

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

So, it may come as no surprise that Hollywood has maintained a special relationship with Guns & Ammo magazine, often name dropping or plugging the brand in its films and television shows. What follows is a collection of memorable moments when Guns & Ammo made a cameo. Can you remember any others? If so, email or send us a message on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram!

“The Goonies” (1985)

Starring Sean Astin, Josh Brolin, Jeff Cohen, Corey Feldman

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

During the infamous “Reverse pressure!” scene, we catch a glimpse of Troy Perkins reading the January 1985 issue on the toilet. The covergun is a half-scale semiauto rimfire replica of the Browning M1917. The coverstory was written by Garry James. (Fast forward to 1:27 to see!)

“Reservoir Dogs” (1992)

Starring Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, Steve Buscemi, Lawrence Tierney, Michael Madsen

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

In the movie “Reservoir Dogs,” Freddy (Mr. Orange), played by Tim Roth, compares Joe Cabot to “The Thing,” played by Lawrence Tierney. As the camera cuts to the next scene, we see an action figure of “The Thing” sitting behind a subscriber copy of Guns & Ammo's April 1991 issue. In this issue Ken Hackathorn reviews combat shooting with the Browning Hi-Power.

“How I Met Your Mother – Moving Day” (2007)

Starring Cobie Smulders, Neil Patrick Harris, Josh Radnor, Alyson Hannigan, Jason Segal, Bob Saget

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

As Robin, played by Cobie Smulders, prepares to move in with Ted, played by Josh Radnor, she feels the need to make a few changes in her life. She reluctantly calls to cancel her subscription of Guns & Ammo, but changes her mind after an enticing promotional offer.

Robin Scherbatsky: [On the phone] Um, so if you could go ahead and cancel my subscription to Guns and Ammo, that would be great. No, it's a great magazine. Really great. They've printed three of my letters. It's just that my boyfriend is moving in and he kind of doesn't approve of the whole gun thing. A free hand grenade phone?
Robin Scherbatsky: You know what? Let me give you my work address. (Fast forward to 1:03 to see!)

“Terminator Genisys” (2015)

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jason Clarke, Emilia Clarke, Jai Courtney, J.K. Simmons

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

The Guardian, also known as Model 101/T-800 Terminator, examines the SIMON, an Israeli bullet-trap rifle grenade designed to breach through doors and intended for use with 5.56 NATO rifles such at the M4 carbine. The Guardian and explains to Detective O’Brien, played by J.K. Simmons, that he “read about this on” In reality, the SIMON breach grenade has never been reviewed by Guns & Ammo.

Recommended (Fast forward to 0:25 to see!)

“War Dogs” (2016)

Starring Jonah Hill and Miles Teller

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

In “War Dogs,” we see characters David Packouz, played by Miles Teller, and Efraim Diveroli, played by Jonah Hill, driving Porsche 911 Carreras with some good-looking personalized license plates. One reads “GUNS” and the other reads “& AMMO,” an obvious nod to the magazine. (Fast forward to 1:14 to see!)

“Semper Fi” (2019)

Starring Jai Courtney, Nat Wolff, Finn Wittrock

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo
Callahan (played by Jai Courtney): You got one more offense, you're going back in, you know that right?
Oyster (played by Nat Wolff): Soy comprehende.
Callahan: You're really starting to piss me off.
Oyster: Can I remind you of what you were like at my age?
Callahan: Oh, but I got my s*** together though, didn't I? At least I finished high school in four years.
Oyster: I actually read books. You read like magazines like Guns & Ammo. (Fast forward to 0:37 to see!)

“Hawaii Five-0 – Nalowale”(2010)

Starring Alex O'Loughlin, Scott Caan, Daniel Dae Kim

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

Steve McGarrett (played by Alex O'Loughlin): You don't think I'm a happy person?
Danny 'Danno' Williams (played by Scott Caan): You know - heh. You know I'm sure you have your moments. You know like when Guns & Ammo puts out their Holiday Gift Guide, or a Rambo retrospective comes on TV. But when the Governor calls us down to the ME's (medical examiner) on a Saturday, I ask you: what is it that you could be so happy about? (Fast forward to 8:25 to see!)

“The Big Bang Theory – The Love Spell Potential” (2013)

Starring Johnny Galecki, Jim Parsons, Kaley Cuoco

Hollywood Reads Guns & Ammo

In the episode “The Love Spell Potential,” Lucy, played by Kate Micucci, tells Raj, played by Raj Koothrappali, that she has a problem agreeing to everything, and signed up for a two-year subscription to Guns & Ammo. (Fast forward to 1:50 to see!)

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