THEY WERE NOT EXPENDABLE

The air will be alive with the sound and fury…

The air will be alive with the sound and fury of full-auto fire as Expendables 2 explodes into multiplexes this August 17th. For this Lions Gate release, Sylvester “Sly” Stallone has again amassed a roster of current stars like Jason Statham and Jet Li, and teamed them up with 1980s action favorites including Dolph Lundgren, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis, Jean Claude Van Damme and yes, even Chuck Norris will make an appearance. This may set the record for most guys I know in one film!

Like the first film, this sequel to the hit The Expendables features a miasma of weapons ranging from the HK UMP .45 SMG used by Dolph to the Barrett M107 fired by Thor’s little brother Liam Hemsworth and, of course, the AA-12 assault shotgun hefted by the massive Terry Crews. But upfront and personal is the pair of Kimber .45 ACP 1911s carried by Stallone’s hero Barney Ross. How the guns we see in movies get chosen is the subject of a whole other article, but how did these ornately gripped Kimbers become Sly’s go-to pistols?

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It all started on the first Expendables when the film’s armorer Kent Johnson contacted Kimber about using their Gold Combat II .45. Kimber jumped at the chance to have their pistols, with the distinct Kimber logo on the slide, featured so prominently in a major Hollywood film.

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