"Here are some of my favourite weapons, and some that you get to hear a bit about in the stories regardless of whether I like them or not!"
SIG Sauer P226
"Now then, this is my favourite handgun. In the SAS we had these on us as the standard handgun and back-up for when the MP5 was unsuitable or unusable. I spent thousands of hours training with this weapon and I can shoot it accurately enough without actually aiming it. It's everso slightly longer than a Glock but around about the same weight, made by the Swiss and I have mine set to fire 9 by 19mm parabellum rounds.
I have one of these signed out to me - I can't tell you where from, but it's essentially mine. I don't have to take it to be serviced as I take care of it myself at home.
I occasionally take it out with me for work, but not often anymore. If I do have to use it...well, whoever I'm firing at had better hope they're faster than the bullet!"
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
"The MP5 is a very popular weapon all over the world, and is used in the UK by Special Forces and by certain Police Firearms Units. This particular version - the A3 - has a retractable stock which is good for helping keep the weapon out of the way when you're freefalling thousands of feet.
It's a German designed sub-machine gun, but made in various countries including the UK. MP stands for maschinepistole, 5 is the model number, and it was originally designed in the 1960's!
I like it because not only is fairly lightweight and very robust, but it also looks intimidating. I've been in a few situations where people have given up as soon as they've seen an MP5, they didn't try to fight back...or maybe it was the all-black gear and the ski-masks that did it..."
"I have mixed feelings for this one! It's a good rifle. In fact, it's a great rifle! But this is the one that sent a bullet thudding into my shoulder when I was in Afghanistan with the SAS. I guess I shouldn't have a dislike for it really, after all, it didn't shoot itself! I read somewhere that, ironically, the designer - Mikhail Kalashnikov - only started designing his assault rifles after he'd been shot in the shoulder during the Battle of Bryansk.
A lot of people think I'm telling them wrong when I say I was shot by an AK-74. They think I mean an AK-47, but this is a different one altogether and we'll come to the AK-47 in a moment.
The AK-74 was made as a replacement for the AK-47 and uses smaller rounds. The variant we've got in the picture here is the one with a folding stock (which is the 'S' part in the name) and is shortened (the 'U' part), for better use for airborne troops. The Russians decided it was so good that a lot of their law-enforcement uses it as well!"
"Okay, this is the one you generally associate with terrorists the world over, posing with rifles in hand behind some poor sod on his knees with a sack over his head.
It's another intimidating weapon and incredibly good at what it does. It's accurate and fast, one hundred rounds per minute on fully automatic. Enough to tear a small army to shreds on it's own.
It's relatively lightweight, easy to handle and maintain and the fact that it is so incredibly robust is phenomenal compared to other rifles of this type."
"Now, you know I prefer my SIG, but to be honest, this wouldn't be a bad replacement. The Glock 17 is an Austrian handgun, specifically designed for the Austrian military but are now found almost everywhere! NATO adopted it as the official military sidearm and many countries across the globe use it as their military or policing sidearm.
Again, it's light and robust and easy to use and service. Generally spec'd for the 9mm rounds but there are variants that will take others. A lot of people think it's called '17' because the magazine holds 17 rounds, but that's a coincidence as you can get mags that hold 10 or 33 rounds as well. It just happens that it was the 17th design patent!"
"Oh...I really don't like these things! You have to be so close to your enemy to any real damage with it, that you might as well just belt them round the head with the stock, or grip in this case! It's designed to be easily concealed but still intimidating. Which I guess works. But they don't half make a mess...
Theoretically, any shotgun can have its barrel sawn off, but some of the pump-action ones can't be made quite so short. Problem is, the shorter the barrel, the bigger the spray of the shot. Quite why the armed robbers of this world like this weapon best, I'll never fully understand. I guess it comes down to how easy it is to acquire and frightening it looks."
This is an American machine pistol, known better as the MAC-10 due to U.S law and dealers usage rather than actually being given that model name and this is another weapon I'm not a huge fan of. 'Spray and Pray' is the expression you most often hear from me! When set for using 9mm rounds, it'll fire nearly 1100 rounds per minute if you give it chance to, but it kicks about so much on fully automatic that you'd struggle to hit anything further away than about 25 metres.
Although incredibly well known, it's only really used by gangbangers and movie producers because it's easy to conceal and handle, and makes a helluva racket if you don't put the suppressor on, like this one has. I guess it's good for causing confusion...and a mess, but not the sort of thing pro's use!
I don't generally have a lot to do with these weapons but they're worth a mention. Designed by a guy called Major Uziel Gal in the late 1940's in Israel, it's another one of those guns that's quite popular with movie makers. It's a submachine gun and usually fire 9mm rounds but others can fire a variety of different rounds. It will fire up to 600 rounds per minute.
It's found all over the world, but was most popular from the 1960's up to the 1990's. The U.S Secret Service used it during this time, which probably explains why you see it in so many films!