After waiting nearly four years through a pandemic and a “Top Gun” sequel, John Wick fans will finally get to find out what’s next for our gritty dog-avenging hero (Keanu Reeves) when “John Wick: Chapter 4” hits the silver screen on Friday. (If you haven’t watched any previews for “Chapter 4,” and if you haven’t seen the original and the second and third films in the franchise, there are definitely spoilers ahead. The videos are also NSFW, or young children, pets, etc.)

In the same vein as previous installments, the trailer promises slick backdrops for fights, extreme stunts, more muscle cars, some fancy guns, and other not-so-fancy methods of dismembering opponents. There also appears to be a romp through Paris, an epic desert horseback chase, and … a new dog?  

As the anticipation builds, we’ve been revisiting some of our favorite blood-pumping, set-smashing scenes from Reeves’ rampages in the first three flicks. 
 

Table of Contents

‘John Wick’
‘John Wick: Chapter 2’
‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’
What to Watch for in ‘Chapter 4’

 

Top: John Wick (Keanu Reeves) pulls his Glock 26 during his visit to the Red Circle nightclub in the first film. (Photo: Lionsgate)

‘John Wick’


We meet John Wick the hitman after our seemingly peaceful main character has buried his wife and his dog. But as he digs up a cache containing two Heckler & Koch P30L pistols, two Glock 26 pistols, four incendiary grenades, a KA-BAR serrated Tanto, and a Microtech UTX-70 (specifics are from IMFDB), we learn there’s a boogeyman in this tale. Watch as Wick prepares to hunt down the Russian gangsters who attacked him in his home.
 

 

When Russian mob boss Viggo sends his son Losef to the Red Circle to literally be Wick’s target, all hell breaks loose when Wick takes the bait. He rages through the club and bath house with a suppressed HK P30L, a Glock 26, and that Microtech switchblade. Tune in for a brawl ranked as one of the best shootouts in the movies. Wick turns into the Energizer Bunny and just keeps going, and going … and going.  
 

 

Wick is back, but none too happy about it. But hey, if you were forced out of retirement by having your dog murdered, you would be mad too. That’s a Ruger M77 with a suppressor and bipod that Willem Dafoe is using at the end of the next clip. 
 


‘John Wick: Chapter 2’


This chapter sees Neo and Morpheus reunite on screen, but there’s plenty to note before that happens. We start out full-throttle, with Reeves playing Grand Theft Auto in real life as his character rescues that ’69 Mustang, be it a Boss 429 or a Mach 1, from a Russian chop shop. While it hurts a little to see such a beautiful piece of machinery smashed up, the Russian mobsters foolish enough to get in Wick’s way are hurting a lot more. Here’s proof that even in a series beloved to firearms aficionados, some of the best scenes don’t have guns:
 



A stash of quality firearms in a sleek display like the Sommelier’s arsenal is sure to grab a gun lover’s attention. Wick gets outfitted for his foray into the Catacombs with some stylish mods from Taran Tactical Innovations: a Combat Master package on a Glock 34, a TR-1 Ultralight AR-15, and a Benelli M4 Super 90 12-gauge shotgun. As precise as the Sommelier usually is, he tells Wick the TR-1 has an 11.5-inch barrel, but it’s actually 14.5 inches.
 

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The Catacombs fight sequence is best viewed in a dark room on a bright screen, but you should be able to see the influence of Reeves’ 3-Gun training
 



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As Wick runs out of the tunnels, he’s rudely intercepted by Cassian crashing a car into him. After emptying his Glock 34 with no results, Wick slides over the hood and the two engage in intense hand-to-hand combat. When in Rome, be sure to stop by the Borgia Stairs (Scalinata dei Borgia), where that epic tumble underscored the franchise’s dedication to stunts. There’s no music, so you can hear every punch and groan. As one commenter put it, “If your TV is muted whilst watching men's tennis you can play this in the background and it will be the same.”
 

 

And we can’t forget about our hero’s renowned proficiency with a pencil – it’s not like he needs awesome guns:
 

 

‘John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum’


While “Parabellum” is chock-full of fight scenes with firearms, one of the most memorable is early-on when Wick goes to the library to retrieve some treasures he’s hidden in a book. He ends up facing off – yep, pun intended – with an assassin named Ernest (played by Boban Marjanovic of the Houston Rockets). Watching Wick turn everyday objects into weapons is always exciting.
 

 

What could be more badass than using an antique revolver picked from a museum display to shoot a bad guy wielding a semi-auto? Maybe if you take a Remington 1875 and three more revolvers apart, and rebuild your own gun that will chamber the .44-40 Win cartridge on the shelf, all while the assassins are beating down the door to get to you.
 

 

This scene stands out for its attention to detail, but also for tipping the hat to the “Revolvers!” scene in “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly.” In the old spaghetti Western, the gunfighter Tuco can’t find anything he likes in the gun shop, so he dismantles several revolvers and uses the parts to assemble his own, revealing a deeper knowledge of his craft. 

Not to get too philosophical, but here the pace of the film slows and gives us a chance to get to know Wick on a deeper level, too. I mean, he builds an entire firearm just to shoot one bullet – how’s that for dedication? 

Another favorite scene from “Chapter 3” is just a few minutes later in the movie, when Wick takes to horseback through Brooklyn traffic while being pursued by two would-be assassins on motorcycles. Reeves shows his equestrian skills as he grabs an HK P30L from one motorcyclist and shoots him with it, then hangs off the side of his steed, shooting under the horse’s neck in the style of a Comanche warrior
 

 

Fast-forward to the Continental shootout, and boy, do the guns blaze. We see a TTI-upgraded SIG Sauer MPX carbine, STI 2011 Combat Master and Benelli M2 Super 90 in action, after Charon picks them out for Wick to use for this fight. (This time, Charon wields that M4 Super 90 from the last chapter.) But our favorite part is when Winston, Charon, John Wick, and the dog visit Winston’s arsenal and we get to ogle the collection as they “prepare for war.” 
 

 

What to Watch for in ‘John Wick: Chapter 4’

 

 

As Reeves attests, the movie-making team’s commitment to realistic – and really extreme – stunts is why he had to train for three months before filming. He wonders “Have we gone too far?” We’ll leave that up to you to decide.

With a runtime of 2 hours, 49 minutes, there should be plenty of action, and guns – lots of guns.

Taran Tactical is back with a couple of flashy mods visible in the “Chapter 4” trailer: a 1911-style Pit Viper and a Dracarys Gen-12 shotgun. Last year, we predicted that TTI’s TR-9 rifle might make the “John Wick 4” arsenal, so that guess wasn’t too far off (and maybe the TR-9 will still show up). Let us know in the comments what other hardware you spot in the movie.
 

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