The Trendy Gun-of-the-Moment
The Shit Has Just Hit the Fan
This Guy is a Badass
"Which is the Way He Wants It. Well, He Gets It..."
Based in Reality
Say Something Without Saying a Word
Making it Yours
Standing Out in a Ensemble Cast
The Right Tool for the Right Job
The rifle is the first weapon you learn how to use, because it lets you keep your distance from the client. The closer you get to being a pro, the closer you can get to the client. The knife, for example, is the last thing you learn"-Leon,
It's a Reference...
There is little doubt that some weapons of choice are a conscience decision to reference another work, or that work influenced the creator(s). This is common in the Call of Duty game series, which liberally borrow from the 1980'sand 19*90's action movie classics (Terminator 2 and Commando and Rambo). Sometimes, the use of a reference weapon of choice is to pay homage to the original work that is often important to the creator.This was the case with the original Colonial sidearm in the Ronald D. Moore Battelstar Galactica that was patterned after Decker's handgun in Blade Runner. This was also the case with the Winchester Model 1887 featured in Terminator 2. Cameron used the design of the loop-cocking handle as a reference to the Winchester Model 1892 "Saddle Ring" Carbine seen in 1969's True Grit. Gun References could be attempt by the creators to be sly,seeing if the audience is paying attention and gets the reference. This came up in the ID file for TODD-3465 in the 1998 MSF movie Soldier. In the small print of his ID, you can read that Todd is trained in the use of the ALIENS M41A1 pulse rifle and the Smart gun. Then there is the shitty kind of weapon of choice reference...ripping off the original work because you have little or no imagination.
Sometimes, the Creator(s) are Stupid
dual-wielding saw-off double barrel 12 gauge shotguns by Alice is just plain fucking stupid, and shows ignorance on the side of the filmmakers of these films.
Shameless Product Placement
Just Because It's Cool...Hey, That's a Reason!