This iconic pair of Heckler & Koch USP 9 Match pistols are identified and documented by Tony Watts the former owner and Managing Director of Bapty & Co., the famous London based speciality prop house as having been modified and used for filming in the 2001 movie "Lara Croft: Tomb Raider" starring Angelina Jolie, an adaptation of the legendary video game, "Tomb Raider". This pair of pistols can be seen carried by Angelina Jolie as she portrays Lara Croft, including in the opening fight/training sequence of the movie in which Lara fights the robot Simon, which also highlights the two main modifications done to these pistols, allowing Jolie to duel wield, fire, and reload and release the slides with a pistol in each hand using magazines attached to her belt and the added ambidextrous slide releases. Due to the popularity of the Lara Croft character through video games and film, this pair of pistols have easily become one of the most iconic and easily recognizable pairs in recent pop culture, and become even more desirable as the only true pair of "hero" pistols used in the film. The included letter of provenance from Tony Watts, who purchased Bapty & Co. in 2000, best explains the story of these two pistols, and is presented in full as follows: "These two Heckler & Koch USP Match pistols, serial numbers 24-063928 and 24-063929, were the main "Hero" pistols rented by Bapty & Co. for use by the Lara Croft character in the 2001 production of the film ‘Tomb Raider’. When the production’s Art Department first visited Bapty in the per-production period for the film initial discussions focused on IMI Desert Eagle pistols being needed for the Lara Croft character. On handling Desert Eagles it was realized that the sheer size and weight of that particular pistol would prove to be too much of a handful for the action sequences the story entailed. After several options had been considered, a brace of Heckler & Koch USP Match pistols that Bapty & Co. had recently purchased were selected. With these pistols there was the possibility of replacing the heavy metal barrel weights with rubber versions to help with stunts without compromising the look when required. Due to a famous action sequence where Lara had to fire with a pistol in each hand until empty and with the slide held back, eject the spent magazines and then drop onto a fresh pair of magazines on her belt, we had to modify this pair of pistols. A pair of ‘Jet’ funnels were purchased for the base of the grip to help guide in the fresh magazines from the belt and we manufactured custom made ambidextrous slide releases to enable the dropping of the slides for firing to continue after Lara’s reload. As is standard practice on a film set, more than one set of pistols is required for filming. Between Second Unit and stunt double needs, publicity requirements and spares in case of malfunction with blank-firing conversions during filming, extra guns are always necessary and present. Therefore the production was able to purchase three extra standard pairs of USP Match pistols directly from the manufacturer and retained ownership of these after filming finished for use in future sequels. However, this pair will always be the main ‘Hero’ weapons from this iconic 2001 film and the only ones with the unique ambidextrous slide releases." The pistols themselves are consecutively serialized and were both manufactured in 2000, with standard Heckler & Koch markings overall including "AA" date codes (2000) on the lower left edge of the slides. The H&K addresses are partially covered on the right of the frames by in the installation of the ambidextrous slide releases. They are each fitted with tall blade front sights, adjustable notch rear sights, ambidextrous thumb safeties, ambidextrous magazine releases, and the standard steel barrel weights that are marked "Match" on the left side. They both have barrels installed that are suitable for firing blanks only. In addition to that, as stated above, both pistols have been fitted with a custom extended slide release on the right side of the frame, making both ambidextrous, these are stamped with the number "84" on the "A" pistol, and "43" on the "B" pistol. Incidentally, due to this pair of pistols being the only pair used in filming to receive these easily identifiable features, it is often very easy to spot exactly which scenes in the film they were used. They have also been fitted with extended beveled magazine wells, referred to as "jet funnels" above, for ease of loading during action sequences. Includes a Lara Croft photograph signed by Angelina Jolie. Provenance: Bapty & Co. London
Excellent overall. Mechanically fine as configured to fire blanks only. Whether through video games or film, millions of people around the world have come to love the character Lara Croft and the Tomb Raider story, making this pair of pistols, carried and used by the actress playing the heroine herself extremely desirable. Do not miss this opportunity to own one of pop cultures most famous braces of pistols, Lara Croft's H&Ks!
Excellent, the slide showing a mostly bright finish with a few scattered light handling marks overall, typical of on film use including stunts. The barrel weight retains much of the black finish with wear consistent with being holstered and used by Angelina Jolie as Lara Croft during filming. Mechanically remains excellent as configured to fire blanks only. Do not miss this opportunity to own one of the most iconic pairs of pistols in film history, Lara Croft's brace of H&K USP 9 Match pistols!
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