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Best Scene From Miami Vice -Jim Zubiena

The post before this got me thinking about Miami Vice. Lots of gun play in the show but without exception everyone who was serious about guns recalls this scene.


The actor who plays the hitman was a well known IPSC shooter and champion at the time. He does indeed fire 3 shots but the cameras of the day could not keep up with how fast he was .

Jim Zubiena served as firearms instructor on the show Miami Vice, as well as appearing as Ludovici Armstrong, ace hitman hired by Calderone, in the episode “Calderone’s Return (Part I)“.

In addition to being an accomplished actor, Zubiena has been recognized worldwide as an expert marksman. His abilities so impressed Michael Mann that he hired Zubiena to serve as firearms instructor on Miami Vice and in his movie Manhunter (in which he also took a small role, appropriately, as a police weapons instructor, alongside with Garcelle Beauvais, Bill Cwikowski, Chris Elliott, Dennis Farina, Kim Griest, Michele Shay, Bill Smitrovich and Michael Talbott). When Don Johnson began his Nash Bridges series, Zubiena was brought on to play a hitman. Zubiena has been recognized for the speed and accuracy in which he handles a 1911A1, showing the Mozambique technique in “Calderone’s Return (Part I)“. His handling of firearms in the episode was NOT rehearsed, but rather a demonstration of his actual abilities, and the footage has been used for training in law enforcement and intelligence officer firearms handling.

He has appeared in other TV shows including, the Mini-series “Drug Wars: Camarena”, the MOW ” Long Road Home” Doogie Howser, MD and Falcon Crest and approx. 48 commercials for various products. His stage career included Natl. tours of Godspell and a 14 month stint with Les Miserable in San Francisco during the early 90’s. Currently he is retired on a 29 acre horse ranch in northern LA county, but still shoots with the Single Action Shooting Society as the “Singin’ Cowboy”From the Miami Vice fan Wiki

I’m sure some one will point out that he clears the pistol and leaves it and will mention it is a bad habit for the real world brought over from his IPSC skills and habits. This was brought up when he did an interview for the now defunct website thegunzone.

That video is on the PACT timer webpage. It explains that he is not unloading and showing clear. He is dumping the weapon, rendering it harder to be picked up and used as he walks away. He mentioned in the interview that it was a character choice. That once he left it clear and harder to be used against him, it was also a way to mentally distance himself from the crime. I don’t know about all that so I will take his word on it. It might look cool to the laymen but it still strikes most of us as dumb.

Don’t trust a chauffeur wearing shooting glasses.

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