Valachi Papers, The

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The Valachi Papers (1972)

The Valachi Papers is an Italian-produced 1972 crime film featuring Charles Bronson as real-life Mafia soldier Joe Valachi who became one of the first Mafia informants when he turned state's evidence in 1963. The film chronicles his rise within the mob, beginning from the 1930s with his boss Salvatore Maranzano (Joseph Wiseman, best known to James Bond fans as the titular villian in Dr. No) to the 1950s where he begins dealing drugs under his boss Vito Genovese (Lino Ventura).

WARNING! This article contains several spoilers.

The following firearms were used in the film The Valachi Papers:


Luger P08

During a nighttime street robbery in 1930, one of the Irish thugs hired by Valachi uses a Luger P08 while mugging an older couple. Many other mobsters throughout the film, such as Tony Bender (Guido Leontini) and Buster (Franco Borelli) use Lugers.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm.
Valachi knocks out a thug holding a Luger.
Tony Bender holds a Luger inside the apartment rented for the Steve Ferrigno hit in 1930.
A mobster fires a Luger during a warehouse shootout.
Buster kills Romeo inside his deli in the 1950s.
Tony Bender approaches Gap with his Luger drawn.

Thompson M1921

After Maranzano's men rent out an apartment to ambush Steve Ferrigno in November 1930, Valachi watches Buster (Franco Borelli) construct a Thompson M1921, which he then uses in the murder. Several other mobsters, including Tony Bender (Guido Leontini) and Luciano's men, use Thompsons.

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
Buster opens the violin case, revealing the dismantled Thompson.
Buster hands the Thompson back to Gap (Walter Chiari) while Valachi drives the getaway car.
Gaetano Reina (Amedeo Nazzari) is gunned down by one of Masseria and Luciano's men with a Thompson.

Colt Detective Special

One of the most common weapons seen in the film is the Colt Detective Special, used primarily by Gap (Walter Chiari) throughout the film. After Gap is castrated by Bender, Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) takes Gap's Detective Special and shoots him three times in a "mercy killing". During the Masseria hit in April 1931, Albert Anastasia (Fausto Tozzi) and several other mob hitmen fire Detective Specials at Masseria. Anastasia's two killers use Detective Specials sixteen years later to kill him in a barbershop.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
Gap answers the door while holding his Detective Special.
Gap displays poor trigger discipline while looking at the photos of Masseria and his henchmen.
At the ceremony in which Valachi is inducted into Maranzano's mob family, a Detective Special and a knife sit on the table.
One of Anastasia's men fires a Detective Special at Masseria in the Coney Island restaurant.
The two hitmen in 1957 use Detective Specials to kill Anastasia in the barbershop.
A Detective Special as it shoots Anastasia.

Beretta Model 70

Joe Valachi (Charles Bronson) carries a blued small-caliber Beretta throughout the film, most likely a .32 caliber Beretta Model 70.

Beretta Model 70
Valachi fires at Masseria's thugs after they murder Gaetano Reina outside his home in February 1930.
Valachi hides in the closet of Reina's home with his Beretta drawn.
Gap discovers Valachi hiding in the closet.
Valachi holds his Beretta while Gap carries out the garrotting of Donna's husband on a rooftop.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Gap (Walter Chiari) fires a Smith & Wesson Model 36, rather than his usual Colt Detective Special, at Steve Ferrigno during the hit in November 1930.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Gap takes cover with his Model 36.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

After Ferrigno is murdered, one of Masseria's bodyguards checks outside with a 3"-barreled Smith & Wesson Model 10. Several other of Masseria's men carry Model 10s.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 with three inch barrel - .38 Special
The bodyguard looks out for more assassins.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P

While dressed as policemen to infiltrate Maranzano's office in September 1931, Luciano's men (described as "the Bugsy Siegel guys" by Valachi) carry older Smith & Wesson Model M&P revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
A "policeman" holds his Smith & Wesson inside Maranzano's office.

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