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Boardwalk Empire (2010-)

The following firearms are used in the HBO series Boardwalk Empire:



Smith & Wesson Model 10 "Military & Police"

Several characters throughout the series, including Sheriff Elias "Eli" Thompson (Shea Whigham), Al Capone (Stephen Graham), Agent Eric Sebso (Erik Weiner), Agent Stan Sawicki (Joseph Aniska), Sixtus D'Alessio (Eric Schneider), and Chicago mob boss Charlie Sheridan (Frank Shattuck) use the Smith & Wesson Model 10, known during the show's era (the 1920s) as the "Military & Police" Model.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
One of Rothstein's drivers holds a Model 10 in the pilot episode.
"Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) holds a Model 10 he took from Mickey Doyle (Paul Sparks) in the pilot episode.
Frankie Yale (Joseph Riccobene) shoots "Big Jim" Colosimo with a Model 10 in the pilot episode.
Sheriff Thompson fires his S&W in "Broadway Limited" (1.03).
Capone with his S&W in "Anastasia" (1.04).
Sheridan aims his S&W .38 in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Capone with his S&W tucked into his waistband in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Agent Sebso aims his S&W .38 in "Belle Femme" (1.09)
Sixtus D'Alessio (Eric Schneider) aims his S&W .38 in "Belle Femme" (1.09)
Sebso's holstered S&W revolver in "Paris Green" (1.11)
An S&W .38 is fired in "A Return to Normalcy" (1.12)
Agent Sawicki during a raid in "21" (2.01)
Nucky's lawyer Bill Fallon (David Aaron Baker) confronts Van Alden with Agent Sebso's S&W in "Under God's Power She Flourishes" (2.11)

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action

Davey Murdoch (Billy Smith) is told to drop his Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action by Jimmy and Capone in the pilot episode.

Smith & Wesson .44 Double Action - .44 Russian
Murdoch holds his Smith & Wesson in the pilot episode.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB

Agent Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) fires a Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (anachronistic for the 1920s era) at the firing range with the other Prohibition agents in training during the pilot episode.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (heavy barrel) revolver (Post 1950s Model) - .38 Special
Van Alden fires his Smith & Wesson.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless

Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) carries a Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless in a shoulder holster. It is differentiated from the .380 ACP Model 1908 in "Home" (1.07), when Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) asks Jimmy what type of pistol he is carrying and Jimmy responds: "A Colt 1903". In season 4 Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) begins carrying one with pearl grips and nickle plate.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol - .32 ACP
Jimmy aims his 1903 in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Jimmy with his 1903 in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Jimmy holds his 1903 in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Jimmy's 1903 in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Jimmy holds his 1903 on Mickey Doyle in "The Emerald City" (1.10)
Jimmy with his 1903 in "Gimcrack and Bunkum" (2.05)
Jimmy aims his Colt 1903 during the standoff in "The Age of Reason" (2.06)


M1911 pistols are used throughout the series by several characters. Some of Sheridan's men in "Family Limitation" (1.06) carry M1911s. Nelson Van Alden (Michael Shannon) carries one in a shoulder holster. "Chalky" White (Michael K. Williams) uses a matched set of nickel 1911s to capture Meyer Lansky in "The Emerald City" (1.10). Capone (Stephen Graham) uses one for an assassination in "A Return to Normalcy" (1.12). Lansky (Anatol Yusef) himself uses a chrome M1911 during the standoff in "The Age of Reason" (2.06). Clifford Lathrop (Curt Bouril), the Department of Justice agent assisting Esther Randolph, carries a M1911 in a shoulder holster.

After taking control of Atlantic City during the second season, Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) upgrades from a Colt 1903 to a 1911, carried in condition one in a large brown leather shoulder holster.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Sheridan's men aim 1911s at Jimmy in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
A 1911-toting Van Alden makes an arrest in "Belle Femme" (1.09)
Chalky draws his 1911s on Lansky in "The Emerald City" (1.10)
Van Alden's 1911, which appears to be a replica (for water scenes), holstered in "Paris Green" (1.11)
Van Alden draws his 1911 in "Paris Green" (1.11)
Capone aims his 1911 in "A Return to Normalcy" (1.12)
Lansky holds his 1911 with good trigger discipline in "The Age of Reason" (2.06)
Lansky with his 1911, finger now inside the trigger guard.
Agent Lathrop fires his 1911 in "Peg of Old" (2.07)
Jimmy with his 1911 drawn in "To the Lost" (2.12)
Jimmy racks the slide of his 1911 in "To the Lost" (2.12)

Smith & Wesson .32 Hand Ejector

"Lucky" Luciano (Vincent Piazza) carries a Smith & Wesson .32 Hand Ejector, notably seen in "Belle Femme" (1.09) when Gillian Darmody (Gretchen Mol) takes it away from him.

Gillian holds Luciano's S&W in "Belle Femme" (1.09). Based on the size in her small hands, it appears to be a .32-caliber rather than the larger .38-caliber model.

Remington 1866 Derringer

Eddie Kessler (Anthony Laciura), Nucky's faithful German valet/bodyguard, fires a Remington 1866 Derringer at the D'Alessio brothers when they attempt to kill Nucky in "Belle Femme" (1.09).

Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. Polished Steel with yellow pearl grips
Eddie fires his derringer in "Belle Femme" (1.09)

Colt New Service

The youngest D'Alessio brother, Pius D'Alessio (Nicholas Martino), desperately attempts to load his Colt New Service in "A Return to Normalcy" (1.12).

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP. The Army adopted a version of the New Service, the Colt M1917, with plain wooden grips and a lanyard ring in WWI.
Pius raises his New Service in surrender in "A Return to Normalcy" (1.12)

Savage 1907

One of Masseria's nephews, Incrocci (Mario Macaluso) threatens Jimmy with a Savage 1907 in New York in "Ourselves Alone" (2.02).

Savage 1907 .32 ACP.
Incrocci holds a Savage 1907 on Jimmy in "Ourselves Alone" (2.02)
This guy clearly never heard about Jimmy's skill with a trench knife.

Webley Mk VI

Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) mentions a "Webley .455" as one of his handguns, finally drawing a Webley Mk VI during a showdown with Sleater in "A Dangerous Maid" (2.03).

Webley Mk VI - .455 Webley
Harrow and Sleater face off in "A Dangerous Maid" (2.03)

Smith & Wesson Model 2 Double Action

Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox), the ex-IRA soldier working for Nucky, carries a Smith & Wesson Model 2 Double Action as his primary weapon.

Smith & Wesson Model 2 Double Action - .38 S&W
Harrow and Sleater face off in "A Dangerous Maid" (2.03)
Owen holds his S&W on Harrow.

Colt Police Positive

Manny Horvitz (William Forsythe), the Odessa-born Jewish gangster from Philadelphia, carries a Colt Police Positive as his main sidearm.

Colt Police Positive - .38 Special.
Manny with his Police Positive during the standoff in "The Age of Reason" (2.06)
Manny with his Police Positive in "Georgia Peaches" (2.10)
Manny with his Police Positive in "Georgia Peaches" (2.10)

Smith & Wesson M1917

Lucky Luciano (Vincent Piazza) has upgraded his .32 S&W Hand Ejector to a .45-caliber Smith & Wesson M1917 by 1921 as seen in "The Age of Reason" (2.06). Vito Scalersio, the assassin sent by Capone to Atlantic City, uses an M1917 in "Peg of Old" (2.07).

Smith & Wesson M1917 Revolver (Military issue with lanyard ring) - .45 ACP.
Luciano and Lansky with their handguns in "The Age of Reason" (2.06), with Lansky exercising good trigger discipline in b.g.
Luciano aims his S&W M1917. Again, Lansky's trigger discipline is better.
Scalersio fires his M1917 in "Peg of Old" (2.07)
Scalersio approaches his target...

Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) uses a Smith & Wesson Victory Model throughout "To the Lost" (2.12), carried in his waistband. It is differentiated from a standard Model 10 by the grips, finish, and lanyard ring. As the Victory Model was developed for World War II, its appearance in an episode set in the summer of 1921 is an anachronism.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model - a modified and parkerized version of the .38 Special revolver, the Smith & Wesson Model 10 - the "Victory Model" is chambered in .38 S&W
Harrow holds his Smith & Wesson in "To the Lost" (2.12)

Colt Pocket Positive

Nucky Thompson (Steve Buscemi) uses a nickel Colt Pocket Positive in "To the Lost" (2.12), carried in a shoulder holster.

Colt Pocket Positive second model with 2 1/2" barrel - .32 Colt New Police
Nucky draws his Pocket Positive in "To the Lost" (2.12)


Double Barreled Shotgun

Many characters use full length side-by-side Double Barreled Shotguns throughout the series. Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) uses one when ambushing Rothstein's truck drivers in the pilot episode. Margaret Schroeder (Kelly Macdonald) uses a double-barreled shotgun that she hands off to Nucky (Steve Buscemi) in "Gimcrack and Bunkum" (2.05). In the same episode, a hunter named Glenmore (Bill Camp) also carries one.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
A Prohibition agent sits up front with a double-barreled shotgun as Van Alden enters the back seat in the pilot episode.
Jimmy holds his shotgun while restraining Capone in the pilot episode.
The side of Jimmy's shotgun as Capone looks at him in the pilot episode.
Jimmy fires his shotgun in the pilot episode.
Deputy Halloran (Adam Mucci) with a shotgun in "Anastasia" (1.04)
Agent Sebso (Erik Weiner) holds a double-barred shotgun in "Nights in Ballygran" (1.05)
Ignacious D'Alessio (Edoardo Ballerini) with his shotgun in "Hold Me In Paradise" (1.08)
Margaret holds a shotgun on Eli in "Gimcrack & Bunkum" (2.05)
Margaret with the family shotgun in her living room.
Nucky (Steve Buscemi) demonstrates the importance of a loaded weapon.
Glenmore stands in the woods with his shotgun in "Gimcrack & Bunkum" (2.05)

Browning Auto-5

Browning Auto-5 shotguns are used by several characters throughout the series. In the pilot episode, Al Capone (Stephen Graham) carries a Browning Auto-5, as do several of Rothstein's drivers and several Prohibition agents. Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) carries a cut-down Auto-5 in "21" (2.01) and "What Does the Bee Do?" (2.04).

Browning Auto 5/Remington Model 11 Riot Gun configuration
Davey Murdoch (Billy Smith) holds his Browning Auto-5 in the pilot episode.
Jimmy holds his shotgun as Capone holds his Browning Auto-5 in the pilot episode.
Murdoch with his Browning Auto-5 in the pilot episode.
Harrow with his Auto-5 in "21" (2.01).
One of Jimmy and Harrow's men stands with an Auto-5 in "21" (2.01).

Winchester Model 1912 Riot

Several Prohibition agents and some of Chalky's warehouse guards carry Winchester Model 1912 riot shotguns.

Winchester M1912 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
A Prohibition agent with his Winchester Model 12 in the foreground as Van Alden's men pray in the pilot episode.
Chalky's guards carry Winchester M1912s in "To the Lost" (2.12)

Winchester Model 1897 Full Length

Several Prohibition agents carry full-length Winchester Model 1897 shotguns.

Winchester 1897 Field shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Two of Van Alden's men with 1897s flank Sebso and his double-barreled shotgun in "Nights in Ballygran" (1.05)


Luparas are used in several episodes. Al Capone (Stephen Graham) uses one in "Family Limitation" (1.06) to ambush members of Sheridan's Irish mob. Richard Harrow also uses one against the D'Alessio brothers in the episode "Return to Normalcy" (1.12). In "Battle of the Century" (2.09), Waxey Gordon's assassin Alfred Gordetsky (Scott Burik) uses one against Manny Horovitz.

Remington Spartan Sawed Off shotgun - 12 gauge
Capone grabs his lupara in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Harrow's lupara in "A Return to Normalcy" (1.12)
A little boy in Nucky's dream in "Two Boats and a Lifeguard" (2.08) aims a lupara.
Alfred Gordetsky goes after Manny with a lupara in "Battle of the Century" (2.09)

Winchester Model 1912 Full Length

Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) takes a full size Winchester Model 1912 when he goes "hunting" in "Gimcrack and Bunkum" (2.05). A full size Model '12 is also used by a Klansman in "21" (2.01).

Winchester Model 1912 - 12 Gauge
A KKK member enters Chalky's warehouse in "21" (2.01).
A KKK member aims his shotgun.
The KKK member aims at Chalky.
The KKK member hands off his shotgun in the truck.
Harrow holds his shotgun in "Gimcrack and Bunkum" (2.05)
Harrow's finger on the trigger of his shotgun.
Harrow makes the acquaintance of a hunting dog.
Harrow picks up his shotgun when Glenmore finds him.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot

A woman who works in Chalky's warehouse uses a riot Winchester Model 1897 in "21" (2.01). Appropriately, Richard Harrow (Jack Huston) uses one when accompanying Jimmy on a revenge mission for the warehouse shooting in "To the Lost" (2.12). Eli Thompson (Shea Whigham) also carries on in "To the Lost" (2.12).

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
A woman aims her Winchester '97 in "21" (2.01)
Richard with his Winchester '97 in "To the Lost" (2.12)
Eli stands with a Winchester in "To the Lost" (2.12)

Submachine Guns

M1921AC Thompson

Enoch "Nucky" Thompson (Steve Buscemi) travels to Ireland to sell a shipment of Thompsons to the IRA. The particular model featured is the M1921AC configuration with a 50-round drum magazine of .45 ACP ammunition, not developed until 1926 (anachronistic during a scene set in 1921.)

As Nucky himself comments, "No relation."

Colt M1921AC Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP.
Thompson M1921AC submachine guns in a crate at the Atlantic City armory in "Two Boats and a Lifeguard" (2.08)-
Nucky presents a dozen Thompsons inside a coffin to IRA representatives in "Battle of the Century" (2.09)
Owen Sleater (Charlie Cox) shows off a Thompson.
Nucky demonstrates the Thompson's capabilities to an impressed gathering of IRA leaders.
An IRA member looks over the Thompson.


M1917 Enfield

Richard Harrow uses a scoped M1917 Enfield to kill a man in a restaurant, having previously named it in a list of firearms he owns along with a Colt 1903, Roth-Steyr, Smith & Wesson "Triple Lock", and a Mauser 1914.

In "21" (2.01), "Chalky" White (Michael K. Williams) picks one up from a fallen warehouse guard to shoot a KKK member.

M1917 Enfield .30-06
Harrow puts away his Enfield after completing a kill in "Home" (1.07)
One of Chalky's warehouse guys with an Enfield in "21" (2.01).
Chalky (Michael K. Williams) picking up the rifle...
aiming down the sights...
...and surveying his work.

M1903 Springfield

During the World War I flashback in "To the Lost" (2.12), Cpl. Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) carries a M1903 Springfield with a bayonet attachment.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
Jimmy with his Springfield rifle during a flashback in "To the Lost" (2.12)

Machine Guns

Browning M1917

A Browning M1917 is used by KKK members to assault a liquor warehouse run by Chalky White in "21" (2.01).

Browning M1917 .30-06 with tripod and ammo box
The Klansmen reveal their Browning M1917 in "21" (2.01).
The Browning's barrel.
The KKK member hands off his shotgun in the truck.


Mark I Trench Knife

Jimmy Darmody (Michael Pitt) carries a 1918 Mark I Trench Knife in his left boot. The writers are doing a little bit of homework on this series as when Jimmy is asked what the point on the top of the handle is he says it's a skull crusher and is used for "cracking walnuts."

Jimmy with his knife in "Family Limitation" (1.06)
Jimmy holsters his knife in his boot in "Family Limitation" (1.06)

Colt Percussion cap gun

Eli Thompson (Shia Whigham) works to fix a cap gun resembling a Colt percussion revolver for his son Brian in "Gimcrack and Bunkum" (2.05).

Eli looks at Brian's cap gun in "Gimcrack and Bunkum" (2.05)

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