Colors

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Colors (1988)

Colors is a 1988 crime drama directed by Dennis Hopper and starring Robert Duvall and Sean Penn as LAPD officers assigned to CRASH ("Community Resources Against Street Hoodlums"), the department's controversial anti-gang unit at the time. The film is notable for being one of the first Hollywood attempts to realistically depict the Los Angeles gang problem (the production hired actual LAPD officers and former gang members as extras for the film). Colors also featured many now well-known actors in minor supporting roles including Don Cheadle, Damon Wayans, and Glenn Plummer, all of whom played gang members here.


The following weapons were used in the film Colors:

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Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Model 14

LAPD Officer Danny McGavin (Sean Penn) carries a 6" barrel Smith & Wesson Model 14 as his on-duty service handgun. At the time, this was one of the approved handguns to be carried by LAPD officers (although it was unusual to see a younger officer carry this firearm).

Smith & Wesson Model 14 - .38 Special
Officer Danny McGavin (Sean Penn) confronts High Top (Glenn Plummer) with his S&W Model 14, ordering him to release a hostage.
McGavin draws his S&W 14 after making a traffic stop.
McGavin fires his S&W 14.

Smith & Wesson Model 64

McGavin (Sean Penn) also carries a 3" barrel Smith & Wesson Model 64, which appears to be his plainclothes/off-duty sidearm.

Smith & Wesson Model 64 with 3" barrel - .38 Special
McGavin prepares for a breach during a drug bust with his S&W Model 64 at the ready.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Officer Rusty Baines (R.D. Call) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 15 as his sidearm, which he notably uses in a fatal shooting. The S&W Model 15 was one of the standard issue revolvers for the LAPD before they began to issue 9x19mm semi-auto Beretta 92F's in 1986.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 with target grips - .38 Special
Officer Baines (R.D. Call) enters the suspect house with his S&W Model 15 at the ready.
Baines with his Smith & Wesson Model 15.


Smith & Wesson Model 36

McGavin (Sean Penn) also carries a Smith & Wesson Model 36 compact revolver in an ankle holster which is only ever seen for a second during the scene in the restaurant where High Top (Glenn Plummer) is arrested.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Hodges apprehends High Top while McGavin points his back-up revolver (a S&W Model 36) at him.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

Leo "Frog" Lopez (Trinidad Silva) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose during the shootout with Rocket and the rest of the Crips.

Snub Nose Smith & Wesson Model 19 (2.5" barrel) - .357 Magnum
Frog (Trinidad Silva) fires his Smith & Wesson while Bird uses a Ruger Mini-14 GB-F.

Smith & Wesson Model 67

Several LAPD officers are seen armed with what appear to be Smith & Wesson Model 67s during a raid.

Smith & Wesson Model 67 with rubber grips - .38 Special
An LAPD officer are armed a Model 67 during a raid.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

A full-size Smith & Wesson Model 19 with rubber grips is among the weapons seen in the Crips' hideout.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 - .357 Magnum. This is an actual Screen-used Movie firearm - a custom ported Smith & Wesson Model 19 with black rubber grips - Used and carried by Danny Glover in the Lethal Weapon films.
Crip weapons on the table in their hideout; the S&W Model 19 is visible in the center of the picture.

Colt Python

A 21st Street gang member uses what appears to be a Colt Python while shooting up the Crips hideout.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
On the far right, what appears to be a Colt Python is seen in the hands of a 21st Street Gang member in the final shootout.

Pistols

Beretta 92F

LAPD Senior Officer Bob Hodges (Robert Duvall) carries a Beretta 92F as his service pistol throughout the movie, which was just entering service with the LAPD at the time of the film. Several other LAPD officers can be seen using the Beretta, and at least one gang-banger also uses one during the shootout at the climax.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
Hodges (Robert Duvall) points his Beretta 92F at several Crip gang-bangers during a search.
Hodges aims his Beretta during a house call.
Another CRASH officer firing his Beretta in the climax.

Taurus PT92

Hodges can also be seen using a Taurus PT92 during the scene where CRASH busts the drug dealer Oso (C.E. Grimes) in his home. This is a continuity error (read below), as in all other scenes, Hodges' carries the Beretta 92F. Several gang members are also seen wielding PT92s.

Trivia Note: Several Berettas and Taurus' were on the set of this film. While getting ready for the scene, Robert Duvall, not being a firearm aficionado, picked up what he thought was a Beretta just like he had been using. By the time someone realized the error it was too late to fix it. This is an honest mistake since the two firearms look very similar - Anyone who did not already know the difference would not know.

Taurus PT92AF (blued) - 9x19mm
In what appears to be a continuity Hodges (Robert Duvall) prepares to breach a house on a drug bust armed with a Taurus PT92.
Felipe (Romeo De Lan) wielding a Taurus in the climatic shootout.

Smith & Wesson 39

A Smith & Wesson 39 can be seen on a table when the Crip DeVille 'bangers are loading up their weapons and planning to kill McGavin.

Smith & Wesson 39 - 9x19mm
Crip weapons on the table in their hideout; the S&W 39 is visible to the left of the picture.

Shotguns

Ithaca 37

When McGavin and Hodges confront the 21st Street Gang after one of its members, Felipe (Romeo De Lan), throws a rock at their car, McGavin takes out an Ithaca 37 extended mag-tube riot model (specifically, the LAPD version with rifle sights). Hodges tells him to put the shotgun back in the car, embarrassing him. Later in the film, when the 21st Street Gang gets busted, several other LAPD officers can be seen with identical shotguns.

Ithaca 37 with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
McGavin (Sean Penn) holding the Ithaca 37 at the ready.
McGavin goes to put the Ithaca away after Hodges orders him to do so.
A gang bust on 21st Street; an officer in the background is pointing an Ithaca 37 at a banger on the ground.

Remington 870

A sawed-off Remington 870 is seen several times in the film. A Remington is first taken from house of Oso (C.E. Grimes). A full-size pistol-gripped Remington later appears again in the hands of at least one 21st Street Gang member in the final shootout. This may also be the shotgun that Rocket (Don Cheadle) uses in the drive-by shooting at the beginning of the movie, though this is uncertain.

Remington 870 with sawed off barrel and stock - 12 Gauge
"He's got a gauge!" Hodges takes Oso's Remington 870 shotgun out of his closet.
In this shot, a clearer view of the pump.
Remington 870 Folding Stock with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
A Remington may be the shotgun that Rocket (Don Cheadle) uses in the drive-by shooting at the beginning of the movie.
The shotgun is seen in the upper left.
On the left, a pistol-gripped, extended mag-tube Remington is seen in the hands of at least one 21st Street Gang member in the final shootout.

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

What appears to be a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is seen in the Crips' hideout.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
Crip weapons on the table in their hideout; the shotgun is visible at the top of the picture.

Submachine Guns

Micro Uzi

The Micro Uzi is depicted in the film as the weapon-of-choice for many of the gang-bangers. Rocket (Don Cheadle), the leader of the Crip gang in the movie, and Larry "Looney Tunes" Sylvester (Grand L. Bush), a 21st Street Gang leader, both use Micro Uzis when they square off against each other in the climactic shootout.

Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
A Crip reloads his Micro Uzi after the drive-by on the church where a Blood funeral was being held.
Crip weapons on the table in their hideout; a Micro Uzi is visible in the center of the picture.
Rocket and several of his Crip homies, all armed with Micro Uzis, carry out a drive-by on a house where 21st Street is partying.
Rocket (Don Cheadle) hanging out at his hideout and listening to Ice-T; his Micro Uzi is sitting on the right arm of the chair beside him.
Larry "Looney Tunes" Sylvester (Grand L. Bush) fires his Micro Uzi.
Rocket fires his Micro Uzi.

Rifles

Ruger Mini-14 GB-F

Bird (Gerardo Mejía) carries a Ruger Mini 14 GB-F when the 21st Street Gang is involved in a shootout with Crip DeVille.

Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F ("Government Barrel, Folding Stock") - 5.56x45mm
Bird (Gerardo Mejía) fires his Ruger Mini-14 GB-F while Frog (Trinidad Silva) fires a S&W Model 19 Snub in the foreground.
In the center, a Mini-14 is seen in the hands of another 21st Street Gang member in the final shootout.
Bird celebrates with his Mini-14 in hand after the shooting at the Crips' hideout.

Winchester Model 70

What appears to be a Winchester Model 70 rifle is briefly seen handled by a Crip in the hideout.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
On the left, what appears to be a Winchester Model 70 rifle is briefly seen handled by a Crip in the hideout.

Other

M67 Hand Grenade

Bird is seen tossing what appears to be an M67 hand grenade into the Crips' hideout.

M67 fragmentation grenade
Bird is seen tossing what appears to be an M67 hand grenade into the Crips' hideout.



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