|Colt 38 Special Squad|
(Quelli della calibro 38)
Original Italian poster
Colt 38 Special Squad (original title Quelli della calibro 38 ("Those ones of 38 caliber")) is a 1976 Italian crime movie directed by Massimo Dallamano. Commissioner Vanni (Marcel Bozzuffi) is waging his personal war against a ruthless crime boss known as "Marsigliese" (Ivan Rassimov) who murdered Vanni's wife. A main weapon of this war is a special squad of four police detectives that ride swift bikes and carry powerful revolvers.
The following weapons were used in the film Colt 38 Special Squad (Quelli della calibro 38):
The signature weapon of the special squad are long barreled revolvers. Contrary to the movie title, they are neither Colts nor .38 caliber but .357 Llama Comanche, identified due to the combination of vent rib and short shrouded ejector rod (another revolver with such features is a Colt Trooper MK V but it appeared half a dozen years later than the movie was filmed).
Llama Comanche III - .357 Magnum
Five revolvers for the special squad.
A special squad member fires his revolver on a shooting range.
Vanni in attack on Marsigliese's hideout.
In the opening scene Commissioner Vanni (Marcel Bozzuffi) uses a Beretta M1934 pistol. It misfires when Vanni tries to shoot at Marsigliese and this leads Vanni to the idea to arm his subordinates with revolvers.
Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
A close view of Vanni's Beretta.
In several scenes Marsigliese (Ivan Rassimov) is armed with a pistol that appears to be a French Unique Bcf-66 pistol (Marsigliese is supposed to be a French criminal, after all!). Sometimes it is fitted with sound suppressor.
Marsigliese aims his suppressed pistol at a man whom he suppose to be a police informer.
A brown bakelite grip with lanyard loop is seen.
Marsigliese holds a pistol in the final scene.
Marsigliese threatens a hostage boy with his pistol.
During the shootout in the opening scene Marsigliese (Ivan Rassimov) is armed with a pistol that appears to be a Beretta M1951. M1951s are also seen in hands of various criminals.
Marsigliese fires his pistol.
A criminal holds an M1951 pistol.
Marsigliese's henchman, disguised as a policeman, fires at prison guards, escorting Guido Pugliese.
Marsigliese's henchmen use Luger P08 pistols in several scenes.
A criminal fires a Luger in the opening scene.
Beretta M38/42 or M38/44
In several scenes police carry Beretta M38/42 or Beretta M38/44 SMGs. They are seen only in distance or in darkness.
Beretta Model 38/42 - 9x19mm
Beretta Model 38/44 - 9x19mm
A policeman holds a Beretta SMG in the opening scene.
Numerous uniformed policemen with Beretta SMGs are seen in the final scene.
Sten Mk II
Several of Marsigliese's henchmen use Sten Mk II SMGs.
Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A criminal fires a Sten in the opening scene.
Another view of the Sten.
Roland (Giancarlo Sisti
) holds a Sten when the police storms Marsigliese's hideout.
Roland's Sten is seen next to his body.
In one scene Marsigliese (Ivan Rassimov) fires an Armalite AR-7, fitted with sniper scope and sound suppressor.
Armalite AR-7 rifle - .22 LR
Marsigliese assembles the AR-7.
A close view of the receiver. "AR-7" inscription can be seen.
During the attack on Marsigliese's hideout and in the final scene on the airfield several police snipers carry M16 assault rifles with sniper scopes.
The original M16, the first version with 3-prong flash hider - 5.56x45mm
Two police snipers with M16s.
Two unnamed detectives of the special squad (Daniele Gabbai
(at the left) and Ezio Miani
) aims sniper M16s in the final scene.
A close view of the rifle.
Sniper M1 Carbine
In several scenes police snipers carry rifles that are seen only partially but most likely they are M1 Carbines, fitted with sniper scopes.
M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
A police sniper holds his rifle at the left. Note the bayonet lug.
A police sniper in ambush.