Dawn of the Dead (1978)

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The Armorers for the movie Dawn of the Dead (1978) were an East Coast outfit called "The Plastics Factory", however more information on them is unavailable.

The following weapons appear in the 1978 film Dawn of the Dead:

Dawn of the Dead (1978)



Arminius HW-5T Revolver

The Arminius HW-5T is utilized by Philadelphia SWAT, including Peter and Roger.

Arminius HW-5T-.22 Long Rifle. Note the elongated and staggered ejector rod/cylinder release, evident in the revolvers seen in the film.
Rico: "Jesus Christ there's a thousand pigs!"
Roger trains his weapon on Rico (John Amplas)
A young SWAT team member (John Rice) commits suicide with his Arminius. Note the elongated and staggered ejector rod/cylinder release.
Peter shoot several zombies in the apartment basement
A distraught Peter reloads his Arminius HW-5T.
Wooly goes "ape shit" and kills random apartment inhabitants

Röhm RG-38

While waiting for Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) to return as a zombie Peter (Ken Foree) appears to be holding a nickel plated snubnose Röhm RG-38.

Röhm RG-38 - .38 Special. Note the revolver used in the film is a 3 inch barreled nickel variant. It can be differentiated by it's medium sized ejector rod, which is longer than a FIE Titan Tiger's, but shorter and more evenly cylindrical than a Arminius HW-5T's.
A weakened Roger
Peter waits for Roger to reanimate

Thank you Phoenixent

Röhm RG-66

The revolver that Stephan finds in the maintenance office is a Röhm RG-66. He uses it throughout the film.

Röhm RG-66. This version is fitted with a so called 'Quick Draw' barrel length-4.75inches. The revolver seen in the film has a longer 'Artillery' length barrel-7.5 inches.
Stephen (David Emge) finds the Röhm RG-66 while rummaging through the maintenance office
Stephen (David Emge) ejects a spent round with the Röhm ejection rod

Ruger Single Six Revolver

A Ruger Single Six is seen loaded by "Flyboy" aka Stephen (David Emge).

Early variant of the Ruger Single Six with the black plastic grips (and Ruger Logo) - .22 LR (1953-1973). This is an early 3 screw model that was made between 1953-1962. The revolver in the film is fitted with a brass frame.
Stephen (David Emge) holds the Ruger Single Six.

Herters SA22

A Herters SA22 with pearl grips is carried around by Francine (Gaylen Ross).

Herters SA22 - .22 LR
Fran (Gaylen Ross) checks her Ivory handled Herters SA22 Single Action revolver when she waits for the others in the Shopping Mall - .22 LR
Fran (Gaylen Ross) holds her Ivory handled Herters SA22 Single Action revolver when she waits for the others to return up the stairwell - .22 LR
Bored out of her mind, Francine (Gaylen Ross) plays dress up and poses with her Herters SA22 Single Action Revolver in the make up mirror, to kill the hours waiting inside the Shopping Mall - .22 LR.

Colt Navy Revolver

During the gun shop scene Peter is seen holstering what appears to be a pair Colt 1851 Navy black powder revolvers. Replicas manufactured by Uberti or Pietta. The brass frames indicate they are "Confederate" models and the stepped cylinders indicate they are .44 caliber. A brass framed .44 1851 never existed during the American Civil War however.

Colt 1851 Navy .36 caliber.
Rack of Colt 1851 Navys
Colt 1851 Navys
Colt 1851 Navys
Colt 1851 Navy holstered

Smith & Wesson Model 10HB

Martinez (Joe Shelby) puts a hole in one of Roger's teammates, while the man in the red bandana falls back against the building, evading the fight.
closer view


The Police Commander (Fred Baker), Blades, and Peter all use the M1911A1.

Colt M1911A1 Pistol
The Police Commander (Fred Baker) with a M1911A1
Blades (Tom Savini) with a M1911A1
Blades (Tom Savini) tries to draw his M1911A1
Peter with a M1911A1 in his holster

Remington 1866 Derringer

Peter (Ken Foree) contemplates committing suicide with this gun until he decides to go with Fran (Gaylen Ross) to help protect her and her unborn baby. The Derringer in the store is Chambered in .41, where the one Peter (Ken Foree) uses is chambered in .22

Peter prepares to kill himself

Astra Firecat

Astra Firecat - .25 ACP
Astra Firecat to the right of the derringer

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol

1914 Mauser Pocket Pistol to the left of the derringer

Harrington & Richardson Model 632

A Harrington & Richardson Model 632 is seen in the gun case along with several other pocket pistols.

Harrington & Richardson Model 632

Ortgies Pocket Pistol

An Ortgies Pocket Pistol is seen in the display case on the far right.

Ortgies Pocket Pistol - .25 ACP
Pistol to the far right partially covered by the tag.

Colt Python

During the famous gunstore sequence there is a brief glimpse of a Colt Python in the display case. It is taken but never used.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Note how you could get a Colt Python for $400 in 1978!!

Smith & Wesson Model 64

The Smith & Wesson Model 64 appears in the display case of the armory.

Smith & Wesson Model 64 - .38 Special

Rifles & Carbines

Adler-Jager AP-74

Used by all SWAT members, in particular, the characters of Peter (Ken Foree) and Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) but eventually discarded after raiding the gun store. In one shot, when Peter is unloading his weapon after shooting the zombie kids, we can see the tiny .22lr magazine. The Adler-Jager (also marked Armi-Jager) AP-74 is an inexpensive .22 AR15 clone (that was actually pretty close to an SP1 and much better looking than the .22 M16 clone made by Armscor). The guns were pretty much 'mime' fired, with only the sound effect and blood squibs to indicate that the rifle was fired and is used in place of an early M16, either an XM16E1 (with the birdcage flash hider and forward assist) or M16A1 (more likely).

Adler-Jager AP-74 rifle - .22 LR. Note the sharply angled three prong flash hider and the forward assist, and the small .22 LR magazine that protrudes under the 'fake' 20 round magazine.
Real XM16E1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Peter (Ken Foree) aims his Adler-Jager AP-74 (standing in for a real SP1 or M16). The AP-74 was a .22lr M16 clone that had characteristics of both the SP1 and M16A1. - 22LR
SWAT team member hands out gas-masks
Peter and Roger disembark onto the mall roof
Peter and Roger, with a clear view of the AP-74's small ejection port
Peter seems to have a strange way of aiming it
Side view of Peter's AP-74, note the small .22 LR magazine protruding from the faux 20 round fake magazine.
Soldiers of the 28th Infantry Division (Keystone Patch) aka "Pennsylvania National Guard" with AP-74's meant to stand in for M16A1's. There is a mix of actual U.S. Army National Guardsmen and actors. The difference between them is striking. The 'actors' look like long haired "college age students" with plain helmet liners only (no steel pot), non-subdued 28th Infantry Div. patch (red Keystone), and anachronistic Green M43 10-pocket M1 Garand Belts. The Real National Guardsmen have Nam era leaf Pattern Helmet covers, shorter hair, and LCE (ALICE) web gear with correct nylon M16 ammo pouches.

Savage Model 99

Peter (Ken Foree) takes a scoped Savage 99 lever action rifle, chambered in .300 Savage, from the gun store for his personal use. He later uses it against the bikers when they invade the mall.

Savage 99 with scope - .300 Savage
Peter:"The only man that could miss with this gun is the sucker with the bread to buy it"
Peter chambers a round on his Savage Model 99, showcasing the rifle's lever action assembly - .300 Savage
Peter's view through the Savage 99's scope. Peter tells Stephen not to fire through the security doors, lest the ricochets 'chase them around' in the store, however, the metal in the security doors are a combination of aluminum and soft steel, easily punctured by any of the high powered rifle ammo.
Ammo boxes of .300 Weatherby Magnum ammunition (The words 300 magnum are clearly seen on the box and the artwork of the casing says "Weatherby"). Since the Savage Model 99 was never chambered in .300 Wby Mag, this is a error.
A bandoleer of 303 British soft points is loaded up; note the rimmed case. Even though a Lee-Enfield is pictured in the shop, this is an error since no 303 British chambered guns are used.
Peter goes biker hunting with his scoped Savage Model 99 Rifle - .300 Savage

Marlin Model 983

Stephen originally uses a Marlin Model 983 rifle but is incompetent with it. During the sequence when Roger (Scott H. Reiniger) and Peter (Ken Foree) are venturing forth from the safety of the mall to get the trucks Fran (Gaylen Ross) is providing cover fire from the roof of the mall with a rifle.

Marlin Model 983 - .22 Magnum
Roger pushes Stephen aside and takes the shot
Fran (Gaylen Ross) covers Roger and Peter
Fran chambers a new round
Steve and Fran

Winchester 1906

The .22lr slide action Winchester Model 1906 can be seen in red.

Winchester 1906
Winchester 1906 in red

K98 Sporter

Karabiner 98k Sporter - 7.92x57mm IS
Steve gets a feel for the rifle

Winchester Model 1894

Marlin Model 336

Marlin Model 336 on rack farthest to the right on the bottom
Marlin Model 336 cache

Marlin Model Golden 39A

Marlin Model Golden 39A in blue

M1917 Enfield

One of the rifles on the left side of the red circle appear to be an M1917 Enfield bolt-action rifle.

M1917 Enfield .30-06
In red, one of the rifles on the left is an M1917 Enfield

Arisaka Type 38 rifle

On the right side of the red circle, an Arisaka Type 38 rifle can be seen.

Arisaka Type 38 rifle - 6.5x50mm Arisaka
One the right of the red circle, one of the rifles is an Arisaka Type 38 rifle

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1921AC

One of the bikers (Larry Vaira) who invade the mall is using a M1921AC Thompson Submachine Gun with a 50 round drum magazine.

M1921 "Tommy Gun" .45 ACP with 50-round drum magazine, like that used in the film
Thompson in weapons cache
Biker (Larry Vaira) with Thompson
Biker(Larry Vaira) blind fires up at Peter
M1921 "Tommy Gun" .45 ACP with a stick magazine
M1921 "Tommy Gun" .45 ACP ,now with a drum magazine


MP40 9mm
Biker in the rear behind (Larry Vaira)'s character has a MP-40


Smith & Wesson 916A

A Smith & Wesson 916A shotgun is seen during the S.W.A.T. raid at the beginning of the film. One is also carried by one of the bikers when they attack the mall.

Smith & Wesson 916A - 12 gauge
Wooley (Jim Baffico) anxiously waits for the shooting to begin
Wooley opens up
Teargas is fired via shotgun
Look at the trigger guard, its me or the revolver looks different to the FIE
Biker fires his shotgun
SWAT team member holding his shotgun on an apartment resident
good shot of the trigger guard

Mossberg 500

A Mossberg 500 can be seen along the many other firearms handed out to the bikers.

Mossberg 500 - 12 Gauge
Shotgun in the cache
being handed out to bikers

Single Shot Breach loading Shotgun

A 12 Gauge Single Shot Shotgun is seen in the hands of Martinez's men in the beginning of the film, also in the hands of "rednecks".

Harrington & Richardson Topper Model 158 Shotgun with case hardened receiver - 12 gauge
One of Martinez's men gets blasted by SWAT. Of course the wisdom of 'charging' a SWAT team when all you have is a single shot breach loading shotgun is questionable.
Break top shotgun in the hands of the man behind the juvenile

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer

An Ithaca 37 Deerslayer, is seen in the gunshop (in green circle).

Ithaca 37 Deerslayer - 12 gauge
Ithaca 37 Deerslayer in green

Assorted Weapons & Non Guns

M101 Howitzer

Multiple M101 Howitzers can be seen being transported by the U.S. Army National Guard.

National Guard M101/M2A1 Howitzer - 105mm
National Guard M101/M2A1 Howitzer - 105mm

M26A1 grenade

M26 HE Frag hand grenade
M26A1 grenade on the left, obviously deactivated

Mk 2 hand grenade

Mk 2 hand grenade on the right
Jack (Nick Tallo) destroys the truck blocking the mall entrance, an impossible feat for a fragmentation grenade.

Lightgun Thompson

Peter using a lightgun Thompson in the arcade

Lightgun Rifle

Roger leisurely plays duckhunt

Extended Version

George A. Romero's uncut version of the film shows the gun store being raided during the biker invasion with several more weapons visible.

Walther P38

Walther P38 seen in gun store

Colt Buntline Special

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Bernardelli Model 60

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Remington XP-100

Remington XP-100 -.221 Fireball
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See Also

Living Dead Series
Romero's Dead films Night of the Living Dead (1968)  •  Dawn of the Dead (1978)  •  Day of the Dead (1985)
Land of the Dead (2005)  •  Diary of the Dead (2007)  •  Survival of the Dead (2009)
Remakes Night of the Living Dead (1990)  •  Dawn of the Dead (2004)  •  Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)  •  Day of the Dead (2008)
Return of the Living Dead The Return of the Living Dead (1985)  •  Return of the Living Dead Part II (1988)
Parodies Shaun of the Dead (2004)
Homages Fido (2006)  •  Zone of the Dead (2009)

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