Death Wish 3

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Death Wish 3 (1985)

Death Wish 3 is the third installment in the Death Wish film series. In this 1985 sequel, following the rape and / or murder of pretty much everyone he has ever associated with, Paul Kersey, aka "The Vigilante", finds himself battling street punks in order to bring peace back to a once quiet New York neighborhood. Despite the New York setting, the film was actually made in England.

The following weapons were used in the film Death Wish 3:



Wildey Hunter

Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) takes delivery of a mail-order Wildey Hunter with an 8" barrel and uses it as his main weapon for the remainder of the film: in real life, the gun was Bronson's personal pistol. The gun is said to be chambered for .475, which, in line with the action movie arms race of the 80s, is specifically pointed out to be larger than .44 Magnum to show that Kersey is packing more heat than Dirty Harry. The round is said to be "a shorter version of the African big game cartridge" implying it is not a pistol cartridge, which isn't particularly true: while the parent case of .475 Wildey is indeed a rifle case (.284 Winchester) this is not a cartridge that sees much use in big game hunting in Africa (it was used primarily for hunting deer and elk in the US and Canada, and never really caught on), and the .475 round itself is the same length as a .45 Winchester Magnum and very much a pistol cartridge.

Wildey Hunter .475 Wildey Magnum
A production still of Paul Kersey Charles Bronson firing his Wildey Hunter.
Paul Kersey: "Wildey's Here. Fires a .475 Wildey Magnum, real stopping power."
Bennett: "Is that like a .44 Magnum?"
Paul Kersey: "No, a .44 Magnum is a pistol cartridge and a .475 Wildey Magnum is a shorter version of the African big game cartridge. Makes a real mess."
A close up of the Wildey Magnum.
Paul adjusts the gas system on his Wildey Hunter.
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) draws his Wildey Hunter on the Giggler.
A close up of the Wildey Magnum's barrel.
Paul fires his Wildey Hunter.
Paul aims his Wildey Hunter at a gang member.
Paul fires his Wildey during a shootout.
A close up of the Wildey Magnum in action.

Colt Cobra

Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) carries a Colt Cobra during the film. He slays several punks with it during the film. Several other gang members use this gun at the finale shoot-out at the end of the movie.

Colt Cobra - .38 Special.
Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) gives Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) back his Colt Cobra.
Paul checks his Colt Cobra.
A gang member fires his nickel Colt Cobra.

Colt New Service

A Colt New Service revolver is seen used by gang members.

Colt New Service - .45 caliber
A gang member fires his Colt New Service.
Another gang member fires his Colt New Service at Kersey.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

A Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose revolver is by Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) during the final shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose .357 Magnum.
Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) fires his Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose revolver.
Shriker wields his S&W 19 Snub Nose.
Shriker holds his S&W 19 after a shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

A Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver is seen in the hands of a civilian during the final shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 .38 Special
A civilian holds a Smith & Wesson Model 15.

Browning Hi-Power

Manny Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy) uses a Browning Hi-Power during the later half of the movie.

Browning Hi Power with "Beer Can" adjustable sights - 9x19mm
Manny holding his Browning Hi-Power
Manny fires his Browning Hi-Power
Close up of Manny's Hi-Power

Walther P-38

A Walther P38 is seen used by several gang members.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Gang member seen with a Walther P38 on a roof.
Gang Member on the right is holding a Walther P38.


A M1911 pistol is seen in the hands of a civilian during the final shootout.

Original Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
A civilian unloads his Colt M1911.

Submachine Guns


Manny uses a MAC-10 submachine gun as his main weapon in most of the film.

Ingram MAC 10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP
Manny fires his MAC-10.
Manny with his MAC-10.
Manny holding his MAC-10.
Manny with his MAC-10 during the gun battle.

Sterling submachine gun

At least one gang member uses the gun during the finale shoot out.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9mm

Machine Guns

Browning M1919 machine gun

Paul Kersey and his neighbor Rodriguez use a Browning M1919 machine gun to kill several gang members before it runs out of ammo. Both the Browning 1919 and MG42 belonged to Kersey's late Korean War buddy Charley, who apparently acquired the weapons during his stint in the Military.

M1919 .30 Machine Gun
Bennett (Martin Balsam) shows Paul where Charley kept his M1919 machine gun.
Paul examines the M1919 Machine Gun.
Paul and Rodriguez operate the M1919 Machine Gun on the fire escape.
Close up of Paul firing the machine gun. That is going to burn his hand pretty good (not to mention the recoil).
Another shot of Paul and Rodriguez with the M1919 Machine Gun.
Paul wasting street scum with the M1919 .30 Machine Gun.

MG-42 Machine Gun

Bennett (Martin Balsam) attempts to use Charley's MG42 to kill a crowd of gang members. Unfortunately for Bennett (Martin Balsam) the weapon malfunctions and he is unable to fire a single shot.

MG-42 Machine Gun.
Bennett (Martin Balsam) moves onto the fire escape with the MG42.
The MG42 malfunctions on Bennett (Martin Balsam).
Gang overpowers Bennett (Martin Balsam). The weapon appears to be a rubber cast here; note how the stock is bent.


Remington 870

A Remington 870 with Folding Stock and Extended Magazine tube is used by a Hermosa (Alex Winter) in the final firefight.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 gauge
Hermosa with his Remington 870.

Ithaca 37

A Police Officer is seen using a Ithaca 37 with extended magazine-tube during the final shootout.

Ithaca Model 37 with extended magazine tube - 12 gauge
Officer firing his Ithaca Model 37.

Winchester Model 1200/1300

A Winchester Model 1200/1300 shotgun is seen being used by gang members. It seems that this shotgun was specially used for scenes where a weapon needed to be dropped, such as the scene when Hermosa is killed and his Remington 870 changes to this weapon: it may well be a replica or rubber stunt gun.

Winchester 1300 shotgun.
Gang member on the left seen running with the Winchester 1200/1300.
Gang member dropping the Winchester 1200/1300.
When Hermosa goes on an extremely bogus journey, his Remington 870 changes into a Winchester 1200/1300.


M16 rifle

A M16 is seen used by several punks towards the end of the movie. The rifle is hard to identify because there is never a real clear shot or close-up of it. It is unknown whether this is an actual M16 or just a replica such as an MGC M16.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to imitate the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
M16 with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider and 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
M16 aka SP1
M16 aka SP1
M16 aka SP1

Ruger Mini-14

Several Ruger Mini-14 rifles are seen being used by gang members. This includes models with folding butt stocks, as well as rifles fitted with aftermarket stocks.

Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F ("Government Barrel, Folding Stock") - 5.56x45mm
Angel (Tony Spiridakis) takes aim at Kersey with his Mini-14 before being killed by Rodriguez.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

A Mk 2 hand grenade is seen being tossed around by a gang member.

Mk 2 hand grenade
Mk 2 hand grenade

Schermuly Training Grenade

British Schermuly Training Grenades fitted with Soviet-style fuzes are also seen in the hands of gang members.

Schermuly Training Grenade
A thug with a brace of Schermuly Training Grenades.
This gang member seems to pick his teeth/chew on his grenades, a disgusting bad habit.



At the end of the movie Kersey makes use of a rocket launcher which appears to be an M72 LAW fitted with a fake pistol grip and trigger. He rather comically managed to fire it in the same room as his target with the back of the tube up against a wall, which should probably have killed everyone in the room. Kersey is also shown loading a rocket into the weapon.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm. The "Empty" marking makes it clear this is a spent tube.

Zip Gun

Rodriguez carries a zip gun that fires shotgun shells during the riots.

Rodriguez with his Zip Gun.
Rodriguez firing his Zip Gun.
Rodriguez holds up his Zip Gun after blasting a street punk.
Rodriguez unloading his Zip Gun.

See Also

Death Wish Film Series
Death Wish (1974)  •  Death Wish II (1982)  •  Death Wish 3 (1985)  •  Death Wish 4: The Crackdown (1987)  •  

Death Wish V: The Face of Death (1994)

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