El Mariachi is the 1992 Spanish language action film that marked the feature film directorial debut of Robert Rodriguez. Because the film was made in Mexico on an extremely low budget, some of the guns used in the production were real guns (not converted for blanks) taken from a local police station while others were either BB guns or other toy guns. Robert Rodriguez mentioned in the film's DVD commentary that since they were using blanks in firearms that were not blank-converted, they would often only be able to fire off one round before it jammed. The film was the first in Rodriguez's "Mariachi" trilogy, which includes Desperado and Once Upon a Time in Mexico.
The following weapons were used in the film El Mariachi:
Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol
The Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol is seen wielded by a hitman of Moco as well as by one of Azul's thugs in the movie's opening.
Iver Johnson Enforcer Pistol .30 Carbine
One of Moco's hitmen exiting from the car armed with the Iver Johnson.
The hitman carries the Iver Johnson as he enters the jail.
The hitman holds the Iver Johnson as one of the hitmen goes down.
The Iver Johnson is put down on the ground.
On the far left, one of Azul's thugs holds the Iver Johnson as they get ready to execute the hitmen.
Azul carries a MAC-10 fitted with a suppressor as one of the weapons in his guitar case. El Mariachi (Carlos Gallardo) then is seen taking the MAC-10 from the case and using it. Several of Moco's thugs are seen using MAC-10's without a sound suppressor as well. The gun is frequently switched to other various guns in the many continuity errors in the film. It appears that due to the film's low budget, the MAC-10, the TEC-9 mini, and the Micro Uzi are the only submachine guns used in the film.
Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP
Another hitman exiting from the car
The hitman loads his MAC-10
Azul kills some of Moco's men
Another Angle of the same scene
One of Moco's thugs with the MAC-10
Note how in this scene both of them wield MAC-10s but in a close-up of the thug on the left it becomes a TEC-9. This happens quite often in the film.
El Mariachi with the MAC-10
El Mariachi puts the gun down
El Mariachi runs with the gun
El Mariachi shoots the gun
El Mariachi Walking with the MAC over his shoulder
Micro Uzi Water Pistol
A water gun in the shape of a Micro Uzi is one of the main weapons used by Moco's thugs. It often seen changing into a MAC-10 in several shots.
Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
Micro Uzi replica is seen.
Thug with the micro Uzi replica. Note the ejection port is completely filled in.
The thug getting shot holding a water gun (it was a MAC-10 in a previous shot).
A Mossberg 500 shotgun is first seen carried by one of Moco's men and then is seen used by one of Azul's thugs.
Another hitman exiting the car carrying the Mossberg 500 shotgun.
A different angle of the shotgun
One of Azul's men aiming the shotgun at the hitmen
Azul's man with the shotgun.
The thug in the middle holds the shotgun while ready to execute the hitmen
Beretta 950 Jetfire
A Beretta 950 Jetfire is seen as one of the guns in Azul's guitar gun case.
Crossman Repeater BB gun
What looks like an M1911 used by one of Moco's thugs is actually a Crosman Repeater BB pistol.
The thug of the right with the pistol. The distinctive half-slide of the BB pistol is seen.
One of Maco's men pretends to fire the pistol from the balcony.
Note that the pistol now is in the hands of another thug.
The pistol is held by the woman on the right, the one to the left uses a MAC-10 and the middle one uses a S&W revolver.
Another shot of the three.
Smith & Wesson Model 34
A Smith & Wesson Model 34 is seen used by a thug to threaten Azul. Azul then uses the revolver to hold Dominó hostage and then El Mariachi is seen using the revolver.
Smith & Wesson Model 34 .22LR - Early Version, Left Side.
A production still of Azul (Reinol Martínez) holding Dominó hostage with the S&W 34.
Azul gets cornered by men with three guns: a Smith & Wesson Model 34, a MAC-10 and a TEC-9.
The thug fires the S&W at El Mariachi.
Intratec TEC-9 Mini
The Intratec TEC-9 Mini is first seen pulled out by one of Azul's men. The TEC-9 is then seen throughout the film used by Moco's thugs, sometimes without a barrel shroud. At one point, El Mariachi is seen firing the TEC-9 in a continuity error (he had held a MAC-10 just previously). Director Robert Rodriguez mentioned that when using this gun, they could only get one shot off before jamming. In order to simulate automatic fire, the frame was reprinted several times.
Intratec TEC-9 Mini with barrel shroud removed - 9x19mm
The TEC-9 is taken out of a cooler.
One of Azul's men uses the TEC-9 mini.
Closeup of the gun being fired. In order to simulate automatic fire, the frame was reprinted several times.
Azul's thug with the TEC-9.
The thug holds the TEC-9 mini.
One of Moco's thugs holds the TEC-9 with a barrel shroud.
The same thug opens fire with the TEC-9 while on the balcony. As seen in several continuity errors, the TEC-9 doesn't have the barrel shroud anymore.
The TEC-9 now has the barrel shroud again.
The thug holds the TEC-9 while he chases down El Mariachi.
One of the thugs in the truck holds the TEC-9 (in the previous shot, it was a MAC-10).
Closeup of the erroneous TEC-9.
El Mariachi MAC-10 turns into a TEC-9 when he opens fire on Maco's men.
Moco (Peter Marquardt) is seen pulling a Browning Hi-Power in a standoff with Azul.
Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
Moco prepares to fire the Browning.
The scene as recreated in the film Desperado
, although this time Moco uses an M1911.
Bolt action pistol
When Azul enters a rival gang's bar, after killing many of the men inside with his MAC-10, Azul pursues one of the men into the bathroom and kills him with what looked to be either a cut down bolt action rifle or some kind of bolt action pistol.
On the left side of the image