Fargo (1996)

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Fargo (1996).

Fargo is the 1996 neo-noir comedy crime film directed by the Coen Brothers and starring Frances McDormand as the police chief of a small town who finds herself having to investigate a series of homicides while dealing with her own pregnancy. McDormand would receive an Academy Award for Best Actress for her role in the film. Fargo would also spawn a 2014 FX television series adaptation.

The following weapons were used in the film Fargo (1996):


SIG-Sauer P226

Gaear Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) and Carl Showalter (Steve Buscemi) use a nickel-plated SIG-Sauer P226 throughout the movie. Gaear uses it to kill the state trooper and the two teens outside of Brainerd. Carl later uses it to kill Wade Gustafson in Minneapolis. Typically, whenever the SIG is actually fired, a SIG-Sauer "Non Gun" is used.

SIG-Sauer P226 (nickel) - 9x19mm
Gaear pulls the SIG-Sauer P226 from his glove box in a great side shot.
Gaear chases down the teens with his gun.
Gaear shoots into the teens' car.

SIG-Sauer "Non-Gun"

As mentioned previously, the SIG-Sauer "Non-Gun" is used in almost all scenes where the nickel SIG-Sauer P226 is fired by the kidnappers. This is most likely due to the extremely close proximity at which Peter Stormare and Steve Buscemi tend to use the weapon when firing at other actors; in such circumstances, blanks would be too dangerous.

SIG-Sauer "Non Gun"
Gaear shoots the state trooper in the head. In this shot, the SIG used is a "Non Gun", since Peter Stormare is firing so close to Steve Buscemi's head and also only a few feet from the actor playing the state trooper.
Gaear with the SIG "Non Gun" after shooting.
Carl draws the SIG "Non Gun" on Wade.
Carl approaches Wade, gun drawn.
Carl falls after getting shot by Wade.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell) takes a Smith & Wesson Model 28 to the confrontation with Carl in Minneapolis. After getting shot by Carl, Wade shoots at him, with the bullet skimming the side of his face. Marge can also be seen with this revolver in a continuity error.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 - .357 Magnum.
Wade checks his Model 28 before meeting with Carl.
Marge lowering a different revolver after shooting Gaear.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Brainerd Chief of Police Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 36 in a shoulder holster modified to accommodate her pregnancy. She uses it to shoot a fleeing Gaear in the leg after she catches him shoving the remains of Carl into a woodchipper at the lake.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Marge points her Model 36 at Gaear.
Marge aims her Model 36 at Gaear as he attempts to escape.

Colt Official Police

The policemen who arrest Jerry Lundegaard (William H. Macy) in Bismarck in the finale are armed with Colt Official Police revolvers.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
The officers prepare to enter Jerry's motel room.

Unknown Revolver

The Minnesota State Trooper who Gaear shoots in the head carries a revolver in holstered on his left hip.

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