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):




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 & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Brainerd Chief of Police Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand) points her Model 36 at Gaear.
Marge aims her Model 36 at Gaear as he attempts to escape.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell) takes a Smith & Wesson Model 28 to the confrontation with Carl in Minneapolis. During the confrontation, Wade also uses the revolver. Marge can also be seen with this revolver in a continuity error. It's also possible that this is the revolver holstered on the hip of the Minnesota State Trooper who Gaear and Carl confront during a traffic stop.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 - .357 Magnum
Wade Gustafson (Harve Presnell) checks his Model 28 before meeting with Carl.
Marge lowering a different revolver after shooting Gaear.
The Minnesota State Trooper has the revolver holstered.

Colt Official Police

The police officers who come to 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 draw their revolvers as they prepare to enter Jerry's motel room.


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 during a confrontation with the state trooper and the two teens outside of Brainerd. Carl later uses it during a confrontation with Wade Gustafson in Minneapolis. 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 Grimsrud (Peter Stormare) chases down the teens with his gun.
Gaear shoots into the 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 actually 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 pistol. 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 with the pistol during the confrontation with Wade.

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