Hennessy

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Hennessy (1975)

Hennessy is a 1975 British thriller directed by Don Sharp and starring Rod Steiger, Trevor Howard, Lee Remick, Richard Johnson, Peter Egan, Stanley Lebor, and with a brief appearance by a young Patrick Stewart. In the film, Niall Hennessy (Steiger), a World War II hero and now demolitions expert, has rejected the violence of the IRA. But when Niall's family is killed by stray rounds during a riot, he sets out to bomb the British Parliament.

The following guns were used in the film Hennessy:

Contents


Handguns

Smith & Wesson 36

The S&W 36 makes a brief appearance when IRA gunmen meet Niall when he arrives in London.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
An IRA gunman (a young Patrick Stewart) pulls a S&W 36 on Niall.
Niall ditches the S&W in a rubbish bin in a park.

Colt revolvers

Other than the S&W 36, the majority of revolvers carried by both IRA members and the Police appear to be Colt models, both short and long barrel, but many are difficult to identify at the angles seen.

IRA gunman
IRA gunman
IRA gunman
IRA officer Sean Tobin
Inspector Hollis takes cover

Submachine Guns

Sterling

The radioman in the initial riot scene carries a Sterling sub-gun, which plays an integral role in the plot. The film however shows an improbably long burst of fire from the Sterling, 12 seconds with only one brief pause in the string. In actuality a Sterling firing at 550rpm would burn 9 rounds per second, exhausting the standard 34-round magazine in about four seconds.

Sterling Mk. IV Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
Hennessy - stand Sterling.jpg
Hennessy - discharge Sterling.jpg

Rifles

L1A1 SLR

The majority of British troops in the the patrols in the opening credits, and in the initial riot scene carry the SLR. Members of the royal parade at the end of the film also carry the service rifle. The rifles are the original versions, featuring wooden furniture and cylindrical wood carry handles.

British Inch Pattern L1A1 SLR (Self Loading Rifle), early model with wooden furniture - 7.62x51mm NATO
Hennessy - open credits SLRs.jpg
Hennessy - opening SLRs.jpg
Hennessy - opening patrol SLRs.jpg
Hennessy - riot SLRs.jpg
Members of the Queen's Guard, in gray winter uniform, present arms outside of Buckingham Palace

M2 Carbine

The IRA members in the execution squad in the flashback scenes to Belfast appear to be carrying M2 Carbines; though in the dark it is not easy to see the features distinguishing the M1 and M2, by sound and flash they appear to be firing on full-auto, and Tobin's carbine clearly has an extended magazine.

M2 Carbine - .30 Carbine
Hennessy - IRA M1 Carbine line.jpg
Hennessy - IRA hit squad M1 Carbines.jpg
Hennessy - IRA hit squad close M1 Carbine.jpg
Sean Tobin with a carbine, note extended magazine

AR-15

Both IRA snipers shown in the film appear to be carrying the same scoped AR-15, possibly a Colt AR-15 Sporter-1. Unusually, the AR shown in the riot scene appears to be a takedown model.

Colt AR-15 Sporter-1 (SP1) - 5.56x45mm
The sniper removes two parts of the AR from a brown package, and assembles them.
Hennessy - riot sniper AR15 lean.jpg
Sniper in the tower at the end of the film.

Bolt-action rifle

Two British police snipers on overwatch during the opening of Parliament are carrying identical scoped bolt-action rifles

Hennessy - police sniper bolt rifle.jpg

Machine Guns

Browning M1919

The Ferret armored cars on patrol in Belfast during the opening credits have machine guns in the turrets, which appear to be the Browning M1919 based on the barrel shroud and standard Ferret armament (and not the later GPMG).

Browning M1919A4 on M2 tripod - .30-06
Hennessy - Ferret front.jpg
Hennessy - Ferret turret gun.jpg

Other

Petrol bomb

In the riot scene, as the boys throw stones at the British troops, an older Catholic youth prepares a Molotov cocktail, prompting the officer to shout "petrol bomb up! Rubber bullets!"

Hennessy - petrol bomb prep.jpg
Hennessy - petrol bomb throw.jpg

FedLabs 1.5" riot gas gun

The 1.5" FedLabs gas gun is shown prominently in the initial riot scene, where a British soldier fires a load of rubber bullets to stop a youth from throwing a Molotov cocktail.

Federal L-5 Gas Riot Gun - 37mm
A British soldier with the muzzle of his FedLabs toward the camera.
"Rubber bullets!"
Firing rubber bullets at youth with petrol bomb.

Tear gas grenades

British soldiers in the riot scene gas the stone-throwing youths.

Hennessy - gas grenade prep.jpg
As two troops throw gas grenades, the trooper in the foreground readies his gas mask.
Hennessy - tear gas choke.jpg

Gelignite vest

As a building demolition expert in Belfast, Hennessy is familiar with explosives, and acquires a suicide vest rigged with sticks of industrial quarrying gelignite.

Prior to his conversion, Niall on the job demolishing an old factory.
Hennessy - gelignite vest.jpg



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