Mad Max

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Mad Max (1979)

Mad Max is the 1979 post apocalyptic action film that launched the Mad Max film franchise. Mel Gibson stars in the film as Max, a law enforcement officer patrolling the vast roads of Australia with the Main Police Force. Directed by George Miller, the film would be followed to even greater success with 1982's The Road Warrior and then 1985's Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome. Mad Max: Fury Road, a feature film reboot starring Tom Hardy as Max, was released in 2015.

The following weapons were used in the film Mad Max:




Mauser C96 'Broomhandle'

After initially being seen handling the distinctive wooden holster/stock, Bubba Zanetti (Geoff Parry) briefly attempts to use a Mauser C96 pistol to shoot a mannequin when the other bikers are messing around at the beach. He begins to aim, but stops when Johnny runs out in front of him with Toecutter's (Hugh Keays-Byrne) shotgun.

Mauser C96 "Red 9" Version for the German Army - 9x19mm
Bubba holds his Broomhandle behind Johnny.
Johnny shoots the mannequin with the shotgun before Bubba with his Broomhandle.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

The MFP carry Smith & Wesson Model 28 as their standard issue. Although they are rarely drawn and seen mostly in their holsters. Bubba is seen firing one at Max near the end of the film. When Max puts on the "Grumpy" mask when his wife is mad that he is going in to work early because Goose wants him to, their baby is seen on the living room floor, apparently playing with Max's revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 - .357 Magnum.
A shot of Max's Smith & Wesson Model 28 during the film's opening scenes.
Max's son seen on the living room floor, apparently playing with Max's revolver.
Bubba takes aim at Max's left knee while Toecutter (Hugh Keays-Byrne) looks on.
Max's Smith & Wesson Model 28 remains in his holster when his right arm is run over by Bubba Zanetti.

Smith & Wesson Model 13

Jim Goose (Steve Bisley) appears to carry a 3" Smith & Wesson Model 13 when he and Max inspect the aftermath of the attacked couple.

Smith & Wesson Model 13 - .357 Magnum
Jim (Steve Bisley) on the left with the revolver.


Winchester Model 1912

Max carries a Winchester Model 1912 when he and Jim Goose inspect the aftermath of the attacked couple. It appears to be a long barreled sporting version.

Winchester Model 1912 - 12 Gauge
Max carries the shotgun as he and Goose inspect the wreckage.
Another shot of Max with the shotgun.

Sawed-off double-barrel shotgun

Max (Mel Gibson) carries as his main weapon possibly a Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun, but more likely a VG Bentley for the same reasons as above. Possibly the same weapon Roop carries, looking at the bluing patterns on the receiver and noting the extreme budget limits of the film. When battling against the Biker Gang, Max for some odd reason makes an effort to reach this shotgun when his leg is damaged but is armed with a S&W 28 and doesn't even use it when he can.

Japanese-made (note poor translation of "Sword Off Shot Gun") airsoft/b.b. gun made by Hudson Industry Co. of Tokyo, modelled after original props. This replica had two editions - more expensive has its stock made of wood while the cheaper uses plastic.
VG Bentley - 12 Gauge
Promotional image of Max with his sawed-off shotgun
Max (Mel Gibson) carries as his main weapon possibly a Savage/Stevens 311A Shotgun, but more likely a VG Bentley.
Max reaches for his sawed-off as Bubba speeds towards him on his motorcycle, only for Bubba to run over his right arm.
Max fires his sawed-off at Bubba throwing him off his motorcycle.
Max holds his sawed-off to Johnny's head near the end of the film.
Max with the shotgun.

Double Barrel Shotguns

A Bentley shotgun of the same model listed below as the sawn-off, quite possibly the same shotgun later cut down for Max's use. Notable are the same white ring around the base of the grip, the proportions of the steel receiver (namely the flat space between the end of the chamber and the back of the receiver), and the same checkering pattern and locking screw on the forearm. First seen in the hands of eager MFP patrolman Roop (Steve Millichamp) when he tries to shoot the Night Rider in the film's opening. Another is used by Johnny (Tim Burns) to shoot a mannequin when the bikers are at the beach. Max also keeps one of these weapons close by after he resigns from MFP and goes traveling with his wife and child.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge
Roop checks his shotgun.
His grip changes from two hands to one hand with each camera angle.
Roop fires one round from his shotgun at the Night Rider. But the Night Rider brakes just in time causing Roop to hit a sign instead and Charlie to spin the car out.
Johnny shoots the mannequin before Bubba.

Late in the movie, "Aunt May" Swaisey (Sheila Florance), the old woman that Max and family are staying with, uses a very old, exposed-hammer shotgun to herd Toecutter's biker thugs into a shed. Could be a Charles Parker 1878 side by side.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge
May Swaisey fires her shotgun at Toecutter's gang, forcing them into the shed.
"Aunt May" Swaisey (Sheila Florance) fires her last round as Toecutter's gang gains on Max's wife as she tries to escape.


Winchester Model 70

Roop (Steve Millichamp) uses the scope on a Winchester Model 70 to spy on a couple having sex during the film's opening.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Roop (Steve Millichamp) uses the scope on a Winchester Model 70 to check out the couple.
Roop with his Winchester Model 70 as Charlie tells him they have to go.

See Also

Mad Max Film Franchise
Mad Max (1979)  •  The Road Warrior (1981)  •  Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome (1985)  •  Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)

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