Michael Collins

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Michael Collins
Michael collins.jpg
Promotional Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
IRL.jpg Irland
UKD.jpg UK
Directed by Neil Jordan
Release Date 1996
Studio The Geffen Film Company
Distributor Warner Bros.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Michael Collins Liam Neeson
Harry Boland Aidan Quinn
Ned Broy Stephen Rea
√Čamon de Valera Alan Rickman
Kitty Kiernan Julia Roberts
Joe O'Reilly Ian Hart
Liam Tobin Brendan Gleeson
Soames Charles Dance
Collins's Assassin Jonathan Rhys Meyers

The following weapons were used in the film Michael Collins:




Mauser C96

A Mauser C96 fitted with and without the optional shoulder stock by Michael Collins (Liam Neeson) in the 1916 Easter Rising scenes in the beginning. Two IRA assassins also uses the weapon to kill two respective police inspectors.

Mauser C96 - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Michael Collins fires his Mauser C/96 during the Easter Rising
An IRA assassin kills a British police inspector
Another assassin with a C96 kills Soames (Charles Dance).

Colt New Service

Michael Collins uses a Colt New Service to threaten Ned Broy (Stephen Rea) outside a bar, and later by Liam Tobin (Brendan Gleeson) during the jailbreak scene.

Colt New Service - .45 Long Colt
Michael Collins threatens Ned Broy with his Colt New Service. The scene is dark and fuzzy but the details reveal the characteristics of the Colt New Service.
Liam Tobin threatens a British taxi driver as the IRA prepares to break out √Čamon de Valera from prison.

Webley Mk VI

British officers, G Division Detectives and many IRA members including Michael Collins carry Webley Mk VIs throughout the film.

Webley Mk.VI - .455 Webley
Rory O'Connor (Owen O'Neill)shows his empty Webley Mk.VI revolver
Tom, a G Division detective, is assassinated with a Webley Mk.VI - note the dummy rounds
Irish "G-Man" (played by Irish actor Sean McGinley) holsters his Webley.

Webley Mk IV

Kitty Kiernan (Julia Roberts) pulls a Webley Mk IV on a potential assassin during the political rally scene. A second (probable) Webley IV is wielded by an assassin in the killings. Since the Mk. IV and V are so alike it's difficult to properly identify which model is used in some scenes.

Webley Mk.IV - .455 Webley
Kitty Kiernan threatens an Anti-Treaty IRA member with her Webley Mk.IV
An IRA assassin aiming his Mk. IV or V.
During the retreat the shorter barrel of a Mk.IV or V is plainly visible.

Browning 1900

Both the Irish and British uses the Browning Model 1900. Vinny Byrne (Tom Murphy) uses a Model 1900 to shoot a "G Man" through a newspaper. A British detective is carrying one at his untimely death at the hands of a IRA assassin. Joe O'Reilly (Ian Hart) also uses one throughout the film.

Browning 1900 - .32 ACP
Vinny Byrne assassinates a British detective with his Browning 1900
Vinny finishes off the detective
A British detectives final moments with his Browning 1900 in his hand.
Joe O'Reilly with his Browning 1900
O'Reilly again with same weapon.

Steyr 1912

Harry Boland (Aidan Quinn) uses a Steyr 1912 during the Civil War scenes in Dublin. It is also used by an IRA assassin in the Bloody Sunday scene.

Steyr Hahn Model 1912 (1913 mfg) - 9x23mm
An IRA assassin (left) with a Steyr 1912
A closer look at the IRA assassin's Steyr 1912
Harry Boland fires his Steyr 1912

Colt 1911

A Colt 1911 is used by Liam Tobin in the Bloody Sunday scene. Harry Boland takes one from an overzealous bodyguard during his confrontation with Collins.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A British intelligence officer is about to be executed by Liam Tobin
Harry Boland threatens his overzealous bodyguard with the guard's 1911. The lack of an external extractor sets it apart from it's "twin" the Star Model B.
Another Assassin with a 1911.

Luger P08

The Luger P08 is carried exclusively by IRA soldiers/assassins who uses it to good effect on the British Military and Police prescense.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
An IRA assassin holds a Luger on a British intelligence officer
The assassin with his Luger

Luger P08 Artillery model

An IRA assassin is seen preparing for the strike on British/Irish intelligence officers with a Luger P08 Artillery model. It is identifiable via it's longer barrel and rear sight. The P08 "Marine" model had the long barrel but not the rear sight which also helps identify it as a Artillery model.

Luger LP08 long barreled "Artillery" model - 9x19mm. Note the rear sight at the center of the weapon.
The IRA man in the middle, partially hidden, holds the P08 Artillery model with the barrel upwards exposing the long barrel.
The IRA man is hidden, but the distinct barrel and rear sight is visible across Collins (Liam Neeson) stomach.


Ross Mk.III

An IRA soldier can be seen surrendering a Ross Mk.III rifle in the Easter Rising scene.

Ross Mk.III - .303 British
IRA soldier surrenders his Ross rifle (marked)

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) Mk.I

IRA soldiers can be seen carrying Lee-Enfield Mk.I rifles during the Easter Rising scene and the Civil War fighting in Dublin.The Mk.I makes several apperances but for the most part the shots are fuzzy due to the quick pace of the scenes and it is difficult getting a clear/sharp screenshot of it.
Lee-Enfield Mk.I*] - .303 British
The Anti-treaty soldier in the middle is carrying a Lee-Enfield Mk.I. It is identifiable via the portruding magazine which the (contemporary and also featured in the movie) Mauser 1898 rifle lacks.

Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) MK.III

British and Irish forces throughout the film use Mk.III rifles.

Lee Enfield SMLE Mk.III - .303 British
Lee Enfield SMLE Mk.III* - .303 British
British soldiers control IRA prisoners with SMLE MK.III rifles and P'1907 bayonets
British firing squad with SMLE Mk.III rifles
Closeup of Mk.III and bayonets.

Mauser Gewehr 98

The Mauser Gewehr 1898 is seen at least twice in the movie. Once during the urban fighting in the Civil War and later an IRA soldier (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) uses a Gewehr 1898 at the end of the film.

Mauser Gewehr 98 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
In the foreground an Anti-Treaty soldier takes aim with his Mauser. The bulky rear sight is a dead giveaway.
The IRA soldier (Jonathan Rhys Meyers) runs to the ambush position.
Same, taking aim.
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12 Gauge Double-Barrelled Shotgun

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns are used by various IRA soldiers throughout the movie including one sawed off shotgun.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
A sawed off double barreled shotgun on the counter.
The man just right of Collins is holding a long (double) barreled shotgun.
Another IRA member shows his shotgun with an unusual trigger guard.

Winchester Model 1897 Trench Shotgun

A Winchester Model 1897 Trench is carried by a Black and Tan arresting Ned Broy.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge. This is an original mint condition 1935 Manufacture commercial trench gun by Winchester.
A Black and Tan arrests Ned Broy while carrying a Winchester M1897 Trench Shotgun
The arresting Black and Tan on the left carries a shouldered M1897.

Submachine Guns

Bergmann MP18

A Bergmann MP18 is used by IRA members to assassinate three British secret service agents in a cafe.

Bergmann MP18 submachine gun with drum magazine - 9x19mm
One of Michael Collins' "Apostles" checks his MP18
The "Apostle" fires his MP18 into a table full of British officers

M1921 Thompson

IRA members are seen using the M1921 Thompson submachine guns following Bloody Sunday and during the civil war fighting in Dublin. This is historically accurate, as the IRA bought some of the first Thompson guns off the production line. The movie version is the M1921A which lacks the compensator of the later M1921AC.

Colt M1921A Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
An Anti-Treaty IRA member with a Thompson gun. Note the front sight.
Closeup of the Anti-Treaty IRA members Thompson.
Another M1921A in the hands of a Anti-Treaty member during the Civil War.

Heavy Weapons

Lewis Gun

The Lewis Gun is used by the Black And Tans, most noticeably to fire at Dublin tenements. Joe O'Reilly (Ian Hart) uses one mounted on an Irish Army troop truck.

Lewis Gun - .303 British
Black and Tans carry Lewis guns through Dublin Castle
A Black and Tan prepares to fire his Lewis gun
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O'Reilly takes charge of a Lewis during the ambush.

Hotchkiss Mk.I

A pair of Hotchkiss Mk.I machine guns turret mounted on the British (and later Irish) armored car and is seen used in the Bloody Sunday scene.

Hotchkiss Mk.I - .303 British
Hotchkiss Mk.Is mounted on a Peerless armored car
Close up of a Hotchkiss Mk.I barrel
Frontal view of the Hotchkiss.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918

The Browning Automatic Rifle is seen in the hands of a Black and Tan and with an IRA member during the Civil War fighting in Dublin.

Early Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06 Springfield
The Black and Tan closest to the camera carries a BAR.
Anti-treaty IRA member with a BAR

Vickers Gun

The British Vickers Machine Gun with a smooth water jacket is seen mounted on British and Irish vehicles. It is also seen at a checkpoint.

Vickers Mk1 Machine Gun - .303 British
A British Checkpoint during the rebellion. (the colour of the shot is due to a transition from a British news reel to "real" colour.)
British troops firing their Vickers from a truck during the 1916 uprising. The cylinder on the right is the muzzle of a Lewis Gun.
The vehicle in the background has a Vickers mounted in the turret. Another Lewis Gun is seen top right.

Lanz Mortar

Anti-treaty IRA forces are seen firing German WW1-era 91mm Lanz trench mortar Minenwerfer, during the street fighting in Dublin.

The trench mortar in action. The man on the right carries a slung Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

Ordnance QF 18 Pdr

Used by the British army during the Easter Rising, and the Irish Army during the Civil War

British 18 Pdrs shell the General Post Office
Rear view of the 18 Pdr during the 1916 uprising.
Michael Collins stands next to an Irish Army 18 Pdr.


Mocked-up Peerless armored car

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