Professional, The (1981)

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Le Professionnel
Le Professionnel Poster.jpg
Cinema poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Georges Lautner
Release Date 1981
Language French
Studio Cerito Films
Distributor Gaumont
Main Cast
Character Actor
Josselin Beaumont dit 'Joss' Jean-Paul Belmondo
Alice Ancelin Cyrielle Clair
The minister Jean Desailly
Commissaire Rosen Robert Hossein
Police inspector Farges Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

The following weapons were used in the film The Professional (Le Professionnel):


Armalite AR-10 Assault Rifle

The Armalite AR-10 is used to great effect by Joss Beaumont (Jean-Paul Belmondo) during the firefight in the african village. Obviously he likes to be prepared, since he must've stashed the disassembled rifle in a "goodie-box" in one of the huts before his arrest.

Armalite AR-10 "Sudanese" model - 7.62x51mm NATO
Joss Beaumont about to return fire with his AR-10 during the village shootout
Almost ready ...
The disassembled AR-10 (plus some vacation money and a passport) in Joss' goodie-box.

Browning M1919A4

The Browning M1919A4 is seen mounted on a Jeep during the assault on the village.

Browning M1919A4 on pedestal mount - .30-06
Jeep-mounted Browning M1919A4 machine gun. Seen during the attack on the village.

Browning M1917

A Browning M1917 is seen briefly in the background during Joss' fight with the prison-guards.

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An M1917 is seen during Joss' fight with the prison-guards.


Most of the african soldiers use the French MAT-49 during the raid on the village.

A soldier about to shoot some barking dogs off-screen with his MAT-49

High Standard FLITE KING K-1200 Riot

The black prisoner (Sidiki Bakaba) gets a High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Shotgun one off a guard he kills. He then (rather foolishly) opens fire with it on the approaching soldiers during the raid and is promptly shot.

Joss' buddy with his shotgun

Unknown Flamethrower

Used by the african soldiers to incinerate some of the huts in the village.

A rather cool looking soldier burning down the village.

Colt Python


Back in France, Beaumont uses a Colt Python revolver with a 6in barrel as his main sidearm.

President N'Jala (Pierre Saintons) wielding Joss' empty Colt Python - as seen through the police sniper's scope.
Joss using .357-persuasion on Farges (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu).

Arminius HW-3

The film's main antagonist, Commisaire Rosen (Robert Hossein) , uses a Arminius HW-3 (.32 S&W Long) Revolver.

Arminius HW-3 - .32 S&W Long
Rosen shooting his revolver at Beaumont during the car-chase.
Rosen with his revolver
Commissaire Rosen loading his Arminius HW-3 before the showdown with Josselin Beaumont

Unknown automatic handguns

Beaumont's lover Alice Ancelin (Cyrielle Clair) keeps a small automatic in her nightstand.

Alice grabbing her small automatic.

When talking to Beaumont during the film's climax, the president tries to grab an unknown handgun from his desk's drawer. The gun is never fully seen, because Beaumont realizes what's going on an slams the drawer shut.

The unknown handgun in the drawer.

Seems to me like a Colt M1911 variant. If you look closely, you'll see the grip safety.

Scoped assault rifle, probably SIG Manurhin SG-540

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During the memorable last minutes of the film, two of Beaumont's ex-colleagues use a scoped assault rifle with a folding stock and an unusually large magazine. After some poking around on the internet, I *think* it's a SIG Manurhin SG-540 (license-built SIG SG 540 in 5.56mm), but I'm not quite sure. Again: Please correct me if I'm wrong.

Farges takes aim during the memorable climax.
A close-up of the rifle. The trigger and the fire-selector look like an SG-540's.
Another view of the scoped assault rifle.

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