Professionals, The (1966)

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The Professionals (1966)

The Professionals is a 1966 Western directed by Richard Brooks (In Cold Blood & Bite The Bullet) and stars Lee Marvin as the leader of a group of specialists who are hired to rescue the kidnapped wife (Claudia Cardinale) of a wealthy Texas millionaire during the time of the Mexican Revolution. The cast included Burt Lancaster, Robert Ryan, and Jack Palance.

The following weapons were used in the film The Professionals:



Colt M1911

Rico (Lee Marvin) carries two handguns in the movie, the first one is a Colt M1911, which he carries in a military-style holster (he also carries a double magazine pouch.)

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Rico (Lee Marvin) holds the Colt 1911.
Rico's M1911 holstered.

Colt Official Police

In addition to the M1911, Rico (Lee Marvin) also carries an early Colt Official Police .38 double action revolver.

  • This Official Police is an anachronism, as production did not begin until 1927, and the Mexican Revolution is generally considered to have ended in 1920. However, the very similar Army Special was in production at the time, and could have been carried at the time the picture is set.
Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel
Rico (Lee Marvin) smiles as he gives up the Colt.

Colt New Service

Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan) and Jesus Raza (Jack Palance) carry Colt New Service double action revolvers.

Colt New Service -Colt .45
Jesus Raza (Jack Palance) has his wounds tended to as the Colt lies near his side.

Colt Single Action Army

A Colt Single Action Army is used by Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster).

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5 1/2" barrel known as the "Artillery" model. .45 Long Colt
Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) cocks the hammer of his SAA.
A closeup of Bill's SAA.


Winchester Model 1897

The Winchester Model 1897 pump-action shotgun is the main gun used by Henry "Rico" Fardan (Lee Marvin) throughout the movie.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
Henry "Rico" Fardan (Lee Marvin) with a Winchester Model 1897 shotgun. A nice production still
Henry "Rico" Fardan (Lee Marvin) holds a Winchester 1897 shotgun.

Winchester 1887

Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) uses a Winchester Model 1887 shotgun when he and the other professionals are ambushed.

Winchester 1887/M1901 shotgun - 10 Gauge. This is the hero gun for Paul Newman in the film The Life and Times of Judge Roy Bean.
Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster) on the left opens fire with the Winchester 1887 as Rico Fardan opens fire with the Winchester 1897.


Winchester Model 1892

The Winchester Model 1892 rifle is used by several characters including Hans Ehrengard (Robert Ryan), Bill Dolworth (Burt Lancaster), and Jake Sharp (Woody Strode).

Winchester Model 1892 Carbine - .44-40
Hans (Robert Ryan) uses a Winchester 92 in "The Professionals"

M1903 Springfield

Most of Raza's men carry the M1903 Springfield rifle.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
One of Raza's men holds a M1903 Springfield on Rico.

Machine Guns

Browning M1917

The Browning M1917 machine gun is first seen being demonstrated by Rico to the US Army at the beginning of the film. It's later used by the Mexican army when Raza's men ambush the train.

Browning 1917 Machine Gun - .30-06
Rico demonstrates the M1917 to the US Army soldiers.
Mexican soldiers fire the Browning M1917 on Raza's men.

Lewis gun

Another machine gun used by the Mexican army and by Rico (Lee Marvin) is the Lewis gun.

Lewis gun .303
A Mexican soldier opens fire with the Lewis machine gun.

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