Project A

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Project A
Project A Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country HOK.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by Jackie Chan
Sammo Hung
Release Date 1983
Language English
Studio Authority Films
Golden Harvest Company
Paragon Films Ltd.
Distributor Golden Harvest
Media Asia Group
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung Jackie Chan
Fei Sammo Hung
Hong Tin-Tzu Biao Yuen
Captain Chi Hoi-San Kwan
San-Po Dick Wei
Jaws Mars
Winnie Shih Isabella Wong
Chou Wing Ling Wong Wai

Project A (A計劃; A Gai3 Waak6; also known as Pirate Patrol and Jackie Chan's Project A) is a 1983 Hong Kong martial arts action comedy written, co-directed and starring Jackie Chan as Marine Police Sergeant Dragon Ma Yue Lung. While the film is set at the end of the 19th century, but many details of life, including some firearms, appear to be anachronistic. A sequel Project A Part II was released in 1987.

The following weapons were used in the film Project A:



Smith & Wesson Model 36

What appears to be an anachronistic Smith & Wesson Model 36 is seen in hands of the British Chief of Hong Kong police forces (uncredited). The revolver looks like gold-plated but it is likely Titanium nitride coating that has deep gold color.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
The Chief aims his revolver at Dragon Ma whom he thinks to be a spy.
A view from another side.

Luger P08

Long-barreled Luger P08 Artillery pistols are widely used by Hong Kond Police Force and Marine Police officers, including Captain Chi (Hoi-San Kwan), Inspector Hong Tin-Tzu (Biao Yuen), and Admiral Shih (Hark-Sun Lau). Gangsters and pirates also use Artillery Lugers.

Luger LP08 long barreled "Artillery" model - 9x19mm
Captain Chi fires in air to stop the brawl between Police Force constables and Marine Police sailors.
Ling's henchman cocks the pistol in the scene on the clock tower.
He aims at Dragon Ma.
Hong holds a Luger in the same scene.
Pirate Chief San-Po (Dick Wei) carries a P08 Artillery in holster during the boarding of a British ship.
British Admiral (uncredited) draws a P08 Artillery at San-Po.

During the pirates attack on a British ship a sailor is seen firing a standard Luger P08.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
A Luger-wielding sailor is killed by a crossbow arrow.

Mauser C96

Mauser C96 pistols are carried by some gangsters. In one scene Dragon Ma (Jackie Chan) disarms a gangster and holds his pistol.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Dragon Ma disarms a gangster.
He threatens other gangsters with the Mauser.
A gangster holds Fei at gunpoint.

Mauser C96 Flashpaper Replica

A Mauser C96-style pistol is used by a gangster in one scene. It looks too crude and simplified and appears to be a flashpaper replica, used for Jackie Chan's safety as the pistol fires in dangerous proximity to his face.

A gangster pokes the pistol at Dragon Ma's face.
The pistol fires. The pink muzzle flame allows to identify this gun as flashpaper.
A closeup of the gun.


Lee-Metford Mk II

Lee-Metford Mk II rifles are service guns of Hong Kong Police Force and Marine Police.

Lee-Metford Mk II* - .303 British
Marine Police sailors stand in formation, performing Shoulder Arms command.
Marine Police sailors watch in astonishment and anger as their ships explode.
Closeup of several rifles in the same scene.
British Army soldiers aim their rifles (according to their uniform, they must be Australians).
Closeup of a rifle.
Pirates attack a British ship. Some of them carry rifles while most are armed with various swords, axes, bows and crossbows.
A sailor fires at attacking pirates.
Jaws (Mars) and Hong Tin-Tzu (Biao Yuen) aim their rifles at pirates.
Jaws and Hong fire at pirates.


Rifles that appear to be pre-SMLE Lee-Enfields are briefly seen in several scenes.

Lee-Enfield Mk.I CLLE (Charger Loading Lee Enfield) - .303 British. Note this rifle is a modified version of the original Magazine Lee-Enfield rifle Mk.I as opposed to the later Short Magazine Lee-Enfield.
Lee-Enfield rifles in gun rack in the barracks of Marine Police. The rifle in center seems to have shorter barrel.
Project A-Rifle-2.jpg
Same rifles are seen in another scene.
A pirate aims same looking rifle at British captain during the boarding.

Other Weapons

Mockup Stick Grenade

Stick grenades that appear to be wooden mockups are seen in the scene of training. In the final scene Hong Tin-Tzu (Biao Yuen), Jaws (Mars) and Fei (Sammo Hung) use grenades to eliminate most of San-Po's pirates. In reality stick hand grenades of such outlook appeared only during First World War.

Hong Tin-Tzu shows a grenade to trainees.
He instructs proper handling of the weapon.
Hong Tin-Tzu and Jaws carry grenades in the final scene.
Fei: Why do you think I need a hammer?
Jaws readies a grenade.

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