Red Dragon

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Red Dragon (2002)

Red Dragon is the 2002 feature film prequel to 1991's The Silence of the Lambs. Directed by Brett Ratner (Rush Hour), the film stars Edward Norton as former FBI Special Agent Will Graham and Anthony Hopkins, reprising his Academy-Award winning role of Dr. Hannibal Lecter. Red Dragon is the second feature film adaptation of the Thomas Harris book of the same name (which was actually the first to feature Lecter), as Michael Mann had previously adapted the material into the 1986 film Manhunter.


The following weapons were used in the film Red Dragon:

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Handguns

Smith & Wesson 459

The Smith & Wesson 459 is the sidearm of FBI Special Agent Will Graham (Edward Norton) at the beginning of the film. He is seen drawing it from a shoulder holster as Lecter stabs him. Graham is also seen preparing one for the raid on Dolarhyde's house. The FBI purchased 803 S&W 459's and issued it to agents in the early eighties. The second generation 459 was manufactured from 1979-1987. Since the film begins in 1980, Graham's 459 would be consistent. He is seen carrying the S&W in his holster for the rest of the film.

Smith & Wesson 459 - 9x19mm
Graham draws his S&W before being stabbed by Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins).
Lector struggles with Graham and his S&W.

Smith & Wesson Model 49 Bodyguard

Graham (Edward Norton) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 49 as his backup gun in an ankle holster. He draws it when Lecter continues to come after him. The Model 49 Bodyguard was authorized by the FBI for carry in 1972. (See American Rifleman September 2011; Draw & Fire: A History of FBI Handguns by Bill Vanderpool.)

Smith and Wesson Model 49 'Bodyguard' - .38 Special
Graham draws his backup weapon.

Colt Detective Special

A post-1972 (3rd Generation) Colt Detective Special is used by Will Graham (Edward Norton) at the end of the movie when he engages in a shootout with Francis Dolarhyde aka The Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes) after he invades the Graham home. Graham's wife Molly (Mary-Louise Parker) also is seen taking target practice with it.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Will Graham with his 3rd Gen Colt DS.
Molly Graham (Mary-Louise Parker) is seen taking target practice with the revolver.

Walther PPK

Another weapon Graham keeps in his home is the Walther PPK. He grabs it along with the Colt as he locks himself and his son in his bedroom. Molly is seen using it as well.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
Molly grabs the PPK.

Glock 17

Francis Dolarhyde (Ralph Fiennes) uses a Glock 17 at various points in the film, sometimes equipped with a suppressor.

Glock 17 1st Generation - 9x19mm
Dolarhyde fires his suppressed Glock. He does a good job at not flinching.
Dolarhyde with his Glock. No one seems to have heard the shot.

Shotguns

Ted Williams Model 21 Deluxe (sawed off)

A cut-down Ted Williams Model 21 is used by the Tooth Fairy (Ralph Fiennes) when he is contemplating suicide, and later, when the FBI arrive at his house. The same gun or one very close to it was used in The Punisher (2004). He mentions that it is "a 12 Gauge Police Magnum Shotgun"

Ted Williams Model 21 cut down to a Short Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the forearm engraving, the J.C. Higgins Model 21 is usually a plainer design.
Dolarhyde contemplates killing Reba McClane (Emily Watson) with his Model 21.
Dolarhyde points his shotgun at Reba.
With the shotgun pointed at her, Reba McClane (Emily Watson) realizes Dolarhyde is planning on killing her.
Dolarhyde throws a match as he holds his shotgun.

See Also

The Hannibal Lecter Franchise
Brian Cox Manhunter (1986)
Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs (1991)   •  Hannibal (2001)   •  Red Dragon (2002)
Gaspard Ulliel Hannibal Rising (2007)
Mads Mikkelsen Hannibal (2013-2015)



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