Shaft in Africa

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The following firearms were used in the 1973 Blaxploitation film Shaft in Africa:

Shaft in Africa Directed by John Guillerman


Luger P08

While in Africa, one of Amafi's (Frank Finlay) assassins, Marcel Sassari (Spiros Focás) fires at John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) with a Luger P08, fitted with a small suppressor. After Sassari is killed, Shaft takes the pistol and uses it for the rest of the movie.

There seems to be quite a large sound effects problem throughout the movie. The Luger is never seen without the suppressor, but when Sassari fires at Shaft, the gun's sound effects are of an unsuppressed weapon. Later, when killing another assassin on the boat in the Red Sea, the gunshots are silenced. Then, for the rest of the film, the gunshots are back to unsuppressed.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Sassari fires at Shaft
The assassin searches for Shaft
Shaft loads a 9mm magazine into the Luger after killing Sassari
Shaft shoots the assassin on board the ship in the Red Sea.
Shaft searches the Paris apartment with the Luger

Star Z45

One of Amafi's men in the Paris apartment fires at Shaft with a Star Z45 submachine gun. After killing him, Shaft takes it and uses it when facing off with Amafi.

Star Z45 - 9x23mm
The thug aims at Shaft
Shaft takes the dead thug's Star submachine gun
Shaft z453.jpg
Shaft faces of with Amafi


The M1911A1 is used by many of Amafi's assassins and thugs throughout the film.

Colt M1911A1 .45 ACP
Close up of the suppressed Colt that shoots one of the escaped African slaves in the beginning
An assassin (Dressed as a cleaning woman) fires at Shaft

Arminius HW-3 Snubnose

Shaft uses a Arminius HW-3 Snubnose in the beginning to fire at Oziot (Frank McRae), with a bulletproof vest stopping the bullets. Another assassin trying to kill Shaft in Africa uses one as well.

Arminus HW-3 - .22
Shaft fires at Oziot.
Shaft reaches for the assassin's snubnose


Amafi (Frank Finlay) uses an older TT-33 when facing off with Shaft in the end.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
Amafi faces off with Shaft
Shaft3 norinco002.jpg

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III

Some of the slave ring guards are seen with Short Magazine Lee-Enfield (SMLE) Rifles. Shaft also has one of the DVD cover.

Lee-Enfield No. 1 Mk. III .303 British
Shaft leeenfield1.jpg

Webley Mk 1 Air Pistol

One of Col. Gonder's men is briefly seen with a Webley Mk 1 Air Pistol, holding it on Shaft.

Webley Mk 1 Air Pistol - .22
Shaft airpistol1.jpg

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