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The Godfather (1972)

The Godfather is the 1972 crime film that was an adaptation of the crime novel of the same name by Mario Puzo. The film follows the members of the Corleone crime family as a mafia war breaks out between Corleones and rival crime families. The cast features Marlon Brando, James Caan, and Al Pacino. The film, which was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and would win Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Actor and would be followed by 1974's The Godfather Part II and 1990's The Godfather Part III.


The following weapons were used in The Godfather:

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Handguns

Smith & Wesson .357 Magnum

Luca Brasi (Lenny Montana) checks a Smith & Wesson Model 27 Snub Nose before going to his meeting with Sollozzo and the Tattaglias. The frame appears to be that of the larger S&W N-Frame. Also since this point in the story takes place in December 1945 it would more than likely be a pre-war S&W Registered Magnum. Or possibly a S&W .357 Magnum since a few were made between the ending of the Registered Magnum model and the start of WWII. During WWII, S&W only produced the M&P/Victory model. S&W did not number its models until the middle of the 1950s.

It can be confirmed that it is a pre-war Smith & Wesson, possibly a Registered Magnum. All pre-Model 27 Smith & Wesson .357 Magnums had front sights that did not run flush with the end of the barrel. The one pictured doesn't run flush with the barrel, therefore it is a pre-war Magnum.

Smith & Wesson Model 27 Snub nosed revolver with 3.5" barrel - .357 magnum.
The .357 S&W 27 is seen on the dresser as Luca Brasi (Lenny Montana) puts on his bulletproof vest.
Luca Brasi looks in the cylinder of his Smith & Wesson.

Beretta M1934

One of the hitmen who shoots at Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) carries a Beretta M1934. This also may be the weapon used in the hit on Paulie, however in the Godfather Saga made for TV the gun mentioned to use in the hit on Paulie is a .22. For Clemenza mentions the load to be used in the hit is a .22 soft point.

Beretta Model 1935, the .32 ACP version of the Model 1934. Other than caliber, the pistols are identical.
The hitmen carry a Beretta and a Detective Special.
A pistol is used in the hit. Calmenza then says to Rocco, "leave the gun, take the cannoli".

Colt Detective Special

This .38 snubnose Colt Detective Special makes several appearances throughout the movie, as the revolver truly was popular amongst Mafioso of the time due to its compact size, relative accuracy despite only having a 2" barrel, and having 6 shots as opposed to 5 shots, as in other makes and models of snubnose .38s. One of the hitmen who shoots at Don Vito Corleone carries a Detective Special.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
The hitmen carry a Beretta and a Detective Special.
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Smith & Wesson Model 36

Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) draws and immediately drops a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 after his father Vito is shot on the street. Sonny Corleone (James Caan) is briefly shown checking one and sticking it into his waistband when he sees Clemenza at the door. Peter Clemenza (Richard S. Castellano) gives Michael Corleone (Al Pacino) a Smith & Wesson Model 36 for his meeting with Virgil "the Turk" Sollozzo (Al Lettieri) and Capt. McClusky (Sterling Hayden).

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 special
Fredo Corleone (John Cazale) draws and immediately drops a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 after his father Vito is shot on the street.
Fredo's Smith & Wesson dangles from his hand.
Sonny answers the door with his revolver.
Sonny's snubnose sticks out of his waistband.
Clemenza hands the snubnose to Michael. Clemenza mentioned that he put tape on the grip and the trigger and that he left it noisy to scare any bystanders away.
Clemenza shows the revolver to Michael.
Michael prepares to fire the revolver.
Michael fires the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Al Neri (Richard Bright) carries and uses a Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolver when dressed in his old police uniform for the hit on Don Emilio Barzini (Richard Conte).

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
Al Neri pulls out his revolver.
Al Neri sets the Model 10 on his bed.
Al Neri takes aim and fires at Barzini.

M1911A1

Willi Cicci (Joe Spinell) uses a M1911A1 to murder Don Otilleo Cuneo (Rudy Bond) in a revolving door.

Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
Cuneo reacts to the .45 pointed at him.

Submachine guns

Thompson M1928

Barzini's hitmen use Thompson M1928s with drum magazines when gunning down Sonny Corleone (James Caan) at the toll booth.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" .45 ACP with 50-round drum magazine
Three of Sonny's assassins with Thompsons.
One of the assassins emptying his Thompson from the toll booth. This technique was often used with the Thompson, turning it sideways and allowing the recoil to 'fan' the bullet stream over a target.
One of the hitmen kicks Sonny's head after killing him.

M1928A1 Thompson

US servicemen in Sicily carry M1928A1 Thompsons as they pass Michael and his bodyguards in jeeps.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
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Madsen M50

Rocco Lampone (Tom Rosqui) and another Corleone hitman use Danish 9mm Madsen M50 submachine guns to murder Don Philip Tattaglia (Victor Rendina) and a woman he was sleeping with.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm
Loading up the M50.
The hitmen burst in on Tattaglia with M50s.

Shotguns

Double Barreled Shotgun

Michael's Sicilian bodyguards, Fabrizio and Calo, carry 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotguns with exposed hammers. While in the novel the two use "Lupara" sawed-off shotguns, the movie instead shows their weapons with full barrels and stocks. Clemenza uses a hammerless model when assassinating Stracci in an elevator.

Colt Model 1878 reproduction - 12 Gauge
Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge
Michael's bodyguards carry shotguns.
Fabrizio with his shotgun.
Calo with his shotgun.
Clemenza shoots Stracci. Twice.

Winchester Model 1912

When Don Corleone leaves the hospital, NYPD officers are armed with what appear to be Winchester Model 1912 shotguns as they stand guard.

Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
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Rifle

Bolt-Action Rifles (unknown)

Don Corleone's bodyguards at the house all carry rifles while patrolling the grounds.

Guards at the Corleone compound watch Michael exit the car.


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