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The Postman (1997)

The following weapons were used in the film The Postman:




The M1911A1 is seen in the hands of Holnists, to include General Bethlehem (Will Patton), and is also used by The Postman (Kevin Costner) when he escapes from the Holnists.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
A Holnist prepares to execute the Postman.
Looking at the hammer and the safety, the guns used on the set are probably civilian Government models.
Idaho (James Russo) fires his M1911A1 at the Postman.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

General Bethlehem (Will Patton) carries a Pre-Model 10 Smith & Wesson M&P as his sidearm. The same revolver was used just moments before by Ford Lincoln Mercury (Larenz Tate). It's identifiable as a Pre-Model 10 because of the hammer, front sight and the ejector rod design.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
Bethlehem (Will Patton) pulls a Smith & Wesson Model 10 at the Postman
The Postman (Kevin Costner) stops Ford Lincoln Mercury (Larenz Tate) from using the S&W.
The revolver is handed off to The Postman by Ford Lincoln Mercury.

Rifles & Carbines

Colt AR-15 Sporter I Carbine (mocked up as XM177E2)

The Holnists use Colt AR-15 Sporter I Carbines, fitted with mock flash moderators to pass for XM177E2s, that are subsequently taken and used by several other characters including The Postman (Kevin Costner) as well as Abby (Olivia Williams). They were seen firing in semi-auto, further indicating that they are mocked-up civilian models (that in this instance weren't converted to full auto).

Late 1970s model AR-15 Sporter I Carbine converted into an XM177 Lookalike - 5.56x45mm
The Postman (Kevin Costner) holds the XM177 (mocked up from a Sporter I Carbine).
The Postman takes aim at ambushed Holnists with his carbine. This shot clearly shows the SP1-style 'slickside' upper receiver (no forward assist or shell deflector) and 'slabside' lower receiver (no 'fencing' around the magazine release).
Abby (Olivia Williams) trains her Colt carbine at a Holnist scout.

M1 Carbine

An M1 Carbine is carried by the Postman (Kevin Costner) at the beginning of the film. He loses it when he gets captured and it's never seen again. Near the end of the movie members of the Postman's army can be seen carrying M1 Carbines as well.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with birch stock, adjustable sight and bayonet lug - .30 Carbine. Most of the World War 2 variations of the M1 Carbine were sent back to government arsenals and retrofitted with the bayonet lug and adjustable rear sight. This is the version seen after late 1945 and all the way until the 1960s.
The Postman (Kevin Costner) walks through the remains of Salt Lake City with his faithful mule Bill and his trusty M1 Carbine.
The Postman (Kevin Costner) explores an abandoned gas station.
The Postman looks around inside the gas station with his M1 Carbine at his side.
The Postman readies his M1 Carbine. This shot shows the bayonet lug and adjustable rear sight, indicating it is a 'post-war'(World War II) variant.

Springfield Armory M1A

Springfield Armory M1As are seen in the hands of Ford Lincoln Mercury (Larenz Tate) as well as other followers of The Postman (Kevin Costner).

Springfield Armory M1A - 7.62x51mm (.308 Winchester)
Ford Lincoln Mercury (Larenz Tate) aims his M1A at a retreating Holnist. Note the lack of selector notch on the stock, indicating this as a civilian-spec commerically-built rifle.
The Postman's followers armed with M1As during the film's climax.
M1As are shown being prepared for the impending confrontation with the Holnists.

Winchester Model 70

A scoped Winchester Model 70 rifle is used by the Holnist Mercer (Rex Linn).

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Mercer (Rex Linn) prepares to shoot a traitor with his scoped Winchester Model 70 rifle.

Winchester Model 1894

A Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine is carried, and used, by Colonel Getty (Joe Santos) of the Holnist Army.

Winchester 1894 Saddle Ring Carbine - .30-30.
Getty raises his Winchester 1894 in surrender.
Another shot of the same scene.

FN FAL (with Cobray CM203 Launcher)

One of the Holnist soldiers is armed with what appears to be an FN FAL with mounted Cobray CM203 (standing in for the M203 grenade launcher). This appears to possibly be one of the same prop weapons previously used in the film Escape from L.A..

FN FAL 50.00 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Late Model Cobray CM203, not attached to a rifle - 37mm flare
The Holnist soldier with his possible FN FAL with the underbarrel M203 Grenade Launcher.


M16A1 rifles can be seen being carried by Holnist soldiers in the background.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The Holonist soldier in the background with his M16A1 rifle.

AK-47 Variant

One of the many Holnist soldiers appears to be carrying an AK-47 Variant. Unable to determine the exact model. Despite my best efforts the only shot I could find of it remained blurry. However it's likely that it's an AKM considering that the movie was filmed within the continental United States in 1997 and the AKM often served as a double for the AK-47 during the eighties and nineties.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
Note what appears to be an AK-47 Variant being carried by one of the Holnist soldiers over Col. Getty's (Joe Santos) right shoulder on the far left.


Mossberg 500

A Mossberg 500 shotgun is seen in the hands of Sheriff Briscoe (Daniel von Bargen).

Mossberg 500 Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Sheriff Briscoe intimidates the Postman with his Mossberg 500.

12 Gauge Single Shot Shotgun

A Cooey Model 84 single shot shotgun is used by Idaho (James Russo).

Harrington & Richardson Topper Model 158 Shotgun with case hardened receiver - 12 Gauge
Idaho (James Russo) loads his single shot shotgun.

Double Barreled Shotgun

A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is carried by Old George (Ron McLarty) during the movie's climax.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge

Ithaca 37

An Ithaca 37 shotgun is used by Old George (Ron McLarty) at the Ambush at Elvis Dam.

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 Gauge
Old George (Ron McLarty) holding his Ithaca 37.
Old George (Ron McLarty) starts the ambush.

Heavy Weaponry

Oerlikon 20mm Cannon

The Holnists use a Oerlikon 20mm Cannon to destroy the town of Benning.

Oerlikon Cannon - 20mm
Holnists prepare to turn Benning into Swiss cheese with the Oerlikon.

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