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King Solomon's Mines (2004)

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King Solomon's Mines
Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
RSA.jpg South Africa
GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Steve Boyum
Release Date 2004
Language English
Studio Enigma Pictures
Distributor HBO Films
Hallmark Entertainment
Larry Levinson Productions
Main Cast
Character Actor
Allan Quatermain Patrick Swayze
Elizabeth Maitland Alison Doody
Captain Good Roy Marsden
Bruce McNabb Gavin Hood
Sir Henry Curtis Ian Roberts
Ivan Fleekov Nick Boraine
Mr. Bitter Robert Whitehead
Umbopa Sidede Onyulo

King Solomon's Mines is the 2004 television miniseries adaptation of the H. Rider Haggard adventure novel. Patrick Swayze stars in the film as Allan Quartermain (the last name was changed from the novel's Quatermain). The miniseries aired in two parts on the Hallmark Channel.

The following weapons were used in the film King Solomon's Mines:


Single Action Army "Artillery" Model

Allan Quartermain (Patrick Swayze) carries a Single Action Army "Artillery" Model revolver. An "Artillery" revolver is also used by Sergei (Langley Kirkwood).

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Allan Quartermain holds his revolver during the shootout in Kraal Sitandras.
Sergei holds his revolver in the same scene. The chambers of the cylinder seem to be empty.
The barrel of Sergei's revolver is shorter than of the Quartermain's one.
Sergei fires his revolver in typical Wild West style.
Allan Quartermain checks his Single Action Army.
Sergei aims at fleeing Elizabeth Maitland.
A close-up of Allan Quartermain's revolver.
Bruce McNabb (Gavin Hood) holds the revolver, taken from stunned Quartermain. Due to continuity error, in the following scene the revolver in hands of McNabb switches to a "Civilian" model.
Allan Quartermain holds his revolver on a promotional image.
The grip of Allan Quartermain's holstered revolver is seen on a promotional image.

Single Action Army "Civilian" Model

Bruce McNabb (Gavin Hood) carries a Single Action Army "Civilian" Model revolver in several scenes.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
McNabb holds his revolver during the abduction of Elizabeth Maitland in the ancient tomb.
Another view of McNabb's revolver in the same scene.
McNabb holds the revolver that he took from Quartermain. Due to a continuity error, the revolver switches from "Artillery" to "Civilian" model.
NcNabb aims the revolver.
NcNabb holds the revolver on a promotional image.

Webley .455 Mk I / Mk II

Captain Good (Roy Marsden) and Sir Henry Curtis (Ian Roberts) carry Webley .455 revolvers of early models. Judging by the rear part of the frame of Sir Henry's revolver, his gun may be a Mk I while the hammer of Captain Good's revolver looks more similar to Mk II.

Webley Mark I Revolver -.455 Webley
Webley Mk II - .455 Webley
Good fires his revolver during the shootout in Kraal Sitandras.
Sir Henry Curtis holds his revolver in the same scene. The bulge on the grip can be seen that allows to guess that this is a Mk I.
A close-up of Good's revolver.
A close-up of Sir Henry's revolver.
Another view of Sir Henry's revolver.
Good holds his revolver during the standoff in the oasis in the desert. The typical British pattern holster for Webley .455 revolver is seen.
Good aims his revolver.
Good's revolver is seen during the shootout in the mountains.
Good holds his revolver.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Dr. Sam Maitland (John Standing) carries a Smith & Wesson Military & Police style revolver, definitly anachronistic for 1880s when the plot is set. The dull grey surface of the gun allows to identify it as a Victory Model. Same looking revolver is used by Petre (Morne Visser).

Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W
Dr. Maitland's revolver lies on a box when Maitland is abducted by KuaKuani warriors. Note: the character doesn't hold the gun on screen.
Petre holds his revolver in the scene in the abandoned camp.
The muzzle is seen.
Another view of the revolver.
The grip of Petre's revolver is seen in holster during the pursue in the Kalahari Desert. The holster itself seems to be a British pattern for .455 Webley revolvers.


Mauser C96 M1930

Ivan Fleekov (Nick Boraine) carries a Mauser C96 M1930 pistol. Of course, any model of the "Broomhandle" is anachronistic for 1880s.

Mauser C96 M1930 - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Fleekov holds his pistol during the shootout in the Kraal Sitandras. Note the typical step on the barrel that allows to identify the pistol as M1930. Strangely, the pistol lacks the safety.
Fleekov fires.
Another view of the same scene. The side-to-side lanyard ring is seen.
Fleekov holds his pistol when his unit approaches the camp of Quartermain's party. The wooden holster on his belt is seen.
Fleekov aims his "Broomhandle".
A perfect close-up of the pistol.
Fleekov aims his pistol.
Fleekov holds Elizabeth Maitland at gunpoint.
The Mauser C96 rests in the wooden holster-stock.

Mauser C96 (mockup)

During the standoff in the oasis, Fleekov's "Broomhandle" is replaced with a mockup for a moment.

Probably for the safety of the actress, the pistol is replaced with a mockup.

Rifles and Shotguns

Winchester Model 1892 Carbine

One of the long guns of Allan Quartermain (Patrick Swayze) is a Winchester Model 1892 carbine. It's worth noting that in the original novel the trio of the adventurers carry, among other guns, "three Winchester repeating rifles (not carbines)". The best fitting model for 1880s South Africa would be Winchester 1873.

Winchester 1892 Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Allan Quartermain holds his Winchester.
A good view of the barrel and the magazine of Quartermain's Winchester.
A good view of the receiver and the stock.
A close-up of the receiver.
Quartermain aims his rifle during the standoff in the oasis.
A close-up of the rifle.
Quartermain aims his rifle during the shootout in the mountains.
Another view of the same scene.
Allan Quartermain holds his Winchester Model 1892 on a promotional image.

Lee-Speed Sporter

Bruce McNabb (Gavin Hood) carries an anachronistic Lee-Speed Sporter rifle.

Lee-Speed Sporter
McNabb with the Lee-Speed rifle and Quartermain with the combination rifle/shotgun duiring the safari.
McNabb confronts Quartermain when they have a quarrel concerning Bitter's elephant hunt.
A close-up of the barrel of the Lee-Speed rifle.
Another view of the same scene.
McNabb holds his rifle during the shootout in the kraal.
A close-up of the bolt.
A good view of the bolt and the bolt handle.
McNabb holds his rifle during the abduction of Elizabeth.
McNabb holds his rifle during the shootout in the mountains. The bolt is opened.

Snider-Enfield Cavalry Carbine

Ventvogel (Mesia Gumede), one of Quartermain's African assistants, is armed with a Snider-Enfield Cavalry Carbine.

Snider Enfield Cavalry Carbine - .577 Snider
The breech of Ventvogel's Snider-Enfield carbine is seen.
Ventvogel fires his carbine during the shootout in the Kraal Sitandras.
A good view of the carbine.
Ventvogel holds the carbine during the standoff in the oasis.
Ventvogel fires the carbine during the shootout in the mountains.

FN Mauser Mle 1924

Khiva (Godfrey Lekala), another Quartermain's African assistant, is armed with an anachronistic Mauser short rifle that resembles Karabiner 98k but has straight bolt handle, and the sling swivels are placed below the stock, as it is common for original Gewehr 1898 rifle. The Belgian FN Mauser Mle 1924 that was widely produced for export in 1920s-1930s seems to be a decent guess.

FN Mauser Mle. 1930 short rifle - 7x57mm Mauser
Khiva holds his rifle at the far right. The straight bolt handle and the sling swivel are seen.
Khiva carries his rifle at the background.
The bolt is seen.
The rear sight is seen.
Khiva holds his rifle when the party crosses the desert.
A close-up of the barrel.
Khiva aims his rifle during the shootout in the mountains.
Ventvogel (Mesia Gumede) takes the rifle of killed Khiva.

Mauser Standard Modell

A Mauser rifle is used by an unnamed native porter. Unlike Khiva's rifle, it has turned down bolt handle. Possibly this is a variant of Mauser Standard Modell.

Mauser Standard Modell - 7.92x57mm Mauser. The late version with turned down bolt handle. The screen gun resembles this sample except for the sling swivels that are placed below the stock, like it can be seen on early versions of the Standard Modell.
The poter's rifle is seen at the background center.
The porter holds his rifle at the background left. The turned down bolt handle is seen. The sling swivels are placed below the stock that differs this rifle from Karabiner 98k.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry (Finnish)

Ivan Fleekov (Nick Boraine), Sergei (Langley Kirkwood) and Petre (Morne Visser) carry Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry rifles. These rifles are of post-1910 version, judging by fully enclosed handguard, Konovalov rear sight and sling slots rather than swivels. Close-ups of the front sights allow to see the notched rear that can be seen on Finnish service M91 rifles. The elongated heads of the cleaning rods of Ivan's and Sergei's rifles are also more common for Finnish Mosin Nagants. The real Russian military rifle in 1880s was the Berdan No.2.

Mosin Nagant M1891 Infantry Rifle, late configuration - 7.62x54mm R. The Finnish service M91 Infantry rifles look nearly the same, except for minor details.
Sergei aims his rifle during the shootout in the Kraal Sitandras.
Petre holds his rifle, being wounded during the shootout.
Petre holds his rifle. The cartridges in his bandolier are rimmed and may be correct 7.62x54mmR.
Petre fires at the tents of Quartermain's party.
Sergei aims.
Petre carries his rifle on sling.
A close-up of the barrel of Sergei's rifle.
Fleekov carries his rifle on sling (in center).
Sergei operates the bolt of his rifle at the background.
A close-up of the barrel of Fleekov's rifle.

Combination Rifle/Shotgun

Allan Quartermain (Patrick Swayze) is seen in the very beginning of the film armed with a side-by-side combination rifle/shotgun as he escorts a wealthy businessman Bitter on a safari. In South Africa of the appropriate era such guns were known as "Cape guns". They were produced by numerous British gunsmiths in a variety of calibers. The screen gun may be a modern incarnation of such weapons.

Quartermain holds his combination gun. The muzzles of both barrels are seen. The bandolier is partially filled with shotgun shells.
Quartermain holds his gun when he accompanies Mr. Bitter. The bandolier is partially filled with rifle cartridges.
A good view of the buttstock.
The hammers and the triggers are seen.
Quartermain fires at an rampaging wounded elephant.
Cartridges with spitzer bullets (anachronistic for 1880s) are seen in Quartermain's bandolier. While they don't fit for his Winchester 1892 that he holds in this moment, this ammunition is probably for the rifled barrel of the combination gun.
Allan Quartermain holds his combination gun on a promotional image.

Holland & Holland Double Rifle

Mr. Bitter (Robert Whitehead) owns an Holland & Holland Double Rifle or (less likely) Holland & Holland Paradox shotgun. This is a model with exposed hammers and underlever.

For comparison: Holland & Holland Paradox. The screen gun has similar appearance but its rifle sights are uncommon for H&H Paradox.
Bitter holds open gun.
Bitter takes aim.
Bitter loads the gun. The cartridge resembles such models as .500 Black Powder Express or .577 Nitro Express. The ammunition for Paradox shotguns look different.
The rifle sights of the gun are seen. These sights and the relatively thin walls of the barrels allow to guess that this is a modern incarnation of classic H&H elephant gun rather than a genuine weapon of late 19th - early 20th century.
Bitter listens to Quartermain skeptically as he cleans his elephant gun.
A general view of the gun in the same scene.
Bruce McNabb (Gavin Hood) takes Bitter's gun. The underlever is seen perfectly. Two cartriges are seen in the box.
McNabb tries to save Bitter of a rampaging wounded elephant.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Sir Henry Curtis (Ian Roberts) carries a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers.

For reference: Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Sir Henry holds opened shotgun.
Sir Henry opens his shotgun. He uses a makeshif sling, tied to the stock and the barrels.
Sir Henry aims his shotgun during the standoff in the oasis.
Sir Henry carries his shotgun.
Sir Henry reloads the shotgun during the shootout in the mountains.
Another view of the same scene.

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