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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

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The Taking of Pelham One Two Three (1974)

The Taking of Pelham One Two Three is a 1974 feature film adaptation of the best selling novel of the same name. The film stars Walter Matthau as a lieutenant in the New York Transit Authority who must negotiate with a team of hijackers who have commandeered a subway train designated as "Pelham 123". The film would subsequently be remade as a 1998 television film starring Edward James Olmos and Vincent D'Onofrio, and as a 2009 feature film starring Denzel Washington and directed by Tony Scott.

The following weapons were used in the film The Taking of Pelham One Two Three:



Colt Detective Special

Mr. Green (Martin Balsam) and Mr. Brown (Earl Hindman) each carry a Colt Detective Special while taking over the subway train. Transit Authority Lt. Rico Patrone (Jerry Stiller) also keeps a Detective Special in a holster on his belt.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Mr. Green holds a Detective Special on the motorman.
Mr. Brown with a Detective Special held on the conductor.
Lt. Patrone's Detective Special in his belt.
A Detective Special is pulled from an ankle holster.
Reaching for the Detective Special after jumping from the train.
The revolver about to be fired.

Colt Official Police

Transit Authority Patrolman James (Nathan George) carries a Colt Official Police revolver, identified by its front sight, medium frame, and ejector rod.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel
Patrolman James takes cover with his Official Police.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub

Transit Authority Lt. Zachary Garber (Walter Matthau) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub when confronting Mr. Blue.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special
Lt. Garber tells Mr. Blue to drop his gun.
Lt. Garber raises his Model 10 Snub when he tells Mr. Blue that New York no longer executes people.


Star Model B

Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw) draws a Star Model B when commandeering the subway train from the motorman, Denny Doyle, and when approaching the wounded undercover NYPD officer. This weapon alternates between the Star and a Browning Hi-Power, seen in both scenes.

blued Star Model B - 9mm pistol from the movie The Untouchables (1987). This one is a screen used and fired handgun in the movie and was used by Kevin Costner on screen.
Mr. Blue threatens the motorman. The external extractor helps identify the weapon as a Star Model B.
Mr. Blue points his Star Model B at the motorman.
Mr. Blue approaches the wounded undercover officer.

Browning Hi-Power

Whenever Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw) fires his pistol in the film (shown as a Star Model B), it becomes a Browning Hi-Power.

Browning Hi Power with Target sights - 9x19mm
Mr. Blue threatens the motorman inside his booth.
Mr. Blue holds his Browning Hi-Power on the motorman.
Mr. Blue fires his Browning Hi-Power during a shootout with the undercover cop.
Mr. Blue takes cover during the shootout.
Mr. Blue aims his Browning Hi-Power.


High Standard Model 10

Several NYPD officers surrounding the train in the subway tunnels carry High Standard Model 10B bullpup-style shotguns with carry handles.

High Standard Model 10B shotgun - 12 gauge. The Model 10B had a removable carry handle and bar to attach both a handle and a flashlight.
An NYPD officer runs past Inspector Daniels at the 28th Street subway station. An officer behind him holds a Winchester Model 1897.
Another officer with a High Standard Model 10 runs past Daniels.

Winchester Model 1897

Several NYPD officers surrounding the train in the subway tunnels carry Winchester Model 1897 pump shotguns.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun 12 gauge
An officer with a Winchester Model 1897 runs past Daniels and another officer.

Ithaca 37

An NYPD officer seen near Inspector Daniels at the 28th Street subway station has an Ithaca 37.

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 gauge
An officer behind Daniels and another officer holds an Ithaca 37.
The officer stands out of focus behind Daniels.

Submachine Guns

Smith & Wesson M76

The hijackers, Mr. Blue (Robert Shaw), Mr. Grey (Hector Elizondo), and Mr. Brown (Earl Hindman), (with the exception of Mr. Green (Martin Balsam who never fires his M76)), all carry and fire the Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun throughout the film.

Smith & Wesson M76 with stock extended - 9mm‎
Mr. Blue loads his S&W M76 prior to announcing the subway takeover.
Mr. Brown unfolds the stock on his S&W M76 in front of the seated conductor.
Mr. Blue threatens the hostages, telling them that his weapon "fires 750 rounds of nine millimeter ammunition per minute".
Mr. Grey harasses a hostage as he holds his S&W M76 next to her.
Mr. Grey stands near a subway window with his S&W M76.
Mr. Grey threatens another passenger with his S&W M76.
Mr. Grey refuses to hand his S&W M76 over to Mr. Brown.

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