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Bavarian Outlaw

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Bavarian Outlaw
Räuber Kneißl
Rauber kneissl poster.jpg
German cinema poster
Country GER.jpg Germany
Directed by Marcus H. Rosenmüller
Release Date August 21, 2008
Language German
(Bavarian dialect)
Studio Bayerischer Rundfunk (BR)
Wiedemann & Berg Filmproduktion
Distributor Movienet
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mathias Kneißl Maximilian Brückner
Alois Kneißl Florian Brückner
Gendarm Förtsch Thomas Schmauser
Mathilde Danner Brigitte Hobmeier
Theresia Kneißl Maria Furtwängler
Kommandant Brandmaier Jürgen Tonkel

Bavarian Outlaw is a Bavarian Heimatfilm and Crime Drama that focuses on the life of the Bavarian robber Mathias Kneißl from 1892 until his execution in 1902. After the 1970 film Mathias Kneißl by Reinhard Hauff starring Hans Brenner and the 1980 feature film Das stolze und traurige Leben des Mathias Kneißl by Oliver Herbrich, this is the third film adaptation of the life story of Mathias Kneißl, who became a folk hero.

The following weapons were used in the film Bavarian Outlaw:


Mathias Kneißl sen. (Michael Fitz) buys a Drilling. Mathias Kneißl carries the Drilling, after he has been released from jail.

Three-barreled Drilling combination gun with exposed hammers - 16 gauge & 9.3x57mm
Mathias Kneißl sen. (Michael Fitz) presenting the newly bought Drilling.
Alois Kneißl (Florian Brückner) inspecting the Drilling.
Alois Kneißl (Florian Brückner) aming the Drilling.
Alois Kneißl (Florian Brückner) shooting the Drilling.
Mathias Kneißl (Maximilian Brückner) aiming the Drilling.

Gewehr 1888/05

Most Bavarian policemen wield the Gewehr 1888/05 throughout the movie. Gendarm Förtsch (Thomas Schmauser) carries the Gewehr 1888/05 at the beginning. Historically correct would be the Werder-Gendarmeriekarabiner 88 with which the bavarian police was equipped.

Gewehr 1888/05 - 7.92x57mm
Gendarm Förtsch (Thomas Schmauser) running from the barn.
Gendarm Förtsch (Thomas Schmauser) aiming with his Gewehr 1888/05.
The Bavarian police from the countryside getting ready for the showdown.
The Bavarian city police getting ready for the showdown.

Gewehr 1898

Some of the Bavarian policemen carry the Mauser Gewehr 1898. Gendarm Grasser (Simon Schwarz) pointing his Gewehr 98 at Mathias Kneißl during his arrest. The use is anachronistic because it is seen in scenes that are set in 1893. Gendarm Förtsch (Thomas Schmauser) carries the Gewehr 98 later in the movie.

Mauser Gewehr 1898 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Gendarm Grasser (Simon Schwarz) arresting Mathias and Alois Kneißl in 1893.
A policeman (Michael Schreiner) patrolling the city in 1899.

Karabiner 98k

Police forces also use some anachronistic Karabiner 98ks.

Karabiner 98k - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Gendarm Förtsch (Thomas Schmauser) carries the Karabiner 98k in 1899. Note the slot cut in the stock for the sling, smaller barrel, and late-WWII welded front barrel band.
The police officer second from right has a Kar98k.
A row of police officers point their rifles at Kneißl's hideout. Four Kar98ks are seen one of which is equipped with a hooded front sight.

Mauser Model 1943

At least, two M43 Spanish Mausers are seen carried by policemen.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The policeman in the foreground takes aim with his Mauser.
The auxiliary bayonet lug can be seen on the right.

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