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A Bittersweet Life

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A Bittersweet Life (2005) the original Korean title is "Dalkomhan insaeng"


The following weapons were used in the film A Bittersweet Life:


Stechkin APS

Sun-Woo (Byung-hun Lee) uses a Stechkin APS pistol for much of the latter half of the film, stealing it from a weapons dealer who claims it is the "finest gun manufactured in Russia". Although the Stechkin is select fire, Sun-Woo only fires it in semi-automatic.

Stechkin APS 9x18mm Makarov
The weapons dealer lays out a Stechkin APS.
The weapons dealer brandishes the Stechkin.
A partially disassembled Stechkin in front of Sun-Woo.
The weapons dealer's brother retrieves a Stechkin APS, on the top right, from an arms cache.
Sun-Woo loads the Stechkin APS.
Sun-Woo threatens his former boss, Mr. Kang.
Sun-Woo fires at Mr. Baek's thugs.

Beretta 92FS

During the finale, one of the thugs working for Mr. Baek uses a Beretta 92FS pistol.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm.
A thug (on the right) loads a Beretta 92FS.
A thug fires his Beretta 92FS sideways.


Smith & Wesson Model 12

Sun-Woo's friend Min-Gi uses what looks like a Smith & Wesson Model 12 at the start of the film when they both go to confront some of Baek's men.

Smith & Wesson Model 12 - .38 Special
Min-Gi hold his S&W M12.

Smith & Wesson Model 40 Centennial

Moo-Sung is armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 40 Centennial revolver during the finale. Another of Baek's thugs is seen loading one by spinning the cylinder and flicking his wrist to the right in order to push the cylinder back into place.

38 Special Model 40 "Centennial" with grip safety
A thug spinning the cylinder of his Centennial.
Moo-Sung hides behind a pillar as Sun-Woo opens fire.
Moo-Sung and a thug prepare to sneak up on Sun-Woo.

Smith & Wesson Model 57

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 57 is seen in the arms cache on the far left.

Smith & Wesson Model 57 with a 4" inch barrel - .41 Magnum
The Model 57 is on the far left.

Smith & Wesson Model 60

The gun on the film poster looks like a Smith & Wesson Model 60 and is present in the arms cache when the gun dealer's brother acquires some weapons, though he does not pick it up. Another Model 60 is seen when Sun-Woo collects some guns and ammunition after killing the gun dealers when searching through the bags, and even though he does take it for himself, he never uses it during the finale.

Smith & Wesson Model 60 - .38 Special / .357 Magnum
The Model 60 looks like the gun Sun-Woo holds on the film poster.
The Model 60 is on the far right.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic

The weapon dealer's brother (Eric Moon) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic with wooden grips at the end of the film.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic with wood grips - .44 Magnum
The brother retrieves a S&W 629 Classic, on the top left, from an arms cache.
The brother fires the Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic.

Submachine Guns

Steyr SPP

A Steyr SPP, mounted with a front grip and converted to automatic fire possibly to give the appearance of a Steyr TMP, is used by the arms dealer Myung-Gu before Sun-Woo kills him, taking the gun for himself and using it for the rest of the film. Another slightly modified Steyr SPP is used by one of Baek's thugs in the finale, but he is killed by the gun dealer's brother before he can ever fire it.

Steyr SPP with 30-round magazine - 9x19mm
The surprised accomplice fires at Sun-Woo with a modified Steyr SPP.
Sun-Woo loads his modified SPP. He never bothers to use the mounted front grip and prefers to just shoot it one-handed.
Sun-Woo fires his modified SPP at a thug.
A thug (on the left) loads his own SPP. Note the picatinny rail often seen on the Br├╝gger & Thomet TP-9 in front of the trigger guard.

Assault Rifles

Norinco Type 56-1

Two thugs working for the mobster Mr. Baek use Norinco Type 56-1 rifles during the finale, firing them wildly at Sun-Woo before they are killed.

Norinco Type 56 (Imported into the U.S. as the Norinco AKS-47 or AKS-47 Sporter) - 7.62x39mm. Rather than having the underfolder pig sticker Bayonet assembly, this has the standard Bayonet lug underneath the gas block as the AKM and later variants.
A thug fires a Type 56-1. Note the hooded sight that distinguishes Norinco Type 56 from other Kalashnikov variants.
Another thug fires a Norinco Type 56-1.
The thug realises he has run out of ammunition and reloads the empty magazine into his Norinco Type 56-1.

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