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Blood Simple.

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Blood Simple. (1984)

Blood Simple. is the 1984 crime film that marked the directorial debut of the Coen Brothers. The film stars Frances McDormand, Dan Hedaya, John Getz, and M. Emmet Walsh. Note: Just like Snatch., the title is spelt with a period. In order not to reveal any spoilers, the descriptions will be brief.

The following firearms were used in the film Blood Simple.:

Iver Johnson Revolver

The firearm that's seen throughout the film is an Iver Johnson revolver with pearl grips. At the start of the film, it is incorrectly referred to as a ".38". The Iver Johnson revolver is first kept by Abby (Frances McDormand) as a personal defense weapon, but is also used by her husband Marty (Dan Hedaya) and her lover Ray (John Getz), as well as the Private Investigator (M. Emmet Walsh). (Note: On IMDb and in the Coen brother's screenplay, his name is revealed as Loren Visser, but this does not come up in the film.)

Iver Johnson - .32 Smith & Wesson
Abby reaches for the revolver as Marty attacks her.
The revolver is found in Abby's handbag by the private investigator.
The revolver is held by the private investigator.
The Iver Johnson on the ground.
The pistol is aimed at Ray, but it is unloaded.
Abby with the revolver in the final scene.

Smith & Wesson 39

A Smith & Wesson 39 is the sidearm of the private investigator, but not seen until the final scene. In Twilight (1998) Walsh plays another private investigator named Lester Ivar. His demise is very similar in that movie as well; right down to being in a bathroom and carrying a Smith & Wesson 5904. It is doubtful that this is a coincidence.

Smith & Wesson Model 39-2 9x19mm
The private investigator drops his pistol.

Bolt-Action Scoped Rifle

The private investigator uses an unknown type of bolt-action rifle to take aim at Abby and Ray.

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Unknown Smith & Wesson revolver

In an apparent continuity error, a different revolver is seen in Abby's handbag. It has a Smith & Wesson logo and push-thumb cylinder release, a bobbled hammer spur, and cut-out trigger guard, similar to a rare 1917 "Fritz Special" Smith & Wesson M1917.

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Looking closely, the box of .32 S&W rounds can be seen with "Blanks" written on it

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