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Theatrical release poster
Country UKD.jpg United Kingdom
Directed by Douglas Hickox
Release Date 1975
Language English
Studio Levy-Gardner-Laven Productions
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Lt. Brannigan John Wayne
Commander Sir Charles Swann, Baronet. Richard Attenborough
Larkin John Vernon
Gorman Daniel Pilon
Mel Fields Mel Ferrer

Brannigan is a 1975 British crime/action movie starring John Wayne and directed by Douglas Hickox (Zulu Dawn, Sky Riders). Brannigan would end up being Wayne's second to last film. After turning down the lead role in Dirty Harry and witnessing the film's unexpected box office popularity, Wayne made two modern day police movies in rapid succession. After completing McQ (1974), Wayne starred in Brannigan.

Lieutenant Jim Brannigan is a tough Chicago P.D. detective who is sent to London to retrieve American mobster Ben Larkin (John Vernon). Brannigan quickly crosses paths with Commander Charles Swann (Richard Attenborough), a civilized, formal, upper-class Scotland Yard officer, who finds Brannigan's two-fisted approach to police work to be the exact opposite of the low-key British approach. Eventually, the two men come to respect and like one another as they work together to take down the mobster.

The following weapons were used in the film Brannigan:


Colt Diamondback

A Colt Diamondback is carried and used by Brannigan (John Wayne) throughout the movie. It is a source of tension between Brannigan and Commander Swann (Richard Attenborough), since it is against Scotland Yard procedure and English law for Brannigan to carry and use a firearm. Naturally, Brannigan continues to carry it and uses it despite his protests.

Screen used Colt Diamondback used by John Wayne in the film, photo courtesy of Long Mountain Outfitters LLC - .22 LR
A screencap from the opening credits.
Brannigan (John Wayne) opens fire on the contract killer (Daniel Pilon) sent after him.
Later in the movie, Brannigan (John Wayne) is again engaged in a firefight with the contract killer Gorman (Daniel Pilon).
Brannigan takes careful aim as Gorman is bearing down on him in his Jaguar.
The "Money Shot".

Mauser M712

Rather typical of the time period when Brannigan was filmed, a firearm takes on a co-starring role- actually two, in the case of this film. Brannigan's (John Wayne) Colt Diamondback and Gorman's (Daniel Pilon) Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer. The M712 is a selective fire version of the famous Mauser C96. It accepts either a twenty round or thirty round detachable box magazine instead of the integral ten round magazine of the older model Broomhandle and was introduced in the early 1930s at the end of the model's production run. It was an attempt to modernize the almost forty-year-old design. On full auto, it has a very high cyclic rate and wasn't very accurate without the combination stock/holster attached. However, it is a very dramatic and distinctive looking pistol and was very popular with filmmakers in the 60s and 70s, especially with European filmmakers. It is the perfect pistol for the contract killer in this movie and goes well with the Jaguar that he is driving.

Mauser M712 Schnellfeuer - 7.63x25mm Mauser
Gorman's (Daniel Pilon) second attempt on Brannigan. This time, instead of a rigged shotgun, he tries to do a drive-by shooting. Note the suppressor attached onto the Mauser.
Dramatic closeup of the Mauser Broomhandle.
The climatic shootout between Brannigan (John Wayne) and Gorman (Daniel Pilon). This is the third, and last, attempt on Brannigan by Gorman.
A rather unusual shot.
Though it can't be seen in the screencap, Gorman (Daniel Pilon) is firing the Mauser on full auto.

Colt Detective Special

A snub-nosed revolver is carried by Commander Swann (Richard Attenborough) of Scotland Yard. There is only a brief glimpse of the revolver, but it appears to have the lines of a second generation Colt Detective Special.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special


Mr. Fields (Mel Ferrer), lawyer to the gangster Larkin (John Vernon), carries an original M1911 pistol. In the screencap there is no arched mainspring housing- in 1974 (the year of the movie's production), Colt was still manufacturing the M1911A1 with the arched mainspring housing. Also, considering that the movie was filmed in England, there is a strong possibility that this M1911 is one of the models chambered for .455 Webley Auto that was manufactured for the British military.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
A tense moment for Larkin (John Vernon) as he wonders if Fields (Mel Ferrer) is actually going to betray him. Note the flat backstrap on the grip indicating that this is a 1911 model.
Though Fields (Mel Ferrer) has proven his loyalty, Larkin (John Vernon) gives him a "friendly" reminder that he is still in charge.

Luger P08

At the beginning of the movie, Brannigan (John Wayne) uses a Luger P08 in a plastic bag to coerce information out of a counterfeiter. He tells the bad guy that the Luger has no serial number and will not have any prints thanks to the plastic. After the low-life talks, he grabs the Luger when Brannigan seemingly has a mental breakdown and puts it down on a table within arm reach of the counterfeiter. It turns out that the Luger was empty all along.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The Luger P08 in a plastic baggie.

Walther P38K

Carried and used by one of Larkin's (John Vernon) kidnappers, Charlie (James Booth). An examination of the barrel shows that it is threaded for a suppressor. While it may be a Walther P38K "compact", there is a possibility that it is actually a full-sized P38 with a shortened barrel.

Walther P38K - 9x19mm
Charlie (James Booth) orders Larkin (John Vernon) to sit down while Fields (Mel Ferrer) smirks, seemingly in league with the kidnappers.


Double Barreled "Coach" Gun

A Double Barreled "Coach" shotgun is set up by the contract killer Gorman (Daniel Pilon) in Brannigan's apartment. It is wired so when Brannigan (John Wayne) opens the door, the shotgun will be fired via a cord and pulley system. Brannigan is suspicious, however, and mule kicks the door open while standing off to the side.

Remington SPR210 Shotgun Hammerless Coach Gun - 12 Gauge
A dramatic view of the shotgun just before Brannigan (John Wayne) kicks open the door.

The shotgun fires after the door is kicked open.
A Scotland Yard detectives examine the weapon.

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