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Deacons for Defense

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Deacons for Defense (2003)

Deacons for Defense is a 2003 Showtime movie that was inspired by a true story of a group of African American citizens of Bogalusa, Louisiana, who took up arms to protect themselves from the KKK and the local law. The film stars Forest Whitaker, Jonathan Silverman and Ossie Davis and was directed by Bill Duke. Although set in the Deep South, the movie was actually shot in Ontario using many Canadian actors.

The following weapons were used in the film Deacons for Defense:


Smith & Wesson Model 10

Bogalusa policemen carry Smith & Wesson Model 10s as their service weapons.

Smith & Wesson M&P Revolver - .38 SPL
Lawson (Paulino Nunes) and Jimmy (Aaron Walpole) with their S&W 10s.
This shot of Lawson's S&W 10 shows the S&W-style cylinder latch.
Chief Neely (Beau Starr) and another officer (uncredited) with their S&W 10s.

Luger P08

Marcus Clay (Forest Whitaker) is seen with a Luger P08. Since Marcus is a World War II veteran who served in the European theater, it's possible this is a war trophy he picked up.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.


William Chase (Christopher Britton), the head of the local KKK, carries a M1911A1 pistol. Other Klan members and Baily also carry them.

Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Baily (Mpho Koaho) with his M1911A1.
William Chase threatens the civil rights workers with his M1911.
A Klansman with is M1911A1.
Lester Conley (Tim Burd) chambers a round into his M1911A1. Seeing how the slide locked back, and he had to manually release it, it's obvious he had an empty magazine in the gun.
Chase confronts Marcus at the end of the film.
Baily with a M1911A1 tucked in his waistband.

Submachine Guns

M1928 Thompson

One of the Deacons is armed with an M1928 Thompson.

M1928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and early 'simplified' rear sight that would be adopted for the M1 Thompson - .45 ACP
The Cutts compensator is seen in this shot.
The Deacon with his Thompson.


Baily is seen with a MAC-11 during a montage.

RPB Industries M11A1 - .380 ACP
Baily with his MAC-11.


Sawn-off Double Barreled Shotgun

Marcus takes a Sawn-off Double Barreled Shotgun from a Klansman.

Stevens 311R (sawed-off) - 12 gauge
Marcus liberates a sawn-off shotgun from a Klansman.

High Standard Flite King

Both a KKK member and a Deacon carry High Standard Flite King shotguns. The shotgun was taken from the KKK member by the Deacon during their first confrontation. This is anachronistic, as the Flite King was released in 1966, two years after when the film is set

High Standard Model K-1200 Riot Deluxe Model (Catalog # 8113) FLITE KING Shotgun - 12 gauge
Kenner (Jefferson Mappin) with his Flite King before Marcus takes it from him.
Baily with a different Flite King. This one has a shorter magazine tube.

Remington 870

A Klansman is armed with what appears to be a Remington 870.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
A Klansman with his shotgun.


FN Trombone

Marcus' father Joshua Clay (Calvin Green) and later Marcus are seen with a FN Trombone .22 pump-action rifle.

FN Trombone - .22 LR
Joshua with the Trombone.
Joshua hunts using his Trombone with young Marcus (Marcus Johnson).
Older Marcus with the Trombone.

M1 Carbine

Archie (Tyrone Benskin) is seen with an M1 Carbine.

World War II Era M1 Carbine, with Dark Walnut Stock, 'L' peep sight and no bayonet lug. Shown with khaki sling and oiler and a period twin magazine pouch for buttstock. - .30 Carbine
Archie with his M1 Carbine.

M1 Garand

Early in the film, some Deacons are armed M1 Garands.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
A Deacon with his M1 Garand guarding the civil rights office.
A Deacon aims his M1 Garand at Klansmen.
The Deacon (right) celebrates after their confrontation with the Klan.

Remington 700

Lester Conley (Tim Burd) waits to assassinate Marcus with a Remington 700.

Remington Model 700 (1970s Production) - .308 Winchester
Lester chambers a round into his rifle.
DfD R700 02.jpg
Lester takes aim.


The Deacons pick up several crates of military weapons from New Orleans longshoremen, including several M16A1 rifles. In a continuity error, many Deacons are seen with M16s prior to this.

M16A1 Rifle - 5.56x45mm
A Deacon picks up one of the new M16A1s.
A Deacon takes aim with his M16A1. Note the birdcage flash hider.
Archie and the other Deacons with this M16s.
The Deacons face off with the Klan armed with M16s.


Marcus is also seen with an original slab-sided M16s.

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
Marcus with his slab-side M16.
Marcus catches some Zs with his M16 at his side. Note the three-prong flash hider.



Another weapon they pick up from the longshoremen, but never use, is a M60 machine gun.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
Otis (Paul Benjamin) proudly shows off the M60, but Marcus and the other Deacons decide it's a bit too extreme.

M26 Hand Grenade

The Deacons also pick up a crate of M26 hand grenades, which causes concern among the Deacons.

M26 HE Frag hand grenade
Otis also shows off an M26, and the Deacons decide it's REALLY too extreme.
Otis puts the M26s back in the crate.

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