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Death Wish 3

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Death Wish 3 (1985)

Death Wish 3 is the third installment in the Death Wish film series. In this 1985 sequel, following the rape and / or murder of pretty much everyone he has ever associated with, Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson), aka "The Vigilante", finds himself battling street punks in order to bring peace back to a once quiet New York neighborhood. Despite the New York setting, the film was actually made in England.

The following weapons were used in the film Death Wish 3:


Wildey Hunter

Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) takes delivery of a mail-order Wildey Hunter with an 8" barrel and uses it as his main weapon for the remainder of the film: in real life, the gun was Bronson's personal pistol and he suggested it for production. The gun is said to be chambered for the .475 Wildey Magnum, which, in line with the action movie arms race of the 80s, is specifically pointed out to be larger than .44 Magnum to show that Kersey is packing more heat than Dirty Harry. The round is said to be "a shorter version of the African big game cartridge" implying it is not a pistol cartridge, which isn't particularly true. Its parent case is the .284 Winchester, which is not used in Africa and the biggest game you can effectively take with it is deer or elk. The "African big game cartridge" Kersey refers to is more likely the .475 Nitro Express, which was a big game cartridge that was popular in India and Africa. Indeed, the .475 Wildey delivers similar velocities as the .475 Nitro, albeit with much less energy due to the lighter bullets used in Wildey loadings. The .475 is also an extremely powerful cartridge (producing more energy at 150 yards than a standard .44 Magnum from the muzzle), but it is still a pistol cartridge. In fact, the .475 round itself is the same length as a .45 Winchester Magnum. It is probable that Bronson simply was confused and really meant to say that the cartridge was based on an African big game round, rather than being a shorter version of one. Kersey is shown to hand load his own ammunition for the Wildey to get the most consistency.

Wildey Hunter .475 Wildey Magnum
Paul Kersey: "Wildey's Here. Fires a .475 Wildey Magnum, real stopping power."
Bennett: "Is that like a .44 Magnum?"
Paul Kersey: "No, a .44 Magnum is a pistol cartridge and a .475 Wildey Magnum is a shorter version of the African big game cartridge. Makes a real mess."
A close-up of the Wildey Magnum lying on Kersey's reloading bench.
Paul adjusts the gas system on his Wildey Hunter. Paul states that the gas system can be adjusted to be more efficient depending on the type of loading being used.
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) draws his Wildey Hunter on The Giggler (Kirk Taylor).
A close-up of the Wildey Hunter's enormously large barrel.
Paul fires his Wildey Hunter.
Paul aims his Wildey Hunter at a gang member.
Paul fires his Wildey during a shootout.
A close-up of the Wildey Hunter in action. Look at the muzzle! At almost forty eight-hundredths of an inch, that's 12.1 millimeters wide!
A production still of Paul Kersey Charles Bronson firing his Wildey Hunter.

Colt Cobra

Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) carries a Colt Cobra throughout the film. He uses it along with a Wildey Hunter. Near the end of the film, several gang members also use this gun during the final shootout.

Colt Cobra - .38 Special.
Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) gives Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) back his Colt Cobra.
Paul checks his Colt Cobra.
A gang member fires his nickel Colt Cobra.

Colt New Service

A Colt New Service is seen used by gang members.

Colt New Service - .45 LC
A gang member fires his Colt New Service.
Another gang member fires his Colt New Service at Kersey.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

A Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose revolver is by Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) during the final shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose - .357 Magnum.
Inspector Richard Shriker (Ed Lauter) fires his Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose revolver. Note how the chambers are empty.
Shriker wields his S&W Model 19 Snub Nose.
Shriker holds his Model 19 after a shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

A Smith & Wesson Model 15 revolver is seen in the hands of a civilian during the final shootout.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 .38 Special
A civilian holds a Smith & Wesson Model 15.

Browning Hi-Power

Manny Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy) uses a customized Browning Hi-Power fitted with adjustable sights during the later half of the film.

Browning Hi Power with "Beer Can" adjustable sights - 9x19mm
Manny Fraker (Gavan O'Herlihy) holding his Browning Hi-Power.
Manny fires his Browning Hi-Power.
Close up of Manny's Hi-Power. Look at how long the ejection port is on Manny's pistol. He likely had it customized to reduce the risk of malfunctions.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 is seen used by several gang members.

Walther P38 WWII-dated with black grips - 9x19mm
A fallen gang member holds his Walther P38 on a roof.
A gang member on the right is holding his Walther P38.


A M1911 pistol is seen in the hands of a civilian during the final shootout.

Original Colt M1911 - .45 ACP
A civilian unloads his Colt M1911.

Submachine Guns


Manny uses a MAC-10 as his main weapon in most of the film.

Ingram MAC 10 - .9x19mm

Manny fires his MAC-10.

Manny with his MAC-10.

Manny holding his MAC-10.

Manny with his MAC-10 during the gun battle.


At least one gang member is seen using the Sterling SMG during the final shootout.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9x19mm

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) and his neighbor Rodriguez (Joseph Gonzalez) use a Browning M1919A4 to kill several gang members before it runs out of ammo. Both the Browning M1919 and the MG42 belonged to Kersey's deceased Korean War buddy Charley, who apparently acquired the weapons during his stint in the military.

M1919A4 - .30-06
Bennett (Martin Balsam) shows Paul where Charley kept his M1919 machine gun.
Paul examines the M1919 Machine Gun.
Paul and Rodriguez operate the M1919 Machine Gun on the fire escape.
Close up of Paul firing the machine gun. That is going to burn his hand pretty good (not to mention the recoil).
Another shot of Paul and Rodriguez with the M1919 Machine Gun.
Paul wasting street scum with the M1919 .30 Machine Gun.


Bennett (Martin Balsam) attempts to use Charley's MG42 to kill a crowd of gang members. Unfortunately for Bennett the weapon malfunctions and he is unable to fire a single shot.

MG42 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
Bennett (Martin Balsam) moves onto the fire escape with the MG42.
The MG42 malfunctions on Bennett (Martin Balsam).
Gang overpowers Bennett (Martin Balsam). The weapon appears to be a rubber cast here; note how the stock is bent.


Remington 870

A Remington 870 Folding Stock with extended magazine tube is used by Hermosa (Alex Winter) during the final shootout.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 gauge

Hermosa with his Remington 870.

Ithaca 37

A police officer is seen using an Ithaca 37 with extended magazine tube during the final shootout.

Ithaca Model 37 with extended magazine tube - 12 gauge
Officer firing his Ithaca Model 37.

Winchester Model 1200/1300

A Winchester Model 1200/1300 is used by gang members. It seems that this shotgun was specially used for scenes where a weapon needed to be dropped, such as the scene when Hermosa (Alex Winter) is killed and his Remington 870 changes to this weapon: it may well be a replica or rubber stunt gun.

Winchester Model 1300 - 12 gauge
Gang member on the left seen running with the Winchester 1200/1300.
Gang member dropping the Winchester 1200/1300.
When Hermosa goes on an extremely bogus journey, his Remington 870 changes into a Winchester 1200/1300.



An M16 is used by several punks towards the end of the film. The rifle is hard to identify because there is never have a real clear shot or close-up of it. It is unknown whether this is an actual M16 or just a replica such as an MGC M16.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" flash-hider, used to imitate the M16A1 in many Vietnam era films. This model has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
M16 with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider and 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A gang member holds his M16.
A gang member gets shot while holding his M16.
One gang member holds his M16.

Ruger Mini-14

Several Ruger Mini-14 rifles are used by gang members. This includes models with folding stocks, as well as rifles fitted with aftermarket stocks.

Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F ("Government Barrel, Folding Stock") - 5.56x45mm
Angel (Tony Spiridakis) aims his Mini-14 at Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) before being killed by Rodriguez (Joseph Gonzalez).
A gang member fires his Mini-14.
A gang member fires his Mini-14 from a car.
A gang member holds his Mini-14.


Mk 2 Hand Grenade

A Mk 2 hand grenade is seen being tossed around by a gang member.

Mk 2 hand grenade
A gang member with his Mk 2 hand grenade.

Schermuly Training Grenade

British Schermuly Training Grenades fitted with Soviet-style fuzes are also seen in the hands of gang members.

Schermuly Training Grenade
A thug with a brace of Schermuly Training Grenades.
This gang member seems to pick his teeth/chew on his grenades, a disgusting bad habit.



At the end of the film, Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) uses what appears to be an M72 LAW fitted with a fake pistol grip and trigger. He rather comically managed to fire it in the same room as his target with the back of the tube up against a wall, which should probably have killed everyone in the room. Kersey is also seen loading a rocket into the weapon.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm. The "Empty" marking makes it clear this is a spent tube.

Zip Gun

Rodriguez (Joseph Gonzalez) carries a Zip Gun that fires shotgun shells during the final shootout.

Rodriguez with his Zip Gun.
Rodriguez firing his Zip Gun.
Rodriguez holds up his Zip Gun after blasting a street punk.
Rodriguez unloading his Zip Gun.

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