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The Gun (L'arma)

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The Gun (L'arma)
L-Arma-DVD.jpg
Italian DVD Cover
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Jerry Jameson
Pasquale Squitieri
Release Date 1978
Language Italian
Studio Maratea
Main Cast
Character Actor
Luigi Compagna Stefano Satta Flores
Marta Compagna Claudia Cardinale
Rossana Compagna Benedetta Fantoli
Pitta Callini Clara Colosimo
Police commissioner Giuseppe Morabito


The Gun (original title L'arma; also released as The Sniper) is a 1978 Italian-American drama directed by Jerry Jameson and Pasquale Squitieri. Luigi Compagna (Stefano Satta Flores), frightened by numerous crimes in his district, purchases a revolver. The possession of a gun completely changes his nature and behaviour and leads him to a tragic end.


The following weapons were used in the film The Gun (L'arma):


Smith & Wesson Model 28

Luigi Compagna purchases a Smith & Wesson Model 28 revolver. It can be identified as a Model 28 by the top-strap of the revolver which is smooth in contrast to the Model 27 which has very fine checkering.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
A close view of the barrel and front sight.
Compagna on the shooting range.
He loads the revolver. Note the top-strap.
He trains in shooting.
A close view of the grip.

Colt Detective Special

One of Compagna's colleagues carries a revolver in shoulder holster. Only a grip can be seen. Am examination of the grip indicates that there is a very strong possibility that the revolver is what is commonly known as the Colt Detective Special (3rd Generation) which was manufactured from 1973 - 1986 (approximately).

Colt Detective Special 3rd Gen - .38 Special
Compagna's colleague shows his revolver.

Beretta Model 70

In the final scene a policeman holds a Beretta pistol. Its size and general shape allows to guess it to be a Beretta Model 70.

Beretta Model 70 - .32 ACP
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Beretta M12

Beretta M12 SMGs are seen in hands of police in opening and final scenes.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
Policeman Colella (Paolo Bonetti) holds a Beretta M12 in the opening scene.
Another view of Colella's SMG.
A policeman holds a Beretta M12 in the final scene.

Mauser Sniper Rifle

The Sniper (Luciano Zanussi) uses a Mauser-style rifle with sniper scope in the final scene.

Waffenfrankonia W├╝rzburg Gewehr 98 - .30-06
The Sniper holds disassembled rifle.
He assembles the rifle.
He loads the gun.
He aims...
...and fires.

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