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Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1

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Mesrine (2008)

Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1 is part 2 of the two-part 2008 French-Canadian Mesrine film series directed by Jean-François Richet and starring Vincent Cassel as the French gangster Jacques Mesrine. Public Enemy Number 1 (French: L'ennemi public n° 1) details Mesrine's criminal career after his escape from prison, and his subsequent brutal end. Part 1 was released as Mesrine: Killer Instinct (French: L'instinct de mort).

The following weapons were used in the film Mesrine: Public Enemy Number 1:



Beretta 93R

Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) uses a Beretta 93R machine pistol during the casino robbery.

Beretta 93R - 9x19mm
Beretta 93R on a table with some M1911-style pistols.
Note the unusual muzzle flashes caused by the compensator.
As expected, the pistol shoots 3 rounds at a time.
Note the amount of spent cases in the air!
Great muzzle blasts from this pistol.
And now for some close ups.


As with the last movie, Mesrine's pistol of choice is the M1911A1.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Mesrine fires his M1911A1 dangerously close to an accomplice.
Note the ejecting casing.
The extremely close firing temporarily deafens his accomplice.
The muzzle flash in this scene is rather exaggerated.

Browning Hi-Power

Mesrine later acquires a Browning Hi-Power, which he uses for the Deauville casino heist and to threaten Daniel, a French farmer.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm
Mersine dual-wields a Browning HP with his Beretta 93R.
Mersine displays his Hi-Power.
Daniel warily eyes the pistol.

Luger P08

Just before his condemnation at the Compiègne courthouse, Mesrine asks to go to the toilet. A Luger P08 is hidden in the toilet tank, which Mersine uses to escape the courthouse.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Reteriving the Luger.
Mersine brandishes the pistol.

MAC Mle 1950

MAC Mle 1950 pistols are used by French Gendarmes to shoot at a car with Mesrine inside.

MAC Mle 1950 - 9x19mm

Manuhrin MR-73 "Defense"

A three inch barreled Manuhrin MR-73 "Defense" with fixed or duty sights is used akimbo with an anachronistic Beretta 92FS by a policeman when spying Mesrine before killing him.

MR-73 Defense with duty sights - .357 Magnum

Beretta 92FS

An anachronistic Beretta 92FS is used akimbo with a Manuhrin MR-73 "Defense" by an undercover policeman. An original Beretta 92 or Beretta 92S would have been correct.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm

Submachine Guns


When escaping the Prison de la Santé (Lit. Prison of the Good Health), a random convict escapes with them, and takes a MAT-49 submachine gun from a prison guard. It is also seen in the hands of a policeman manning a roadblock in order to find Mesrine.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
The convict grabs a fallen MAT-49.
French police manning a roadblock with MAT-49s in hand.


During the Deauville casino shootout, Mesrine draws an Uzi after running out of ammunition for his pistols. An Uzi is also used by a French police officer to kill Mercine.

Uzi - 9x19mm
Mersine fires the Uzi.
The Uzi on the right.



AKMSs are used in two different scenes, one time by François Besse during the Deauville casino shootout, and then by Charlie Bauer against Jacques Dallier.

AKMS - 7.62x39mm
Besse (Mathieu Amalric) fires through a car windshield.
François Besse (Mathieu Amalric) firing an AKMS at police officers.
Charly Bauer (Gérard Lanvin) with an AKMS.


Jacques Mesrine (Vincent Cassel) is briefly seen with an AKS-47 in one scene while he gets into a car. Mesrine is also seen with one on the movie's poster, which is based on a a real image of Mesrine posing with an AKS-47 and holstered Beretta 92-series pistol.

AKS-47 - 7.62x39mm

Ruger Mini-14

Ruger Mini-14 are used by the policemen assassinating Mesrine.

Ruger Mini-14 - 5.56x45mm
Plainclothes French police reveal their weapons.
Revealing a truck full of heavily armed police to Mesrine.


During the manhunt for Mesrine, the French Army soldiers are armed with MAS-36 rifles. While the older bolt-action MAS-36 was still in use by French police by the 1970s, at this time, the French Army had long moved on to the semi-automatic MAS-49/56.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
French Army soldiers assembling with MAS-36s and MAT-49s.

Remington Model 700

When waiting for the money after kidnapping Lefebvre, Mesrine shoots a unmarked police car, in order to "test their windshield".

Remington 700 BDL with no iron sights and scope (current production) - .308 Winchester


F-1 hand grenade

Just like the real Mesrine was carrying, police find a bag of guns and two F-1 hand grenades on the floor of his BMW.

F-1 High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade

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