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The Patriot (2000)

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The Patriot
Patriot promo poster.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Roland Emmerich
Release Date 2000
Language English
Studio Columbia Pictures
Centropolis Entertainment
Mutual Film Company
Distributor Sony Pictures Releasing
Main Cast
Character Actor
Benjamin Martin Mel Gibson
Gabriel Martin Heath Ledger
Colonel William Tavington Jason Isaacs
General Harry Burwell Chris Cooper
Major Jean Villeneuve Tchéky Karyo
General Cornwallis Tom Wilkinson
Captain James Wilkins Adam Baldwin
Reverend Oliver René Auberjonois
Dan Scott Donal Logue
Charlotte Selton Joely Richardson

The Patriot is a 2000 American Revolutionary War film that stars Mel Gibson as Benjamin Martin, a former soldier who tries to protect his family from becoming involved in the American colonists' effort for independence, but is drawn into the fight after a tragic encounter with British forces. The film was directed by Roland Emmerich and the cast included Heath Ledger, Jason Isaacs, and Adam Baldwin.

The following weapons were used in the film The Patriot:


Kentucky Flintlock Rifle

Several Kentucky flintlock rifles are used by Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) and his sons when he tries to rescue his older son Gabriel Martin (Heath Ledger) from British soldiers. The rifle was custom built for Mel Gibson by artist Frank House, who also had a hand in training the actor on how to use it.

Kentucky Rifle - .50, .45, or .36 caliber
Martin and his son carry their Kentucky flintlocks as they search the field for survivors.
Martin readies his Kentucky rifle to take out the British soldiers.
Nathan Martin (Trevor Morgan) trains his Kentucky rifle on the British soldiers.
Benjamin Martin prepares to use his rifle.

Flintlock Pistol

Various Flintlock Pistols are used by numerous characters including Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson) and Colonel Tavington (Jason Isaacs). Benjamin Martin's pistol was on loan from a collector, who happened to share the same initials as Mel Gibson's character. Tavington's pistol was built from a kit.

Tower Sea Service Pistol used by the British Royal Navy.
Resin replica flintlock pistol.
A wounded courier holds a Flintlock pistol.
Benjamin Martin reaches for his pistol as he hears the cannons far away.
A production image of Colonel William Tavington (Jason Isaacs) aiming a Flintlock Pistol at Martin's son.
Another shot of Tavington with his Flintlock pistol.
Tavington prepares to use a Flintlock pistol.
Martin loads his last "lead soldier" bullet into his pistol.
Martin raises his Flintlock pistol. Note the lack of a ramrod which Martin had just tossed aside
Aiming the Flintlock pistol.
Colonial Col. Harry Burwell (Chris Cooper) takes out a British soldier with his own Flintlock pistol.

Brown Bess Flintlock Musket

The Brown Bess appears as the standard flintlock musket of the British Army. Always seen with a bayonet.

Brown Bess Infantry musket from 1722-1768 - .78 caliber.
British soldiers fire their muskets blindly as they are attacked by Benjamin Martin. The flash appears to be produced with excessive amounts of powder to provide a bigger flash on camera.
A British soldier uses his musket.
British soldiers fire their muskets.

Charleville 1766

Several militia members are seen armed with the Charleville 1766 flintlock musket including Gabriel Martin (Heath Ledger), who fires it several times during the film, most notably when he wounds Colonel Tavington.

Charleville Musket, .69 caliber
A production image of Gabriel firing the flintlock.
Continental Army soldiers engage the British armed with Charleville 1766s
Reverend Oliver (René Auberjonois) takes a fatal shot while holding a Charleville 1766
Gabriel Martin (Heath Ledger) fires Oliver's Charleville.

Flintlock Fowler

A Flintlock Fowler (the 18th century equivalent of a shotgun) is seen being fired by Samuel Martin (Bryan Chafin) during the rescue of Gabriel Martin.

Harmon Deming Flintlock Fowler
A Flintlock Fowler is seen being fired by Samuel Martin (Bryan Chafin) during the rescue of Gabriel Martin.

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