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The Professional (1981)

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The Professional (Le Professionnel)
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Cinema poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Georges Lautner
Release Date 1981
Language French
Studio Cerito Films
Distributor Gaumont
Main Cast
Character Actor
Josselin Beaumont Jean-Paul Belmondo
Commissaire Rosen Robert Hossein
Capt. Edouard Valeras Michel Beaune
Col. Martin Jean-Louis Richard
President N'Jala Pierre Saintons
Jeanne Baumont Elisabeth Margoni
Alice Ancelin Cyrielle Clair
The minister Jean Desailly
Inspector Farges Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu

The following weapons were used in the film The Professional:


Colt Python

When back in France, Joss Beaumont (Jean-Paul Belmondo) uses a Colt Python revolver with 6" barrel as his main sidearm.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Joss Beaumont takes the Python that belongs to Capt. Valeras (Michel Beaune).
The grip of the revolver is seen.
Beaumont puts back the revolver after a Western gunslinger style duel with Commissioner Rosen.
Joss uses the .357-persuasion on Farges (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu).
Another view of the revolver in the same scene.
Beaumont holds the revolver in the final scene.
President N'Jala (Pierre Saintons) holds Beaumont's Python.
The Python is seen through the police sniper's scope.

Arminius HW-3

Police commissioner Rosen (Robert Hossein) carries an Arminius HW-3 revolver. It appears to be a version in .32 S&W Long. Rosen's subordinates, including Inspector Farges (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu), are also seen with similar looking revolvers.

Arminius HW-3 - .32 S&W Long
Inspector Farges threatens Beaumont's wife Jeanne.
Farges' partner (Bernard Marcellin) also carries an Arminius revolver.
Commissioner Rosen holds his revolver in the scene in Beaumont's apartments.
Joss Beaumont (Jean-Paul Belmondo) disarms Farges and now has his revolver tucked at the belt.
Rosen fires his revolver at Beaumont during the car-chase.
Rosen loading his Arminius HW-3 before the encounter with Joss Beaumont.

Unidentified revolver

President N'Jala's bodyguard carries a revolver in holster. Only the grip can be seen. Maybe it's a snub nose Colt Python but it's only a guess.

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After Inspector Farges (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) looses his Arminius HW-3 to Joss Beaumont, he arms himself with an M1911A1 pistols. In the final scene some other police inspectors also carry M1911A1 pistols. President N'Jala (Pierre Saintons) tries to grab a pistol, that appears to be an M1911A1, from his desk's drawer during the film's climax.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP. This has a deep Colt factory blued finish, common for commercial variants before and after the war.
Farges holds his pistol while brawling with Beaumont.
M1911A1 is seen in N'Jala's drawer.
Two police inspectors carry M1911A1 pistols.

Star Model CU

Alice Ancelin (Cyrielle Clair) keeps a small automatic in her nightstand. It appears to be a Star Model CU with chromed slide and black anodized frame.

Star Model CU - .25 ACP
Alice grabbing her small automatic.
Chromed slide and black anodized frame can be seen.

Unidentified pistols

A pistol in holster, taken from a prison guard, is seen near Beaumont's head.
A gendarme holds a pistol in the final scene. This pistol may be a MAC Mle 1950 but it isn't seen clear enough to make a decision.

Submachine Guns


Most of the Malagawian soldiers use MAT-49 SMGs during the raid on the village. MAT-49s are also carried by French gendarmes.

MAT-49 - 9x19mm
A soldier about to shoot some barking dogs off-screen with his MAT-49.
Another soldier fires into the hut.
A gendarme holds a MAT-49 with folded magazine.
A gendarme at the right carries a MAT-49.
A guard holds a MAT-49 in the final scene.


What appears to be an MP40 is seen in hands of a Malagawian soldier.

MP40 - 9x19mm
A soldier at the left holds an MP40.


What appears to be some version of Thompson is seen in hands of a Malagawian soldier.

M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
A Thompson with a foregrip is seen through thick smoke.


High Standard FLITE KING K-1200 Riot

The black prisoner (Sidiki Bakaba) gets a High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Shotgun one off a guard he kills. He opens fire with it on the approaching soldiers during the raid on the villadge.

High Standard FLITE KING K-1200 Riot Standard Model - 12 gauge
A prison guard aims the shotgun.
Joss' buddy with his shotgun.
He fires at soldiers.


M1 Carbine

Some Malagawian soldiers carry M1 Carbines.

The Modern Manufactured version of the M1 Carbine, with standard stock, from Auto-Ordnance - .30 Carbine
A soldier with M1 Carbine is seen at the background.


Numerous French gendarmes are armed with MAS-36/51 rifles.

MAS-36/51 - 7.5x54mm French
A gendarme carries a MAS-36/51.
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Gendarmes carry MAS-36/51 rifles.
A MAS-36/51 is seen at the background.

Assault Rifles

Armalite AR-10 Assault Rifle

The Armalite AR-10 with sniper scope was hiden by Joss Beaumont (Jean-Paul Belmondo) in an Malagawian village prior to the events of the film. Beaumont uses it to great effect during the firefight with government troops.

Armalite AR-10 "Sudanese" model - 7.62x51mm NATO
The disassembled AR-10 (plus some vacation money and a passport) in Joss' goodie-box.
Beaumont readies the rifle.
Joss Beaumont about to return fire with his AR-10 during the shootout.

SIG Manurhin SG 540

During the memorable last minutes of the film, Inspector Farges (Bernard-Pierre Donnadieu) and his unnamed partner (Bernard Marcellin) use a SIG Manurhin SG 540 with a sniper scope.

SIG SG 540 with folding stock - 5.56x45mm
A police inspector (Bernard Marcellin) aims the rifle.
A folding stock is seen.
A close-up of the rifle. The trigger and the fire-selector look like an SG-540's.
Farges takes aim during the memorable climax.

StG 44

Many Malagawian soldiers and prison guards are armed with Sturmgewehr 44 assault rifles.

Sturmgewehr 44 - 7.92x33mm
A prison guard at the background carries an StG 44.
Another guard at the left holds an StG 44.
Soldiers carry StG 44s.

Machine Guns

Browning M1919A4

Browning M1919A4 machine guns are seen mounted on jeep in several scenes.

Browning M1919A4 on pedestal mount - .30-06
An M1919 on the jeep is seen at the left while Malagawian prison guards tortue Beaumont.
Jeep-mounted Browning M1919A4 machine gun is seen during the attack on the village.

Browning M1917

A jeep mounted Browning M1917 is seen briefly in the background during Joss' fight with the prison guards.

Browning M1917 - .30-06
An M1917 is seen at the background.

Other Weapons


A flamethrower of unknown model is used by a Malagawian soldier to incinerate some of the huts in the village. It looks more like a real weapon than a movie prop.

A soldier uses the flamethrower.
Another view of the weapon.

Tromblon Mle F3 Smoke Grenade Launcher

A MAS-36/51 rifle with a Tromblon Mle F3 smoke grenade launcher is seen in hands of a gendarme.

Tromblon Mle F3 smoke grenade launcher on MAS-36 rifle - 125mm
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