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Way of the Dragon

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Way of the Dragon
Way of the Dragon Poster.jpg
English Language Release Poster
Country HOK.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by Burce Lee
Release Date 1972
Language Mandarin
Studio Concord Productions Inc.
Golden Harvest Company
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tang Lung Bruce Lee
Chen Ching Hua Nora Miao
Colt Chuck Norris
Ho Ping Ou Wei
Uncle Wang Chung-Hsin Huang
Ah Quen Di Chin
Mob Boss Jon T. Benn

Way of the Dragon ((Chinese title 猛龍過江 (literally "The Fierce Dragon Crosses the River"), also released as Return of the Dragon, is a 1972 Hong Kong martial arts movie, starring a legend of martial arts genre Bruce Lee who was also screenwriter, producer and director of the film. Burce Lee's character, Hong Kong martial artist Tang Lung goes to Roma where a Chinese restaurant is under attack of local mobsters. When Tang Lung successfully repels all activities of mobsters, the mob boss hires an American martial artist Colt (Chuck Norris). In the final scene Tang Lung and Colt meet in a fight in the Colosseum.

The following weapons were used in the film Way of the Dragon:


Colt New Service

Colt revolvers are seen in hands of several thugs in the scenes in restaurant and in boss' apartments. They appear to be Colt New Service.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP
A thug at the right aims his revolver at Tang Lung.
Thugs try to pick up an M1911 and a revolver but they are stopped by Tang's darts.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

One of the thugs is seen with a revolver that looks like a Smith & Wesson Military & Police. This gun is seen only in swift motion and so unclear.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver - .38 Special
A thug at the background drops his revolver, being hit in hand by Tang's dart.

Colt M1911

A mob gunman (Homan Tapsell) is armed with an M1911 when he ambushes Tang and Cheng. Several thugs are also armed with Colt M1911 pistols in the scenes in restaurant and in boss' apartments.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
The gunman points his pistol. A close view of the muzzle.
Cheng picks up the pistol after the gunman ran away.
A bearded thug aims his pistol at restaurant personnel. The flat mainspring housing allows to identify it as original M1911 rather than an M1911A1.
The same thug holds Tang Lung at gunpoint.
Thugs try to pick up an M1911 and a revolver but they are stopped by Tang's darts.

Unidentified pistols

A mob gunman (Homan Tapsell) holds a pistol after an unsuccessful attempt to use a sniper rifle.
He finds out that the pistol runs dry.
The mob boss (Jon T. Benn) fires a pistol in the final scene.
Another view of the pistol.


Winchester Model 1873

A Winchester Model 1873 (most likely an Unberi replica as the movie was filmed in Italy) with a sniper scope is used by the mob gunman (Homan Tapsell).

Uberti replica of a Winchester 1873 carbine
The rifle in the case.
The front sight is seen.
The gunman aims (strangely he doesn't use the sniper scope).
He reloads the rifle.
A close view of the receiver.

Other Weapons

Mob Boss Gun Collection

A gun collection is seen in mob boss' apartments. It contains two long guns and four pistols. These guns are seen only in distance.

The guns are seen at the background.

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