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American Gangster

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American Gangster (2007)

American Gangster is the 2007 biographical crime drama that centers on the life of Frank Lucas, a low level gangster working out of Harlem who in the late 1960's rose to power after devising a way to smuggle a pure form of heroin to the States directly from the Far East during the height of the Vietnam War. Directed by Ridley Scott, the film stars Denzel Washington as Lucas and Russell Crowe as Richie Roberts, a New Jersey detective who was instrumental in taking the crime boss down. (Ironically, both actors previously starred together in the 1995 sci-fi film Virtuosity, in which Washington played the cop and Crowe played the criminal.)

The following weapons were used in the film American Gangster:




Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) carries a Fegyver és Gépgyár PJK-9HP, a Hungarian copy of the Browning Hi-Power. This weapon is chrome plated with wood grips, and has been converted for blank fire. During production the gun was set up as a "solid plug" version, meaning the barrel was completely blocked off so the gun could safely be fired close to a person's skin. This was necessary for the scene in the film where Lucas shoots a rival gangster in the forehead, and then places the gun on his chest. This weapon is anachronistic to the film's setting since it was introduced in the 1980s and only imported to the United States in the 1990s. There was only one FÉG pistol rented for the production, so the same gun can be seen on screen in every shot. It can be matched by the wood grain of the grips and small scratches on the frame.

FÉG PJK-9HP - 9x19mm. This is the screen-used hero blank-fire weapon used by Denzel Washington throughout the film.
Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) with a nickel plated PJK-9HP threatens Tango (Idris Elba) who owes him money. Note the straight slide stop lever. A real Belgian Hi-Power would have a distinctive round hump on the front.
Frank with his PJK-9HP after shooting Tango.
Frank drops the PJK-9HP on his victim.

Beretta 950 Jetfire

A nickel-plated Beretta 950 Jetfire is used by one of Lucas's party guests to wound another with a leg shot.

Beretta 950B Jetfire Stainless - .25 ACP‎
Lucas's cousin gets high and wounds another guest at a party.

Colt M1911A1

Doc (Ruben Santiago-Hudson), Frank Lucas's bodyguard, carries what appears to be an M1911A1 later in the movie.

Colt 1911 Series 70 - .45 ACP
Doc (Ruben Santiago-Hudson) fires his M1911A1 at the hitmen.

Colt Combat Commander

What appears to be a Colt Combat Commander is used by Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) to dispatch a rival who also was set on fire at the film's beginning.

Colt Combat Commander - .45 ACP
Frank uses the pistol at the film's beginning.
Note the "stovepipe" jam.


Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

NYPD Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose throughout the movie. This is a technical inaccuracy as the NYPD did not authorize the .357 magnum revolver (and never has) for use by its officers during the time period covered in the movie. Officers were restricted to .38 special Colt or Smith & Wesson revolvers in the sixties and seventies. But Trupo is a corrupt cop who ignores the rules and has "juice", so it could be argued he received a special exemption as long as he loaded it with .38 Special only.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose - .357 Magnum
NYPD Detective Trupo (Josh Brolin) pulls his revolver during a confrontation with Frank's dog. This is a technical inaccuracy as the NYPD did not authorize the .357 magnum revolver (and never has) for use by its officers during the film's time period, however, Trupo is a corrupt cop who ignores the rules and has "juice", so it could be argued he received a special exemption as long as he loaded it with .38 Special only.
Trupo picks up his revolver after hearing of bad news.

Smith & Wesson Model 629

Huey Lucas (Chiwetel Ejiofor), Frank Lucas's brother, uses a Smith & Wesson Model 629 during the raid at the drug factory. This would be inaccurate for the time period as the raid takes place in 1975, while the revolver first came out in 1978.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 with Hogue Grips - .44 Magnum
Huey Lucas (Chiwetel Ejiofor) runs away holding a Smith & Wesson stainless steel Model 629 in .44 magnum.

Smith & Wesson Model 64

Det. Ritchie Roberts (Russell Crowe) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 64 with a 3" barrel as his sidearm. This particular model is anachronistic as it was first introduced in 1981, while the film takes place in the late 60s and early to mid 70s.

Smith & Wesson Model 64 with 3 inch barrel - .38 Special.
Detective Roberts (Russell Crowe) aims a Smith & Wesson Model 64 at a process server, whom he mistook for an assassin.

Colt Official Police

The Colt Official Police revolver is used by various police officers throughout the movie. Both the 2" snub nosed version and the 4" standard configuration are carried.

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Detectives Alfonse Abruzzo (Yul Vazquez) and Freddie Spearman (John Hawkes) carry the revolver during an interrogation.
Police Officer during raid on drug factory.Note the exposed ejector rod.

Colt Python

In an alternate opening, Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) drops one of his guns which most closely resembles a Colt Python with electrical tape on it in several places.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) drops his Colt Python in an alternate opening.
The revolver on the floor.

Röhm RG-24

Frank's cousin uses a Röhm RG-24 revolver to shoot and injure Darlynn (Quisha Saunders).

Röhm RG-24 - .22 LR
Frank's cousin raises the revolver as he surrenders to the police.

Submachine Guns

Ingram MAC-10

A suppressed MAC-10 is used by one of the drive-by shooters during a assassination attempt on Frank and his wife.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP
A drive-by shooting on the streets of Harlem with a suppressed MAC-10 9mm.
The shooter fires At Frank and his wife.


One of the guards at Frank's heroin plant carries an IMI Uzi.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
The guard holding an UZI is shot.

Sterling Submachine Gun

A Sterling submachine gun is used by one of the guards at Frank's heroin plant.

Sterling Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
The guard goes down with his Sterling.


Ithaca 37

Detective Roberts (Russell Crowe) and various other police officers use Ithaca 37 shotguns during the raid on Frank's heroin distribution center. Another Ithaca 37 is seen in the hands of one of the thugs at the distribution center.

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 Gauge
Detective Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe) holds the Ithaca 37.
Detective Spearman (John Hawkes) with the unloaded Ithaca 37.
Detective Roberts fires the Ithaca 37 during raid.

High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Shotgun

One of the men guarding the processing center is armed with a shotgun that resembles a High Standard K-1200 Riot Standard Shotgun. A similar shotgun is wielded by Detective Alfonse Abruzzo (Yul Vazquez) during the raid.

High Standard FLITE KING K-1200 Riot Standard Model (Catalog #8111) - 12 gauge. This is the screen used shotgun held by Steve McQueen in the film The Getaway (1972).
Guard goes down while holding the shotgun.
A similar shotgun is wielded by Detective Alfonse Abruzzo (Yul Vazquez) during the raid.

Sawed-off Double Barrel Shotgun

Frank's doorman at the heroin plant uses a Sawed-off double-barreled shotgun. He has it loaded with birdshot, and foolishly tries to shoot it through a steel door, which injures on him and the girls in the room when the shot ricochets.

Remington Spartan - 12 gauge. Not the same shotgun, but close.
Frank's doorman answers door holding a sawed-off shotgun.
Frank's doorman has it loaded with birdshot, and foolishly tries to shoot it through a steel door.

Double Barreled Shotgun

A standard Double barrel shotgun is held by one of Lucas's guards at heroin processing center.

Stoeger/IGA Coach imported side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
Guard with his Double Barreled Shotgun.

Over and Under Trap Shotguns

Lucas and Dominic Cattano (Armand Assante) are seen trap-shooting with Over/under shotguns during their meeting.

Remington Premier 12 or 20 gauge, or a combination.
Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) with an over/under shotgun. Note the adjustable comb.
Dominic Cattano (Armand Assante) with an O/U shotgun.
Frank's Shotguns.



Frank carries a CAR-15 carbine when dealing with the Nationalist heroin producers in Vietnam. As with most appearances of this weapon on film, this is likely another M16 variant that has been modified to resemble a CAR-15.

Colt Model 609 aka US Army's XM177E1 - 5.56x45mm
Frank with a CAR-15 slung over his back.


A M16A1 assault rifle is seen during the Vietnam sequence.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
M16A1 next to soldier in Vietnam.


One of the guards in the Nationalists' heroin fields is seen with an AKM assault rifle.

Maadi ARM - 7.62x39mm
Guard at Nationalist heroin fields holding an AKM

Machine Gun

M60 Machine Gun

An M60 machine gun is briefly seen in the hands of a soldier in Vietnam.

M60 machine gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
At the top, an M60 is seen held by a soldier in Vietnam.

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