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Death of a Hoodlum (Muerte de un quinqui)

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Death of a Hoodlum (Muerte de un quinqui)
Muerte de un quinqui Poster.jpg
Original Spanish poster
Country ESP 45-77.jpg Spain
Directed by León Klimovsky
Release Date 1975
Language Spanish
Studio Producciones Grégor S.A.
Main Cast
Character Actor
Marcos Paul Naschy
Marta Carmen Sevilla
Elena Julia Saly
Ricardo Heinrich Starhemberg
Martín Frank Braña
Samano Francisco Nieto
Irene Mabel Escaño

Muerte de un quinqui (never released in English; direct translation of the title is Death of a Hoodlum) is a 1975 Spanish crime thriller directed by León Klimovsky. After a jewelry store heist one of the criminals, Marcos (Paul Naschy), deceived his companions and disappeared with all loot. While other robbers search him, Marcos hides in the remote province and is hired as a manservant in an estate where a disabled man lives with his wife and daughter.

The following weapons were used in the film Death of a Hoodlum (Muerte de un quinqui):


Astra 400 Pistol

A suppressed Astra 400 pistol is used by Marcos (Paul Naschy) during the heist in the opening scene. Later he is seen with this pistol in several scenes, using it with and without suppressor. Astra 400 pistols are also used by Martín (Frank Braña) and his henchmen.

Astra 400 - 9 x 23mm Bergmann / Largo
Marcos aims his suppressed Astra at a jeweller.
Another view of the same scene.
Marcos handguns: Astra and Arminius revolver.
A heel mounted magazine release allows to identify the pistol as Astra 400, contrary to similar-looking Astra 600 that has a lanyard ring on this place.
Ciminals hold Astra pistols in the final scene.
Martín with Astra pistol.
A close view of Marcos' Astra.

Star Model B Pistol

In the opening scene Samano (Francisco Nieto), the second robber, is armed with an 1911-style pistol. Similar looking pistols are also seen in hands of other criminals, including Martín (Frank Braña). As the movie is Spanish, these pistols are supposed to be Spanish versions of 1911, like Star Model B (or maybe a Super B).

Star Model B - 9x19mm
Star Model B Super aka Star Modelo Super - 9x19mm.
Samano holds his pistol during the heist. While the pistol looks mostly like a Star, it seems to lack the external extractor that makes all this Star version a little unsteady.
Samano is disarmed by a too bold customer. The pistol lacks grip safety.
Martín loads a pistol. An Astra pistol is seen on the table.
One of Martín's thugs fires his 1911 in the final scene. His companion holds an Astra.
A young robber (Pedro Mari Sánchez) holds a nickel plated 1911.

Arminius HW-1

A revolver that appears to be an Arminius HW-1 is Marcos' (Paul Naschy) backup weapon.

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Marcos draws his revolver.
Even in bed Marcos keeps a firearm on hand.
Marcos' handguns: Astra 400 and Arminius revolver.
Marcos fires his revolver in the final scene.

Submachine Guns

Rexim Favor "Commando"

One more weapon, used by Marcos (Paul Naschy), is a Rexim-Favor submachine gun. It's a "Commando" version of this weapon, identifiable by its unshrouded barrel.

Rexim Favor "Commando" with wooden and metal skeleton stock - 9x19 mm
The submachine gun is seen in Marcos' car.
Marcos fires at pursuing motorcycle policemen.
Marcos loads his SMG in the final scene. Note the disassembled skeleton stock.
Marcos reloads his SMG...
...and fires at his former companions.


Erma Werke Model E M1 Carbine

A semi-auto carbine is Ricardo's (Heinrich Starhemberg) favoured weapon. In the final scene it is used by Elena (Julia Saly), Ricardo's daughter. The carbine appears to be an Erma Werke Model E M1, a commercial version of M1 Carbine in .22LR caliber. The rifle has had the rear sight removed leaving a bare dovetail scope mount.

Erma Werke Model E M1 Carbine with 10-round magazine - .22LR
Despite his disability, Ricardo is a perfect shooter.
A close view of Ricardo's carbine. Note the design of the bolt handle indicating that this is a Model E M1 chambered in .22LR.
Elena fires the carbine in the final scene.

M43 Spanish Mauser

In one scene two Guardia Civil gendarmes visit the estate. They carry M43 Spanish Mauser rifles, identified by straight bolt handles and auxiliary bayonet lugs. Strangely, these rifles have the muzzle parts of the barrel shorter than on a standard model.

Spanish Mauser M43 - 7.92x57mm Mauser
The barrel with auxiliary bayonet lug is seen. The bayonet lug extends nearly to the front sight, unlike the sample above.
The gendarme carries his rifle on sling.
The straight bolt handle is seen.

Various rifles

Several bolt action rifles are seen in Ricardo's (Heinrich Starhemberg) locker. In one scene he threatens Marcos with one of these guns.

Several long guns are seen in the locker. The one in the middle appears to be the abovementioned semi auto carbine.
Ricardo threatens Marcos. The rifle seems to be well-worn as the the barrel is tied to the stock by a piece of rope.
Another view of the guns in locker.

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