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The Survivors

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The Survivors
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Michael Ritchie
Release Date 1983
Studio Rastar
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Donald Quinelle Robin Williams
Sonny Palusa Walter Matthau
Jack Locke Jerry Reed
Wes Huntley James Wainwright
Betty Anne Pitoniak
Commando John Goodman
Detective Burke Joseph Carberry

The Survivors is a 1983 comedy starring Robin Williams and Walter Matthau as two New Yorkers whose lives are turned upside down thanks to the recession of the early 1980s. They strike up an unlikely friendship after foiling a diner robbery by unemployed hit-man Jack Locke (Jerry Reed). What follows is an unlikely series of absurd episodes; culminating in an armed stand-off with a group of would-be survivalists in Vermont.If one pays very close attention a young John Goodman can be seen handing out literature at an all night gun-shop.

The following weapons were used in the film The Survivors:



Smith & Wesson Model 36 "Chiefs Special"

The Smith & Wesson Model 36 "Chiefs Special" is used ,and carried, by Detectives at the NYPD Precinct.

Smith and Wesson Model 36 - .38 special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
Detective Matt Burke (Joseph Carberry) at the police precinct draws his Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver against Donald Quinelle when Donald unexpectedly pulls out a pistol.
An undercover cop at the precinct also pulls out his Smith & Wesson Model 36 "Chiefs Special" when Donald surprises them and pulls out a pistol.- .38 special

Smith & Wesson Model 60

A Smith & Wesson Model 60 is suddenly pulled out by Betty (Anne Pitoniak) the secretary of Donald Quinelles' boss at the office.

Smith & Wesson Model 60, stainless variant of the Model 36 - .38 Special.
Betty (Anne Pitoniak) pulls out a Smith & Wesson Model 60 revolver against Donald Quinelle when he tries to ask his boss why he was fired - .38 special

Smith & Wesson Model 38

Donald walks into an N.Y.P.D. building brandishing a Smith & Wesson Model 38 revolver. The response is he is put into a choke hold and finds dozens of handguns pointed at him.

Smith & Wesson Model 49 .38 Special
Donald experiences a choke-hold so that the revolver can be taken away from him.

A nickel version of the Smith & Wesson Model 38 (not a Stainless model) is used by Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) later in the cabin.

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Colt Commander

A masked Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) uses a Colt Commander while robbing a dinner.

Colt Combat Commander - .45 ACP
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Colt Govt. Model

The M1911A1 is used by Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) and Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams).

Colt M1911A1 Pistol Commercial aka Colt Govt. Model - .45 ACP

Star Model P

When Donald comes out of the cabin, he uses a M1911A1 clone that has an external extractor, thus strongly indicating that it is a Spanish STAR Model P, impersonating a Colt M1911A1 pistol.

Star Model P - .45 ACP
Donald (Robin Williams holds a gun to the head of Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) outside his winter cabin, the pistol has an external extractor, strongly indicating that it is a Spanish STAR Model P pistol rather than the M1911A1 it is supposed to impersonate - .45 acp

Browning Hi-Power

Having had his M1911A1 taken by police, Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) appears again to torment Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau), this time holding a Browning Hi-Power Pistol with the "Beer Can" Adjustable rear Sights.

Browning Hi Power with "Beer Can" adjustable sights - 9x19mm
Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) holds his Browning Hi-Power on Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau)
Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) with his Browning Hi-Power - 9mm
Jack Locke (Jerry Reed) takes cover in the forest with his Browning Hi-Power - 9mm

Smith & Wesson Model 29

While shopping at the Gun Store, Donald Quinelle asks to see a .44 magnum revolver, whereas, the clerk hands him a Smith & Wesson Model 29 with 8 3/8th " Barrel.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 magnum.
Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) spins the cylinder of his Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver while noticing the small woman examining a Ruger SuperBlackhawk Revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

The Smith & Wesson Model 10 is carried by uniformed N.Y.P.D. officers.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (heavy barrel) revolver (Post 1950s Model) - .38 Special

Colt Detective Special

A plain-clothes N.Y.P.D. officer is shown using a Colt Detective Special

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special

Cobra Derringer

Among the many firearms that Donald looks at while shopping at the all night gun-store is what appears to be a nickel plated Cobra Derringer. The model was brought out originally by the Davis firearms company in 1982 so it fits into the time frame of the movie b production date. When Davis went bankrupt in 1998 the company's product line was purchased by Cobra and production continues to this date (2021).

Cobra CB38 Big Bore Derringer, satin nickel finish - .38 Special

Ruger Super BlackHawk

When Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) visits the gun store, he beholds an Armed Little Lady (Norma Pratt) who asks for and receives a Ruger Super Blackhawk revolver chambered in .44 magnum.

Ruger Super Blackhawk - .44 magnum.
Armed Little Lady (Norma Pratt) proudly holds her Ruger Super BlackHawk - .44 magnum
Armed Little Lady (Norma Pratt) proves that her Ruger Super BlackHawk will fit nicely into a shoulder holster on her small frame - .44 magnum

Nickel Single Action Army

In an absurdist scene, Sonny Paluso (Walter Matthau) tries to have a heart to heart talk with his 16 yr old daughter, (Kristen Vigard), but a porno is playing on the VCR in the background. In the 'porn' real life porn stars are acting in a feature called "How the West was Wet". Porn star Marc Stevens is seen pointing a nickel Single Action Revolver towards real life porn actress Tiffany Clark where she proceeds to do 'oral things' to it before they have sex.

2nd Generation Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - Nickel plated model - .45 LC
In the background, on the television, Marc Stevens holds a Nickel Single Action Army revolver on Tiffany Clark.


Winchester Model 1897

One of the Survivalist students carries a Winchester Model 1897 (non-Takedown Model) shotgun during training - 12 gauge.

Winchester Model 1897 (non-take down model) - 12 gauge.
Survivalist students walks by with a Winchester Model 1897 (non-Takedown Model) shotgun - 12 gauge
Survivalist students with a Winchester Model 1897 (non-Takedown Model) shotgun - 12 gauge

High Standard Model 10B

One of Wes Huntleys' men carries a High Standard Model 10B Bullpup Shotgun - 12 gauge.

High Standard Model 10B shotgun - 12 gauge. The Model 10B had a removable carry handle and bar to attach both a handle and a flashlight.
One of Wes Huntleys' men on the far right aims his High Standard Model 10B Bullpup Shotgun - 12 gauge.

Submachine Guns


During snow survival training, Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) uses a full auto Uzi Submachine gun, which, by the way is not a weapon one can buy over the counter from a gun store, even in 1983. This same weapon, however, is seen hanging over the fireplace in Donald's personal cabin which strongly implies that it is his and not a loaner.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) falls in the snow but struggles to get back up with his full automatic Uzi - 9mm
Donald Quinelle (Robin Williams) prepares to fire his full automatic Uzi - 9mm

Smith & Wesson 76 Model Submachine gun

Several of the survival training students are seen with full automatic firing Smith & Wesson Model 76 submachine guns. At this time, Smith & Wesson were still selling the semi-auto only 16" barrel carbine of the same weapon over the counter. It is assumed (in the context of the story) that these were semiautomatic carbines that were later chopped and converted by their owners.

Smith & Wesson M76 with stock extended - 9mm‎


One of the survivalist students appears to be carrying a MAC-10 with a suppressor.

MAC-10 with Sionics Two-Stage Sound Suppressor - .45 ACP


Heckler & Koch 91

A Heckler & Koch 91-A3 is seen on display at the gunshow that Donald (Robin Williams) visits,

HK91-A3 with factory telescoping Stock - 7.62x51mm NATO

Ruger Mini14

A stainless version of the Ruger Mini-14 is seen in the hands of a survival student. The rifle has the extended flash hider and a blued Scope mounted.

Stainless Ruger Mini-14 with 18.5 inch barrel - 5.56x45mm

M1 Garand

Amongst the multitude of rifles carried by the survivalist students is the M1 Garand. Obviously those particular students are classicists.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
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Valmet M76F

Donald (Robin Williams) purchases a Valmet Model 76F at the all-night gun-store and uses it during his firefight with Jack Locke (Jerry Reed).

A Valmet M76F with side folding tubular stock - 5.56x45mm
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Colt AR-15

Not surprisingly the AR-15 is also used by some of the survivalist students.

Colt AR15 SP1 with Birdcage Flashhider- 5.56x45mm
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Israeli FALO HB

Donald (Robin Williams) examines an FN FALO during his shopping excursion.

FN FALO (FN FAL 50.41) - 7.62x51mm NATO
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Replica Rifles

MGC Replica M16

The MGC M16 Assault rifle: a non firing metal replica built by the Model Gun Corp of Japan and one of the most used non firing replicas of the M16 in movies and television.

MGC Replica CAR-15

MGC CAR-15 replica assault rifle with 20 round MGC magazine.

Hudson Replica AK-47


Other Weapons


Donald uses an M72 LAW Rocket as well during the events in Vermont.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm


Donald's Cabin Armory


The Gun Store

Many Handguns and rifles are seen on display at the gun store, however, the shots are out of focus being that the camera focuses on Donald and not the back walls.


Early Appearance

A young John Goodman is seen handing out literature at the gun store. His role is title "commando".

John Goodman standing behind Robin Williams wearing a beret.

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