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A Special Cop in Action (Italia a mano armata)

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A Special Cop in Action
(Italia a mano armata)
Italia a mano armata Poster.jpg
Original Italian poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Marino Girolami
Release Date 1976
Language Italian
Studio Flaminia Produzioni Cinematografiche
Main Cast
Character Actor
Commissioner Betti Maurizio Merli
Commissioner Arpino Raymond Pellegrin
Jean Albertelli John Saxon
Luisa Mirella D'Angelo
Sgt. Ferrari Aldo Barberito
Salvatore Mancuso Sergio Fiorentini
Raffaele Cacace Toni Ucci
Forestier Stelio Candelli

A Special Cop in Action (original title Italia a mano armata ("Italy armed")) is a 1976 Italian crime movie, directed by Marino Girolami (credited as Franco Martinelli). This is the third and final chapter in the trilogy about Commissioner Betti (Maurizio Merli), after Violent City (1975) and Violent Naples (1976). In this movie Betti wages war against the crime syndicate in Turin, Milan and Genoa.

The following weapons were used in the film A Special Cop in Action (Italia a mano armata):


Smith & Wesson Military & Police

During the bank heist in Turin the second robber (uncredited) is armed with a Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
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Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose

What appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose revolver is used by criminal Attardi (Dino Mattielli) during rhe shootout in Genoa port.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 snub nose revolver - .38 Special. Early Model
The six-shot cylinder can be seen.
The side view of the revolver.

Unidentified Revolvers

In one scene an undercover cop Massimo Fabbri (Massimo Vanni) draws a compact revolver when he is uncovered.

Italia a mano armata-Revolver-2.jpg

During the chase on rooftops Rocchi (Carlo Valli) fires a snub nose revolver at pursuing Betti. Possibly this is the same Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub Nose that is later reused as Attardi's handgun.

Italia a mano armata-Revolver-3.jpg


Beretta M1951

A Beretta M1951 is Commissioner Betti's (Maurizio Merli) sidearm. A Beretta M1951 is also seen in hands of criminal Bertoli (Franco Borelli) during the shootout in Genoa port.

Beretta M951 - 9x19mm
Betti surprises two bank robbers during the heist in Milan.
Betti fires his Beretta during the car chase.
Bertoli readies his pistol.
Betti holds his pistol in the scene in Turin airport.

Beretta M1934

Beretta M1934 pistols are service sidearms of police officers.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
A police officer draws his pistol during the bank heist in Turin.
Sgt. Ferrari (Aldo Barberito) arrests Rocchi (Carlo Valli), the last of kidnappers gang.


In the scene in nautical club crime boss Jean Albertelli (John Saxon) hands an M1911A1 pistol to his henchman and formal owner of the club Lazzari (Adolfo Lastretti).

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - 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.
Albertelli readies the pistol.
He gives it to Lazzari.

Walther P38

The third bank robber (uncredited) uses a Walther P38 during the bank heist in Turin. A P38 is briefly seen in hands of Luzzi (Daniele Dublino), a member of kidnappers gang.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
A robber threatens bank cashiers.
The P38 is seen when the gang leaves the bank.
A P38 is seen in hands of Luzzi (at the right).

Browning Hi-Power

One of the trio of bank robbers holds what appears to be a Browning Hi-Power during the heist in Milan. A Hi-Power is used by drug trafficer Forestier (Stelio Candelli) during the shootout in Genoa port.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm
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The robber at the left holds a supposed Hi-Power when the duo is surprised by Betti.
Forestier draws a Hi-Power when police appears in vincinity.

Unidentified pistol

During the shootout in Genoa port a compact pistol is very briefly seen in hands of Commissioner Arpino (Raymond Pellegrin).

Arpino tries to stop Forestier's car.

Submachine Guns

FNA-B 43

The first bank robber (uncredited) uses a FNA-B 43 during the heists in Turin and Milan.

FNA-B 43 - 9x19mm
The robber breaks in Turin bank.
Another view of the SMG.


The leader of kidnappers gang Salvatore Mancuso (Sergio Fiorentini) holds an MP40 during the release of kidnapped children.

MP40 - 9x19mm
Mancuso fires his MP40 from the barn.
Mancuso with MP40 (at the left) and his henchman Torri (Marcello Monti) with M3 "Grease Gun".

M3 "Grease Gun"

Torri (Marcello Monti), one of the kidnappers, holds an M3 "Grease Gun" during the releasing of kidnapped children.

M3 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
Torri with M3 (at the right) and gang leader Salvatore Mancuso (Sergio Fiorentini) with MP40.
Torri appears from the barn with M3 in hands.

Sten Mk II

During the car chase Luzzi (Daniele Dublino) uses a Sten Mk II SMG with custom pistol grip. In the final scene a Sten is seen in hands of Forestier (Stelio Candelli).

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
Luzzi readies his Sten while Torri (Marcello Monti) drives the car.
Italia a mano armata-Sten-2.jpg
Luzzi fires at pursuing police car.
Luzzi leaves the burning car and throws away his Sten. The custom pistol grip can be seen.
Forestier threatens Carlo Morel (Fortunato Arena) with his Sten.

Beretta M12

Numerous police officers carry Beretta M12 SMGs in several scenes.

Beretta M12 - 9x19mm
A police officer with Beretta M12 patrols a road.
A police officer aims his Beretta M12 at surprised bank robbers.
A police officer fires a Beretta M12 during the shootout in Genoa port.


Bolt Action Sniper Rifles

During the release of kidnapped children police snipers use bolt action rifles of unclear model.

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Italia a mano armata-Rifle-2.jpg

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