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Atkins Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country GDR.jpg East Germany
ROU-com.jpg Romania
Directed by Helge Trimpert
Release Date 1985
Language German
Studio DEFA
Buftea Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Tom Atkins Oleg Borisov
Morris Peter Zimmermann
The old man Colea Rautu
Rose Barbara Dittus
Emilie Margit Bendokat
Clytie Kerstin Heine

Atkins (also released in English under long title Atkins: Between the Fronts of Indians and Whites) is a 1985 East German Western ("Red Western") movie directed by Helge Trimpert. Around the turn of the 20th century mid-aged hunter Tom Atkins (Oleg Borisov) leaves a city for wilderness. In a remote valley he meets a stray Indian tribe, finding refuge after escaping from reservation. The Indians initially distrust the stranger, but after some time they befriend. Once a geologist Morris comes to the valley in search of rich natural resources. Morris suggests Atkins to become his companion, but the hunter cannot deceive his Indian friends.

The following weapons were used in the film Atkins:


Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873

Tom Atkins's (Oleg Borisov) handgun is a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver.

Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873 (factory bare finish) - 11x17.8mmR
Atkins fires at Morris who hunted him down.

Reichsrevolver M1879

Due to a continuity error, Atkins' revolver switches from Chamelot-Delvigne M1873 to a Reichsrevolver M1879.

Reichsrevolver M1879 - 10.6x25R
Morris sleeps with Atkins' revolver in hand.
Atkins takes the revolver back.
In the climactic scene Atkins fires at Morris. This scene is used on movie poster, but reversed.

Reichsrevolver M1883

Morris' (Peter Zimmermann) handgun is a Reichsrevolver M1883 revolver.

Reichsrevolver M1883 - 10.6x25R
Morris with his own revolver that he previously hide in Atkins' hut.
The grip is seen better.
Morris puts the revolver in the back of his belt.
Morris draws his revolver when Atkins suddenly appears in the hut.
Morris shoots his fallen horse.


Werder M1869

Morris (Peter Zimmermann) carries a Werder M1869 (Werdergewehr M/1869) rifle.

Werder M1869 (Werdergewehr M/1869) - 11x50mmR
Atkins demands Morris to give him the rifle.
Atkins takes the rifle.
A good view of the barrel. The muzzle is different from Werder infantry rifle and carbine; it seems to be slightly shorten due to some reason.

Remington Rolling Block

Remington Rolling Block rifles and carbines are seen in hands of Indian warriors.

Remington Rolling Block Militarized - .45 caliber
Remington Model 1867 Rolling Block Carbine - .50-45
Indian warriors test guns that Atkins purchased for them in miners' settlement. A man at the left holds a Rolling Block carbine while a man in center holds a full-length rifle (both marked red arrows). Other guns aren't seen clear enough for identification.
Another view of the scene.
An Indian warrior holds a Rolling Block rifle.

Unidentified rifles

Indian warriors use various rifles that are mostly seen in distance and cannot be identified for sure.

Indian warriors with rifles. Two at the left are Remington Rolling Block carbine and full-length rifle (marked red arrows) while others are hard to identify. Probably these are same guns listed below.
Indians hunt for escaped Morris.
Indians fire at Morris. Their guns may be Schuetzen rifles, often seen in DEFA Western movies, but it's only a guess.
Indians near Atkins' hut. A man in center holds a gun that seems to be a short rifle of Mauser 98 family, like German Karabiner 98k or Romanian issued Vz.24 Czech Mauser.
An Indian warrior at far left holds a gun that seems to be carbine version of Winchester Model 1895 (red 1). Second from the left man holds a supposed Schuetzen rifle (red 2).
During the confrontation with US cavalry one of the Indian warriors (at the left) holds a full-length rifle, likely a bolt-action gun. It resembles Mauser Gewehr 1871, often seen in DEFA Western movies, but the rifle sling is attached to the buttstock, not to the trigger guard, as on Mauser 71.


Single Barreled Shotgun

During the confrontation with US cavalry several Indian warriors are armed with Single Barreled Shotguns. They are possibly visually modified by adding long handguards (or vice versa long barrels are shortened) and custom barrel bands.

A man in center loads top-break gun.
Another Indian warrior with same looking gun.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Tom Atkins (Oleg Borisov) carries a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers in several scenes. Some Indian warriors are also armed with double barreled shotguns.

Remington Model 1889 - 12 Gauge (used here as an example of late 19th century double barreled shotgun with exposed hammers)
The shotgun leans against the wall.
Atkins with shotgun.
A close view of the shotgun.
Atkins fires at wards, hung by Indians near his cabin.
Atkins with shotgun.
The chief of the tribe (Papil Panduru) holds Atkins' shotgun.
An Indian warrior holds a shotgun in the scene when Indians raise weapons against US cavalry.

Atkins also owns another shotgun, with short barrels, that is taken by Morris (Peter Zimmermann).

Colt Model 1878 (replica) - 12 Gauge (used here as an example of late 19th century double barreled shotgun with exposed hammers)
Morris finds the short-barreled shotgun, hidden in Atkins' hut.
Morris examines the shotgun.
The gun on the table.

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