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The Day of the Jackal

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The Day of the Jackal
Movie Poster
Country UKD.jpg UK
FRA.jpg France
Directed by Fred Zinnemann
Release Date 1973
Language English, Italian, French
Studio Warwick Film Productions
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
The Jackal Edward Fox
Lebel Michael Lonsdale
Inspector Thomas Tony Britton
Colonel Rolland Michel Auclair
Mallinson Donald Sinden
Lloyd Terence Alexander
Caron Derek Jacobi
Denise Olga Georges-Picot
Jean Bastien-Thiry Jean Sorel
The interior minister Alan Badel

The Day of the Jackal (French title: Chacal) is a 1973 thriller/suspense film directed by Fred Zinnemann (Behold a Pale Horse, From Here to Eternity, High Noon) and based on the 1971 Frederick Forsyth novel of the same name. The film stars Edward Fox as a mysterious assassin known only as "The Jackal" and follows his plot to assassinate French President Charles De Gaulle and the efforts of the French authorities to stop him. The Jackal, a 1997 thriller loosely inspired by the film and its original novel, starred Bruce Willis and Richard Gere.

The following guns were used in the movie The Day of the Jackal:

Warning: Some Spoilers Ahead!


Mle 1892 revolver

A Mle 1892 Revolver is used by a French officer to deliver the coup de grâce to Lieutenant Colonel Jean Bastien-Thiry (Jean Sorel) after his execution by firing squad in the film's introduction.

Modele d’Ordonnance Mle 1892 Revolver - 8x27mm SR.
The officer prepares to fire the Mle 1892 revolver.

Walther P38

A Walther P38 pistol is used by an Organisation de l'armée secrète (OAS) terrorist during a series of bank robberies that are orchestrated to pay the Jackal's fee.

Walther P38 pistol (manufactured at the Mauser Factory) - World War II dated - 9x19mm
An OAS terrorist stands guard with a Walther P38 in hand while a comrade sets a charge to blow open the armored truck's doors.

Submachine Guns


Two of the OAS terrorists who ambush President De Gaulle's motorcade in the introduction use MP40 submachine guns.

MP40 9x19mm
An OAS terrorist (Fjodor Atkine) withdraws the MP40 from a truck.
The terrorist cocks his MP40 before opening fire.
The terrorist fires the MP40 at De Gaulle's car.

M1928A1 Thompson

Another OAS terrorist uses a M1928A1 Thompson submachine gun during the ambush of President De Gaulle's motorcade.

M928A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine and simplified rear sight - .45 ACP
The OAS terrorist fires the M1928A1 Thompson at De Gaulle's car. It's hard to tell in this image if there is a Cutts compensator, but the position of the bolt actuator and the simplified rear sight are clear.
The OAS terrorists watch as De Gaulle's convoy speeds away. The Cutts compensator is visible here.


Various gendarmes and police officers throughout the movie are armed with MAT-49 submachine guns. Inspector Claude Lebel (Michael Lonsdale) uses a MAT-49 during the film's finale when he confronts the Jackal.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
A gendarme (André Penvern) stands guard with a MAT-49 at the train station in Tulle.
Sailors stand in formation with MAT-49 submachine guns.
A police officer (Philippe Léotard) assisting Inspector Lebel shoots open a locked door with a MAT-49.
Lebel with a MAT-49 in the film's finale.

Machine Guns

Chatellerault M1924/29 light machine gun

A third OAS terrorist uses a Chatellerault M1924/29 machine gun to shoot at De Gaulle's Citroen DS, riddling the car with bullets but failing to prevent its escape.

Chatellerault M1924/29 - 7.5x54mm French
An OAS terrorist fires the Chatellerault M1924/29 as De Gaulle's car passes.
The OAS terrorists watch as De Gaulle's convoy speeds away.


MAS AA-52 machine guns are co-axially mounted in Panhard AML-60 armored cars.

MAS AAT-52 Char - 7.5x54mm French
The machine gun is seen in the turret of an armored car to the left of a breech-loading 60mm mortar.



MAS-36 rifles are used by the firing squad that executes Lieutenant Colonel Jean Bastien-Thiry.

MAS-36 7.5x54mm French
The firing squad executes Bastien-Thiry.
Presidential honor guard prepare to parade with MAS-36s.
French gendarmes are also armed with MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-49 & MAS-49/56

French gendarmes are seen with MAS-49/56 rifles when they surround a hotel that the Jackal is suspected of hiding in. Later, soldiers taking part in the Liberation Day Parade also carry MAS-49/56 rifles. Some of these rifles are the longer MAS-49 easily identified by the long handguards and lack of integral grenade launcher/muzzle brake.

MAS-49 Rifle - 7.5x54mm French.
MAS-49/56 Rifle - 7.5x54mm French
A gendarme waits with a MAS-49 in hand.
MAS-49/56 rifles lie stacked along the parade route.

Custom-Made Sniper Rifle

The Jackal (Edward Fox) uses a custom made sniper rifle in the .22 caliber created by an Italian gunsmith as part of his plan to assassinate Charles De Gaulle. The rifle is fitted with a suppressor, telescopic sight, and is disguised within a set of crutches.

The Jackal inspects the rifle with the gunsmith (Cyril Cusack).
The Jackal tests the rifle.
The Jackal adjusts the zero on the telescopic sight.
The rifle is loaded with an explosive bullet.
The disassembled rifle.
The Jackal sets up the firing position before the assassination.
The explosive bullets provided for the Jackal. The cartridges appear to be 22 Magnum (WMR). See the discussion page for a comparison of 22 Magnum to the 22 Hornet.


Panhard AML-60

French soldiers drive through the streets in Panhard AML-60 armored cars.

Panhard AML-60 is equipped with a 60-mm breech loading Brandt mortar and MAS AA-52 machine gun.


During the grand parade of the French army on Champs-Élysées, AMX-13 light tanks make an appearance.

AMX-13s belonging to a column on a military parade.
Soldiers discuss in Etoile square. In the background is an AMX-13.


French theatrical poster.

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