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Death Hunt

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Death Hunt
Theatrical poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
HKG.jpg Hong Kong
Directed by Peter R. Hunt
Release Date 1981
Language English
Studio Golden Harvest Company
Northshore Investments Ltd.
Distributor Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Albert Johnson Charles Bronson
Sgt. Edgar Millen Lee Marvin
Constable Alvin Adams Andrew Stevens
George Washington Lincoln "Sundog" Brown Carl Weathers
Vanessa McBride Angie Dickinson
Bill Luce Henry Beckman
Ned Warren William Sanderson
Clarence Maury Chaykin
Hazel Ed Lauter
Captain Hank Tucker Scott Hylands

Death Hunt is a 1981 action film loosely based on the actual 1932 manhunt for Albert Johnson ("Mad Trapper of Rat River") conducted by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) in the Yukon. Unlike the fictionalized character portrayed by Charles Bronson the real Albert Johnson was killed by the Mounties on February 17, 1932. Additionally the movie has a much higher body-count. In the actual event Johnson shot and killed RCMP constable Edgar Millen (portrayed by Lee Marvin and whom never gets a scratch in the movie) and wounded two other constables (both of whom recovered from their wounds). The movie was filmed in March and April of 1980 in Canada and New Mexico.

The following weapons were used in the film Death Hunt:


Colt New Service

A Colt New Service is used by RCMP Sergeant Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin) and Constable Alvin Adams, RCMP (Andrew Stevens).

New Service chambered in .455 Eley.
Sergeant Millen (Lee Marvin) retrieves the Colt from his foot locker.
Constable Alvin Adams, RCMP (Andrew Stevens) holds the Colt.

Colt Peacemaker

A Colt Single Action Army with a 5.5-inch barrel is used by Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson) during the fight at the cabin. In real life, Johnson did not use any handguns.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model.
Johnson fires his Colt.
Johnson aims his Colt.

Webley Mk VI

One of the trappers Bill (Henry Beckman) uses a Webley Mk VI revolver.

Webley Mk. VI - .455 Webley
Bill (Henry Beckman) with the Webley Mk VI.
Bill aims his Webley.

Colt M1911

A Colt M1911 is vaguely seen in a gun store.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP


Winchester Model 1873

The Winchester Model 1873 is used by different characters.

Model 1873 carbine with 20" barrel - .44-40 WCF
Constable Adams (Andrew Stevens) with a Winchester Model 1873.

Winchester 1894

The Winchester Model 1894 is used by some of the Mounties.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30.
The Winchester Model 1894 can be seen hanging inside the lid of the trunk.
The Mountie on the far right is armed with a Winchester Model 1894.

Winchester Model 1866 "Golden Boy"

One of the trappers in the posse is armed with a Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy".

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF
The trapper fires his Winchester 1866.

Marlin Model 1893

Clarence (Maury Chaykin) uses a Marlin Model 1893.

Marlin 1893 rifle - .30-30.
Clarence aims his Marlin 1893.

Norwegian Krag-Jorgensen carbine

A Krag-Jørgensen is used by Sgt Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin). It is a Norwegian Krag in 6.5x55mm, as noted by the bulge on the loading gate door.

Krag-Jorgensen carbine - 6.5x55mm
Millen gets ready to aim his Krag. You can note the distinctive loading gate bulging from the side.
Millen aims his Krag. Note the "hump" on the magazine loading gate. Millen's Krag appears to be a Norwegian model in 6.5x55mm.
Millen aims his Krag. You can see the hump on the gate here too.
Millen fires his Krag.

Savage 99F

A Savage 99 is used by Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson). It should be noted that, while the movie is greatly fictionalized, as are the weapons used, Albert Johnson's primary rifle in real life was a Savage 99. Therefore, this is a very accurate inclusion to the film. In real life, Johnson's Savage was a 99F, or "featherweight", model in a takedown configuration, chambered in .30-30 Winchester. Johnson's rifle was an early model with a straight lever loop, the one in the film appears to be a later model with a rounded lever loop (probably also chambered in .300 Savage), but props to the filmmakers for at least getting the design right.

Savage 99F similar to the one used by Johnson in real life - .30-30
Albert holds his Savage.
Albert comes out of the cabin with his Savage at the ready.
Albert aims his Savage.

Lee-Enfield No.I Mk.III* sporter

Lee Enfield "Sporter" versions are used by Sundog/George Washington Lincoln Brown (Carl Weathers) and Hazel (Ed Lauter). Being a commonwealth territory, these guns are very popular in Canada.

Lee-Enfield No.I Mk.III* Sporter - .303 British
Hazel (Ed Lauter) takes aim with his Lee Enfield Mk III* sporter
Hazel holds his Mk.III* sporter. Note the charger guide on top of the receiver and the lines on the magazine that go all the way to the bottom. This is a sure way to determine it is a No.I rifle.
Sundog (Carl Weathers) takes aim with his Lee-Enfield sporter.
Sundog aims his Lee-Enfield sporter.


Winchester Model 1912

A Winchester Model 1912 is used by Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson) after the log cabin gets blown up. In real life, Johnson used a sawn-off .22 LR Winchester Model 58 rifle, not a pump-action shotgun. The Model 1912 is also used by Sgt. Edgar Millen (Lee Marvin).

Winchester M1912 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Millen sits with his Winchester 1912 at the ready.
Millen stands with his Winchester 1912 over his shoulder.
Johnson (Charles Bronson) blasts away with his Winchester Model 1912.

12 Gauge double barrel shotgun

A 12 gauge double-barreled shotgun is seen on a gun-rack in a gun store and also used by various characters.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge. The Parker Gun Company was absorbed into Remington in 1934.
A trapper fires a double-barreled shotgun.

12 Gauge Single Shot Shotgun

Albert Johnson (Charles Bronson) cuts down a 12 Gauge Single Shot Shotgun after he learns about the posse on its way to arrest him. He uses it during the fight at the cabin. In real life, Johnson's shotgun was a much, much shorter Iver-Johnson "Champion" in 16 gauge.

Iver Johnson "Champion" single-shot shotgun - .410 gauge. This is the same shotgun that Johnson used in real life, albeit in full-length and a smaller caliber.
Johnson aims his shotgun. Note that the handguard has been retained. In real life, Johnson removed the handguard and cut the barrel down much farther, so it was only a few inches long. This was presumably done to make it easier to conceal.
Johnson loads his shotgun. Note how the stock has been kept at its full length. In real life, Johnson completely removed the stock with only some of the receiver to grab onto.

Machine Gun

Vickers .50 machine gun

A Vickers .50 machine gun is mounted on the RCAF Biplane.

Vickers .50 machine gun - Essentially the Mk1 but chambered in .50 BMG. Mounted on Armored Vehicles and used as Navy AA until supplemented by the Besa and Oerlikon 20mm Cannon - 12.7x81mm
The Vickers .50 BMG can be seen mounted on the Royal Canadian Air Force biplane.

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