Death Wish (1974)
Death Wish is the 1974 cult classic thriller based on the novel of the same name written by Brian Garfield. Charles Bronson stars as Paul Kersey, a quiet architect who becomes a vigilante, when his wife is killed and his daughter is raped by three muggers (including one played by Jeff Goldblum in his film debut, crediting him only as "Creep #1"). Bronson would go on to star in four more "Death Wish" films. Death Wish author Brian Garfield would also write a sequel novel to Death Wish, which wasn't used for any of the later Bronson films, but served as the basis for the 2007 Kevin Bacon-starring film Death Sentence. A feature film remake directed by Eli Roth and starring Bruce Willis as Kersey would be released in March of 2018.
The following weapons were used in the film Death Wish (1974):
Colt Police Positive
Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson) uses a .32 caliber nickel Colt Police Positive revolver with a 4-inch barrel as his weapon of choice. This revolver was given to him as a present by Ames Jainchill (Stuart Margolin) and is used throughout his vigilante encounters. He kills ten street muggers with it, usually with two rounds each. The revolver inflicts devastating wounds on any mugger unlucky enough to be on the receiving end, and not a single person shot with it survives.
The exact chambering of the revolver is never specified, but it is repeatedly confirmed to be a .32 caliber. The Colt Police Positive was chambered in three separate .32 caliber cartridges: the common .32 Smith & Wesson Long (referred to on Colt revolvers as ".32 Colt New Police" to avoid stamping their competitor's name on their weapons), the .32-20 Winchester Center Fire, a powerful rifle cartridge and, finally, the anemic and scarce .32 Long Colt. For years, we here at the IMFDB assumed that it was chambered in .32 Long, which was at one point so common it was carried by the NYPD (and chosen by Theodore Roosevelt, who was the commissioner at the time). However, upon closer inspection of screenshots it appears that the cylinder is much longer than the ones you would see on a .32 Police, which leaves the .32-20 WCF as the only possible option. This also makes more sense than the .32 Long because the muzzle flash is much more powerful than that of a .32 Long and the wounds inflicted are so much more severe. The .32 Winchester has more than twice as much energy as a .32 Long.
1842 Percussion Revolver
During his business trip in Tucson, Paul is seen target shooting with a percussion revolver. Ames Jainchill (Stuart Margolin) describes the weapon as a 'Percussion pistol, 1842', but it is actually a reproduction of the Remington 1858 New Army.
Single Action Army
Paul opts to try the Colt Single Action Army revolver, after impressing Jainchill by shooting the Percussion pistol dead center at the range. It's described by Jainchill as revolver used by bandit Candy Dan in 1890. They're also used by stuntmen performing in a Wild West live action show.
Smith & Wesson Model 36
During his first night of vigilantism, Paul encounters drug addict and mugger Thomas Leroy Martin who points a nickel-plated Smith & Wesson Model 36 behind him with a warning to give him the money or 'I'll bust you up'.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
A Smith & Wesson Model 10 is seen wielded by a police officer.
A mugger is seen wielding a 1911 platform pistol upon Paul's vigilante mission. The exact model cannot be identified.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
A short-barreled 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is used by an actor playing a deputy in the wild west show.
We can also see generic pictures of revolvers, first on a Newsweek cover in the street commercial and again, a drawn image on a TV news broadcast.
Ames Jainchill (Stuart Margolin) is seen taking Kersey to a private gun range where gun cases displaying several weapons are visible.