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Cinema Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Robert Rodriguez
Release Date 1995
Language English
Studio Los Hooligans Productions
Distributor Columbia Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
El Mariachi Antonio Banderas
Carolina Salma Hayek
Bucho Joaquim de Almeida
Short Bartender Cheech Marin
Buscemi Steve Buscemi
Right Hand Carlos Gómez
Pick-up Guy Quentin Tarantino

Desperado is the 1995 sequel to the 1992 action film El Mariachi. The film was also directed by Robert Rodriguez and stars Antonio Banderas as the gun for hire and vigilante known as the "Mariachi", who keeps his firepower hidden in his guitar case. Rodriguez and Banderas would complete the Mexico Trilogy with 2003's Once Upon a Time in Mexico.

The following weapons were used in the film Desperado:

SPOILERS.jpg WARNING! Major spoilers!


Ruger KP90

El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) packs matching Ruger KP90s as his main weapons in the film. Tavo (Tito Larriva) fires a Ruger KP90 at El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) as he flees the shootout at the Tarasco bar. It's likely that it's one of Banderas' KP90s simply being reused in a different scene. The Ruger KP90 is also the pistol Tavo (Tito Larriva) uses to put a bullet through The Pick Up Guy's (Quentin Tarantino) head.

The actual screen-used Ruger KP90 from Desperado - .45 ACP. This weapon was actually handled and fired by Antonio Banderas in the film. The same gun was also used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in True Lies.
El Mariachi holds his Ruger KP90 to Buscemi (Steve Buscemi) when he answers the door.
El Mariachi checks the magazine on his Ruger KP90, which is clearly loaded with .45 ACP FMJ rounds.
El Mariachi smacks a magazine into his Ruger KP90, though the sound effect is a bit overdone. Note the "Ruger" grips.
Tavo shows the bartender his Ruger KP90 when considering killing the tourist girls in the bar.
El Mariachi hides matching KP90s up his sleeves. Note that the grips have been cut down to fit in his sleeves and that his sleeves are larger than before.
El Mariachi fires his Ruger KP90s in a somewhat unconventional crossed arms technique.
El Mariachi fires his Ruger KP90 in the bar. One of his shots here has no sound despite it being seen firing.
El Mariachi whip-fires his Ruger KP90s around a corner in what is another unconventional, but cool looking, technique.
El Mariachi reloads his KP90s.
Tavo prepares to execute the pick up guy (Quentin Tarantino) with his Ruger KP90.
Tavo pursues El Mariachi with the KP90 in his left hand and a Desert Eagle Mark XIX in his right hand.
El Mariachi checks the bar with his KP90 hanging behind him. This shot is extremely faithful to Rodriguez's original storyboard.
El Mariachi points his KP90 at the drug-dealers.
El Mariachi tries to silently reload his KP90 in the bookstore, although it would be easier for him to just push down the mag release so it didn't click when he put the magazine in the gun.
El Mariachi tries to silently chamber his Ruger KP90 in the bookstore.
El Mariachi follows the silhouette of a thug with his KP90.
El Mariachi shoots a thug with his Ruger KP90, which is a flash-paper gun for safety reasons.
El Mariachi fires his Ruger KP90 at the broken leg thug (who is clearly a stunt double).
El Mariachi fires his Ruger KP90s at Bucho and his accomplices attempting to save Carolina's life and does such. According to Robert Rodriguez in his director's commentary, there was originally an entire shootout filmed for the climax of the movie, but when the MPAA demanded a raft of violence cuts, he simply elected to remove the scene entirely, hence why the picture quickly fades to white.

Colt Mark IV Series 80

Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida) uses a Colt Mark IV Series 80 as his weapon of choice in the film. Other M1911 types make some appearances in the film as well.

Colt Government Model M1911A1 - .45 ACP
Moco (Peter Marquardt) from the first film shoots El Mariachi's hand with an M1911A1 pistol. This is something of an error, as Moco actually used a Browning Hi-Power in this scene in El Mariachi.
Empty Gun Man tries to shoot El Mariachi with an M1911A1 pistol fitted with a sound suppressor.
Stainless Colt Government Model Mark IV Series 80 - .45 ACP
Bucho picks up his M1911A1, which has a stainless steel finish and pearl grips. This gun appears to be chambered in 9mm based on the muzzle.
Bucho fires his M1911A1 at his own armored limo in frustration.
One of Bucho's thugs fire an M1911A1, which briefly switches from a Beretta Inox.
Bucho with his M1911A1.
"Goodbye, Carolina."
Bucho prepares to kill Carolina (Salma Hayek).

Beretta 92FS Inox

The pony-tailed gangster uses a Beretta 92FS Inox pistol with ivory grips to hold up El Mariachi in the bar. Some random thugs are seen using them as well.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
The pony-tailed thug points his Beretta 92FS Inox at El Mariachi.
Another shot of the same scene.
The thug prepares to fire his Beretta Inox.
A thug on the roof fires his Beretta Inox a El Mariachi.

Wildey Magnum

El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) carries a scoped Wildey Magnum pistol in his guitar case. One of Bucho's hitmen is also seen carrying a Wildey Magnum.

Wildey Magnum - .475 Magnum.
One of Bucho's thugs armed with a Wildey Magnum.
El Mariachi's scoped Wildey in his guitar case.
El Mariachi takes aim with his Wildey Magnum.
El Mariachi with his Wildey.

Taurus PT99

Empty Gun Man (Diego Sandoval) brings a suppressed Taurus PT99 to the Tarasco bar shootout. El Mariachi is later seen with the same PT99 in his guitar case later, although it lacks the suppressor. It is noted as a Taurus PT99 based on its frame mounted safety and raised adjustable sights.

Taurus PT99 - 9x19mm
Empty Gun Man counts money with his Taurus PT99 at his side. Note frame mounted safety.
Empty Gun Man with his PT99.
A PT99 is seen in Mariachi's guitar case. Note raised adjustable sights.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub

An snub-nose Smith & Wesson Model 66 revolver with rubber grips is seen in El Mariachi's guitar case and in some thugs' pants, but is never used.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 snub - .357 Magnum
A S&W Model 66 is seen in Mariachi's guitar case.
The same snub Model 66 is seen in this thug's pants.

LAR Grizzly Win Mag

Broken Leg Thug (Robert Arevalo) uses an LAR Grizzly Win Mag with a stainless steel finish and a barrel bushing compensator as his weapon of choice in the film.

LAR Grizzly Win Mag - .45 Winchester Magnum
A thug fires his LAR Grizzly Win Mag at Navajas (Danny Trejo) through the window of the armored limo.
Broken Leg Thug fires his Grizzly Win Mag at Navajas.
The Grizzly Win Mag is seen in Shrug's (Mike Moroff) pants since his usual Desert Eagle was nowhere to be seen. Right Hand's (Carlos Gomez) Desert Eagle is used by Bucho to kill Shrug.
Broken Leg Thug fires his Grizzly Win Mag during the final showdown.

Desert Eagle Mark XIX

Tavo (Tito Larriva) fires a black Desert Eagle Mark XIX in .50 AE (determined by bore diameter) at El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) as he flees the shootout at the Tarasco bar. Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida) also begins to kill his own men, including Shrug (Mike Moroff), with the same black Desert Eagle, which in this case was taken from Right Hand (Carlos Gomez). El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) later kills one of Bucho's henchmen on the roof of Carolina's (Salma Hayek) bookstore, who is holding the same black Desert Eagle.

While the Desert Eagle had appeared in many action movies by this time, Desperado appears to the very first film ever to feature the latest Mark XIX variant in .50 AE (which was brand-new in 1995).

Desert Eagle Mark XIX with black finish - .50 AE
Tavo aims his Desert Eagle at El Mariachi.
El Mariachi turns Tavo's own Desert Eagle on him.
Shrug (Mike Moroff) with a Desert Eagle.
Right Hand (Carlos Gomez) prepares to fire his Desert Eagle at Navajas (Danny Trejo) out the window of the armored limo.
A drug dealer with a Desert Eagle in his pants. Strangely, his finger is on the trigger, the hammer is back, and the safety is off! Apparently he means to castrate himself as violently and spectacularly as possible.
An assassin armed with a Desert Eagle comes to kill El Mariachi.
A thug on the roof fires his Desert Eagle at El Mariachi.
Bucho kills Shrug with Right Hand's Desert Eagle.
Bucho holds Right Hand's (Carlos Gomez) own Desert Eagle on him.
Right Hand fires his Desert Eagle at Carolina (Salma Hayek) during the final showdown.

Beretta 93R

Bucho (Joaquim de Almeida) seems to have a taste for exotic pistols- the Beretta 93R he carries is a very rare version of Beretta's popular 92 model capable of 3-round burst fire. Bucho's (Joaquim de Almeida) Beretta 93R is taken by Zamira (Angel Aviles), who makes use of its burst fire capability in the attack on Navajas (Danny Trejo). The Beretta 93R is later reused by one of Bucho's henchmen who fires at El Mariachi as he jumps from the roof of Bucho's book store with Carolina (Salma Hayek), the manager of the book store Bucho built.

Beretta 93R - 9x19mm
Bucho test fires the 93R on the sunroof of the armored limo while Shrug (Mike Moroff) was in harm's way to see if it's armored.
Zamira takes Bucho's Beretta from him, finger on the trigger.
Zamira burst fires Bucho's 93R at Navajas.
A thug fires his Beretta 93R at El Mariachi on the rooftop.

Codpiece Revolver

Although never seen fired, the Codpiece Revolver is one of the few firearms in the film with dialogue devoted to it. A similar codpiece revolver was later used in Robert Rodriguez's film From Dusk Till Dawn, although it was a slightly more complex piece able to fold away when not in use. Originally, a scene was shot where El Mariachi used the codpiece, which was hidden under his pants, to shoot Ponytail Thug, before whipping out his Ruger KP90s and finishing him.

Rodriguez's infamous Codpiece Revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

The Tarasco bartender (Cheech Marin) uses a suppressed Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver. In reality, very few revolvers can be sound suppressed because of the gap between the cylinder and barrel. The Russian Nagant M1895 revolver is one of the rare revolvers that can be sound suppressed. Upon firing, the cylinder moves forward and seal with the barrel, leaving no gap. You can see it here.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum - .357 Magnum
Short Bartender fires his suppressed revolver.
The bartender tries to grab his revolver during the bar shootout.


Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Shotgun

El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) also uses a Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun as one of his main weapons in the film and can be seen firing up to six rounds from two barrels thanks to movie magic. It was built and supplied by Stembridge Gun Rentals. El Mariachi lends the shotgun to Carolina (Salma Hayek) during the attack at her bookstore.

A Rossi Overland sawed off shotgun used in the film The Untouchables, supplied by Ellis Mercantile.
El Mariachi opens up his guitar case with his Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Shotgun inside.
El Mariachi sends thugs unrealistically flying with his Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Shotgun.
El Mariachi reloads his Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Shotgun, though the spent shells are missing.
El Mariachi kills a thug with his Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Shotgun.
El Mariachi fires both barrels from his Rossi Overland Sawed Off-Shotgun into the bartender.
El Mariachi follows the silhouette of a thug with his Rossi Overland Sawed-Off Shotgun.
El Mariachi fires his sawed-off shotgun along with his Ruger KP90.

Sentinel Arms Stryker 12

In the shootout at the Oro Verde bar in Saragosa, El Mariachi pulls out a Sentinel Arms Stryker 12, along with the sawed off 12 Gauge, that Buscemi described as "the biggest hand cannon I've ever fucking seen". El Mariachi uses it to send several thugs flying unrealistically through the air, although it's worth noting the sequence is a fabricated ruse being told by Buscemi to unnerve his audience, so it's likely exaggerated on purpose. Sadly, it is the only time El Mariachi uses the weapon. A thug later in the film is seen using it, but very briefly.

Sentinel Arms Stryker 12 - 12 Gauge
El Mariachi opens up his guitar case with his Sentinel Arms Stryker 12 inside.
El Mariachi catches his Stryker 12 after throwing it into the air.
El Mariachi fires his Stryker 12.
A thug fires a Stryker 12.

Remington 870

Some thugs in the film use a Remington 870 with a sawed-down pistol grip, extended magazine tube, and a heat-shield similar to the gun used by Denzel Washington in Training Day.

Remington 870 with a heatshield - 12 Gauge
The bartender at the beginning of the film tries to draw a Remington 870 with a bayonet mount before being killed by Mariachi.
A thug armed with a Remington 870.
A thug fires his Remington 870.

Submachine Guns


Most of Bucho's (Joaquim de Almeida) men are armed with suppressed MAC-10s that are most prominently featured in the Tarasco bar shootout, some with mock Sionics two-stage sound suppressors, some without. You will recognize the scene between El Mariachi (Antonio Banderas) and "Empty Gun Man" (Diego Sandoval) as inspiration for a similar scene between Agent Smith (Hugo Weaving) and Neo (Keanu Reeves) in The Matrix.

MAC-10 - .45 ACP
MAC-10 with Sionics Two-Stage Sound Suppressor - .45 ACP
A thug in the bar tries to reach for his MAC-10 before being killed by Mariachi.
Bucho's men fire suppressed MAC-10s in the Tarasco bar shootout.
The stuntman for the film fires his MAC-10 fitted with a mock Sionics two-stage sound suppressor.
"Now you shoot me in the back, huh?!"
Mariachi with a MAC-10.
Mariachi firing a MAC-10
*click* ... *click*
A thug fires his MAC-10.

Assault Rifles

Colt Commando

Bucho's (Joaquim de Almeida) men carry and fire the same Colt Commando carbine in several scenes.

Colt Commando - 5.56x45mm
A thug in the bar fires his Colt Commando. Note how he is holding it sideways to prevent the brass hitting the man next to him.
One of Bucho's men pops out the top of his limo with a Colt Commando in hand and fires it into the air after having a knife thrown at him by Navajas (Danny Trejo).
The same Colt Commando with two magazines taped together "jungle-style" is used by a thug to shoot at Mariachi on the rooftop.
A thug fires his Colt Commando from the limo.
A thug fires his Colt Commando.


M26 "Lemon" Hand grenade

El Mariachi takes two M26 hand grenades from his guitar case on the rooftop, pulls the pins with his teeth (despite the 5lb pin pull) and then throws them at the two men on the street below. The grenades that are dropped appear to be rubber props, and notably still have their spoons attached. The grenades make a ridiculously large fireball instead of a more realistic explosion.

M26 "Lemon" hand grenade
El Mariachi retrieves two M26 "Lemon" grenades from his guitar case.
The Lemons fall next to the thugs.

M67 "Baseball" Hand grenade

Some M67 hand grenades are seen in El Mariachi's guitar case. These are actually empty M69 training grenade bodies: this can be seen when he jostles the guitar case while grabbing the two M26s, and one of the grenades rolls over and shows the hole in its base.

M67 "Baseball" hand grenade.
Some M67 "Baseball" grenades are seen in Mariachi's guitar case.

Guitar Case Weapon Systems

Guitar Case MAC-10

Campa (Carlos Gallardo, who was El Mariachi in the original film) shows up to the firefight with a pair of guitar case machine guns. Robert Rodriguez has commented that the guitar case machine guns were built from MAC-10s. The sound effects used appear to based off the M134 minigun.

Ingram MAC-10 - .45 ACP.
Campa unloads a pair of Guitar Cases at Bucho's men.
Close up of the Guitar Case gun firing. Note the MAC-10 magazine sticking out of the top.
Campa fires the Guitar Case guns.

Guitar Case Rocket Launcher

Quino (Albert Michel Jr.) brings a rocket launcher inside of a guitar case to greet Bucho's men.

Quino's guitar case outdoes both Campa's and El Mariachi's.
Quino fires his rocket guitar case.
Note how in this shot, the tube is clearly empty.

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