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Detroit 9000

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Detroit 9000
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Arthur Marks
Release Date 1973
Main Cast
Character Actor
Danny Bassett Alex Rocco
Sgt. Jesse Williams Hari Rhodes
Ruby Harris Vonetta McGee
Sam Orr Ron Mcllwan

Detroit 9000 is a 1973 blaxploitation film directed by Arthur Marks. Alex Rocco and Hari Rhodes star as two Detroit Police detectives who team up to investigate the theft of $400,000 from a political fundraiser. The film is notable for being a favorite of director Quentin Tarantino, who later re-released the film in 1998 under his Rolling Thunder distribution company.

The following weapons were used in the film Detroit 9000:


Smith & Wesson Military and Police Revolver

Detroit Police Department officers and criminals both use the Smith & Wesson M&P revolver with both the 5" and 6" barrel throughout the film. The revolvers appear to be the pre-Model 10 model. S&W began numbering their models in 1957.

Pre-Model 10 M&P five screw with 6" Barrel
A car thief (Bob Minor) holds a Smith & Wesson M&P revolver during a shootout.
The S&W revolver lies on the ground. Note the three sideplate screws and the hammer design. The "speed hammer" was discontinued in the 1950's.
A robber holds a Smith & Wesson.
DPD officers open fire with their S&W revolvers. At the time the movie was filmed the Detroit Police issued the S&W Model 10 with nickel plating and five inch barrel to all uniformed officers.

Colt Python

Lieutenant Danny Bassett (Alex Rocco) carries a Colt Python as his sidearm.

Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Lt. Bassett cocks his Colt Python.

Colt Detective Special

A detective fires a Colt Detective Special during a shootout.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
A detective fires a Colt Detective Special.

Smith & Wesson Model 20

Detective Williams's partner Sam Orr (Ron Mcllwan) uses what appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 20 as his sidearm. Note the lack of adjustable sights (combat sights), the tapered barrel and the half-moon front sight. The actor has large hands which makes the large framed revolver appear just average seized.

Smith & Wesson Model 20 "Heavy Duty" - .38/44
Orr fires his Model 20 during a shootout.
Orr aims his revolver during a shootout at Elmwood Cemetery.


Mauser C96

The criminals who rob Aubrey Hale Clayton's (Rudy Challenger's) fundraiser are armed with Mauser C96 pistols.

Pre-War dated Mauser C96 "Broomhandle" Commercial Version - 7.63x25mm Mauser.
A robber holds the kitchen staff at gunpoint.
One of the robbers threatens a guest.
A criminal fires his Mauser C96.

Star Model B

Sgt. Jesse Williams (Hari Rhodes) uses a nickel-plated Star Model B with pearl grips as his sidearm.

Star Model B Pistol with a custom bright nickel plated finish and pearl grips - 9x19mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the films Pulp Fiction, used by Samuel L. Jackson, and The Untouchables (1987), used by Billy Drago.
Williams draws his Star Model B, which is distinguishable from the Colt M1911A1 due to its external extractor.
Williams fires the Star Model B.
Williams takes aim while chasing a suspect.

Beretta M1934

A henchman is seen with a Beretta M1934.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP
The henchman fires his Beretta M1934.


Winchester M1897

Detroit PD officers fire Winchester M1897 shotguns while chasing a fleeing suspect.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
A DPD officer pulls out a Winchester M1897.
A DPD officer fires his Winchester 1897.


Colt M16 (SP1)

The robbers use M16 (SP1) rifles - distinguishable by their flat sided receivers and three-prong flash hiders - while robbing Clayton's fundraiser. They later use the rifles when the police surround their hideout.

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
One of the robbers fires his M16 (SP1).
The robber aims his M16(SP1) after fleeing to the Elmwood Cemetery.
The robber fires his M16 one-handed after being wounded.
Another robber fires his M16.

Winchester Model 70

A detective fires a Winchester Model 70 during a shootout.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
A detective fires the Winchester Model 70 during a shootout with the robbers.


Federal Gas Riot Gun

A police officer fires a Federal Gas Riot Gun to flush the robbers out of their hideout.

Federal L-5 Gas Riot Gun - 37mm
A DPD officer fires a Federal Gas Riot Gun.

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