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Operation Corned Beef (L'opération Corned Beef)

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Operation Corned Beef (L'opération Corned Beef)
Operation Corned Beef Poster.jpg
Original French Poster
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Jean-Marie Poiré
Release Date 1991
Language French
Studio Alter Films
Distributor Gaumont
Main Cast
Character Actor
Capt. Philippe Boulier Jean Reno
Jean-Jacques Granianski Christian Clavier
Lt. Isabelle Fourreau Isabelle Renauld
Marie-Laurence Granianski Valérie Lemercier
Gen. Masse Jacques François
Aspirant Monique Garcia Mireille Rufel
Horst Burger Marc de Jonge
Augusto Zargas André Schmit

Operation Corned Beef (L'opération Corned Beef) is a French 1991 action comedy directed by Jean-Marie Poiré. Capt. Boulier aka "Shark" (Jean Reno), a French intelligence (DGSE) officer, conducts an operation against Zargas, an illegal arms dealer from South America who is connected with some person in highest ranks of French officials. DGSE sets a covert listening device in a jewellery of Marie-Laurence Granianski, a secretary of a German consul Burger who is a contact to Zargas. When Marie-Laurence announces that she plans a vacation with her husband just in time of the negotiations of Burger and Zargas, the intelligence service tries to break these plans by provoking an adulter of Marie-Laurence's husband Jean-Jacques Granianski with beautiful Isabelle Fourreau who is a Lieutenant of DGSE and - to make things even more complicated - Boulier's bride (and Boulier is overjealous!).

The following weapons were used in the film Operation Corned Beef (L'opération Corned Beef):


Charter Arms Off Duty

In the opening scene in Colombia Capt. Philippe Boulier (Jean Reno) is armed with a snub nose revolver that appears to be a Charter Arms Off Duty or other in the Charter Arms .38/.357 series.

Charter Arms Off Duty (older model) with Pachmayr Grips - .38 Special
Boulier draws his revolver.
He aims.
But the revolver malfunctions. The shape of the front sight looks similar to the one of Charter Arms revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

During most of the story Capt. Philippe Boulier (Jean Reno) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 19 with 3" barrel and Smith & Wesson ergonomic rosewood grips.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 with 3" barrel and Pachmayr grips.
A close view of Boulier's revolver.
Boulier holds his revolver.
Boulier surrenders his revolver to Gen. Masse. The grip is seen.
Boulier draws the revolver in the climactic scene. The logo of the frame is seen only partially but it differs from S&W.
Boulier aims.
But the revolver malfunctions, like in the opening scene.
Boulier holds the revolver on the shooting range in the final scene.

Manurhin MR-88

Lt. Isabelle Fourreau's (Isabelle Renauld) personal handgun is a stainless steel Manurhin MR-88 revolver.

Manurhin MR-88 Defence revolver with 4" barrel and stainless finish - .357 Magnum
Isabelle holds her revolver, while at home.
Isabelle fires in the climactic scene.
Isabelle fires on the shooting range in the final scene.
Another view of the revolver in the same scene.

Smith & Wesson Model 27

Aspirant (NCO) Monique Garcia (Mireille Rufel) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 27 with 8" barrel, fitted with a sniper scope. The revolver is identified as .357 Model 27 rather than .44 Model 29 due to the large gap between the frame and the front of the cylinder. Similar revolver, except for the sniper scope, is used by one of Zargas' henchmen during the car chase.

Smith & Wesson Model 27 with Patridge Sights - .357 Magnum
Monique Garcia fires from the car during the chase. The grip is seen.
Another view of the revolver.
Gray-haired Zargas' bodyguard fires a revolver at Boulier's car in the same scene.
Monique fires at Zargas' helicopter.
Monique fires in the climactic scene.

Colt Python

What appears to be a Colt Python is seen in hands of Zargas' bodyguard in the climactic scene.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
One of Zargas' bodyguards holds a revolver in the climactic scene, possibly a Python.

Various revolvers

Various unidentified revolvers are briefly seen in several scenes.

Zargas' henchman fires a snub nose revolver during the opening scene in Bogota, Colombia. It is possibly a Smith & Wesson N-frame .357.
Another henchman fires a revolver in the same scene.
DGSI operatives hold revolvers during the attempt to arrest Lt. Isabelle Fourreau. The revolver at the left is possibly a Manurhin MR-73 with 3" barrel and duty sights.


Smith & Wesson 59

In the opening scene one of Zargas' henchmen uses a nickel plated Smith & Wesson 59 pistol to kill a bystander. It is a 1st Gen pistol as the slide stop pin is in front of the double stack frame step. Possibly the same movie prop is seen in the final scene in hands of a DGSE operative.

Smith & Wesson 59, nickel plated - 9x19mm
The henchman aims his pistol at bystander.
A side view of the pistol.
A stainless steel pistol is seen in hands of a DGSE operative on shooting range. It is possibly the same S&W 59.

Walther P5

What appears to be a Walther P5 is seen in hands of a counterintellegence service (DGSI) operative in one scene.

Walther P5 - 9x19mm
A DGSI operative tries to arrest Lt. Isabelle Fourreau during the conflict between two secret services.

M1911-style pistol

M1911-style pistols are seen in hands of Zargas' henchmen in the opening scene in Bogota, Colombia.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
A henchman runs out of a building with an M1911-style pistol in hand.
A henchman in car holds an M1911-style pistol in the same scene.

Submachine Guns

Micro Uzi

When Zargas appears in Paris, his bodyguards are mostly armed with Micro Uzi SMGs.

IMI Micro Uzi with folding stock - 9x19mm
Bodyguards hold Micro Uzi SMGs.
Zargas' guards fire at Boulier's car.
Very astonished guards missed Boulier's car in sunflower field.

Mini Uzi

In the climactic scene one of Zargas' bodyguards carries a Mini Uzi.

IMI Mini Uzi with stock folded - 9x19mm
The bodyguard readies his SMG.

M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun"

What appears to be a M3 / M3A1 "Grease Gun", fitted with some muzzle device (possibly M9 flash hider), is seen in hands of Zargas' henchman in the opening scene.

M3 "Grease Gun" with M9 flash hider - .45 ACP
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Intratec TEC-9

In the opening scene several of Zargas' henchmen are armed with Intratec TEC-9 machine pistols of both standard and Mini versions.

Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm
Intratec TEC-9 Mini - 9x19mm
A henchman at the right holds a TEC-9 Mini.
Zargas' bodyguard holds a TEC-9 Mini at the background.
A henchman fires a TEC-9 from the window.
A henchman holds a standard TEC-9.


Guards inside the Élysée Palace carry MAT-49 SMGs.

MAT-49 Submachine Gun - 9x19mm
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Operation Corned Beef-MAT49-1.jpg


Mossberg 500

A pair of Mossberg 500 shotguns are seen in Boulier's apartments in Paris.

Mossberg 500AT Shotgun - 12 gauge. Note the wood furniture.
A shotgun is seen on the wall.
A close view.
Another shotgun is seen on the shelf.

Unidentified shotgun

A pump action shotgun with long barrel is briefly seen in Boulier's base in Colombia. It resembles Winchester Model 1200 or maybe its smaller caliber cousin Model 120 but as it is seen only partially, it's hard to say for sure.

Winchester Model 120 - 20 gauge
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Rifles and Assault Rifles


Some French gendarmes on Paris streets carry MAS-36 rifles.

MAS-36 - 7.5x54mm French
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MAS-49/56 rifles are seen in hands of honor guards at the gates of Élysée Palace in Paris.

MAS-49/56 - 7.5x54mm French
Operation Corned Beef-MAS49-1.jpg

Ruger Mini-14

In the climactic scene some gendarmes are armed with Ruger Mini-14 rifles.

Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Mini-14 rifles are seen at the left and in center.


M16A1 assault rifles are seen in hands of Zargas' henchmen in the opening scene that takes place in Bogota, Colombia.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A henchman at the right holds an M16.
Another henchman at the left is also armed with an M16.
A closer view of M16.
An M16-weilding henchman runs out of the building.


Guards in a secret bunker of French government are armed with FAMAS F1 assault rifles.

FAMAS F1 - 5.56x45mm
A guard holds a FAMAS rifle.
Another guard with a FAMAS.

Other Weapons

Heckler & Koch HK69A1

One of Zargas' henchmen uses a Heckler & Koch HK69A1 grenade launcher to fire from a helicoper at Boulier's car.

Heckler & Koch HK69A1 - 40x46mm
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