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Original Gangstas

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Original Gangstas
Original Gangstas Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Larry Cohen
Release Date 1996
Language English
Studio Po' Boy Productions
Distributor Orion Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Bookman Fred Williamson
Jake Trevor Jim Brown
Laurie Thompson Pam Grier
Rev. Dorsey Paul Winfield
Slick Richard Roundtree
Bubba Ron O'Neal
Damien Eddie Bo Smith Jr.
Spyro Christopher B. Duncan
Kayo Dru Down
Marvin Bookman Oscar Brown Jr.

Original Gangstas is a 1996 Blaxploitation action movie, directed by Larry Cohen and starring Fred Williamson, Pam Grier, Jim Brown, and Richard Roundtree. The story is set in Gary, Indiana, where the street gang, known as Rebels, terrorize the community. Pro football coach John Bookman and boxer Jake Trevor, both Gary natives, return to the town when Jake's son and John's father fall victims of Rebels. Years ago John and Jake were founders of Rebels gang, now they have to stop their successors.

The following weapons were used in the film Original Gangstas:


Smith & Wesson Military & Police

During the first encounter with the Rebels gang, John Bookman (Fred Williamson) disarms one of the thugs from his Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 4" barrel - .38 Special
John disarms the thug.
He threatens his opponents by holding the gun at the unlucky hoodlum's groin.
The rounded front sight allows to identify the revolver as M&P model rather than Model 10.
John puts the revolver in a crate.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB

In one scene Marcus (Godfrey) holds a revolver that appears to be Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB with 3" barrel.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 with 3" barrel - .38 Special
Original Gangstas-Revolver3-1.jpg
Marcus loads the revolver.
Another view of the gun.

Colt Detective Special 3rd Gen.

A 6-shot snub nose revolver with full underlug is seen in hands of a gang member. It is likely a 3rd Gen. Colt Detective Special.

Colt Detective Special Nickel 3rd Gen - .38 Special
The revolver is seen at the right.

Smith & Wesson Model 66

During the conflict with John Bookman, one of the gang members is armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 66 revolver. A similar looking revolver is briefly seen in the hands of Kayo (Dru Down).

Smith & Wesson Model 66 with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
The man at the right draws his revolver.
The revolver is seen on the ground at the left.
Kayo (in center) holds the revolver, possibly a Model 66.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

In one scene the bodyguard of crime boss Big Brother holds a large-sized revolver. Being too small to be an N-frame, it appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 19 with a 6" barrel.

Smith & Wesson Model 19, 6 inch "patridge" front sight barrel - .357 Magnum.
The man in the violet suit holds the revolver.

Unidentified Revolver

A revolver is briefly seen in hands of a Diablos gang member.

The thug in the backgtround holds the revolver.


Desert Eagle Mark I

John Bookman (Fred Williamson) uses the Desert Eagle Mark I during the night shootout.

A satin nickel Magnum Research Desert Eagle Mark I - .357 Magnum
John inspects the AR-18. Desert Eagle is tucked at his belt.
John draws the Desert Eagle.
The muzzle is seen.
John holds the Desert Eagle on the promotion image. Here it can be clearly seen to be Mark I.

Smith & Wesson 39

What appears to be the Smith & Wesson 39 is seen in hands of a gang member during the first encounter of John Bookman with the gang.

Smith & Wesson 39 - 9x19mm
The thug aims his pistol at John.
The pistol is partially seen on the ground at the bottom right.

Smith & Wesson 59

Spyro (Christopher B. Duncan), second-in-command in Rebels gang, carries a pistol that appears to be Smith & Wesson 59. During the climactic night shootout Laurie Thompson (Pam Grier), being disarmed of her Micro Uzi, picks up a S&W 59 from a dead gang member. Unlike the first pistol, this one has pearl grips. During the attack on Marvin Bookman's (Oscar Brown Jr.) grocery store Kayo (Dru Down) holds the nickel plated Smith & Wesson 59. Then he gives the pistol to Bobby (Kevin Watson), ordering him to kill Marvin.

Smith & Wesson 59 - 9x19mm
Spyro carries the pistol tucked at his pants.
Spyro holds the pistol at Bobby's head.
Another view of the scene.
Spyro holds the pistol during the night shootout.
Laurie picks up the pistol. It seems to have pearl grips.
Laurie fires.
Smith & Wesson 59, nickel plated - 9x19mm
Kayo threatens Marvin Bookman.
He gives the pistol to Bobby.
A good view of the pistol. Note non-ambidextrous safety.

Beretta 92FS

What appears to be a Beretta 92FS is seen in hands of a gang member during the night shootout. Note:' the scene is footage from Colors (1988).

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A thug at the foreground fires a Beretta-style pistol.
The scene in Colors.

Unidentified pistols

In one scene a female gang member holds a pistol.

A woman of Big Brother's gang holds a pistol.

Blood (Tim Rhoze), the leader of The Diablos gang, holds a pistol in one scene.

Blood holds his pistol.

Submachine Guns


The Uzi, fitted with foregrip, is seen among the guns, purchased by John Bookman (Fred Williamson). It isn't used in action.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
John examines the Uzi.
John's firearms. The Uzi with foregrip is seen on floor.
Jake Trevor (Jim Brown) holds the Uzi on the promotion image. It is a standard version contrary to the foregrip-fitted Uzi that is seen on screen.

Micro Uzi

Several Micro Uzi SMGs are among the guns, purchased by John Bookman (Fred Williamson). During the drive-by attack on Diablos both John and Jake Trevor (Jim Brown) use Micro Uzi SMGs. Micro Uzi is Laurie Thompson's (Pam Grier) gun during the night shootout. Gang members also use Micro Uzi.

IMI Micro Uzi with 32-round magazine - 9x19mm
John's firearms. The Micro Uzi is seen on the floor.
Jack (driving) and John fire from the car.
A gang member (at the right) fires the Micro Uzi from the car. This scene is also re-used from Colors.
Laurie holds the Micro Uzi.
Kayo (Dru Down) manages to disarm Laurie.

Heckler & Koch HK94 (visually modified as MP5A3)

Heckler & Koch HK94, chopped and converted to resemble MP5A3, is Jake Trevor's (Jim Brown) main weapon during the night shootout.

The "Fake MP5", the Heckler & Koch HK94A3 Converted to full auto fire, shortened barrel and added third firing position on trigger pack - 9x19mm
John's firearms. The "MP5" is seen on the crate in center.
Jake holds the "MP5".
Jake in ambush. Note that the gun lacks the paddle magazine release that allows to identify it as HK94.


Winchester Model 1887 with M203 Grenade Launcher

In two scenes John Bookman (Fred Williamson) uses the Winchester Model 1887 shotgun, fitted with an M203 grenade launcher. The first version, used during the attack on the Diablos gang, looks very similar to the gun, seen in The Long Kiss Goodnight (filmed the same year). It has a sawed-off stock and a shortened barrel and the handguard is removed to allow for the attachment of the underbarrel GL. The second version, used during the climactic shootout, has a full stock, but all other features of the shotgun are the same.

Sawed off Winchester Model 1887 (Norinco Replica) - 12 gauge
Winchester 1887/1901 shotgun - 10 gauge
M203 grenade launcher - 40mm
John fires his weapon from the car. It is pistol-gripped version.
John holds the gun during the night shootout.
The full stock is seen.


Bubba (Ron O'Neal) uses a SPAS-12 shotgun during the night shootout.

Franchi SPAS-12 with stock folded and butt-hook removed - 12 gauge
Bubba appears with his shotgun.
Bubba at the left with the SPAS-12.
A close view of the SPAS-12.
Bubba reloads his shotgun.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup

A Mossberg 500 Bullpup is seen among the firearms, purchased by John Bookman. It isn't used in action.

Mossberg 500 Bullpup with 18.5" Barrel - 12 gauge
John's firearms. The Mossberg 500 Bullpup is seen on the floor at the left.

Remington 870 Folding Stock

Remington 870 Folding Stock shotguns are seen in hands of gang members in several scenes.

Remington 870 Folding Stock with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
A man at the left fires the shotgun.
A man at the left holds the shotgun. This scene is footage from Colors.
Original Gangstas-Mini14-3.jpg
The scene in Colors.

Rifles and Assault Rifles

Ruger Mini-14

During the night shootout Slick (Richard Roundtree) is armed with Ruger Mini-14 with folding stock. Mini-14GB with folding stock is seen in hands of a gang member (this scene is footage from Colors).

Stainless steel Ruger Mini-14 F with folding stock and 30-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Slick appears with his Mini-14 in hands.
Pistol grip and 30-round magazine are seen.
Stainless Steel Ruger Mini-14 GB-F ("Government Barrel, Folding Stock") - 5.56x45mm
A gang member at the background fires Mini-14 GB.
The scene in Colors.

Armalite AR-18

Several AR-18s are among the guns, purchased by John Bookman (Fred Williamson). Marcus (Godfrey) uses the AR-18 in the night shootout. In the final scene Blood (Tim Rhoze), the leader of The Diablos gang, uses AR-18 with sniper scope. Some Rebels and Diablos are briefly seen with AR-18s.

Armalite AR-18 – 5.56x45mm
John inspects the AR-18. He also has the Desert Eagle at his belt.
A gun dealer holds the AR-18 in center.
John's firearms. Three AR-18s are leaning against the crate while another one with sniper scope lies on the foreground.
Marcus fires the AR-18 from the rooftop.
Blood aims.
Blood holds his AR-18 in the final scene.


M16A1s are widely used by street gangs members.

Colt M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
One of The Diablos holds the M16.
A gun dealer in center carries the M16 on sling.
Gang members get the crate with M16s.
Another view of the scene.
Gang members with M16s in shootout.
A gang member with M16.


Some CAR-15-style carbines are also seen in several scenes.

Commercial CAR-15 semiautomatic Rifle - 5.56x45mm. This is strictly a semiautomatic civilian copy of the XM177 style of rifles. The flash hider is a smaller diameter copy of the XM-177 and has no sound suppression qualities and is permanently welded onto the barrel to make it legal length for over the counter gun store sales.
What appears to be CAR-15-style carbine is seen in the car (at the far left).
A gang member at the left holds the carbine. The flash hider is seen.
The retractable stock can be seen.
Kayo (Dru Down) takes the carbine from another gang member.
A carbine is seen at the left.

M16 (unclear model)

An M16 of unclear model is seen among the guns, purchased by John Bookman. It is fitted with M203 grenade launcher and some sighting device.

M16A1 (5.56x45mm) with M203 40mm grenade launcher
M16 with M203 UBGL is seen in the crate in center.
John's firearms. The M16 with M203 UBGL and sighting device is seen on the floor.

Valmet M82

In the opening scene Kayo (Dru Down) uses the Valmet M82 to commit a murder. Later the M82 is used by the leader of Rebels, Damien (Eddie Bo Smith Jr.).

Valmet M82 - 5.56x45mm
Kayo fires from the car.
Kayo holds the M82 on promotion image.
Damien fires his gun during the night shootout.
The bullpup outlook is seen.
Another view of the gun.

Other Weapons

M203 Grenade Launcher

M203 grenade launchers are used with M16 and Winchester Model 1887.

M203 grenade launcher - 40x46mm. The original M203, intended for attachment to full length M16s and to carbines with a barrel step. This M203 example has its forward barrel clamp removed.
John's firearms. The M16 with M203 UBGL and sighting device is seen on the floor.
John fires Winchester 1887 with M203 from the car.

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Mk 2 hand grenade is seen when John Bookman purchases guns.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" World War II-made High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade (sometimes written Mk II)
A gun dealer holds the Mk 2 grenade.
The grenade in hands of another dealer.

M31 22mm Rifle Grenade

A pair of M31 22mm rifle grenades are seen in the gun dealers' car. The blue color indicates inert training version.

The inert practice version of M31 HEAT rifle grenade
Two blue-colored rifle grenades are seen.

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