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The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) (1966)

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The Second Wind
Le Deuxième Souffle
Le deuxieme souffle Poster.jpg
Country FRA.jpg France
Directed by Jean-Pierre Melville
Release Date 1966
Language French
Studio Les Productions Montaigne
Main Cast
Character Actor
Gustave 'Gu' Minda Lino Ventura
Manouche Christine Fabréga
Paul Ricci Raymond Pellegrin
Commissaire Blot Paul Meurisse
Jo Ricci Marcel Bozzuffi
Alban Michel Constantin
Orloff Pierre Zimmer

The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle) is a 1966 French crime movie directed by Jean-Pierre Melville and starring Lino Ventura as the criminal Gustave "Gu" Minda. The movie is based on the novel by José Giovanni. A remake was released in 2007.

The following weapons are seen in the movie The Second Wind (Le Deuxième Souffle):


Smith & Wesson Model 36

Smith & Wesson Model 36 snub nose revolvers are used by several characters in several scenes.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special - 5 shot. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
One of masked robbers (Paul Ricci (Raymond Pellegrin) or Pascal Lionetti (Pierre Grasset)) holds his snub nose revolver.
Another view at the revolver.
Orloff (Pierre Zimmer) holds his revolver.
Antoine Ripa (Denis Manuel) examines Orloff's revolver.
Ripa fires his revolver in the final scene.

Arminius HW-1

When Orloff's (Pierre Zimmer) Smith & Wesson Model 36 was taken by Antoine Ripa (Denis Manuel), Orloff draws his backup revolver that appears to be an Arminius HW-1. What appears to be HW-1 is also seen in hands of a police inspector during the arrest of Gu (Lino Ventura).

Arminius HW-1 starter revolver
Orloff aims his backup revolver at Ripa.
The police inspector holds Gu at gunpoint.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police (?)

A revolver is seen in hands of a police inspector in the final scene. It resembles Smith & Wesson Military & Police with 4" barrel that was shortened just to the length of ejector rod, so lacking the front sight.

A photoshopped image of sawed-off Military & Police revolver, similar to the screen gun
The police inspector with his revolver in the final scene.
Another view at the police revolver.



Gu's (Lino Ventura) favored weapon is an M1911A1 pistol. He uses it in several scenes including the robbery of the wagon.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Gu (Lino Ventura) holds M1911A1.
Gu with his M1911A1.
Gu fires his M1911A1 during the training for robbery of the wagon.
Gu holds Inspector Fardiano (Paul Frankeur) at gunpoint.
Gu holds M1911A1 and Luger P08 in the final scene.
Another view at the same scene.

Wz. 35 Vis

During the scene in Inspector Fardiano's car Gu's pistol switches from M1911A1 to another pistol that mostly resembles Wz. 35 Vis.

Wz. 35 Vis - 9x19mm
Gu holds Inspector Fardiano (Paul Frankeur) at gunpoint.
Another view at the pistol. Not the shape of the hammer spur and slunted grooves.

Luger P08

The favored weapon of Alban (Michel Constantin) is a Luger P08 pistol. Later he gives it to Gu (Lino Ventura) who uses this pistol in the final scene.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm. This is blank adapted movie gun.
Jo Ricci's (Marcel Bozzuffi) hitman disarms Alban (Michel Constantin).
Alban hands his P08 to Gu (Lino Ventura).
Gu holds M1911A1 and Luger P08 in the final scene.
Another view at the same scene.

Walther P38

Alban (Michel Constantin) uses a Walther P38 during the shootout in the bar.

Walther P38 WWII dated with black grips - 9x19mm
Alban firing the pistol.

Beretta M1934

The criminal known as Jacques le Notaire (Raymond Loyer) is armed with a Beretta M1934 pistol during the bar shootout. He was shot before he had enough time to draw his weapon.

Beretta Model 1934 - .380 ACP.
Commissaire Blot (Paul Meurisse) examines the pistol that was taken from the dead body of Jacques le Notaire.
Blot giving the Beretta to a police inspector.

FN Browning 1903

An FN Browning 1903 is used by one of Jo Ricci's (Marcel Bozzuffi) hitmen. The other hitman's pistol is seen blurry but it also can be Model 1903.

FN Browning Model 1903 Pocket - 9 x 20mm Browning Long
A hitman holds an FN Model 1903.
Another view at the pistol.

Submachine guns


In the scene of the robbery the motorcyclists in escort of the wagon are armed with MAS-38 SMGs.

MAS-38 Submachine gun - 7.65mm
Le deuxieme souffle-MAS38-1.jpg
Le deuxieme souffle-MAS38-2.jpg


Gevarm .22 Rifle

During the robbery of the wagon Antoine Ripa (Denis Manuel) is armed with a sniper rifle. Just before the attack he decides to remove the sniper scope and use iron sights. The rifle is supposed to be a Gevarm semi auto rifle in .22 caliber. It looks similar to E1 model but differs a little.

Gevarm E1 semi auto rifle - .22LR. Magazine removed.
Antoine Ripa readies his rifle.
Ripa aims using sniper scope.
Ripa aims using iron sights.


Paul Ricci's (Raymond Pellegrin) collection of firearms: two revolvers and two flintlock pistols are seen.

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