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Shaft (1971)

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Shaft POSTER.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Gordon Parks
Release Date 1971
Studio Shaft Productions
Distributor Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Shaft Richard Roundtree
Bunky Antonio Fargas
Charlie Victor Arnold
Lieutenant Androzi Charles Cioffi
Davies Tony King
Bumpy Jonas Moses Gunn

Shaft is a 1971 Blaxploitation film directed by Gordon Parks and stars Richard Roundtree as John Shaft, a private detective who is hired by Harlem Mafia boss Bumpy Jonas (Moses Gunn) to find his kidnapped daughter Marcy (Sherri Brewer). With help from black nationalist organization leader Ben Buford (Christopher St. John) and NYPD Police Lieutenant of Detectives Vic Androzzi (Charles Cioffi), he ventures into a dangerous world of gangsters, pimps and junkies. The film received an Academy Award for actor/musician Isaac Hayes, who composed the music and sang the now iconic theme song. The film would spawn several sequels, including the 2000 feature film update that starred Samuel L. Jackson and Roundtree reprising his role as well as its 2019 sequel.

The following weapons were used in the film Shaft (1971):


Colt Detective Special

John Shaft (Richard Roundtree) uses a Colt Detective Special 1st Gen throughout the film. Throughout the first half of the film, he carries a blued one and keeps a nickel one wrapped up in his refrigerator, which he uses for the rest of the film.

Colt Detective Special .38 Special
Nickel Colt Detective Special .38 Special
Shaft holding his Colt Detective Special one one of Bumpy Jonas' (Moses Gunn) gangsters
Close up of Shaft and his Detective Special in the same scene
Shaft taking his nickel Colt Detective Special out of the fridge and checking the ammo
Shaft putting the nickel Colt in his holster, as he prepares to wrap up the blued one he just took out
Shaft wrapping his blued Colt
Shaft holding his Detective special on one of Marcy's kidnappers
Shaft firing his Detective Special after being shot in the arm by a kidnapper's Thompson
Shaft shooting a kidnapper while rescuing Marcy
One of Ben Buford's gangsters (in the center) holds a Colt Detective Special while rescuing Marcy

Colt M1911

One of the gangsters that Shaft fights in the beginning carries a Colt M1911, identifiable by its ejection port, which is smaller than the M1911A1. Shaft is also seen using one to arrest some of Marcy's kidnappers in a bar.

Colt 1911 .45 ACP
Shaft holding the gangster's own gun on him in the elevator
Another view of the scene
Shaft pointing the 1911 at the gangsters after knocking them down
The 1911 on Vic Androzzi's (Charles Cioffi) desk
Shaft (pretending to be a bartender) aiming his 1911 at two of the kidnappers
Shaft continues to aim at the kidnappers while they are arrested
One of Ben Buford's men (On the left) holds a Colt 1911 while rescuing Marcy

Smith & Wesson Model 10

The Smith & Wesson Model 10 is briefly seen being used by one of Ben Buford's street soldiers and one of the kidnappers. A snubnose version is also seen being held by one of Buford's men.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 .38 Special
One of Buford's men (dressed as a waiter) with a Model 10
A kidnapper with a Model 10 before being shot by Buford's Thompson
Smith & Wesson Model 10 snubnose .38 Special
One of Buford's men (On the right) with a Model 10 snubnose

Colt Model 1903 Hammerless

One of Buford's men can briefly be seen with a Colt Model 1903 while rescuing Marcy.

Colt Model 1903 Hammerless .32 ACP
One of Buford's men holds the 1903 Hammerless on a cook in order to get disguises
Another shot of the scene

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1928

The M1928 Thompson submachine gun is commonly seen throughout the film, most notably used by Marcy's kidnappers. It is also wielded by some of Ben Buford's (Christopher St. John) men while rescuing Marcy with Shaft in the end. There is also a brief scene when three of Buford's men are gunned down in a stairwell by a mafia hitman's Thompson when mafia gunmen stormed his building.

Thompson M1928 with 50 round drum magazine .45 APC
A policeman's Thompson cuts down Ben Buford's men
Marcy's kidnappers aim their Thompsons
A kidnapper holds his Thompson on Shaft after shooting him in the arm
One of the kidnappers picks up his Thompson while guarding Marcy
Ben Buford with his Thompson
Ben Buford fires his Thompson at a kidnapper
Close up of Buford's Thompson as he guns down more kidnappers

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