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Sholay Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country IND.jpg India
Directed by Ramesh Sippy
Release Date 1975
Language Hindi
Studio United Producers
Sippy Films
Distributor Sippy Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Veeru Dharmendra
Jai Amitabh Bachchan
Thakur Baldev Singh Sanjeev Kumar
Gabbar Singh Amjad Khan
Basanti Hema Malini
Radha Jaya Bhaduri

Sholay (literally Embers) is a 1975 Bollywood action movie, one of the most famous blockbusters in the history of Indian cinematography. Police inspector Thakur loose his family and both his arms due to the cruel outlaw Gabbar. To carry out his revenge, Thakur hires two former criminals, Veeru and Jai, who already helped him in past.

The following weapons were used in the film Sholay:


Webley Revolver

During the attack on train in the flashback scene Inspector Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar) carries a Webley-style revolver. Later in the same scene it switches to a Colt-style revolver.

Thakur draws his revolver when the train is attacked by brigands.
Another view of Thakur's revolver.

Colt Revolver

In the abovementioned scene Inspector Thakur's (Sanjeev Kumar) Webley switches to a Colt-style revolver. A Colt revolver is also seen in hands of Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) in one scene.

Thakur fires his revolver. A short ejector rod under the barrel matches a Colt model.
A side view of Thakur's revolver.
Gabbar plays "Russian roulette" with one of his men who failed the mission.

Smith & Wesson Military & Police

Smith & Wesson Military & Police revolvers are used by Veeru (Dharmendra), Jai (Amitabh Bachchan), Inspector Thakur (Sanjeev Kumar), Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) and some of his brigands.

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Veeru teachs Basanti to handle the revolver.
Veeru fires his revolver during Gabbar's attack on the village.
Gabbar holds a S&W M&P revolver.
Gabbar fires his revolver at pursuing Thakur in the flashback scene.
Inspector Thakur fires his Smith & Wesson at Gabbar.
Jai loads last bullets in his revolver in the final scene.
Jai holds his revolver in the final scene.

Submachine Guns

Sten Mk II

Several brigands carry Sten Mk II SMGs. During Gabbar's attack on the village Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) uses a captured Sten.

Sten Mk II (Canadian) - 9x19mm
A brigand holds a Sten during the attack on the village.
The Sten on the ground.
Jai fires the Sten.
A close view of Jai with Sten.
A brigand fires his Sten in the final scene.

Rifles and Shotguns

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III*

Many brigands carry Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* rifles

Lee-Enfield No.1 Mk.III* - .303 British
Gabbar's henchmen carry No.1 rifles.
A No.1 rifle on the ground.
A brigands with No.1 rifles. These rifles are like wooden training dummies, not real weapons.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I rifles are widely used by various characters.

Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) reloads his rifle during the shootout with Gabbar's men.
Gabbar Singh (Amjad Khan) carries a No.4 rifle in the flashback scene.
A close view of the muzzle of No.4 rifle.
Veeru (Dharmendra) helps wounded Jai. He carries two No.4 rifles.
A brigand aims in the climactic scene.
A close view of reloading of the rifle.
Brigands fire their rifles in the final scene.
Jai's rifle and numerous spent cartridges.

Lee-Enfield No.5 Jungle Carbine

Lee-Enfield No.5 Jungle Carbines are used by Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) and Veeru (Dharmendra) in their first encounter with Gabbar's men.

Lee-Enfield No.5 Jungle Carbine - .303 British
Veeru with Jungle Carbine.
Another view of Veeru's rifle.

Ishapore 2A1

Some brigands carry rifles that appear to be Ishapore 2A1, Indian version of Lee-Enfield in 7.62x51mm.

Ishapore 2A1 - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A wounded brigand drops his rifle. Note the angular shape of the magazine that matches the 7.62mm version.

Unidentified Lee-Enfield Rifle

During the attack on the train Jai (Amitabh Bachchan) uses a rifle that looks like Lee-Speed Sporter, dressed as No.4 Mk.I (which is strange, since they are already in the film).

Lee-Speed Sporter Rifle - .303 British
Lee-Enfield No.4 Mk.I - .303 British
Jai fires his rifle .
A close view of Jai's rifle in the same scene.
The muzzle is seen at the left.

In the same scene a guard in train carries a rifle that bears resemblance with Officer's Model No.2 Carbine, a pre-SMLE carbine version of Lee-Enfield.

Officer's Model No.2 Carbine
A guard is shot by brigands.
A close view of the muzzle.
A brigand holds similar looking rifle.

Unidentified rifle

Unidentified hunting rifles (supposedly sporterised Lee-Enfields) are seen in hands of several brigands.

A brigand with hunting rifle during the attack on the train.
A brigand fires his hunting rifle.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Several brigands are armed with double barreled shotguns.

A brigand fires his shotgun during the attack on the train.
A brigand with shotgun holds Basanti.
A closer view of the shotgun.

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