For some, it’s the greatest movie ever made. For others, its simply the best mob movie ever made. Regardless, when The Godfather was released in 1972, it changed movies and how Americans thought about organized crime forever. The saga of the Corleone family has been parodied and imitated ever since, and even the series’ own sequel couldn’t live up to the original two films.

While the Godfather movies are punctuated by violence, they aren’t shooting fests like some modern gangster movies. When people are killed, its usually calculated and deliberate, and in these films, violence often comes in waves.

Check out all the firearms used in the Godfather series, from revolvers used in early 1900s New York City, to submachine guns used in 1960s Lake Tahoe, to pistols in 1980s Vatican City:

The Godfather (1972)

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See the guns of The Godfather (1972) ».

The Godfather Part II (1974)

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See the guns of The Godfather Part II (1974) ».

The Godfather Part III (1990)

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See the guns of The Godfather Part III (1990) ».