Anton Chigurh’s Captive Bolt Pistol – No Country for Old Men
Not your traditional firearm, but an unforgettable one none the less. Hitman Anton Chigurh (fantastically played by Javier Bardem) arms himself with a captive bolt pistol in his pursuit of Llewelyn Moss (Josh Brolin).
Bardem is seen in many scenes carrying the compressed air tank which powers the gun, and even uses it to drive the locks out of doors; all accompanied by a sinister hiss as the bolt fires.
Behind the Scenes
For those of you who aren’t aware, a captive bolt pistol is more commonly used to stun animals before they are sent to slaughter. It uses a heavy metal rod which is used to forcefully strike the forehead, causing unconsciousness; after striking a shallow but forceful blow on the forehead, spring tension causes the bolt to recoil back into the barrel.
Powered by a tank of compressed air similar to many air rifles, but far, far more sinister. Chigurh is also seen wielding a suppressed Remington 11-87 semi-automatic shotgun and a pistol, but it is the cattle gun that immediately springs to mind.