Serenity

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Serenity
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Original Poster
Country USA.jpg United States
Directed by Joss Whedon
Release Date 2005
Main Cast
Character Actor
Malcolm "Mal" Reynolds Nathan Fillion
Zoë Alleyne Washburne Gina Torres
Hoban "Wash" Washburne Alan Tudyk
Inara Serra Morena Baccarin
Jayne Cobb Adam Baldwin
Kaylee Frye Jewel Staite
Dr. Simon Tam Sean Maher
River Tam Summer Glau
Shepherd Book Ron Glass


Serenity is the 2005 science fiction film that continued the story seen in the series Firefly and marked the feature film directing debut of series creator Joss Whedon. The film had the entire cast from the series returning, including Nathan Fillion, Adam Baldwin, Gina Torres, and Summer Glau. Whedon and Universal, who had purchased the film rights from Fox, had hoped that the movie would be successful enough to justify sequels, but the film disappointed at the box office and only broke even thanks to strong home video sales by devoted fans. With no further movies or television series in sight, the franchise continues only in comic books.


The following weapons were used in the film Serenity:

Contents


Handguns

Mal's "Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B"

Captain Malcolm Reynolds (Nathan Fillion) carries as his signature sidearm the "Moses Brothers Self-Defense Engine Frontier Model B", a Taurus Model 85 revolver completely covered by a brass casting which makes it look like an semi-auto handgun. The look of the weapon is based on the Volcanic repeaters used in the Civil War (pictured below) as explained by TV show and film creator Joss Whedon in the visual companion. The same prop gun was used for the feature, but given to a new prop house who made the magazine straight on the bottom, and bulked up the right side plate and added a spring loaded rear sight.

Mal's Pistol in the TV series.
Mal's Pistol in the movie.
Mal's pistol opened up to expose the Taurus Model 85 within.
Mal loads the magazine of his pistol. Despite being built around a revolver, it is depicted as an automatic pistol in the franchise.
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Mal holds his pistol after shooting a Reaver.
Mal shoots first.

Jayne's Futuristic 1911

Throughout the film, Jayne (Adam Baldwin) carries an 1911-type pistol with dressings to the front and rear of the slide to make it look more futuristic. For a scene, River stole it from Jayne (Adam Baldwin) and held Mal at gun point while she searches for the planet Miranda. Jayne hands it over to Zoë (Gina Torres) when the crew makes their last stand.

Mocked-up 1911 used in the film - .45 ACP
"Bullet in the brainpan, squish". A distraught River asks Simon to kill her, and in her imagination she holds Jayne's 1911 to her head.
River holds the M1911 after escaping from her handcuffs
Mal: "If I'm wrong then so shoot me now..."
River: {Cocks the hammer}
Mal: "Or... we could talk more."
Zoë with Jayne's pistol.

Type 94 or Kyuuyon-Shiki Kenjuu

During the payroll robbery scene, a customer (Glenn Howerton) is seen producing a Japanese Type 94 pistol before being sensed by River (Summer Glau) and disarmed by Zoë. The history behind this handgun is that it is one of the worst in the Japanese military during WWII. It is hard to tell from the screen that this is even a Type 94 at all.

Japanese Type 94 "Shiki Kenju" Pistol - 8x22mm Nambu
The young tough starts to draw his pistol.
A blurry shot of the pistol being tossed.

Enfield No.2 Snubnose

During the fight scene in the bar, a patron pulls a heavily-modified Enfield No.2 Snubnose revolver before being subdued by River, who takes it and aims it at Mal. It has the barrel cut back into the frame, a shortened grip, and a number of attachments to the front and rear of the frame.

Enfield No.2 Snubnose - .38 S&W
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River forces the patron to shoot another patron.
River holds the Enfield on Mal right before Simon intervenes.
The pistol lying next to an unconscious River.

Sphinx AT380

Dr. Caron (Sarah Paulson) is seen with a modified Sphinx AT380 in a log recording. It appears to be the same pistol Saffron (Christina Hendricks) uses in "Trash" (S01E11).

Sphinx AT380 - .380 ACP
Dr. Caron points the pistol at unseen Reavers...
...before turning it on herself.

Mateba

A fictional Mateba Model 6 Unica variant is held by River Tam on the poster, and was used by River, Jayne and Zoë in the final battle.

Jayne's Mateba
Jayne with the Mateba after taking it away from River.
Zoë with the Mateba.

Carbines/Rifles

Zoë's Winchester Model 92 Mare's Leg

As in Firefly, Zoë's signature weapon is a Winchester Model 1892 carbine cut down to pistol length known as the "Mare's Leg". For the film, the rifle was mounted with a scope. The piece is similar to the one popularized by Steve McQueen in the western TV series Wanted: Dead or Alive. Producers have stated that this is the same prop used in The Adventures of Brisco County, Jr. television series.

Modern replica of Winchester 1892 Mare's Leg - .44-40
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Zoë with her mare's led during the opening robbery.
Zoë chambers a round after engaging a Reaver.

M1A1 Carbine

A pair of folded M1A1 Carbines are seen in the gun rack on the back of the "Mule" hovercraft at the beginning of the film. The new "mule" is a four-place hovercraft, replacing the smaller (and cheaper) ATV from the series.

M1A1 Carbine with original L style rear sights, and side-folding stock, often referred to as the 'Paratrooper' carbine - .30 Carbine.
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A closer view of the M1A1 carbine.

Armalite AR-18

An AR-18 modified with a handguard and front sight similar to a MAT-49 submachine gun is carried by Mal at several points in the movie, most notably while searching the abandoned city on Miranda, and before the final firefight. It has some sort of scope attachment and the magazine has some kind of dressing maybe a Magpul. Mal hands it to Zoë before the final battle.

Armalite AR-18 - 5.56x45mm
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Dressed up bullpup AK-47 (or VEPR)

During the final firefight, Jayne (Adam Baldwin) carries a rather large rifle which appears to be built around an AK-47 converted into bullpup configuration. A custom machined scope as well as a large number of parts are attached to disguise it, including what resembles a water jacket from a Vickers machine gun (though this is custom also). If you look at the bottom of the gun in the first picture you can see they took the magazine tube and foregrip off a Mossberg 500.

Century Arms AK-47 bullpup with polymer magazine - 7.62x39mm
A production photo of Mal and Jayne with their weapons.
A production photo of Jayne with his bullpup AK.
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Jayne holds his BFG (AK-thing) as the crew prepares for battle
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He lets loose with his BFG.

Vetterli M1869/70

During the payroll robbery scene, a bank clerk (Weston Nathanson) is briefly seen carrying a cut-down Swiss Vetterli M1869/70 rifle, identifiable by its spurred trigger guard.

Vetterli Model 1869/70 - 10.4mm
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Submachine guns

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Jayne Cobb's (Adam Baldwin) other main weapon is a dressed up Heckler & Koch MP5K with the front hand grip removed and LED lights added, carried on a chest harness. A similar example is used by Wash (Alan Tudyk), Kaylee (Jewel Staite), and Simon Tam (Sean Maher). It also uses the old straight type magazine.

Serenity Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack and West German police 'Waffle pattern' 20 round stick magazine and the foregrip removed, exposing the bare barrel and hole for the grip mount pin - 9x19mm. The LED sight, unfortunately, could not be found to mount on the weapon for the photograph.
Jayne unzips his jacket to reveal the MP5K on his chest.
Jayne gives the vault guard his "authorization password" for the vault. Even though the weapon has a removed foregrip, thus making it look similar to a converted SP89, the paddle magazine release shows this is clearly a MP5K.
Jayne reloads the MP5K while being chased by the Reavers.
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Jayne covers the others as they escape the town.
Wash with an MP5K while in Miranda.
Kaylee holds her MP5K in the final battle.
Despite being inexperienced with guns, Kaylee manages to keep her eyes open while firing.
Jayne with his MP5K as the crew prepares for their last stand.

Dressed Up Heckler & Koch MP5SD

Dressed up H&K MP5SDs are carried by several characters throughout the movie, most notably Jayne (Adam Baldwin) first scene in the bank job and remained his primary weapon for the rest of the film and also Simon during the final firefight. They have some kind of scope attachment which looks more like a flashlight (it's probably an old telescopic sight). There are dressings on the front end of the barrel and on the fore end of the weapon. Like Jayne's (Adam Baldwin) MP5K, it also uses the straight type magazines.

Heckler & Koch MP5SD3 with S-E-F trigger group and Stock Extended - 9x19mm
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Jayne holds his MP5SD during the Reaver chase
Jayne's MP5 sits with his gear as the ship arrives at Miranda.
Jayne with his MP5SD while on Haven.
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He fires the MP5SD during the final gunfight

Unidentifiable submachine gun

One of the Reavers fires an unidentifiable submachine gun during the final assault.

The Reaver with his (?) SMG.

Shotguns

Winchester 1897 Riot Gun

During the search on Miranda and at the beginning of the final fight, Zoë used a Winchester 1897 Riot Gun with a scope mounted.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Zoë with her shotgun on Miranda.
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Zoë loads her shotgun before the Reavers come.
Zoë aims her shotgun in the final battle
She opens fire on the Reavers

Other

2 cm Flak 38 AA gun

A WW2-era German 2 cm Flak 38 AA gun is seen on Haven after the Alliance raid and is mounted on Serenity later in the movie.

FlaK 38 in single mounting - 20x138mm B
The AA gun sits amid the ruins of Haven.
The AA gun mounted on Serenity.
Mal opens fire with the AA gun.
The Flak 38 is removed from Serenity at the end of the movie.

Special

A Haven resident mans the flak gun in a deleted scene.

Alliance Weapons

Most of the weapons used by Alliance forces in the film are modified paintball guns of various makes and models. These were sold to private collectors and movie museums through the auction house "Propstore of London" after the film wrapped.

This weapon is based on a Psycho Ballistics Silver Bullet Paintball Gun heavily cut up and modded.

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These weapons are dressed-up Worr Game Products Autococker 2004 Prostocks.

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This is the hero stunt gun used by "The Operative" (Chiwetel Ejiofor) against Mal in the final fight between them as Mal tried to make it to the "hard to get to" back up signal generator.

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"The Operative" fires at Mal.

Inara's weapon

Inara Serra (Morena Baccarin) uses what appears to be some sort of bow in the final battle. It replaces a more traditional bow, which could still be seen in some shots.

Inara with ... whatever that is.
In a continuity error, Inara is still drawing a bow in this shot.

Grenade

Mal tosses a grenade to clear some Alliance soldiers away from his shuttle in a deleted scene, but the grenade turns out to be fake.

Mal arms the grenade.


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