The A-Team was an American action television series that aired in the US on NBC for five seasons from 1983 to 1987. The show followed the adventures of a squad of Green Berets and their pilot who were wrongly convicted of a military crime during the Vietnam War and upon escaping from a maximum security prison, currently survive as soldiers of fortune in the Los Angeles underground. The show was known for its numerous gunfights where nearly no one is actually killed, and for its car chases where everyone is able to get out of their vehicles even after they experienced spectacular crashes. For its fifth and final season, the series underwent a radical overhaul, having the team actually being caught and subsequently working covertly for the US government. A feature film adaptation of the series was released in 2010 and starred Liam Neeson and Bradley Cooper.
The following weapons were used in the television series The A-Team:
Seen twice during Season 5. First in the episode "The Theory Of Revolution", when the A-Team show General Stockwell just how many weapons they managed to smuggle into the farmhouse without his security detail noticing. The second time in "Alive at Five", as the sidearm of Tommy Tedesco's right hand man. It has a slide-mounted safety/decocker and a round trigger guard, identifying it as a 92SB.
Beretta 950 Jetfire
Seen only during the very first Season 4 episode "Judgment Day Part 2" are two gold plated Beretta 950 Jetfire.
Briefly seen in the hands of a skyjacker, who is swiftly disarmed by Murdock (Dwight Schultz) in "The Beast from the Belly of a Boeing", Season 1.
The Browning Hi-Power is one of the handguns frequently used by Col. John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard), notably in Season 1's "Black Day at Bad Rock". During Season 3 it becomes H. M. Murdock's (Dwight Schultz) sidearm of choice.
Colt Detective Special
Hannibal (George Peppard) holds a Colt Detective Special in Season 2's "Recipe For Heavy Bread". A nickel plated version is the sidearm of Tommy Tedesco (Richard Romanus) in "Alive at Five", Season 5. It is also quite frequently wielded by bad guys throughout the show.
The M1911 and many variants are carried at various times by A-Team members, U.S. Military Police pursuing the A-Team, and various bad guys. A nickel plated version is seen through Seasons 4 and 5.
Colt Government Model M1911A1
Seen on multiple occasions in Season 2 and as the sidearm of Colonel Decker in Season 4. Absolute confirmation on the exact model is not possible, since the original Colt Government Model, Colt MK IV Series 70 and Colt MK IV Series 80 were all available at the time of filming (1983 to 1987).
Colt Trooper Mk III
The Colt Trooper Mk III is another revolver often carried by various characters throughout the show.
Colt Lawman MK III
A nickel plated Colt Lawman MK III is used primarily by Lt. Templeton "Faceman" Peck (Dirk Benedict). It is correctly referred to as a ".357 magnum" in "Skins", Season 3. This is also the revolver of the main villain in the Season 2 episode "The Only Church In Town".
One of the skyjackers in "The Beast From The Belly Of A Boeing" is seen pulling a Colt Python on Peck.
Detonics Pocket 9
Seen in the episodes "Judgement Day Part 1", "The Trouble with Harry" and "The Little Town with an Accent", Season 4, and "The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair", Season 5. It was used again as the sidearm of Alice Heath (Rosalind Chao) in "Point of No Return". One of the hitmen in "Without Reservations" is also seen using it.
The FIE Titan can be seen in the hands of various bad guys. Notably in the hands of Colonel Sien in Season 4's "The Sound Of Thunder" and Hannibal (George Peppard) in "The Spy Who Mugged Me", Season 5.
Heckler & Koch P7
The Heckler & Koch P7 becomes a prevalent gun in Season 5, used by both the bad guys and the A-Team.
Heckler & Koch P9S
Heckler & Koch VP70
A Heckler & Koch VP70 is seen among the weapons used by the terrorists in the Season 2 episode "Harder Than It Looks".
Seen during one scene in "The Trouble With Harry", Season 4, and in the Season 5 episode "Without Reservations" in the hands of one of the hitmen.
Remington 1866 Derringer
One of Styles's henchmen in "The Trouble with Harry", Season 4, uses a Ruger Redhawk.
Single Action Army
A Single Action Army is used in the Wild West show. General Fulbright also carries two SAA in crossdraw holsters in "The A-Team Is Coming, the A-Team Is Coming", Season 4.
Smith & Wesson 39
During Season 2, the Smith & Wesson 39 is one of the preferred sidearms of Col. John "Hannibal" Smith (George Peppard). During Season 3, he can at times be seen carrying a nickel plated version of the same handgun.
Smith & Wesson 639
The Smith & Wesson 639 is among Hannibal's most prevalent sidearms and appears with both adjustable and fixed sights. It remains his personal sidearm all through Season 5. Charles Jourdan (Roy Dotrice) also uses this weapon in "The Spy Who Mugged Me".
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Among the vast arsenal of revolvers featured on The A-Team, is the Smith & Wesson Model 10.
Smith & Wesson Model 13
This revolver is among those primarily used by the bad guys on the show.
Smith & Wesson Model 14
Smith & Wesson Model 19
Seen carried by Templeton Peck (Dirk Benedict) in "The Heart of Rock N' Roll".
Smith & Wesson Model 29
The Smith & Wesson Model 29 is the main sidearm of A-Team nemesis Col. Decker (Lance LeGault). It can also be seen in the Season 1 episode "Pros And Cons" used by Warden Beale. Faceman (Dirk Benedict) is also seen carrying the Smith & Wesson Model 29 in numerous episodes.
Smith & Wesson Model 65
These first appear as the personal sidearms of General Fulbright in "Beneath the Surface". In the Season 4 episode "Mission Of Peace", Hannibal (George Peppard) is seen defending the Mission with a Smith & Wesson Model 65.
Smith & Wesson Model 681
A Smith & Wesson Model 681 is the main sidearm of one of the hitmen in Season 5's "Without Reservations".
Star Model B
Seen on few occasions during Seasons 1 and 2. In one instance suppressed in the hands of Hannibal (George Peppard) during "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas".
Star Model BM
The Star M28 has its first appearance as the sidearm of Jack Lane (Wings Hauser) in "The Big Squeeze", Season 3. The Star M28 then becomes a frequently seen handgun during Seasons 4 and 5, both in the hands of bad guys and the A-Team.
Seen only during the two parter "Judgement Day". Murdock retrieves it off of one of Gino's thugs and then hands it to Hannibal. It makes another appearance during Season 5's "Point Of No Return" as the sidearm of a guard at the Imperial Bank of Hong Kong.
Webley Mk VI
The leader of the Guerrillas in the Season 1 Pilot "Mexican Slayride" can be seen using a Webley Mk VI.
Submachine Guns & Semi-Auto Carbines
Thompson Submachine Gun
Used in the two-parters "Judgement Day" and "Mexican Slayride". In "The Out-Of-Towners" a thug can be seen firing a Thompson M1928A1 with a drum magazine. As a nice gag, Hannibal is hanging onto a 1930's car with a Thompson with drum magazine and fires on a mafia boss in Season 4's "The Little Town with an Accent".
The A3 model of the Heckler & Koch HK94 are featured throughout the series. They appear to have the early "Slimline" forearms featured on older versions of the MP5.
The Intratec TEC-9 appears on numerous occasions throughout The A-Team, being among the favourite weapons of the show's bad guys. Hannibal (George Peppard) is seen using a TEC-9 Mini in "Recipe for Heavy Bread".
Smith & Wesson 76
A Smith & Wesson 76 makes a brief appearance during "The Rabbit Who Ate Las Vegas".
The Micro Uzi is used throughout the series by both the A-Team and bad guys.
One of Borofsky's men can be seen with a MP40 in Season 5's "The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair". It appears to be plastic prop, since it has a filled in front sight and the barrel is visibly bent.
A MAC-10 mocked up to look like an Uzi with fake Uzi furniture mounted on the barrel and receiver can be seen being used by Murdock (Dwight Schultz). These same Uzi mock-ups can be seen in Raw Deal, The Dogs of War, and also Stripes (they were all built by a company called Special Effects Unlimited, which provided the weapons used in the first two seasons of this show).
The Uzi Carbine was also a favourite weapon of bad guys on the show, and also used by members of the A-Team in some episodes.
Wilkinson Arms Linda pistol
Ingram Model 6
Members of the A-Team and various bad guys use the Ingram Model 6 in the pilot episode. Possibly the only time that this little known SMG has appeared either on television or in the movies.
Ruger Mini 14 Stainless version with Folding stock
When the show began its full run in 1984, the producers decided not to have the team use different weapons every week, primarily due to budget concerns.(Let's face it, it was a cheap show). Beginning with its second season, the A-Team favored the Ruger Mini-14 with a factory folding stock in Stainless steel. Contrary to popular belief, these were not the fully automatic Ruger AC556 rifles, but the Semi auto only Ruger Mini 14 with folding stocks. Close examination of the show reveals that the actors are pulling the triggers quickly and only a few spent brass casing as flying out, despite the sound effects of full auto fire. Also the cuts in editing, showing bullet squibs and 'dust hits' against the ground and buildings, created the illusion of full auto firing Ruger rifles. Since Americans had not yet been exposed to 'assault weapon bans' being that this was the mid 1980s, the title 1 classified Ruger rifles were easy to transport across state and local lines with no paperwork hassles. The rifles were actually purchased for the show and were kept on permanent storage in the show's props containers during the show's run.
The main villain in "The Only Church In Town" is armed with an Armalite AR-18. It can also be seen in "Recipe For Heavy Bread". This weapon, along with the older Armalite AR-10, were often used as stand-ins for the more expensive M16 in television shows and movies.
AKMs can be seen during the Season 4 finale "The Sound Of Thunder", used by North Vietnamese ground troops and throughout Season 5.
Norinco Type 56
Seen in the Season 4 opener "Judgement Day Part 2" used by the Italian boarding crew sent to save the passengers of the hijacked cruise ship. In reality no part of the Italian Armed Forces ever used the FN FAL. It could be that the armorer had trouble acquiring the civilian version of the Beretta BM59 at the time of filming. Note that the model used on the show features a rear flip-up sight.
Heckler & Koch HK91A2
MGC M-16 Model Gun Corp Replica Rifle
Seen during the first season pilot episode "Mexican Slayride".
In "Say It With Bullets", Season 2, two M1 Garand with M7 Rifle Grenades attached can be seen on display in the holiday house.
Seen in stock footage during the Season 5 intro.
The M16/SP1 is probably the most high-profile firearm in the first 4 seasons, being used by bad guys and members of the A-Team on dozens of occasions. Most of the M16 SP1s used on the show have been fitted with M16A1 flash hiders, in order to stand in for the newer rifle (though some genuine M16A1s also appeared on the show).
M16/SP1 with fake M203 Grenade Launcher
The first appearance of the Faux M203 is during the Season 3 episode "Timber", in the hands of H. M. Murdock (Dwight Schultz). During the Season 4 finale "The Sound Of Thunder", Hannibal (George Peppard) can be seen pulling a M16/SP1 with the same mock-up M203 from Murdock's (Dwight Schultz) bag. It makes a brief reappearance in the Season 5 episode "The Crystal Skull".
Used by U.S. Military Police pursing the A-Team, by A-Team members themselves, and various bad guys.
In season 1's "One More Time", Hannibal, Face, and B.A. are seen with XM16E1's.
The weapons utilized by the firing squad in "The Court Martial Part 3: Firing Line" are M1903 Springfield rifles.
The Ruger Mini-14 is used mostly by bad guys in a multitude of episodes.
Only seen during Season 4's "Mission Of Peace", is a Springfield 1861 rifle-musket.
Steyr AUG A1
After its introduction in Season 4, the Steyr AUG A1 remained a favourite of the bad and good guys until the show's end in Season 5.
Has its first appearance in "One More Time", Season 1, used by the Rashaad's men. Seen in the hands of one of Salvador's men in Season 2, "The Only Church In Town". It can be identified as the P variant by the plastic stock.
Winchester Model 1892
A wide variety of lever action rifles can be seen in The A-Team, including a Winchester Model 1892.
Only seen during "The Bells Of St. Mary's", Season 3.
Hannibal (George Peppard) is seen holding a Remington 870 in "Sheriffs Of Rivertown". Folding stock versions of this shotgun can be seen in Season 3's "Knights Of The Road", "Breakout!", in the Season 4 opener "Judgement Day Part 1", "A Little Town With An Accent" and in the Season 5 episode "The Crystal Skull". A Remington 870 folding stock with the stock removed and extended magazine tube appears in the hands of Templeton Peck in "The Big Squeeze", Season 3.
Ithaca Model 37
Sheriff Hank Thompson (Ed Lauter) carries an Ithaca 37 shotgun in the Season 1 episode "Black Day at Bad Rock" episode. It's also seen in the weapon rack in the sheriff's office along with multiple other shotguns. The bartender in Season 1's "The Out-Of-Towners" uses an Ithaca 37 with sawed-off stock and barrel. Another Ithaca is used by a thug in "The Only Church In Town", this one with sawed-off stock.
Double Barreled Shotgun
Double barreled shotguns can be seen on several occasions in The A-Team. Notable instances include a shotgun with cut down barrels and stock in the hands of Reverend Taylor (John Amos) in "Pure-Dee Poison", Season 2. Another one is hidden away in the prosthetic leg of El Cajon (Sergio Calderón) in the Season 3 two-parter "The Bend in the River". One of the Mafiosi in "Judgement Day", Season 4, can also be seen holding one during the Cruise ship hijacking.
Winchester Model 1897
Multiple construction workers in "Cowboy George", Season 4, can be seen holding Winchester Model 1897 shotguns.
Arisaka Type 99 sporterized
Used only when the script calls for a trained assassin is a Arisaka Type 99 rifle. Specifically, the Type 2 takedown paratrooper variant.
Winchester Model 70
The Winchester Model 70 is used in various episodes.
The Weatherby Mk.V is used multiple times throughout The A-Team, notably in Season 2's "Diamonds 'N Dust".
Browning Automatic Rifle
Only seen during the Season 2 episode "Say It With Bullets". The first time in the holiday house and then mounted in a coaxial turret in a tank.
The Browning M2 can be seen mounted on a US tank in stock footage in the Season 5 opening.
M14E2 Light Machine Gun
An M14E2 Light Machine Gun is featured only once in the Season 1 finale "A Nice Place to Visit".
The M60 was the regular squad support weapon in the series, always used by Hannibal Smith (George Peppard) and rarely by B.A. Baracus (Mr. T) even though he would have been the obvious choice but was more often relegated to using a nickel plated Star Model BM with ivory grips. The M60D can be seen as dorsal weapons on the UH-1, seen in stock footage used in the Season 5 and 1 Intros.
M60 Rubber props
In the episode "Cowboy George" the viewer is treated to two M60 rubber props. While the use of rubber props themselves is not an unusual occurrence in The A-Team, the M60 appears far less often than any other firearms on the show.
The right hand man of Malavida Valdez (Sergio Calderón) is seen carrying a Vickers-Berthier Mk.1 light machine gun during the Season 1 Pilot episode "Mexican Slayride".
Federal Gas Riot Gun
M1 Rocket Launcher
First seen in the Season 3 episode "The Island". Next the M1 "Bazooka" is used by Murdock (Dwight Schultz) in the Season 4 episode "Where's The Monster When You Need Him?". A real one is seen during two Vietnam-era recordings used in Flashbacks of the team in the Season 4 finale "The Sound of Thunder". Another one is used by the revolutionaries in Season 5's "The Theory Of Revolution" during the prison break.
M72 Light Anti Tank Weapon (LAW)
The bounty hunters in the Season 3 episode "Bounty" have two M72 lying in their hideout. The A-Team also store two of them in the Virginia Farmhouse in "The Theory of Revolution".
Manville 25mm Projectile Launcher
A Manville 25 mm Projectile Launcher is used by Hannibal in the Season 2 episode "Say It With Bullets".
One of the Russian extremists in "The A-Team Is Coming, the A-Team Is Coming", Season 4, is seen firing a mock-up of the SMAW. The weapon made a reappearance in "The Theory of Revolution", Season 5.
Unknown Gas Launcher Gun
In Season 2, Episode 17 "Pure-Dee Poison" Face (Dirk Benedict) holds a gas gun similar but not identical to the Federal Gas Riot gun series. The body is more slender and it has a more conventional 'rifle/shotgun style' buttstock and apparently different adjustable sights on the top of the receiver. Though it could just be a Federal Gas Gun that was modified after the fact. Another launcher is used by Hannibal in Season 5's "Without Reservations".
A Crossman Air Pistol is used to fire tranquillizer darts in "The Court Martial Part 3: Firing Line".
Mk 2 Fragmentation Grenade
Hannibal (George Peppard) retrieves Mk 2 Hand Grenades from the trunk of former Green Beret Ray Brenner in the Season 1 Finale "A Nice Place To Visit". Templeton Peck (Dirk Benedict) and H. M. Murdock (Dwight Schultz) also come across a box full of Mk 2 fragmentation grenades in the Season 3 episode "Moving Targets". Hannibal also uses one to demolish Johnny Turian's yacht in "Hot Styles", Season 3. Templeton Peck is seen pulling one in "The Road to Hope", Season 4, to take out a jeep. Murdock utilizes one to wreck a drug shipment in "There Goes the Neighbourhood". During "The Theory Of Revolution", Season 5, Templeton Peck uses a Mk 2 to demolish a weapons cache.
M69 Training Grenade
Seen during "The Theory Of Revolution" and a short bit of stock footage seen in the Season 5 intro.