Baa Baa Black Sheep

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Baa Baa Black Sheep (1976-1978)

Baa Baa Black Sheep was a World War II television series that aired from 1976-1978 on NBC and was inspired by the exploits of Marine fighter ace Greg "Pappy" Boyington. The series starred Robert Conrad as Boyington as he led a group of misfit Marine fighter pilots who came to be known as the "Black Sheep". The show also went under the name "Black Sheep Squadron".

The following weapons were used in the series Baa Baa Black Sheep:

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Rifles

M1 Garand

The M1 Garand is the main weapon used by US Marines in the series.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
US Marines fire their M1 Garands during the taking of an island in "New Georgia on My Mind".

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine is also a frequent weapon carried by Marines in the series. As with the majority of productions at the time, the Carbine used is of the Korean War era.

Korean War Era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch. This version is seen most often in World War II movies, despite being anachronistic for most World War II battles.
Sgt. Callahan (William Lucking) holds the M1 Carbine in "New Georgia on My Mind".


Arisaka Type 38

The Arisaka Type 99 rifle was one of the main battle rifles used by the Japanese Army in the Pacific theater and is seen used throughout the series. Pappy and some of the Black Sheep are seen with them during the episode "Up for Grabs", when their island is taken over by Japanese forces disguised as Marines.

Arisaka Type 99 long rifle - 6.5x50mmSR
Japanese soldiers disguised as US Marines prepare to use their rifles in "Up for Grabs". The one in the foreground is using a Type 99

Arisaka Type 99

The Arisaka Type 99 rifle was one of the main battle rifles used by the Japanese Army in the Pacific theater and is seen used throughout the series. Pappy and some of the Black Sheep are seen with them during "Up for Grabs" (S1E07), when their island is taken over by Japanese forces disguised as Marines.

Arisaka Type 99 short rifle - 7.7x58mm
Japanese soldiers disguised as US Marines prepare to use their rifles in "Up for Grabs" (S1E07). The one in the background is using a Type 99
Pappy uses the rifle in "Up for Grabs" (S1E07).
1st Lt. Donald "Don" French (Jeff MacKay) uses the rifle in "Up for Grabs" (S1E07).

Submachine Guns

M1928A1 Thompson

Several Marines are seen carrying or firing the M1928A1 Thompson in the series. In "Best Three Out of Five", Pappy and his men are armed with Thompsons while on a mission to rescue a downed pilot.

M1928A1 Thompson with 20-round magazine and Cutts compensator .45 ACP
In "Best Three Out of Five", Pappy is armed with a Thompson during a rescue mission.
Capt. Jim Gutterman (James Whitmore Jr.) uses the Thompson.

Handguns

Colt M1911A1

The main sidearm carried by the Black Sheep is the Colt M1911A1. Pappy is seen drawing his in Season 1's "Anyone for Suicide?".

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
Despite having an attack of malaria, Major Greg "Pappy" Boyington (Robert Conrad) is still able to pull his M1911A1 in Season 1's "Anyone for Suicide?".
Lt. T.J. Wiley (Robert Ginty, on the far right) is seen with a holstered M1911A1 as his sidearm in Season 1's "Anyone for Suicide?".

Smith & Wesson Victory Model

Lt. French is seen carrying a Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver as his sidearm.

Smith & Wesson Victory Model - .38 S&W. This model is stamped "Property of U.S. Government" top strap of receiver.
Lt. Don French (Jeff MacKay, second from the right) is seen carrying a Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolver as his sidearm in "Anyone for Suicide?".

Nambu Type 14

The main sidearm of Japanese forces on the series is the Nambu Type 14 Pistol. A Nambu is most notably seen carried by the Japanese officer who threatens Boyington in Season 1's "Up for Grabs".

Nambu Type 14 8x22mm Nambu
A Nambu is most notably seen carried by the Japanese officer who threatens Boyington in Season 1's "Up for Grabs".

Machine Guns

Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun

The Browning M2HB heavy machine gun is seen on 214's airfield in machine gun nests. Pappy is seen firing it during an air raid. Sgt. Micklin (Red West) also uses it in different episodes.

Browning M2HB on vehicle mount - .50 BMG
In "Best Three Out of Five", Pappy and Maj. Red Buell (Charles Napier) defend the base from Zeros with Browning M2's.

Browning M2 Aircraft

The Browning M2 Aircraft appears as the primary armament of the Black Sheeps' F4U Corsair fighters, mounted in groups of three in each wing for a total of six.

Browning M2 Aircraft .50 BMG

Nambu Type 99 Light Machine Gun

Japanese forces are seen firing the Nambu Type 99 Light Machine Gun in various episodes.

Nambu Type 99 light machine gun 7.7x58mm Arisaka

Nambu Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

Japanese forces are also seen using the Nambu Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun in several episodes, sometimes fired from machine gun nests and sometimes mounted on armored vehicles.

Nambu Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm.
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Other

Type 89 "Knee Mortar"

Type 89 "Knee Mortar" (technically grenade launchers) are used by Japanese forces in various episodes.

Type 89 "Knee Mortar". In reality it was translated as "Leg Mortar" but poor translation changed it to Knee. This resulted in many GIs trying out captured ones by firing them from the knee, which led to multiple injuries.

Mk II hand grenade

Mk II hand grenades are sometimes carried by the Black Sheep on various missions.

Mk II hand grenade.


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