Day of the Triffids (1981), The

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The Day of the Triffids (1981)

The Day of the Triffids (1981) is the second of three filmed versions of John Wyndham’s classic science fiction novel (other adaptations were released in 1962 and 2009) and the most faithful adaptation of the original story. Wyndham’s tale is not about monsters, but rather is a parable about the fragility of civilization and the collapse of morality and ethics once it falls. The BBC made-for-TV mini-series starred John Duttine, Emma Relph, and Maurice Colbourne. A comet blinds humanity, which falls prey to carnivorous, walking plants.

The following firearms were used in the television mini-series The Day of the Triffids (1981):


L1A1 rifle

In Episode 3, British soldiers carry what appears to be the British L1A1 SLR rifle.

L1A1 SLR, original model - 7.62x51mm NATO. Early version of the L1A1 had wood stocks, handguard and pistol grips, along with a cylindrical wood carry handle..
A British soldier carries the L1A1 SLR in Episode 3.

Browning Hi-Power

In Episode 4, gangsters appear to wield a Browning Hi-Power pistol.

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
The Gang Leader (Albie Woodington) doesn't like what he sees.
The Gang Leader fires on helpless, blind people.

Over and Under 12 Gauge Shotgun

In Episode 4, Bill Masen (John Duttine) carries an over-under 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

Hartmann & Weiss custom-made over-under shotgun, 12 gauge.
Masen’s armory.

12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

In Episode 5, Ben Masen wields a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun.

Remington SPR220 Shotgun - 12 Gauge.
Ben takes aim at a Triffid.
One fewer Triffid menaces humankind.

M1 Flamethrower

In Episode 6, Bill Masen toasts the Triffids with a M1 Flamethrower.

M1A1 Flamethrower.

Daimler Armored Car Mark I

In Episode 6, self-appointed guardsmen operate a Daimler Armored Car Mark I.

.303 in Bren gun or a .55 in Boys Anti-tank Rifle.

Triffid Gun

In Episode 5, Ben Masen creates his own ‘’Triffid Gun,” which flings a razor-sharp projectile at the pernicious plants.

Projectile away!
Another Triffid bites the dust.

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