Escape 2000

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Escape 2000 (1982)

Note: The film was originally released as "Turkey Shoot. "Escape 2000 is the US release title. It was also retitled "Blood Camp Thatcher" in the UK.

The following guns were used in the 1982 Australian film Escape 2000:


MCG Replica M16

A Model Gun Corp replica of the M16 is the main rifle of the prison camp.

Original M16 with 20 round magazine and 3 prong flash hider - 5.56x45mm
Ritter (Roger Ward) fires his M16 at the ground at the start of the hunt. Ward is not actually firing, there is just bullet impacts and sound effects
Some guards holding M16s, while others hold MP40s during Ritter's "Ball game"
A guard forcing prisoners back with his M16. Note the three pronged flash hider


When there is scene of the MCG rifle firing, it changes to an actual M16 with a thirty round magazine. They are mainly used in the final gunfight between the prisoners and the guards.

M16 with 30 round magazine
Two guards firing M16s while another throws a grenade
Prisoners firing M16s
Prisoners fire at the guards
Close up of the rifle firing

Colt CAR-15 Commando

One of the police officers arresting Paul Anders (Steve Railsback) carries this.

Late 1970s model AR15 Sporter 1 Carbine - converted into an XM177 Lookalike for the film The Dogs of War - 5.56mm
An officer looking for Paul


The other officer arresting Paul carries an M1911A1.

Colt M1911A1 Pistol Commercial - .45 ACP
Another officer looking for Paul armed with an M1911A1.


One of the hunters (Gus Mercurio) carries an Australian L1A1 self-loading rifle with a scope,large magazine and sawn-off barrel configuration (In real life used in Vietnam, sometimes with XM148 UGL's). After the hunter is killed by Griff (Bill Young), he takes the rifle and uses it to fire at Thatcher (Michael Craig) and Jennifer (Carmen Duncan).

Australian L1A1 with rounded vent hole handguards
A hunter searching for Griff with his rifle
Griff shows Rita (Lynda Stoner) his L1A1
Griff aiming at Thatcher
Griff firing at Thatcher

Winchester Model 70

Charles Thatcher (Michael Craig) uses a Winchester Model 70 as his weapon of choice throughout the film for the hunt.

Thatcher loads his rifle before the hunt
Thatcher aims at Paul
Thatcher fires at Griff

Smith & Wesson Model 27

Ritter (Roger Ward) uses a long-barreled Smith & Wesson Model 27 when chasing Paul (Steve Railsback) and Chris (Olivia Hussey).

Smith & Wesson Model 27 with Patridge Sights - .357 magnum.
Ritter holds his revolver while looking for Paul and Chris in the swamps
Ritter aims at Paul while Chris cuts his hands off. Note the obvious fake hands
Ritter's severed hand holding the Smith & Wesson (Finger still twitching!)


The MP40 is used by a few prison guards. It is also used by Tito (Michael Petrovitch) and some prisoners at the end.

MP40 submachine gun - 9x19mm
"OPEN SEASON!" Tito fires at Paul and Chris
A guard is shot while holding his MP40
The MP40 seen slung on Paul's shoulder
Chris fires at the computer monitors


The M72 LAW rocket launcher is used by Paul (Steve Railsback) and another prisoner at the end.

M72 LAW - 66mm
Paul fires at a guard tower.
A prison aims his M72.


Twin MG42s gun turrets are seen throughout the film. One is used by Paul (Steve Railsback) to kill Thatcher (Michael Craig) at the end.

MG42 with sling and bipod collapsed - 7.92mm Mauser
The twin MG42s fire at Paul and Chris
Paul blows off Thatcher's head

Browning AN/M2

A Browning AN/M2 Machine gun is mounted on the Tito's jeep that Paul (Steve Railsback) and Chris (Olivia Hussey) steal.

Browning AN-M2 .30-06 Flexible Gun
Tito fires at Chris
Chris fires at the guards


An M60 machine gun is seen mounted on the prison truck at the beginning and used by a prisoner at the end.

M60 machine gun with bipod extended - 7.62x51mm NATO
The M60 on the prison truck
A prisoner firing an M60

Colt Trooper

Paul (Steve Railsback) is briefly uses a nickel Colt Trooper to fire at guards at the end. He wasn't seen taking the revolver in the film, so it is assumed he took it from the Jeep that he and Chris stole.

Colt Trooper - .357 Magnum
Paul firing the revolver. On first glance, it looks like the ejector rod is exposed, but closer inspection, it is enclosed, further proving that it is a Trooper.

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