Firefox

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Firefox (1982)


The following weapons were used in the film Firefox:

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Handguns

Walther PP

Former USAF pilot Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood) carries a Walther PP series pistol during his mission into Russia. Pyotr Baranovich (Nigel Hawthorne), one of the Firefox scientists, is seen pulling a Walther in the hangar.

Walther PP - The lesser-known, full-length barreled Walther PP is available in .22LR, 6.35mm auto (.25 ACP), 7.65x17mm (.32 ACP) Auto or 9x17mm (.380 ACP).
Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood) holds a Walther as he attempts to evade the questions of a Russian officer.
Pyotr Baranovich (Nigel Hawthorne), one of the Firefox scientists, is seen pulling a Walther in the hangar.

Makarov PM

Upenskoy (Warren Clarke) uses a Makarov PM.

Russian Makarov PM - 9x18mm Makarov
As he sees the Firefox take off, Upenskoy puts a pulls out a Makarov PM as the soldiers close in on him.

Tokarev TT-33

Another scientist, Semelovsky (Ronald Lacey), pulls a Tokarev TT-33 in the hangar.

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Tula Arsenal (Soviet Union) Note CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips
Semelovsky with a Tokarev TT-33 in the hangar.

Rifles

Valmet M71S

A Valmet M71S rifle (standing in for a Kalashnikov variant) is first seen in the hands of VC who transport a downed Mitchell Gant in Vietnam. The rifle also can be seen in the hands of a Russian soldier checking the men's bathroom of a Moscow subway station. At the Bilyarsk Airbase, the rifles are seen fired by the soldiers to prevent the escape of the MiG-31 Firefox.

A Valmet M71S chambered in 5.56mm (.223). The Valmet was also offered in 7.62x39mm
A Valmet M71S rifle (standing in for a Kalashnikov variant) is first seen in the hands of VC who transport a downed Mitchell Gant in Vietnam.
Russian soldiers with their Valmet rifles in the hangar.
Closeup of the rifle.
Russian soldiers fire their Valmet rifles as they attempt to stop the Firefox from taking off.

Hudson Replica AK-47

Since real AK-47s were not available when this film was made, the Japanese replica AK-47 had been commercially available since 1978 is used . The replica Japanese AK-47 was based on the Type III milled receiver AK and is identifiable by the non-laminated wood furniture and the dimensions of the gas tube. The weapon is notably carried by Russian soldiers who search for the Russian contact in the countryside.

Authentic AK47
The replica weapon is notably carried by Russian soldiers who search for the Russian contact in the countryside.

SKS

Other VC who transport Gant are armed with the Siminov SKS carbine.

Russian Simonov Type 45 aka the SKS rifle - 7.62x39mm
On the left appears to be the Siminov SKS carbine.
The VC on the left appears to be armed with the Siminov SKS carbine.

CAR-15

What appears to be a CAR-15 carbine is briefly seen slung on the shoulder of one of the USAF helicopter pilots that pick up Gant at his home.

Commercial CAR-15 clone rifle 5.56x45mm
What appears to be a CAR-15 carbine is briefly seen slung on the shoulder of one of the USAF helicopter pilots that pick up Gant at his home.

Machine Guns

GE M134 Minigun

A helicopter doorgunner is seen firing a GE M134 Minigun as Gant experiences a flashback to the Vietnam War.

GE M134 Minigun with first pattern spade grip mount and crosshair sights. - 7.62x51mm NATO.
A doorgunner fires the mingun. Stock footage was used in the flashback.
Stock footage of the minigun firing.

Shotguns

Remington 870

As a military helicopter lands at his cabin, Mitchell Gant runs into his home and grabs a Remington 870 Police Folder shotgun to defend himself.

Remington 870 Police Folder with extended magazine tube - stock extended - 12 gauge
Mitchell Gant (Clint Eastwood) his Remington 870 with an extended tube and a top folding stock.

MiG-31 "Firefox"

  • MiG-31 depicted in the film is entirely fictional and was designated by "Firefox" by the author before any Russian jet was given the numeric designation. This particular jet has nothing to do with real MiG-31 "Foxhound" fighter.
Full scale mockup of the "Firefox".

Armaments

In addition to its missiles, twin machine guns are part of the MiG-31 Firefox's weaponry.

Gant launches missiles from the Firefox's internal missile bay. An internal missile bay is now commonplace in such stealth planes as the F22 Raptor.
The twin machine guns mounted beneath one of the Firefox jets.

Trivia Section

Filming Locations

  • The "Moscow" scenes were filmed in Vienna with the countryside scenes in Hungary. In one subway scene, you can read German signs.
The subway system supposedly in Moscow. The red sign on the right reads "S├╝dtiroler Platz", a Vienna Metro stop.

MIL Mi-24 Hind

Firefox is one of the earliest American made feature films to accurately depict the Soviet attack helicopter. For wide shots, the helicopters onscreen were radio controlled miniatures. When pilots are seen in the helicopter, the cockpit of the Mi-24 Hinds is actually the same modified cockpit used in the film Blue Thunder (which wasn't released until a year later).

The Blue Thunder cockpit as seen in Firefox
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Soviet Cruiser

  • The Soviet cruiser shown in one scene is in fact an American Belknap class guided missile cruiser.
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