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Occupation - BBC Ireland Television Miniseries (Aired June 2009)

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Occupation is the BAFTA award winning three-part hour-long TV mini series that aired on the BBC in June 2009. It stars James Nesbitt as Sergeant Mike Swift, Stephen Graham as Corporal Danny Peterson and Warren Brown as Lance Corporal Lee 'Hibbsey' Hibbs. The plot follows the three troops over the course of five years, from the 2003 to 2007, examining the affect the war has on each of their lives.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries Occupation:



All of the characters hold or have held an L85A1 rifle in the course of the series.

L85A1 5.56x45mm with SUSAT scope
Danny (Stephen Graham) observes the situation with his L85A1.
Mike Swift (James Nesbitt) tells a civilian to move as his team storm a building. Note the elastic band around the foregrip.

FN Minimi

Several characters are seen to hold an FN Minimi M249 Para (L110A1).

Spike covers Swift as he gives first aid to a young girl caught and injured in the skirmish with insurgents. Note the M249 style heatshield.
Spike aims his Minimi at looters in a hospital.
Bruno and his Minimi.

SA vz. 61 Skorpion

Briefly seen in the hands of a P.M.C team member.

A Skorpion seen in the hands of the big brute standing behind Danny


Replaces the SA80 rifle for many of the characters later on in the series. Seen in the hands of US Army members and other Coalition forces.

Unis practises with his M4A1
A member of the U.S Army stands with an M4A1 with the top carry handle removed for some reason.
Danny and Lester find out what $2 billion looks like.
Hibbs defends himself when an angry mob turns on him. Note the EOTech sight mounted on backwards.

Beretta 92FS

Seen in the hands of Hibbs when he defends himself against corrupt members of the Iraqi Police.

Beretta92F LeftSide.jpg
Hibbs fires at corrupt Iraqi Police members.
Danny realises his vest looks like a bomb.

Beretta 92FS Inox

Seen in the hands of a corrupt member of the Iraqi Police

Iraqi Police members gun down an innocent bystander.

SIG-Sauer P226

Seen in the hands of Danny when he waves to a coalition APC after being ambushed.

"I'm English! I'm from Kirkby!"

Browning Hi-Power

A Browning Hi-Power is used several times in two episodes of Occupation. It is seen in the hands of two different insurgents.

An insurgent threatens a captured Lee Hibbs.
Spoiler alert.

Walther P99

Unis is seen very briefly holding the pistol in the 'good times' montage in episode 2, as well as being seen on the table of guns before the PMC group head off to begin operations at the end of episode 1.

9mm, Made In Germany
The Walther (or Walther shaped) pistol in the centre of the table
Don't mess with Unis.

Browning M2 Heavy Barrel

Seen mounted on a Land Rover several times over the course of the three episodes.

A Browning M2 on the back of a Land Rover.
Seen again on the back of a Land Rover escorting Swift.


Seen once in the opening of episode 3.


AKM's & AK's

Unsurprisingly, many are used by insurgents and undercover P.M.C members.

An insurgent looks out of a doorway as Swift's team are standing just outside.
Lee Hibbs checks out an AK before going undercover
Hibbs and his AK
Unis raises his AK to repel a curious civilian.
Insurgents ambush Danny's convoy


Seen briefly mounted on Hibbs' M4.

Hibbs' rifle lay unused during the surprise attack.


Due to my lack of gun knowledge and experience, I cannot identify with confidence the guns below. Feel free to edit and change this section and sort them out.

"Russia makes the best guns. America makes the best body armour. Tells you everything you need to know about the Cold War."

Lester carries a two-tone pistol by his side.

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