Planet of the Apes (1968)

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Blu Ray cover for Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes (1968)

Planet of the Apes is the 1968 science fiction film starring Charlton Heston as a human astronaut stranded on a mysterious planet where apes are the highly intelligent species and humans are regarded as animals. The film, which was adapted from the Pierre Boulle novel, was directed by Franklin J. Schaffner (Patton) and would spawn 4 sequels, a 1974 television series, a 2001 "reimagining" directed by Tim Burton and as well as a new "reboot" series of films which began with 2011's Rise of the Planet of the Apes. Planet of the Apes was also considered the first of Heston's unofficial trilogy of post apocalyptic films which included The Omega Man and Soylent Green.

The following weapons were used in the film Planet of the Apes (1968):



Apes Rifle (modified M1 Carbine)

The main rifle used by the Apes in the film is a visually modified M1 Carbine. The M1 was housed in a wood case that disguised the barrel as well as the magazine. Astronaut Taylor (Charlton Heston) is also seen using the rifle after entering the Forbidden Zone. For the background extras, wooden replicas were used.

Prop version of the Apes rifle (from
The Modern Manufactured version of the M1 Carbine, with standard stock, from Auto-Ordnance (affiliated with Kahr Arms and Thomson Arms). Chambered in .30 Carbine
Taylor (Charlton Heston) checks the rifle (an M1 Carbine) that is housed in a custom wood case.
Taylor fires the rifle at the apes above.
Taylor aims the rifle.
Apes with the rifle.
Aiming the rifle.
Holding the rifle.


Colt 1903 Hammerless

At the beginning of the movie, Taylor checks his survival pack, in which a Colt Model 1903 with wood grips is seen.

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless with wood grips - .32 ACP
The pistol in the survival pack.

See Also

The Planet of the Apes Franchise
Original Series Planet of the Apes (1968)   •  Beneath the Planet of the Apes (1970)  •  Escape from the Planet of the Apes (1972)  •  Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Battle for the Planet of the Apes (1973)

Television Planet of the Apes (TV Series)
Tim Burton Planet of the Apes (2001)
2011 Reboot Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)  •  Dawn of the Planet of the Apes (2014)  •  War for the Planet of the Apes (2017)

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