S.W.A.T. (1975)

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S.W.A.T. (1975 - 1976)

S.W.A.T. was a television action series that followed officers of an elite special weapons unit within the ranks of a Southern California police department. While Los Angeles already had such a unit in its police department, the series, which aired on ABC for two seasons from 1975 to 1976, helped popularize the idea of "Special Weapons and Tactics" to the general public. The series would be adapted as a feature film in 2003 and then would return to television as a weekly series on CBS in the fall of 2017.

The following weapons were used in the television series S.W.A.T. (1975):


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Rifles

M16

The M16 Rifle is the primary weapon of SWAT and seen used by all the officers in the series including Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Steve Forrest), Sgt. Deacon "Deke" McKay (Rod Perry), Officer Jim Street (Robert Urich), Officer Dominic Luca (Mark Shera), and Officer T.J. McCabe (James Coleman).

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56x45mm
M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to imitate the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The SWAT officers are seen grabbing their M16's in the show's intro.
Hondo and Street prepare to enter a room armed with their M16's in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).
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Armalite AR-18

SWAT trainees are seen practicing with the Armalite AR-18 in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01). It's also used by the assassin Mr. Bravo (Christopher George) in the episode "Bravo Enigma", as well as being identified by name in the same episode.

Armalite AR-18 - 5.56mm
The SWAT trainees including T.J. McCabe take target practice with Armalite rifles in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

Winchester Model 70

The Winchester Model 70 is the primary weapon of SWAT's designated sniper, Officer T.J. McCabe (James Coleman).

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70
SWAT's designated sniper, Officer T.J. McCabe (James Coleman) with his Winchester Model 70 in "A Coven of Killers" (S1E02).
A rack of Winchesters are seen notably in the series opening.
T.J. on the far left handles the Winchester.
T.J. McCabe (James Coleman) takes aim with the scoped Winchester Model 70.

Beretta BM59

The Beretta BM59 fitted with a flash hider that makes the rifle resemble an M14 is used by several characters in the series. This customized rifle was used in several series filmed in the 1970's.

Beretta BM59 7.62x51mm NATO
The Beretta BM59 fitted with a flash hider that makes the rifle resemble an M14 is used by Arlie Warren (James Keach) in "A Coven of Killers" (S1E02).

M1 Carbine

The M1 Carbine (sometimes fitted with a scope) is used by various suspects in the series.

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
Jack Bonelli (Geoffrey Lewis) takes aim with the scoped M1 Carbine in "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

J&R Engineering M80 Carbine

The J&R Engineering M80 Carbine was used by cult leader Joey Hopper (Sal Mineo) in "A Coven of Killers" (S1E02) and by a pair of SCUBA clad assassins in the episode "Bravo Enigma".

M80 Carbine - 9mm
The J&R Engineering M80 Carbine was used by cult leader Joey Hopper (Sal Mineo) in "A Coven of Killers" (S1E02).

Handguns

M1911A1

An M1911A1 is the sidearm that Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Steve Forrest) carries in his shoulder holster.

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Lieutenant Dan "Hondo" Harrelson (Steve Forrest) draws his M1911A1 on a suspect.

Colt Official Police

The Colt Official Police is used by several characters throughout the series, notably uniformed officers.

Colt Official Police - 5" Barrel
Officer T.J. McCabe (James Coleman) uses the Colt during a shootout in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

Colt Python

A Colt Python is used in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

Colt Python .357 Magnum 6in
The Colt Python is fired in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

Walther P38

Various suspects throughout the series are seen using the Walther P38.

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Ray West (William Lucking) carries the Walther P38 in his waistband in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).
A gunman holds a worker hostage with his P38.

Shotguns

Winchester 1897

Officer T.J. McCabe fires the Winchester Model 1897 shotgun in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01). This appears to be a continuity error as there appeared to an Ithaca mounted in his patrol car.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge.
Officer T.J. McCabe fires the Winchester Model 1897 shotgun in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

Ithaca 37

The Ithaca 37 shotgun is also used by officers in the series.

Ithaca 37 Deer Slayer Police Special - 12 Gauge.
The Ithaca is seen next to Officer T.J. McCabe in the series premiere "The Killing Ground" (S1E01).

Other

Federal M201-Z Grenade Launcher

Several members of SWAT also use the Federal M201-Z Grenade Launcher, primarily to launch tear gas canisters.

Federal M201-Z Gas Gun - 37mm.
Luca prepares to fire a tear gas round with the Federal M201-Z Launcher.



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