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Star Trek (The Original Series) (1966 - 1969)

Star Trek is the classic science fiction television series created by Gene Roddenberry and starred William Shatner as James T. Kirk, the captain of the USS Enterprise, an interstellar starship on a five-year mission to seek out new worlds and new civilizations. The series only ran for three seasons from 1966-1969, but its cult fan following and its subsequently continual airing in syndication helped to spawn a feature film series in addition to the creation of four more television series. While the crew mostly used futuristic "phaser" weapons, they did encounter several worlds patterned after time periods in Earth history, where many real world firearms were featured. In order to differentiate itself from its many spinoffs, the series is also known as Star Trek: The Original Series.

The following weapons were used in the television series Star Trek: The Original Series:

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Submachine Guns

Colt 1921AC Thompson

In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), the crew of the U.S.S. Enterprise arrive on the planet Sigma Iotia II and find that the inhabitants have styled their entire culture based on a book describing 1920's-era Chicago gangs (cultural contamination left by the crash of the U.S.S. Horizon), and have even armed themselves with copies of the Colt 1921AC Thompson submachine gun. When Captain James T. Kirk (William Shatner) and Lt. Commander Spock (Leonard Nimoy) go down to the surface, they don disguises to blend in with the inhabitants, arming themselves with "Tommy guns" as well. The Colt 1921AC Thompsons were supplied by Stembridge Gun Rentals.

Colt 1921AC Thompson .45 ACP with 50-round drum magazine
In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), Spock (left) and Kirk (center) talk with a street kid (Sheldon Collins) while holding Colt 1921AC Thompsons.
In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), Lt.Cmdr Spock (Leonard Nimoy) and Dr. Leonard H. McCoy (DeForest Kelley, right) wielding Colt 1921AC Thompsons.
In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), two gangsters holding M1921C Thompson submachine guns.
Nearly all of the gangsters wield M1921C Thompsons in "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17).

Danish Madsen M50 Submachine guns

  • Season 2, Episode 25: "Bread and Circuses" - Members of the Roman Security forces carry Madsen M50 submachine guns.
Madsen M50 9x19mm
Roman Security Forces take Kirk and the others into custody, while carrying Danish Madsen M50 Submachine guns
Roman Security Forces fire their Danish Madsen M50 Submachine guns

MP40

In "Patterns of Force" (S2E21), the MP40 appears as the standard submachine gun carried by the Ekosian Soldiers, modeling themselves after 1940's Germany. This weapon is seen in the hands of Kirk, Spock, and McCoy while in disguise and then specifically used by Melakon (Skip Homeier) to shoot at a broadcast room where the Fuehrer John Gill (David Brian) was speaking.

MP40 9x19mm
In "Patterns of Force" (S2E21), Ekosian Guards, modeling themselves after World War II-era German soldiers, stand guard armed with MP40 submachine guns
In "Patterns of Force" (S2E21), Kirk and Spock both are seen with the MP40 while confronting John Gill.
Melakon (Skip Homeier) with the MP40 in "Patterns of Force" (S2E21).

Pistols

Colt Model 1903

  • Season 2, Episode 17: "A Piece of the Action" - some of the gun molls on the street have what appears to be Colt M1903 pistols in their oversized leg holsters. This educated guess is based on glimpses of the pistols.
Colt Model 1903 .32 ACP
Girl #1 (Dyanne Thorne) keeps her hand on her pistol, but it appears to be a M1903 based on size relative to her hand.
Girl #1 and Girl #2 (Sharyn Hillyer) both appear to have Colt M1903 pistols in their oversized holsters

M1911

In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), the M1911 is seen used multiple times in the episode, most notably being used by one of Oxmyx's thugs, on Bella Oxmyx's gun wall, and in Kirk's hands near the end. Note: these are not M1911A1 variants, most notably by the flat mainspring housing.

M1911 .45 ACP
In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), Captain Kirk (William Shatner) pontificates with holding the nickel-plated M1911.
Kirk threatens Jojo Krako (Vic Tayback) with the pistol.
McCoy watches - in addition to Thompsons on the gun wall, there are M1911 pistols in blued finish

Walther P38

  • Season 2, Episode 21: "Patterns of Force" - the Walther P38 appears as the standard sidearm used by Ekosian officers (who have adopted identical uniforms and symbolism of the Nazi party in 1930s Germany), mostly seen in clamshell holsters on duty belts, but specifically used by Zeon infiltrator Isak (Richard Evans). Both Kirk and Spock are seen holding Walthers in the episode.
Walther P38 9x19mm
Isak (Richard Evans) holds a Walther P38 pistol whereas Daras holds an MP40

Belgian Dueling pistols

Belgian Dueling pistols are in a custom case on Trelane's fireplace mantle in "The Squire of Gothos" (S1E17). Later he offers the pistols to Kirk for a duel. The Belgian made Dueling Pistols are of the French style, and were usually offered as either flintlock or percussion capped firearms, these were retrofitted as rolling block actions, i.e. breach load single shot. The slabs on the side of the wood where the lock mechanism (the hammer, (pan and frizzen for flintlocks) or (nipple for percussion cap)) would be, are noticeably blank, and the rolling block mechanism can be seen directly behind the barrel. They were provided to the show by Ellis Mercantile and were chambered in .38 short cartridge. (thanks to GM45 & PhoenixEnt)

Percussion Cap Ardesa 1871 Dueling Pistol - .45 inch
A pair of Belgian Dueling Pistols in a wooden case in "The Squire of Gothos" (S1E17).
Squire Trelane (William Campbell) with a Belgian dueling pistol in "The Squire of Gothos" (S1E17).
Squire Trelane (William Campbell) attempts to intimidate Kirk while brandishing a Belgian Dueling Pistol - the rolling block action is very visible from this angle.
Kirk holds one of the Belgian Dueling Pistols

Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless

In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), a Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless appears to be the revolver carried by Bela Oxmyx's gun moll. The pistol has an ivory grip and is kept in her thigh holster.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless nickel - .32 S&W
Bela Oxmyx's moll with a small revolver in her thigh holster, it looks to be a .32 based on general design, but that is not certain.
As Bela Oxmyx plays with a communicator, his moll looks towards the sky, knowing that he is speaking with a ship in orbit. She has a small revolver in her thigh holster that appears to be a .32 revolver.

Single Action Army

  • Season 3, Episode 6: "Spectre of the Gun" - the crew of the Enterprise arrive at the planet Melkot on a mission to establish diplomatic relations with the inhabitants, only to find themselves transported to a recreation of the ancient American west where they are to die in a reenactment of the infamous "OK Corral" shootout as punishment for trespassing on Melkotian territory. The simulated characters and the protagonists are all armed with Single Action Army revolvers, Marshall Wyatt Earp (Ron Soble) should be armed with a 12-inch Buntline Special version but all of the characters in the episode carry "Artillery" models with 5.5-inch barrels. What made this episode controversial at the time (and even now) is the depiction of the Earps as the villains and the "Cowboys" (aka McLaurys & Clantons) as the 'good guys', though history generally portrays the roles as being reversed.
Colt Single Action Army "Artillery" .45 Long Colt with 5.5" barrel
The Cochise County Sheriff John Behan (Bill Zuckert) has an Colt SAA in his holster. Behan resists helping Kirk and his men.
Kirk, McCoy, Spock and Scotty all wear SAAs on their gun belts. Kirk's SAA has ivory grips. There is also a double barreled shotgun on the saloon table, but it is not used by them in the final fight.
Morgan Earp (Rex Holman) fires the killing shot that takes down Chekov, using a Colt SAA.
(Left to right) Virgil Earp (Charles Maxwell), Morgan Earp (Rex Holman), Wyatt Earp (Ron Soble) use Colt SAAs whereas Doc Holliday (Sam Gilman) uses a double barreled shotgun.
Kirk aims his SAA at Wyatt Earp (Ron Soble) but opts not to use it

Smith & Wesson Model 10

  • Season 1, Episode 15: "Shore Leave" - Lt. Hikaru Sulu (George Takei) finds a Smith & Wesson Model 10, he refers to it as a "an old time Police Special", and test fires it on the planet, causing Kirk and the others to come running. Sulu mentions that this particular gun was 'missing from his collection', which implied that the character was a gun collector. Kirk later uses the revolver to shoot down the charging 'knight' that spears Doctor McCoy.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
The Model 10 exposed for the first time.
Sulu shows off his long barreled Model 10
Sulu looks so happy now that he's found a vintage .38 Revolver...
  • Season 1, Episode 19: "Tomorrow is Yesterday" - USAF APs (Air Police) carry the S&W Model 10 revolver in their duty holsters. One of the AP Staff Sergeants (E5) (Hal Lynch) is accidentally transported to the USS Enterprise with his Model 10 revolver drawn before Dr. McCoy takes it away from him. Note: He should have the Model 15, since that revolver was the standard issue for USAF Air Police and Security Police from 1962 until the late 1980s, but as evident in the screencaps, his revolver has fixed sights, thus indicating it is a Model 10. Lt Col Fellini (Ed Peck) and Captain John Christopher (Roger Perry) handle them as well.
USAF Air Police Staff Sgt. (E5) (Hal Lynch) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 10 with stag grips
USAF Air Police Staff Sgt. (E5) (Hal Lynch) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 10 with stag grips

Colt Police Positive

Colt Police Positive .38 Special
In "Patterns of Force" (S2E21), Daras (Valora Noland) holds a Colt Police Positive revolver on Kirk and Spock
In "Patterns of Force" (S2E21), the tables are turned and Kirk grabs his P38 while Spock holds the Colt Police Positive to the head of Daras.
In "Patterns of Force" (S2E21), Spock holds a Colt Police Positive to the head of Daras.

Shotguns

Double Barreled shotgun

In "A Piece of the Action" (S2E17), a gangster can be seen with a short barreled side by side shotgun. In "Spectre of the Gun" (S3E06), a double barreled western shotgun is seen several times, once in the possession of Kirk and the others and ultimately used by Doc Holliday during the fight at the O.K. Corral.

Stoeger/IGA Coach Shotgun 12 gauge
The gangster standing behind Zabo (Steven Marlo) in the back has a short double barreled shotgun - 12 gauge
Colt Model 1878 12 gauge
Seen on the far right, Doc Holliday (Sam Gilman) uses a double barreled shotgun as (Left to right) Virgil Earp (Charles MaxwelL), Wyatt Earp (Ron Soble), Morgan Earp (Rex Holman) use Colt SAAs in "Spectre of the Gun" (S3E06). The lineup of men all empty their guns, reload, and then fire again once more.

Machine Guns

Browning M2 Aircraft (mockup)

In "Shore Leave" (S1E15), a Japanese Zero (in reality a repainted Grumman F6F Hellcat) appears to be armed with mocked-up Browning M2 Aircraft machine guns as it strafes Lt. Rodriguez (Perry Lopez) and Angela Martine (Barbara Baldavin).

Browning M2 Aircraft - .50 BMG
The Japanese Hellcat opens fire. Note how far the mock barrels protrude from the wing's leading edge. The M2s on a Hellcat are supposed to be staggered, with the inboard guns sticking out the furthest and the outboard guns completely flush with the wing's leading edge.

Rifles/Muskets

Smoothbore Flintlock Muskets (mocked up from Trapdoor Springfield)

In "A Private Little War" (S2E19), what are supposed to be flintlock smoothbore muskets are provided to the enemy faction on the planet Neural, when the Klingons seek to disrupt the balance of power. The Klingon Krell (Ned Romero) explains that the Klingons will eventually introduce better weapons technology like 'rifling' to make the long guns more 'accurate'. The muskets are actually Trapdoor Springfield Rifles that have been restocked and the lock plates reworked to look like a flintlock. This was a common occurrence in the early days of movies and TV production as it allowed the use of a metallic cartridge blank round.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70. These were visually modified to resemble a smoothbore musket.
In "A Private Little War" (S2E19), enemy tribesmen with their muskets
In "A Private Little War" (S2E19), enemy Tribesman fires his musket at the landing party.
Krell (Ned Romero) talks with a Tribesman about the technological improvements that the Klingons will eventually give to them, including 'rifled barrels'. It is very interesting that the show decided to cast Ned Romero, a 'Native American Indian' actor, to portray a military officer 'meddling' in the affairs of the indigenous tribal peoples.
Closeup of the mockup in "A Private Little War" (S2E19).
"I want more of these, Kirk." The Cold War analogy here was pretty blatant being the mid to early 1960s, with the Klingons being the Soviet Union and Warsaw Pact and the Federation representing the U.S. and NATO. The small countries and conflicts which were just pawns to the competing superpowers was metaphorically portrayed by the planet's inhabitants. The script took no sides, other than the sad observation that one had to walk a fine line in limiting one's enemies from using 3rd parties as proxies and ruining one's own allies societies in trying to counter that threat.


See Also

Television Star Trek (1966-1969)  •  The Next Generation (1987-1994)  • Deep Space Nine (1993-1999)   •  Voyager (1995-2001)   •  Enterprise (2001-2005)
Film The Wrath of Khan (1982)   •  The Search for Spock (1984)   •  The Voyage Home (1986)   •  Generations (1994)   •  First Contact (1996)   •  Into Darkness (2013)





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