Tremors (1990)

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Tremors (1990)

Tremors is a 1990 monster film that stars Kevin Bacon and Fred Ward as local handymen who work small jobs in a desert town of Perfection, Nevada. They along with their fellow citizens find that their town now is in danger from monsters who come from underneath the ground. The film's cast includes Reba McEntire and Michael Gross as Heather and Burt Gummer, a doomsday survivalist couple. The film would subsequently become a cult hit, spawning a franchise that includes four more films and a television series, the majority of them having Gross reprising his role as Burt.


The following weapons were used in the film Tremors (1990):

Contents


Shotguns

William Moore & Co. 8 gauge shotgun

Burt Gummer (Michael Gross) owns an "Elephant Gun" that is a Belgian-made William Moore & Co. 8-gauge firing solid slugs. The shotgun was provided by Ellis Mercantile for the Tremors film. When it was thrown from the truck to the rock, it was dropped and the stock shattered at the wrist due to the 12.5 pounds that the shotgun weighs.

William Moore 8ga. Shotgun used in Tremors.
Burt takes one of the solid slugs to load into his 8 gauge Elephant gun.
Burt loads 2 slugs into his rifle.
Burt with his 8 gauge at the ready. God help his face if he fires it like that.
Burt rides the front of the bulldozer carrying his Elephant gun.

Remington 870

Burt (Michael Gross) uses a Remington 870 to fire multiple shots at the Graboid in the rec room and then uses it to break the glass on the case containing the elephant gun.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 gauge
Burt fires the 870.

Winchester 1200 Defender (with pistol grip)

Heather (Reba McEntire) uses this pistol-gripped Winchester 1200 shotgun in Defender Configuration, to shoot off the tentacle of the Graboid attacking Burt in the rec room. The angled pistol grip attached to the back of the receiver makes it a Winchester.

Winchester Model 1200/1300 Defender with pistol grip - 12 gauge
Heather (Reba McEntire) uses the Winchester to blow a hole in the Graboid.

Rifles

Heckler & Koch HK91A2

Burt (Michael Gross) opens fire with the Heckler & Koch HK91A2 on the Graboid to no avail.

Heckler & Koch HK91A2 with full stock - 7.62x51mm NATO
After the Steyr runs out, Burt opens up on the Graboid with the HK91.
Burt drops the HK91 after it runs out. This shot was done months after the end of principal photography on the special effects stage where they were filming the graboid puppet. In the film you see a brief glimpse of a foot, which is that of one of the technicians, not actor Michael Gross.

Colt AR-15 Sporter II

Heather (Reba McEntire) fires several magazines from a Colt AR-15 Sporter II at the attacking Graboid that breaks into the rec room. When abandoning his home, Burt pauses to ask Heather whether he should take a .458 rifle or an M16A2 Rifle, Heather advising him to take the .458 since it would have "better penetration". However, the weapon is not an M16A2; if you look closely at the rifle while it's on the wall, it has an M16A1-style upper receiver and slab-side lower receiver, which indicate it's an AR-15 Sporter II. None of the firearms used in the film were full auto guns. During this time in the 1980s, so called 'assault weapons' were easy to get from movie armories and you could walk out the door with them, the same as older weapons like WW2 rifles. You did not need a specially licensed armorer on set like movies had to get after the California AW ban.

A picture of a Colt SP1 with M16A1 upper and A2 handguards. This is NOT a Sporter II, but close enough until we can get a picture of a Sporter II - 5.56x45mm
Heather (Reba McEntire) fires her AR-15 in the rec room scene.
"What do you think, max firepower or this?"

Winchester Model 1894

The Winchester Model 1894 30-30 caliber lever-action rifle is found on the body of Edgar (Sunshine Parker), who had died of dehydration on a tower. Val (Kevin Bacon) later uses it in the first encounter with the Graboids but ditches it when they're being chased.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Edgar (Sunshine Parker) is found on a tower holding the Winchester.
"What you want - The Colt, or, Edgar's old rifle?"
Earl (Fred Ward) holds up the Winchester in his right hand. The 'Colt' he refers to if of course the SAA held in his left hand.
Val (Kevin Bacon) takes aim with the Winchester.

Winchester Model 70

Heather (Reba McEntire) has one of these Winchester Model 70s chambered in .375 H&H Mag with a scope in her possession and passes it off to Earl (Fred Ward) when he and Val are about to ride off to Bixby by horseback, he loses it however when his horse is attacked. Heather (Reba McEntire) later totes another chambered in .458 Win Mag at the start of the rec room scene, she carries it again later as the town escapes to the mountains and fires a few rounds at some Graboid dirtmounds. She even says in the film it's a .458 and Burt should bring it due to its better penetration and less ammo to carry.

Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Earl (Fred Ward) prepares to ride off with Heather Gummer's (Reba McEntire) scoped .375 H&H chambered Winchester Model 70.
Heather Gummer (Reba McEntire) with her Winchester Model 70 chambered in .458 Win Mag in the rec room scene.
Heather (Reba McEntire) holds her Winchester Model 70 .458 Win Mag as town escapes to the mountains.

Steyr-Mannlicher SSG-PII Rifle

Burt (Michael Gross) is mostly seen carrying a Steyr-Mannlicher SSG-PII Rifle in the film. When the Graboid first breaks into his and Heather's basement, he uses this rifle to attack the worm before running empty and moving to the gun wall for more firepower.

Steyr SSG - 7.62x51mm NATO
Burt (Michael Gross) peers out his basement window searching for supposedly a monster with his Steyr-Mannlicher SSG-PII at the ready.

Submachine Guns

IMI Micro Uzi

A Micro Uzi can be seen near the finale, when Val (Kevin Bacon) fires it over the side of the trailer at a Graboid under the dirt. It could be just a semi auto pistol version.

Micro Uzi with 32 round magazine - 9x19mm
Earl passes off the micro-Uzi to Val.
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Handguns

Colt Single Action Army

Earl (Fred Ward) pulls a Colt Single Action Army from the glove compartment of the truck upon discovering the two road crew workers dead. It is later seen again in his possession when He and Val are about to ride off to Bixby.

2nd Generation Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - Nickel plated model - .45 LC
Earl loads up the SAA as he and Val try to evade the Graboid.

Smith & Wesson Model 28

Earl (Fred Ward) has a Smith & Wesson Model 28 in his possession near the end of the film and fires multiple shots over the side of the old semi trailer as the Graboids attack.

Smith & Wesson Model 28 'Highway Patrolman' with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Earl wields the S&W revolver.

SIG-Sauer P226

Heather Gummer (Reba McEntire) also takes a nickel SIG-Sauer P226 off the wall to fire at the Graboid along with the Redhawk. She later appears to keep the SIG in her holster.

SIG-Sauer P226, nickel - 9x19mm
Heather Gummer (Reba McEntire) fires a nickel SIG-Sauer P226 in her left hand while she fires a Ruger Redhawk in her right.

Ruger Redhawk

Burt (Michael Gross) hands a Ruger Redhawk revolver off to Melvin (Robert Jayne) to get him motivated to run to the rocks. Melvin is mad once he finds out the revolver is unloaded when he attempts to fire it at the approaching Graboid dirt mounds. Burt also checks the revolver to make sure it's still empty after retrieving it from Melvin.

Ruger Redhawk .44 Magnum
A production still showing Burt (Michael Gross) handing Melvin (Robert Jayne) a Ruger Redhawk to motivate him to run to the rocks.
"Yo, Melvin! This'll make 'em think twice." Burt hands the empty Redhawk to Melvin.
Melvin complains about the Redhawk.

Magnum Research Inc. Mark I Desert Eagle

Burt (Michael Gross) wears a Desert Eagle Mark I in a hip holster finished in Brushed Chrome for the remainder of the movie after the Graboid broke into his rec room in which it can also be seen on the gun wall in that scene and at one point Burt fires a few shots into the air from it from the rock in an attempt to distract a Graboid from the others. One was also see on the wall of the rec room.

A matte stainless Desert Eagle MK I - .357 Magnum
The Desert Eagle as seen on the wall of guns. Also note the Nambu Type 14 pistol and the Browning Hi-Power on the wall of guns.
Burt firing his Desert Eagle in the air.

M8 Flare Pistol

An M8 Flare Pistol is taken off the gun wall by Heather (Reba McEntire) and fired into the mouth of an attacking Graboid.

M8 Flare Pistol - 37mm
Heather Gummer (Reba McEntire) rushes to grab an M8 Flare Pistol off of the gun wall.
Heather Gummer (Reba McEntire) fires the M8 Flare Pistol into the mouth of a Graboid.

Other

The Gummers' Wall of Guns

As the Gummer's reach for more firepower, the camera pulls back to reveal a massive wall of guns, most of them pistols and shotguns. Several times, the guns on the wall changes position. This scene was filmed over several days and (unfortunately) several locations which meant that the wall had to be re-built from scratch more than once.

In this screencap, a nickel M1911A1, two Walther P38s, one Luger P08, a flare pistol, a Tokarev TT-33, Browning Hi-Power, a Walther PPK, a Remington Model 870, a .600 Nitro Express, a Browning Auto-5, and a Norinco Type 54 are among those visible.
Among the guns: various Smith & Wesson and Colt revolvers, a Desert Eagle Mark I, an M16A2, a Ruger Mini-14, a micro and full-size Uzi, a Winchester Model 1894, a Winchester Model 1894M (.22 magnum), a Savage Visible Loader, and a Daisy Red Rider bb gun.
Upper right: descending order L to R (handguns): Nambu Type 14, Ruger MK I, Browning HP, (TBD-Small Black handgun), Colt Woodsman, Nickel SIG-Sauer P225, Smith & Wesson Model 36, .38 Derringer, Silver Desert Eagle, Webley Mk I, Colt SAA with Stag Grips, Ruger Stainless Redhawk Revolver, Smith & Wesson Model 66 with Pachmayr grips and 3" barrel, S&W Model 66 with 4" Barrel, Smith & Wesson Model 686 with 6" Barrel.
From top to bottom: Chinese SKS with Pig sticker bayonet, Factory stock blued Ruger Mini-14, left to right: Auto Ordnance M1 Carbine with Metal heat shroud (note blued gun vs parkerized), Mil-Spec M1 Carbine, M1 Carbine in aftermarket underfolding stock, Ruger Mini-14 with Choate folding stock.
In center portion of the wall: (mounted horizontally in descending order) M1 Garand, Chinese SKS, a Ruger Mini-14, Uzi Model A/B Carbine.
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Also in the case along with the Elephant gun are some Smith & Wesson Model 1 revolvers, a Colt Single Action Army, and a Smith & Wesson Model 15.

See Also

Film Tremors (1990)  •  Aftershocks (1996)  •  Back to Perfection (2001)  •  The Legend Begins (2004)  •  Bloodlines (2015)
Television Tremors: The Series (2003)





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