V: The Original Miniseries

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V: The Original Miniseries
V-1983DVDcover.jpg
DVD Cover
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Kenneth Johnson
Release Date 1983
Main Cast
Character Actor
Mike Donovan Marc Singer
Juliet Parish Faye Grant
Robert Maxwell Michael Durrell
Diana Jane Badler
John Richard Herd


V is the 1983 classic science fiction miniseries which originally aired over two nights on NBC. In the miniseries, an alien race, who come to be known as "The Visitors", lands on Earth with the promise of peace and prosperity for humanity. When the truth behind their arrival is uncovered, several humans then agree to form an underground resistance movement against the Visitors. The story was continued in the 1984 sequel miniseries (V: The Final Battle) and in a weekly format (V: The Series). The premise would be reimagined in a 2009 television remake that aired on ABC.

The following weapons were used in the miniseries V: The Original Miniseries:

Contents


Rifles/Carbines

M16

At the beginning of the miniseries, Mike Donovan (Marc Singer) is seen covering the war in El Salvador where rebels use M16 rifles against a government helicopter. Resistance fighters also use the M16 against the Visitor sky-fighters in the climax of the miniseries after they successfully raid a California National Guard armory under Visitor guard.

The original M16, the first version, firing in a 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Army in Vietnam. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1 - 5.56mm
Brad (William Russ) letting loose with his M16 at a Visitor sky-fighter

Ruger AC556K

A rebel fighter in El Salvador is seen using a Ruger AC556K against government helicopters.

Ruger AC556K
A rebel fighter in El Salvador is seen using a Ruger AC556K against government helicopters.

Heckler & Koch HK93

The UN guards are seen armed with Heckler & Koch HK93 rifles when the Visitors land on the UN building.

H&K 93-A2 Full Stock Rifle with 25 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
The UN guards are seen armed with Heckler & Koch HK93 rifles when the Visitors land on the UN building.

Remington 700

Resistance fighters use Remington 700 rifles in their raid of the National Guard armory.

Remington Model 700 (1970s Production) .308 Winchester
Resistance fighters shooting their Remington 700 hunting rifles at Visitor shocktroopers during their assault on the National Guard armory

Machine Guns

M60

The M60 machine gun is used by both rebels as well as government forces at the beginning of Part One. The GPMG is also seen in the National Guard armory that the Resistance raids at the climax of the series.

M60, 7.62x51mm
The M60 mounted in the government helicopter.
The M60 is used by a rebel soldier.
The M60 machine guns are seen in the armory.

Browning M1919

Browning M1919 machine guns are briefly seen in the National Guard armory that the Resistance raids.

Browning M1919 .30-06 on M2 tripod
Browning M1919 machine guns are briefly seen in the National Guard armory

Browning M2HB

What appears to be a Browning M2HB is mounted on a government helicopter at the beginning of Part One.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
The Browning M2 mounted near the skid of the government helicopter.
Sideview of the machine gun.

Handguns

Colt MK IV Series 70

The Colt MK IV Series 70 is used by a rebel leader at the beginning to take down a government helicopter. Judging from the muzzle it appears to be chambered in 9mm which was more reliable with blanks at the time.

Colt 1911 Series 70 - .45 ACP
The Colt MK IV Series 70 is used by a rebel leader at the beginning to take down a government helicopter.
Closeup of the pistol in the hands of Robert Maxwell (Michael Durrell). Note the Colt MK IV Series 70 rollmarks on the slide.
The pistol is held by Robert Maxwell (Michael Durrell).

Heckler & Koch P9S

A Heckler & Koch P9S is the handgun used by Juliet Parish (Faye Grant) against the Visitor sky-fighter carrying Diana (Jane Badler) during the closing battle of the miniseries.

Heckler & Koch P9S, 45. ACP
Juliet Parish (Faye Grant) opens fire with the Heckler & Koch P9S on Diana's sky-fighter. This scene appears to have been inspired by a similar scene in the film Patton.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

A police officer at a roadblock appears to be armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 19. A similar revolver is used by a resistance member.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Revolver - .357 Magnum.
A police officer at a roadblock appears to be armed with a Smith & Wesson Model 19.
A similar revolver is used by a resistance member.

Shotguns

Remington 870

Resistance fighters also use Remington 870 shotguns throughout the miniseries.

Remington 870 Police Magnum Riot Shotgun - 12 Gauge
Brad (William Russ) brandishing his Remington 870 shotgun at Mike Donovan (Marc Singer) when Donovan was captured by the Resistance (who thought he was a Visitor at the time of his capture).

Other

M72 LAW

Resistance fighters use the M72 LAW to take down several Visitor sky-fighters during the climax.

Elias Taylor (Michael Wright) using the M72 LAW to shoot down a Visitor sky-fighter.



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