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Space: Above and Beyond
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Space: Above and Beyond was a science fiction television series set during an interstellar war between humans and a mysterious alien race only known as the "Chigs". The series was seen through the eyes of young aviators who are part of the "Wild Cards", a space fighter squadron in the US Marine Corps. The pilot episode was filmed in Australia with locations in Queensland (e.g Warner Bros. Movie World Studios and the Bond University campus on the Gold Coast) and New South Wales (e.g. RAAF Williamtown air base for the USMC air base and Stockton, NSW for the Mars scenes) being used for the production. After the pilot episode was made, production was relocated to Southern California for the remainder of the series. The majority of the human weapons seen in the series were either readily identifiable firearms or were visually modified to resemble futuristic weapons. The series, which aired in the US on the FOX network from 1995 to 1996, was created by James Wong and Glen Morgan, a writing duo just coming off the series The X-Files and would later co-create the Final Destination movie series.
The following weapons were used in the television series Space: Above and Beyond:
M590 Assault Rifle (Modified Ruger Mini-14)
The Primary weapon of the USMC in the future (mid/late 21st century) is the fictional 'M590 Assault Rifle'. The real firearm was a Ruger Mini-14 hidden in a custom fabricated shell. In the show, the Marines only fired the weapon in semiautomatic, so the rifles inside were most likely Mini-14s only, and not AC556s. This prop rifle would later be reused in The X-Files - specifically the Season 7 episode "First Person Shooter" - as one of the many weapons available to game players in the virtual reality game of the episode's name, and also appeared in the videogame Command and Conquer: Tiberian Sun as GDI's M16 Mk 2 Pulse Rifle.
The Steyr AUG was used by various characters throughout the series.
Heckler & Koch SR9T Sniper Rifle
A Faux SR9 is used by Cooper Hawkes on a solo covert ops mission. The butt of the rifle gives away the fact its a "Faux" SR9.
M70 Pistol (modified Glock 17L)
The primary sidearm of the Space Marines is the fictional M70 Pistol, which was in reality a Glock 17L with an extended threaded barrel with an AR15 birdcage flash hider attached, along with some other clever additions to mask the gun's identity. The first appearance was orange instead of OD Green with a light inside the flash hider, it was used as a training gun attached to a VR video game/training simulator used by Hawkes in episode 2.
Lt. Colonel T.C. McQueen (James Morrison) is seen in several episodes carrying a Desert Eagle pistol (caliber unknown). It also appears to have been intended to be the original sidearm since Cooper Hawkes can be seen with a Desert Eagle handgun in the Pilot episode when he pointed it at the head of a captured Chig pilot, and one of the other Marines in the third episode was carrying one.
Sphinx AT 2000
In the episode, "Choice or Chance", Silicate pleasure model Feliciti OH (Ashlyn Gere) uses a two toned Sphinx AT 2000 pistol.
Heckler & Koch MP5SD
The Heckler & Koch MP5SD was used by the Marines in a night time covert ops mission. The MP5SD3 was also used by the Silicates on numerous occasions.
The MAC-10 was used by Silicates at the mining facility (Season 1, Episode 4)
Heckler & Koch MP5K
The Heckler & Koch MP5K was used by various characters.
Heckler & Koch MP5A3
A Heckler & Koch MP5A3 is seen in the Pilot episode in the hands of the Security personnel when they searched the Telus colony spacecraft before the launch.
A rocket launcher, that vaguely resembles a Armbrust ATW, was seen in several episodes. It first appeared in episode 3 when a pissed Vansen shot down a Silicate ship that was trying to escape.
Chig Battle Axe/Rifle combo
Fictional 'firearm' developed entirely from fibreglass and is not based on a live firearm - fired electronically initiated 9mm blank ammunition.