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Equalizer 2000

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Equalizer 2000
Equalizer 2000 Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
PHL.jpg Philippines
Directed by Cirio H. Santiago
Release Date 1987
Studio Premiere Productions
Main Cast
Character Actor
Slade Richard Norton
Karen Corinne Wahl
Deke Robert Patrick
Lawton William Steis
Hayward Frederick Bailey
Dixon Rex Cutter
Fletcher Warren McLean
Firewall Ramon D'Salva

Equalizer 2000 (AKA Defender 2000) is a 1987 action movie directed by Cirio H. Santiago. In a post-nuclear Alaska, which has been turned in a hot desert, a Nazi-style group called "The Ownership" contends for rule over the territory. Disparate groups of rebels try to oppose The Ownership with little success until Slade (Richard Norton) creates a super-power weapon that he calls "Equalizer". The film was made during the height of the popularity of the Mad Max films, and Robert Patrick makes his first screen appearance in this movie.

The following weapons were used in the film Equalizer 2000:


The titular weapon of the movie, "Equalizer" (it is called "Equalizer", not "Equalizer 2000" in the movie) is based on a Colt Model 653 carbine (most likely Colt/Elisco Tools Model 653P, Philippine license-manufactured version), fitted with an M203 grenade launcher, a pair of overhead shotgun barrels and a pair of bottom mounted missile launchers. The launchers doesn't produce muzzle flash when firing, and the hissing sound is akin to a compressed air blast. The basic version of this weapon is made by Dixon's rebels, then it is improved by Slade (Richard Norton) who uses the weapon with devastating effect. During the following events "Equalizer" falls in hands of Deke (Robert Patrick), then of Lawton (William Steis), and in the final confrontation it is hold by Lawton's second-in-command Hayward (Frederick Bailey) until Slade reclaims the "Equalizer".

Colt Model 653 "M16A1 Carbine" - 5.56x45mm
M203 grenade launcher 40mm
Slade fires the shotgun barrel.
The missile is fired from the bottom barrel.
General view of the barrels.
Slade holds his weapon.
Slade fires the "Equalizer" at pursuing Lawton's troops.
The M203 is seen firing.
Deke holds the "Equalizer".
The buttstock is seen when Lawton raises the weapon.
Lawton repels the attack of rebels.
Slade destroys the "Equalizer" after the victory. The receiver of the base Colt carbine can be seen here.


Colt Trooper Mk III

During the opening battle Slade (Richard Norton) uses the Colt Trooper Mk III with 6" barrel. Same or similar revolver is used by Dixon (Rex Cutter). Deke's (Robert Patrick) personal handgun is Trooper with 4" barrel. Hayward (Frederick Bailey) uses the Trooper with 4" barrel during the attack on rebels instead of previously seen revolver.

Colt Trooper Mark III with 6" barrel - .357 Magnum
Slade appears on the battlefield with his revolver in hand.
Slade fires.
Another view of Slade's revolver.
Dixon holds the revolver.
Dixon in action.
Dixon reloads the revolver.
Colt Mk Trooper with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Hayward holds the revolver.
Deke fires.

Single Action Army "Cavalry" Model

Single Action Army "Cavalry" Model revolvers are used by Karen (Corinne Wahl) and Lawton (William Steis). Some rebels officers also carry SAA revolvers.

Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - .45 Long Colt
Karen draws her revolver during the confrontation with Deke's gang.
The same scene.
Lawton with his SAA in hand.
A rebels officer at the right carries the SAA revolver with ivory grips in holster.

Squires Bingham Thunder Chief (Replica)

Hayward (Frederick Bailey) holds the revolver with 4" barrel during the confrontation between Lawton's troops and Deke's gang. It resembles Colt Diamondback but has a different shape of front sight and vent rib. The revolver is most likely Squires Bingham Thunder Chief, predecessor of Armscor M210. This, however, is somewhat different from the real one, in particular with a different sights (the rear one is not only fixed, but does not even have a cutout for aiming), and, most likely, it is a non-firing replica specially made for cinema. Additional screenshots can be seen on the talk page.

Hayward draws the revolver.
He threatens Deke. Note the large front sight.
Another view of Hayward's revolver.


Fletcher (Warren McLean), the leader of rebels unit, uses the M1911A1 during the shootout in the opening scene. Deke's henchman Alamo (Henry Strzalkowski) also carries the 1911.

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
Fletcher fires his pistol.
Alamo has the 1911 in holster.
Alamo's pistol is destroyed by the bullet.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1A1

Some rebels of Fletcher's and Dixon's groups carry Thompson M1A1 SMGs.

M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine - .45 ACP
A rebel with Thompson in action.
Another rebel with Thompson in action.
The guard in Dixon's camp (at the left) holds the Thompson. This SMG seems to lack the handguard.

M3A1 Grease Gun

One of Dixon's men holds M3A1 "Grease Gun" SMG.

M3A1 "Grease Gun" - .45 ACP
The man at the background holds the "Grease Gun".
Another view of the scene.


M1 Garand

Dixon's assistant (uncredited) and some other rebels are armed with M1 Garand rifles.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
Dixon's assistant holds his Garand.
The same man with the Garand at the right.
A rebel carries his Garand on sling.

M1 Carbine

Some rebels are armed with M1 Carbines. Denah (Bobby Greenwood), the woman on Exchange Point, holds the M1 Carbine in one scene.

M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine
The barrel of M1 Carbine is seen during the battle.
Denah holds the M1 Carbine with 30-round magazine.

Bolt Action Rifle

Some rebels carry bolt action hunting rifles. Winchester Model 70 is a possible though not necessary guess.

For comparison: Winchester Model 70 - .458 Winchester Magnum
A man at the left runs with a rifle.
He is wounded and drops his gun.
A rebel in center holds similar rifle.

Unidentified long gun

In the final battle one of the rebels is armed with unidentified long gun. It has pistol grip and possibly the bolt handle.

The man in center fires his gun from below the stone. What appear to be the bolt handle can be seen.
The same man leaves his position. The pistol grip can be seen.

Assault Rifles


Both rebels and Lawton's soldiers use M16A1 assault rifles. Many of them are dressed up as futuristic weapons.

Colt M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Rebels with standard and dressed-up M16s in the opening battle.
Lawton's soldier in center holds the M16.
Dixon's men fire their M16s during the attack on their camp.
Alamo (Henry Strzalkowski) fires the M16.
Rebels with M16s in action.

M16A1 in Futuristic Dress-Up

Lawton's soldiers with dressed-up M16s.
The Colonel (uncredited) holds the dressed-up M16.
A closer view of the gun.
Rebels with standard and dressed-up M16s in the opening battle.
Slade (Richard Norton) fires the dressed-up M16 in the opening battle.
Dixon's man at the left holds the dressed-up M16.
A rebel in center holds the futuristic weapon. The additional foregrip can be seen.
A trio of Ownership soldiers fire at Mountain Men.

Colt Model 653

Colt Model 653 carbines (most likely Colt/Elisco Tools Model 653P, Philippine license-manufactured version) are used by Karen (Corinne Wahl), Slade (Richard Norton) and Fletcher (Warren McLean) in several scenes.

Colt Model 653 "M16A1 Carbine" - 5.56x45mm
Fletcher leads his soldiers with the carbine in hands.
Karen fires the carbine during the attack on Dixon's camp.
Karen holds the carbine in the night scene. The receiver can be seen.
Slade with the carbine.

Other Weapons

M9A1-7 Flamethrower

The M9A1-7 Flamethrower is mounted on Lawton's (William Steis) car.

M9A1-7 Flamethrower
Lawton sets fire on one of his men who failed the mission.
The wand and grip of the flamethrower can be seen at the left.

Custom Flamethrower

Flamethrowers on fixed mountings are part of the defence of The Ownership fortress.

Soldiers fire at advancing rebels.
A closer view of the flamethrower.
Slade (Richard Norton) fires the captured weapon.

Fake Rocket Launcher

Both Lawton's soldiers and rebels use various rocket launchers. They appear to be mockups, using pyrotechnical charges for muzzle smoke. The weapons differ in shape; at least three various props are used, including the tripple-barreled one.

Lawton's soldiers with launchers.
The launcher produces heavy smoke but no muzzle flash.
Equalizer 2000-FakeLauncher-3.jpg
Close views of two different props.
A rebel at the right holds the fake launcher.
A rebel at the left holds the tripple-barreled launcher during the final battle.

M2 Mortar

In several scenes Lawton's soldiers use two M2 Mortars.

M2 Mortar - 60mm
Equalizer 2000-Mortar-2.jpg
The soldiers unload mortars from the jeep and carry them on positions.
A good view of M49A2 High Explosive mortar shell.

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