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Invaders from Mars (1986)

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Invaders from Mars (1986)

Invaders from Mars is the 1986 remake of the classic 1953 film of the same name. The film was directed by Tobe Hooper.

The following weapons were used in the film Invaders from Mars:


Colt Python

Chief Ward (Jimmy Hunt) and Officer Kenney (Kenneth Kimmins) carry Colt Python revolvers as their sidearms. They're seen holstered in several scenes, but only taken out when the two confront David and Linda in the school.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Chief Ward (Jimmy Hunt) pulls his Colt Python.
On the left, Officer Kenney (Kenneth Kimmins) draws his Colt Python.
Kenney and Ward point their Colt Python revolvers at David and Linda.


The US Marines, particularly General G. Climet Wilson (James Karen), Sergeant Major Rinaldi (Eric Pierpoint) and Captain Curtis (Christopher Allport), use M1911A1 sidearms. They're also held by the two Martian-controlled NASA technicians in Wilson's office.

Colt M1911A1 Pistol Commercial - .45 ACP
NASA technicians Hollis and Johnson point their M1911A1's at General Wilson after being discovered as Martian zombies.
Sideview of the technician's pistol.
General G. Climet Wilson (James Karen) with his M1911A1 sidearm after the technicians have been disarmed.
Sergeant Major Rinaldi (Eric Pierpoint) holds the pistol.


M16 (SP1)

The M16 rifles used by the US Marines in the film are M16 (SP1) models with M16A1-style "birdcage" flash hiders.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1 during the 1970s and 1980s. This version has a 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A Marine MP fires his M16 at a speeding truck commandeered by two Martian-controlled NASA technicians. The "slab side" receiver indicates that this is a SP1.
Marines open fire with their M16 rifles.


Captain Curtis (Christopher Allport) carries a CAR-15 carbine in the film.

Colt Model 609 aka U.S. Army's XM177E1 - 5.56x45mm
Captain Curtis (Christopher Allport) armed with a CAR-15.

Machine Guns


The M60 is also one of the weapons carried by the Marines in the film.

M60 machine gun 7.62x51mm.
M60 seen on the right.

Browning M2HB

A Browning M2HB is seen mounted on Marine jeeps.

Browning M2HB - .50 BMG
The M2 mounted on a Marine jeep.

M242 Bushmaster Chaingun

U.S. Marine Corps LAV-25s in the film are fitted with the M242 Bushmaster chaingun.

Trivia: The U.S. Marine Corps supported the production with equipment and Marine Reservists acting as extras. Thus, the LAV-25s in this movie are actual LAV-25s. Along with Heartbreak Ridge, another movie which received USMC support, Invaders from Mars is one of the first films to feature the LAV-25.

M242 Bushmaster chaingun 25mm
Marine LAV-25s seen fitted with the M242 Bushmaster chaingun. The production received assistance from the United States Marine Corps, who provided the actual vehicles.


M47 Dragon

The Marine Squad Leader (Dale Dye) is seen using an M47 Dragon against the Martians. This is one of the earliest appearances of the weapon in a feature film or television series.

M47 Dragon - 140mm
The Marine Squad Leader (Dale Dye) yells "Fire in the Hole!" before using the M47 Dragon.

Mk 153 SMAW

An Mk 153 SMAW is used by a Marine to kill several Martians. The use of the SMAW in this film is notable, as the launcher had only just entered service with the U.S. Marine Corps in 1984, just two years before this film was released. This movie is likely the first-ever cinema appearance of the SMAW.

Mk 153 Mod 0 SMAW - 83mm
A Marine fires the SMAW.

(Fake) M203 Grenade Launcher

Some of the Marines battling the Martians can be seen carrying M16 rifles fitted with M203 grenade launchers. These are the same fake M203 grenade launchers seen in various films made in the 1980s, such as Scarface, Heartbreak Ridge, Predator, etc.

Screen-used Faux M203 launcher attached to M16/SP1 (5.56x45mm) configured as seen in Predator © Copyright MPM2008 - 2009 Licensed to www.imfdb.org
The second Marine from the foreground carries the M16 rifle fitted with an M203 launcher.


The M72 LAW is seen carried by some of the Marines in the film.

M72A2 LAW - 66mm
A Marine on the right carries the LAW slung over his shoulder.

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