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Andromeda Strain, The (2008 Miniseries)
The Andromeda Strain is a 2008 science fiction miniseries adaptation of the Michael Crichton novel of the same name, which had previously been adapted as a 1971 feature film. The miniseries follows a group of scientists who are determined to find a way to stop a deadly alien microorganism from destroying humanity. The miniseries originally premiered on the A&E channel and was produced by the company founded by directors Ridley Scott and Tony Scott.
The following weapons appear in the television miniseries The Andromeda Strain:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun
In many scenes, the Browning M2HB Heavy Machine Gun can be seen mounted on U.S. Army M1126 Strykers. The M2HB is used by a group of soldiers in a futile attempt to defend themselves from a swarm of Andromeda-infected crows. The weapon is also incorrectly shown being manually-fired, despite the real Stryker having the M2HB on a remotely-operated mounting operated by a crewman inside the vehicle.
Trivia: The "Stryker" used in the movie is actually an Omni International V-150-S, standing in for the Stryker. This APC was also used in The Incredible Hulk (2008) and Alien vs. Predator: Requiem.
Most of the U.S. Army soldiers carry M16A2 rifles. However, since these weapons are always replaced by other M16 variants (mostly, early M16s and Colt Model 715s) in all firing scenes, it seems likely that all M16A2s used in the miniseries are Tokyo Marui airsoft replicas.
Colt Model 715/Olympic Arms K4B
Several National Guard personnel, including the soldier who goes crazy and kills off his entire squad, use what appear to be Colt Model 715s, standing in for the M16A2. These are most likely to be Olympic Arms K4B copies, since Felcan Enterprises (the armory in British Columbia which supplied this show) uses mostly Olympic Arms AR-15s, even for shows depicting U.S. Army personnel.
An M16 rifle fitted with M16A2 hand guards and an M16A1 flash hider is carried by at least one soldier (as an M16A2 stand-in).
At one point in the film, a black-ops team can be seen attempting to kill a reporter named Jack Nash (Eric McCormack), using M4A1 carbines as their main weapons, fitted with M68 Aimpoint red dot scopes and Surefire Universal weaponlights.
The M4 used by the soldier who is killed by Andromeda has an older-style flattop receiver with a Weaver (not Picatinny) rail, which means that the carbine is actually an older-model Olympic Arms K3B-FT.
The Beretta 92FS is used throughout the film, in the hands of U.S. military personnel (standing in for the M9) and police officers.
Near the end of the second episode, a U.S. Army honor guard can be seen firing a 3-volley salute using M1 Garand rifles at a funeral.
At the end of the second episode, a U.S. Army soldier uses a suppressed Walther P99 to assassinate Col. James C. Ferrus (Justin Louis) and General George Mancheck (Andre Braugher). The suppressor is then removed and the pistol placed in the hand of one of the slain officers in an attempt to make it look like a murder/suicide.