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A shootout between five WWII sniper rifles and two Civil War cannons. A massive rebuild of a tank destroyer and the fierce Quad 50 mobile machine gun. An epic cross-continent hunt for an ultra-rare rifle and an operational flamethrower. Military history buff Paul Shull is on a mission to touch, hold, and fire some of the greatest pieces of weaponry on the planet. Get an up-close look at some of the most iconic weapons of the last 150 years and witness the awesome firepower they still have on The Weapon Hunter.

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Station: Smithsonian CHANNEL (US)
Rating: 0/10 from 0 users
Status: Running
Start: 2015-10-05

The Weapon Hunter Air Dates


S02E03 - Pearl Harbor Payback Air Date: 27 February 2017 02:00 -

Host Paul Shull helps rebuild a 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon, a crucial weapon that helped turn the tide of World War II.


S02E04 - World's Fastest Weapon Air Date: 06 March 2017 02:00 -

Host Paul Shull assists in the rebuild of the fastest machine gun ever to see action, the electric M-134 minigun.


S02E05 - D-day Detonator Air Date: 13 March 2017 01:00 -

Host Paul Shull breaks down and reconstructs the four key elements of D-Day that made it one of history's greatest battles. The four elements are: airborne, armor, naval, and infantry.


S02E06 - Iwo Jima Franken-gun Air Date: 20 March 2017 01:00 -

Paul Shull is on a mission to resurrect the Stinger, a rare "Franken-gun" from the last months of World War II. Only six were ever made and used in combat. The seventh is crafted and fired in this episode.

Marine ingenuity created the Stinger Light Machine Gun (LMG). It consisted of the ANM2 .30-cal. aircraft machine gun modified with a makeshift trigger, a M1 Garand stock, a Browning automatic rifle (BAR) bipod, a BAR rear sight, and an improvised 100-round box magazine. The outcome weighed about 22-pounds and fired a blazing 1350-rounds per minute. Gunners of the 28th Marine Regiment used the original six on Iwo Jima with devastating effect engaging Japanese soldiers and pillboxes. For his heroism, Corporal Tony Stein, one of the six Stinger gunners, posthumously received the Medal of Honor.

The Weapon Hunter Actors

Paul Shull (Host)



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