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SCC: the Barrett rifle debuts

October 23rd, 2008 (08:22 pm)

Catching up on THE SARAH CONNOR CHRONICLES, I note that in the episode "Goodbye to That," Derek Reese gets smart and engages a Terminator with a .50 BMG Barrett rifle -- I didn't get the best look, but since he fires it semi-auto (*off-hand!*) at a Terminator, I guess it's the M82A1. The scene was pretty close to my dream come true, as Derek targets joints and vulnerable areas with a very powerful round, and uses claymores to slow the baddie as needed. Pretty well-done scene, especially when you consider that the production has to keep Terminators really formidable to make opposing them dramatically interesting. My only real gripe is that Reese was shooting the .50 (again: *offhand!!!*) pop-pop-pop, like he was firing a .223. I will accept that Reese is nineteen kinds of manly, but there are limits. That round has some kick to it. There's a *reason* the M82A1 comes with an integral bipod.

Nice to see some interesting gun selection in the second season, though. If the SCC crew are so inclined -- and if logistics will permit; I don't know how the prop departments handle this stuff -- they could have a lot of fun with different kinds of weaponry.

Another way to handle a Terminator: as we've seen in previous episodes, you can cause serious annoyances for a Terminator if you damage its tissue to such a degree that it can't readily pass as human. That might be a legitimate strategy to employ, particularly against the socially-skilled models. (Shirley Manson would, of course, be another story.)


Posted by: HJ (hjcallipygian)
Posted at: October 24th, 2008 11:41 am (UTC)

Are you saying that Shirley Manson is not socially skilled, or referencing her liquid-metal tech? =)

Also, my house, Saturday night, manly stuff if you're within driving distance. Will send redundant e-mail out soon. Guest bedroom provided.

Posted by: zackstentz (zackstentz)
Posted at: October 25th, 2008 05:18 am (UTC)

Glad you enjoyed it, David. The Barrett was a superstar on set that day. Every guy wanted to pick it up, from gun nut Teamsters to granola-crunching writers in Obama shirts. I could barely heft the thing, but Brian, bless his soul, was a pro with it. We were, however, shooting late at night near a residential area, so we had to use smaller than usual loads, resulting in a tiny kick when he shot it.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 25th, 2008 10:00 pm (UTC)

Thanks for the info! Did you guys have any problem with the lower-than-usual blank loads? I know the military has to put an attachment on their rifles during training, to get the semi-autos to reliably cycle. And yeah, the time I got to hold one in a gunshop I had about as much luck hefting it as you did. The Barrett is a beast. I guess it has to be; when you shoot .50 BMG out of a relatively light rifle (especially offhand), the experience is memorable.

(If Derek wants to go bigger, or John's looking for a Mother's Day present for Sarah, you guys could try to wrangle the loan of one of these from the folks at Anzio Ironworks. Who needs .50 BMG when you've got 20 mm? Okay, so it's a Destructive Device under federal law, but the Connors are nothing if not resourceful.)

Posted by: zackstentz (zackstentz)
Posted at: October 26th, 2008 01:01 am (UTC)

OMG, we are so gonna find a way to use that Anzio monster. Mark my words, and thanks for steering me to it.

We didn't have a problem with the blank loads, even though the armorer (the Barrett came with its own special armorer from the prop warehouse) said they often have jamming problems with blanks. We used a rubber dummy for a couple of scenes, but those sequences where Derek is running through the woods at full speed carrying it, that's Brian carrying the actual Barrett. Any questions about why Megan Fox keeps the guy around were immediately dispelled...

That same night the armorers also unveiled the original .45 AMT Hardballer from the first Terminator movie. The gun itself is a piece of crap, but it's also a legend, so it was a lot of fun putting it in the hands of our Terminator as a little homage/connection to the first film.

Posted by: trinfaneb (trinfaneb)
Posted at: October 25th, 2008 11:13 pm (UTC)

Very cool stuff! I've wanted to see a scene like this since S.M. Stirling had John taking about a terminator in a similar manner in his first T2 sequel book.

Posted by: ((Anonymous))
Posted at: October 24th, 2008 12:29 pm (UTC)
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They used a Lee Enfield on Dr. Wwo?

I suppose they couldn't really resist... Especially since Pullman armed everyone in the Golden Compass cast with Martini-Henry.

Posted by: Doqz (doqz)
Posted at: October 24th, 2008 12:30 pm (UTC)
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Whoops, that was me.

Posted by: David Hines (hradzka)
Posted at: October 25th, 2008 10:01 pm (UTC)
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They sure did.

...I geeked out shamefully.

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