ACTION MAN

Weapons - Machine Guns, Rifles and Pistols

Period: All Periods

Dates: 1966 until 1984

Various Cat Nos


Action Man Weapons:

By careful study of the weapons Action Man carries, it is possible to date the period at which they were available and which sets they are most applicable to. Many tiny 'tells' are visible that can place a weapon at a specific date, or with a specific set. Generally 1st issue weapons (1966) had elastic straps on rifles held by copper coloured rings. Around 1975 a movement away from elastic was witnessed, and rifles were now produced with plastic straps (without fixing rings), which necessitated having to use a 'pip' on the body of the weapon to connect the strap ends to. The SLR rifle is one such piece of equipment that underwent at least 4 key changes to it's appearance.

Notes:

Some, but not all Action Man weapons had ©HASBRO maker mark. There are a lot of 'knock-off' pieces that are period copies of the official Action Man Equipment so care is needed. For instance the Action Man SLR was brown plastic with black painted details, whereas the Tommy Gunn version was black plastic with brown painted details. Other producers did not always make direct copies. For instance, Tommy Gunn also produced the Stirling Sub Machine Gun but in a green plastic, with a curved ammo clip. A lot of these 'knock off' weapons of the period were lower quality and many had bendy plastic and lack of detail. Please refer to these detailed images. Sketched notes of some of the weapons below courtesy of James Hunt (UAMHQ Forum).

 

Action Man gun

 

Action Man weapons

Action Man Browning Machine Gun
Early silver type with folding tripod

Action Man Browning Silver

Action Man Browning Machine Gun
Late black type with non-folding 2 piece tripod.

Action Man Browning Black

Action Man Vickers Machine Gun

Action Man Vickers Machine Gun

Action Man German MP40 Sub Machine Gun
1960s early issue elastic Strap (top), 1975 issue plastic strap (bottom).

Action Man MP40

Action Man French .765 Sub Machine Gun
1960s issue elastic Strap (top), 1975 issue plastic strap (bottom).

Action Man French .765 Machine Gun

Action Man .45 Colt Pistols
Top to bottom, l to r: 1960s first issue small hammer, Secret Mission Dragon Island, 1980s ball hammer with loop (also made without), GI Joe, 'Knock off', SAS issue Colt.

Action Man Colt Pistol

Action Man Hunting Rifle and M16 Rifle
1960s 1st issue (elastic strap) and 1975 issue redesign (and Plastic Strap)

Action Man Colt Pistol

Action Man Pistols:
Flare Gun, German Mauser, Walther PPK and Beretta (only Pursuit Pilot had this brown grip).

Action Man Colt Pistol

 

Action Man machine guns

 

Action Man guns

Action Man Browning Machine Gun
Black type with folding tripod

Action Man Browning Black

Action Man blow-molded Browning Machine Gun as per early vehicles. Later Vehicles used the hard plastic version with separate mounting swivel in the foreground.

Action Man Vechicle Browning

Action Man Sterling Sub Machine Guns
1960s elastic strap (top left), 1975 plastic strap (bottom left), Tommy Gunn (right) .

Action Man Sterling

Action Man SLRs
c.1970 elastic strap straight barrel (top), early 1970s flared barrel (2nd), 1975 Plastic strap (3rd), 1980s caramel colour (4th) .

Action Man FN SLR Rifle

Action Man Carbine
1st issue elastic strap (1966), and 1975 plastic strap

Action Man Carbine

Action Man M16
1980s SAS Type (Air Strike) Action Man Colt Pistol

Action Man German Luger
Early issue (pointed foresight) and later issue (rounded foresight)Action Man Colt Pistol