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 its 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). Word of warning when moving plastic straps to and from the 'pips' when restoring weapons: The pip can break very easily. Make sure strap is warm and supple before attempting removal.

 

Action Man gun

 

Action Man weapons

Action Man Browning Machine Gun
Early silver type with folding three piece tripod

Action Man Browning Silver

Action Man Browning Machine Gun
Late black type with non-folding two 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). The angle of the shoulder stock is factory glued (by eye it seems) and is random. It does not pivot - do not attempt to.

Action Man MP40 Schmeisser

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 (all silver), 1980s 'ball' hammer with loop (more commonly without), GI Joe Colt (fine chequering to grip), 'Knock off', Late SAS issue Colt (black).

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 M16

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

Action Man Pistols

Action Man Thompson Sub Machine Gun

Action Man Thompson Sub Machine Gun

 

Action Man machine guns

 

Action Man guns

Action Man Browning Machine Gun
Black type with folding three piece tripod

Action Man Browning Black

Action Man blow-molded Browning Machine Gun used on early vehicles. Later Vehicles used the hard plastic version with separate mounting swivel from the tripod and silver tip (Shown in the foreground).

Action Man Armoured Car 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 all way to stock (top), early 1970s flared barrel where it meets stock (2nd), 1975 with plastic strap (3rd), 1980s caramel colour plastic (4th). Tommy Gunn version was black plastic with brown paint applied (reverse of Action Man whic was brown plastic with black paint). Check that bayonet hanger below barrel is not missing - many are.Action Man FN SLR Rifle

Action Man Carbine: 1st issue elastic strap (1966), and 1975 plastic strap. Check that bayonet hanger below barrel is not missing - many are. The elastic strap version suffers from loss of the tiny pin that retains the elastic loop in the stock.

Action Man Carbine

Action Man M16: 1980s SAS Type (Air Strike) Action Man SAS M16

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

Action Man M60. Later version body was silver with no black paintwork (See Commando). The bi-pod is more often than not broken at the hinges.

Action Man M60