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Back to the Future

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Back to the Future
Back to the future.jpg
Movie Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Robert Zemeckis
Release Date 1985
Language English
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Amblin Entertainment
Main Cast
Character Actor
Marty McFly Michael J. Fox
Dr. Emmett 'Doc' Brown Christopher Lloyd
Lorraine Baines Lea Thompson
George McFly Crispin Glover
Biff Tannen Thomas F. Wilson
Match Billy Zane
Pa Peabody Will Hare

Back to the Future is the 1985 science fiction adventure directed by Robert Zemeckis and stars Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly, a teenager living in 1985 who is transported back in time to the year 1955, where he unexpectedly meets his parents during their teen years. Two sequels were released in 1989 and 1990 back to back.

The following weapons were used in the film Back to the Future:



Dr. Emmett 'Doc' Brown (Christopher Lloyd) is shot with an AKM by Libyan terrorists. This is one of the very few instances in film where a Kalashnikov-pattern rifle is seen jamming (yet it can happen, usually when a round pops up at a strange angle in the magazine, stopping the feed completely, and racking the action doesn't immediately eject the misfed round). Why this was noteworthy amongst firearms enthusiasts is because the AK series is considered some of the world's most reliable weapons and rarely experiences jams such as the one portrayed in the film. Judging by the time period, the firearm seen here is probably an Egyptian Maadi ARM converted to full auto.

AKM, Stamped Steel Receiver w/ slant muzzle brake - 7.62x39mm
A Libyan (Richard L. Duran, a professional stuntman) opens fire on Doc Brown from the van with his AKM rifle.
The Libyan with his AKM rifle confronts Doc.
The Libyan prepares to fire his AKM at Doc.
Firing the weapon.
Another view of the AKM as the Libyan hears Marty.
“Damn Soviet gun!” The weapon jams.
The Libyan fires in the chase with the Delorean.


The Libyan terrorists attempt to destroy the time machine with an RPG-7, causing Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) to accelerate to the speed necessary to initiate time travel in an attempt to escape. In reality, the weapon is a fake RPG-7 common in films made in the 1980's such as Red Dawn.

Russian RPG-7 - 40mm
The side mirror view of the Libyan terrorist (Richard L. Duran) aiming the RPG.
The Libyan terrorist prepares to fire his RPG-7 at Marty and the Delorean.

Colt Single Action Army

In the beginning of the movie, Doc Brown attempts to defend himself from the terrorists with a nickel-plated Single Action Army fitted with pearl grips. He is also seen to be in possession of an SAA in 1955 as evidenced in Back to the Future Part III.

Colt Single Action Army 5.5" 'Artillery' model - .45 Long Colt
Doc Brown discovers that his Colt SAA is unloaded and decides to check if its loaded by looking down the barrel or at the top of the cylinder. Looking down the barrel with the finger on the trigger even if the hammer is down is still completely unsafe.
Holding up the Colt, Doc tries to give himself up.

Charles Parker 1878 Double Barrel Shotgun

When Marty first travels back in time to 1955, "Old Man Peabody", a farmer plus obsessive pine-tree breeder (Will Hare), mistaking him for a malevolent space mutant, fires a Charles Parker shotgun at him.

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge
"Take that, you mutated son of a bitch!"
Peabody holds the shotgun as Marty smashes out of his barn in the DeLorean.

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