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Firestarter (1984)

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Firestarter Poster.jpg
Cinema Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Mark L. Lester
Release Date 1984
Studio Dino De Laurentiis Company
Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Studios
Main Cast
Character Actor
Andrew 'Andy' McGee David Keith
Charlene 'Charlie' McGee Drew Barrymore
John Rainbird George C. Scott
Captain Hollister Martin Sheen
Victoria 'Vicky' McGee Heather Locklear
Doctor Pynchot Moses Gunn
Irv Manders Art Carney
Norma Manders Louise Fletcher
Dr. Joseph Wanless Freddie Jones

Firestarter is a 1984 science fiction thriller directed by Mark L. Lester and based on the eponymous novel written by Stephen King. A married couple, Andy (David Keith) and Vicky (Heather Locklear), who both developed psychic abilities after a government experiment, produce a daughter, Charlie (Drew Barrymore), with pyrokinetic abilities that make her the target of "The Shop", the government agency that conducted the original experiment. A film remake premiered on the streaming service Peacock on May 13, 2022.

The following weapons were used in the film Firestarter (1984):


Colt Detective Special

Most of Department of Scientific Intelligence (DSI) agents carry Colt Detective Special revolvers.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen - .38 Special
DSI agents fire their revolvers during the encounter on the Irv Manders' farm. The one at the right is armed with a Colt Detective Special and the one at the left with a Smith & Wesson Model 10HB.
A close view at the Colt Detective Special revolver.
Captain Hollister (Martin Sheen) holds his revolver in the final scene.
In the final scene most of the DSI agents hold Colt DS revolvers.

Colt Python

In the final scene John Rainbird (George C. Scott) is armed with a Colt Python with 4" barrel.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
John Rainbird loads his Colt Python revolver.
Rainbird aims his revolver.
The shot is blurry due to motion but a vented rib still can be seen.
The grip of the revolver can be seen.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Several of DSI agents carry Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB revolvers with 4" and 3" barrels.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB (Post 1950s Model) - .38 Special
Smith & Wesson Model 10 HB with 3" barrel - .38 Special
A DSI agent at the background inspects his revolver.
A DSI agent (Robert Miano) aims his revolver at Andy McGee (David Keith).
DSI agents fire their revolvers during the encounter on the Irv Manders' farm. The one at the right is armed with a Colt Detective Special and the one at the left with a S&W Model 10 HB.
A DSI agent with a S&W Model 10HB revolver with 3" barrel.
Agent Albright (John Sanderford) holds his revolver in the final scene.

Unidentified revolvers

A security guard (Larry Sprinkle) in the airport carries a revolver in the holster. It is supposed to be some Smith & Wesson model, maybe same Model 10HB that is widely used in the movie.
DSI agents holdf their guns in the final scene. A uniformed man at the background left holds a long-barreled revolver.


M1911 style

In the final scene several of DSI agents are armed with M1911 style pistols.

For reference: Pre-War Colt M1911A1 - Commercial Model known as the "Colt Government Model" - .45 ACP
Three DSI agents in fireproof suits are armed with pistols that are supposed to be M1911s. Note that the pistol in hands of a man in the center has the slide locked in back position.
One of the pistols of the trio can be seen better.

Unidentified pistols

DSI agents aim their guns in the final scene. The one at the right holds an unidentified pistol, seemingly some hammerless model.

Submachine guns

Uzi Carbine

In the final scene DSI Agent Hunt (Carey Fox) is armed with an Uzi Carbine with custom barrel shroud.

Uzi semiautomatic Carbine with 16" barrel (IMI Model A) - 9x19mm
Agent Hunt carries his Uzi Carbine.
The barrel shroud can be seen.
The Uzi Carbine is seen on the ground.


Remington Model 700

Irv Manders (Art Carney) takes a Remington Model 700 rifle with sniper scope when the DSI agents appeared on his farm.

Remington Model 700 (1970s Production) - .308 Winchester
Irv Manders holds his rifle. Next to him is Charlie McGee (Drew Barrymore).
Irv Manders aims his rifle at DSI agents.
Manders' rifle is seen on the stairs.

Armalite AR-7

Armalite AR-7 with sniper scope is used by John Rainbird (George C. Scott) in one scene. It appears as a tranquilizer dart gun.

Armalite AR-7 rifle - .22 LR
Rainbird holds his rifle.
A stock can be seen.
Rainbird adjusts the sniper scope.
A close view at the trigger.

Assault Rifles


Several guards of the DSI headquarters carry M16 assault rifles. They are never seen close enough to identify the model with sure but due to the year of filming (1984) these rifles are most likely M16A1s.

M16A1 with 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A guard at the door is armed with an M16.
A guard with an M16 is seen in the final scene.

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