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The Omega Man

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The Omega Man
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpgUnited States
Directed by Boris Sagal
Release Date 1971
Studio Walter Selzter Productions
Distributor Warner Brothers
Main Cast
Character Actor
Robert Neville Charlton Heston
Matthias Anthony Zerbe
Zachary Lincoln Kilpatrick
Lisa Rosalind Cash
Dutch Paul Koslo

The Omega Man is a 1971 science fiction thriller based on the novel I Am Legend written by Richard Matheson. This was actually the second feature film adaptation of the novel, the first being the 1964 film The Last Man on Earth. In the 1971 adaptation, Charlton Heston stars as Col. Robert Neville, who unexpectedly becomes the last human on earth devastated by a deadly virus. The novel would later be adapted again for the screen in 2007's I Am Legend, which used some of the elements added to this film. The Omega Man is considered by some to be part of Charlton Heston's unofficial trilogy of post-apocalyptic films which included Planet of the Apes (1968) and Soylent Green.

The following weapons were used in the film The Omega Man:


Rifles & Carbines

M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle

Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) uses an M1918A2 Browning Automatic Rifle with an M3 active infrared scope and IR lamp and the bipod removed. The mutated plague victims in "The Family" believe that Science and Technology are what ultimately led to the germ warfare that destroyed human civilization, so they categorically don't believe in using any technology above the bow and arrow level, particularly guns. Neville, meanwhile, has no compunction against using technology - I.E. hunting The Family with automatic rifles fitted with infrared scopes so he can see at night as well as they can.

Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A2 - .30-06
Neville (Charlton Heston) fires at the 'Family' from his balcony with a BAR minus its bipod and with a mounted Infrared scope, borrowed from his M3 Carbine

M3 Carbine

Apparently, the gun that the IR scope was taken from, there is an M3 Carbine sans scope (with the foregrip and electrical wiring attached) sitting on one of Neville's chairs in the apartment near the window. The M3 Carbine is also later seen in the gun rack.

M3 Carbine with M3 scope, including backpack for the infrared sight's large 12-volt battery. - .30 Carbine


Colt 1903/1908 Hammerless

The first time that Neville meets Lisa (Rosalind Cash) she is pointing a nickel-plated Colt 1903/08 Hammerless Pistol with Pearl grips at him. Unknown if it is the 32 or .380 caliber model. Note: In the very first scenes, Lisa's pistol is a silver-painted rubber gun, probably the stunt weapon she handled during the night filming and the subsequent motorcycle chase.

Colt 1903 nickel plated - .32 ACP
Lisa (Rosalind Cash) wields a silver-painted rubber prop gun of the Colt Hammerless when she first talks to Neville.
Lisa (Rosalind Cash) holding a live Nickel plated Colt 1903/08 Hammerless.
Lisa (Rosalind Cash) holding a live Nickel plated Colt 1903/08 Hammerless.


Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) carries a M1911A1 in a brown holster throughout the film. He never draws nor fires it, but several M1911A1s are visible on a gun rack in Neville's Apartment.

World War 2 issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP

Star Model B

Zachary (Lincoln Kilpatrick) tries to use a Star Model B Pistol to assassinate Neville with bad results.

Star Model B Pistol - 9x19mm
Zachary (Lincoln Kilpatrick) makes the decision to kill Neville with a forbidden piece of technology - a Star Model B.
Zachary (Lincoln Kilpatrick) is blinded by the lights, clutching his a Star Model B.

Single Action Army

Dutch (Paul Koslo) carries a nickel-plated Single Action Army revolver with ivory grips. This is most noticeable during the nighttime rescue of Neville at Dodger Stadium and later when Dutch rides up in his Motorcycle at the sanctuary.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 LC
Dutch rescues Neville, pointing a nickel SAA revolver at his head.
Dutch ducks out from a dark tunnel, ready to throw another Magnesium flare at the "Family". He holds a Nickel SAA revolver.

Colt Official Police

A Colt Official Police is incidentally seen on the seat of an LAPD patrol car, the officers dead from the plague.

Colt Official Police - .38 Special

Submachine Guns

Smith & Wesson M76

Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) carries a Smith & Wesson M76 9mm Submachine gun throughout the film. The SMG is also wielded by Lisa (Rosalind Cash).

Smith & Wesson M76 - 9x19mm
Neville (Charlton Heston) drives around with his Smith & Wesson M76 Submachine gun.
Neville (Charlton Heston) prepares to fire his iconic weapon from the film.
Neville (Charlton Heston) fires his S&W M76 Submachine Gun.
Neville fights off an attack outside his driveway.
Neville fires the M76 during the ambush in the garage.


Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) has a German MP40 in his gun rack at his penthouse. It is amongst the guns smashed to the ground by Mathias' followers, but Neville manages to grab it and kill several mutants. A pivotal event in the film is when Neville has a chance to kill Mathias, but his gun jams (possibly a shell separation in the chamber or dud ammunition, since the open bolt mechanism works fine).

MP40 - 9x19mm
Neville (Charlton Heston) grabs his MP40 during a fight against the mutants.
Neville (Charlton Heston) experiences a 'jam' in his MP-40, possibly a casing separation in the chamber or bad primers, since his bolt operates and fires correctly.

Thompson M1A1

There is one scene where an M1A1 Thompson can be seen strapped to the back of Dutch's (Paul Koslo) motorcycle seat. An M1A1 is also seen on Neville's Gun rack in his apartment.

M1A1 Thompson - .45 ACP
Dutch (Paul Koslo) rides up in his motorcycle, with a M1A1 Thompson Submachine gun attached to the back.

Machine Guns

.30 AN/M2

When Neville arrives at the other survivors' hilltop hideout he is covered by Tommy (Brian Tochi). Tommy is using a .30 AN/M2 with a Browning M1919A6 Buttstock on a tripod.

.30 AN/M2 - .30-06
Tommy (Brian Tochi) mans a Browning AN/M2 with a Browning 1919A6 stock installed on it.

Browning M2 Aircraft Version

Browning M2 Aircraft, Flexible - .50 BMG
Aircraft versions of the Browning M2 as seen mounted on Neville's rooftop.
Neville reacts to the news from Richie that he knows where the "Family"s hiding place is. Neville clutches one of the M2 Aircraft Heavy machine guns.


Ithaca Model 37

Completely incidental and briefly seen, a dead Los Angeles Police officer lies near his Ithaca 37, a victim of the plague It is hard to see since the shot is a fast zoom to the dead man's face. Trivia: The actor playing the dead L.A. cop can be seen breathing when the camera lingers on him.

Ithaca 37 police riot version - 12 gauge

Robert Neville's Gun Racks

A variety of weapons that are not seen or utilized anywhere else in the film are seen here.

Neville (Charlton Heston) plays chess. The rack behind him first reveals that he has Danish Madsen M50s and an MP-40

Madsen M50

Several Danish Madsen M50 Submachine guns are seen in Neville's Gun rack in his apartment.

Madsen M50 - 9x19mm

Luger P08

Never fired nor carried in the film, there is a Luger P08 Pistol on a gun rack in Neville's Apartment.

P08 Luger Pistol - 9x19mm
Neville (Charlton Heston) rushes to get armed. Seen from left to right: MP-40, S&W M76, another M76, Danish Madsen M50, M1A1. Next Compartment has another Danish Madsen M50 and three pistols from top to bottom: M1911, Luger P08, and another M1911.
Seen from left to right: Browning BAR, some type of 03 rifle with a commercial scope (hard to tell), the M3 Carbine previously seen on Neville's green chair, MP-40 and two more M76 submachine guns.

M1 Carbine

A post-war M1 Carbine is visible on one of Neville's Gun racks.

Post-war era M1 Carbine, with Birch Stock, Adjustable sight, bayonet lug, and twin magazine pouch - .30 Carbine

High Standard Shotgun

A High Standard shotgun (not sure of model) is visible on one of Neville's gun racks, but it is never fired or used.

Enfield M1917

An M1917 Enfield is seen on Neville's gun rack.

M1917 Enfield - .30-06
The Family ready to smash Neville's gun racks. Left to right: An old M1 Rocket Launcher (2.36"), two more 1903 variants, M1 Garand, M1917 Enfield, High Standard shotgun (unknown model), MP-40 and a standard M1 Carbine (post war). The stark lighting makes it hard to see, but the weapons are easier to identify when the rack comes crashing down (when analyzing frame by frame).

M1 Garand

An M1 Garand rifle is seen on Neville's gun rack.

M1 Garand semiautomatic Rifle with leather M1917 sling - .30-06
The Family ready to smash Neville's gun racks. Left to right: An old M1 Rocket Launcher (2.36"), two more 1903 variants, M1 Garand, M1917 Enfield, High Standard shotgun (unknown model), MP-40 and a standard M1 Carbine (post war). The stark lighting makes it hard to see, but the weapons are easier to identify when the rack comes crashing down (when analyzing frame by frame).


Several rifles which appear to be M1903 variants are on the rack but never fired or handled. One of them is briefly seen with a scope. Hard to see if it is an 03-A3 or an O3A4, but the scope is a commercial one.

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06
Members of "the Family" prepare to smash Neville's guns. Again, the dark lighting makes it difficult to clearly see the weapons. Only by playing the scenes of the racks smashing to the ground over and over again can one make educated guesses about the firearms.


Early Flashlight mounts

As in other films before the advent of integral flashlight mounts for submachine guns and other firearms, shooters had to make do. The DIY crude metal clamps that Robert Neville (Charlton Heston) uses to affix a large and bulky flashlight to his M76 Submachine gun was the precursor to the Surefire (and others) tactical lighting systems we enjoy today.


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