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The Abyss

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The Abyss
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Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by James Cameron
Release Date 1989
Language English
Studio Carolco Pictures
Distributor Carolco Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Virgil "Bud" Brigman Ed Harris
Lindsey Brigman Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Lt. Hiram Coffey Michael Biehn
Catfish De Vries Leo Burmester
Alan "Hippy" Carnes Todd Graff
Jammer Willis John Bedford Lloyd
Sonny Dawson J.C. Quinn
Lisa "One Night" Standing Kimberly Scott
Ensign Monk Adam Nelson
Schoenick Christopher Murphy

The following weapons were used in the film The Abyss:


SIG-Sauer P226

Navy SEAL Lieutenant Hiram Coffey (Michael Biehn) carries a 9x19mm SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm. At the time of the film's release, the P226 had just started to replace the Beretta M9 as the standard-issue sidearm of the U.S. Navy SEAL teams; thus, The Abyss is quite likely the first movie ever to depict the SIG's use by SEALs.

TRIVIA: According to the screenplay, this weapon was originally supposed to be a ".45", presumably a 1911 variant.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
In an intense scene, LT Coffey conceals his SIG-Sauer P226 behind his back after the confrontation with the crew. Note that the hammer is cocked and Coffey's finger is on the trigger, so he means business.
LT Coffey confronting "Hippy" with his SIG in his right hand.
Coffey holding his SIG while Schoenick holds his suppressed MAC-10.
Ensign Monk (Adam Nelson) holding Coffey's SIG.
Coffey draws his P226.
Coffey aiming his pistol at Bud (Ed Harris).

Submachine Guns


When he suspects a threat to the nuclear warhead, LT Hiram Coffey (Michael Biehn) takes out a MAC-10 with a detachable barrel extension and gives it to fellow SEAL Schoenick (Christopher Murphy). Later, Jammer Willis (John Bedford Lloyd) disarms the SEALs, and gives the gun to Alan "Hippy" Carnes (Todd Graff), who tries to fire it, and has it grabbed away by Cat de Vries (Leo Burmester).

TRIVIA: According to the screenplay, this weapon was originally supposed to be a "CAR-15 short-barreled assault rifle."

MAC-10 with magazine removed and barrel extension .45 ACP
Schoenick (Christopher Murphy) cocks the MAC-10 as LT Coffey looks on.
Schoenick holds the MAC-10 while Coffey holds a SIG.


Colt M16A2 or AR-15A2 Sporter II

U.S. Navy personnel on board the Benthyic Explorer appear to be carrying M16 assault rifles standing in for the M16A2. The M16A2s seen in the movie appears to have a "slab side" lower receiver unit, which means that it may be either a civilian AR-15A2 semi-automatic rifle (last Model R6500 with the A2 fixed carrying handle sight) or simply an A2 upper on a full-auto M16 (SP1) lower.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm NATO. Select Fire rifle (Safe/Semi/3 round Burst Only).
Colt AR-15A2 Sporter II, model with A1E1 upper receiver and 20-round magazine - 5.56x45mm NATO / .223 Remington
Colt Delta HBAR - .223 Remington - For reference only
Notice that this rifle seems to have a "slab side" lower receiver, which means that it may be either a civilian AR-15 A2 standing in for an M16A2, or simply an A2 upper on a full-auto M16 (SP1) lower.
The crew and Navy personnel leave the ship's bridge in the climax as the NTI Ark rises from the abyss.
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In the Special Edition, two Soviet sailors were seen with AK-47s slung over their shoulders when the massive tsunami approached a Soviet naval base. It can be also seen in the war footage the aliens present to Bud when he encounters the aliens. These are not fired, and are most likely to be Hudson model gun replicas.

Final Production version of the III AK-47 with cleaning rod removed and laminated stock - 7.62x39mm
Two Soviet sailors to the left with their slung AK-47s.

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