Modern Marvels

Season 9 Episode 26

Super Guns

Aired Wednesday 10:00 PM Jul 15, 2002 on The History Channel
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Super Guns
An examination of guns that exist on the cutting edge of firearm technology. Fighting battles on computers decades before an actual shot is fired, these super guns may make the world safer...or more dangerous than ever before.
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    • TRIVIA (4)

      • In 1995, Special Forces units in Somalia considered using lasers that could temporarily blind the enemy, but thought the risk of permanent blindness was too high and decided against them.

      • To be accepted by the Army, the Land Warrior System must weigh less than 80 pounds. Currently, the personal load weighs 79 pounds, while the combat load weighs 92 pound including water and ammunition.

      • In 1956 Heckler & Koch developed the G3, an infantry rifle for the German Army. It was regarded as a milestone in the history of the defense industry.

      • Sioux warriors armed themselves with the Winchester Model 1866 when they confronted General George Custer's troops at the Battle of Little Big Horn.

    • QUOTES (1)

      • Narrator: From Germany's Big Bertha in WWI to Iraq's top secret Project Babylon they are the ultimate projection of force. Secret cannons designed to strike their target from miles away. Handheld rifles that packed the power of the atom and superguns capable of launching satellites into space. Now: Superguns, on Modern Marvels.

    • NOTES (1)

      • Andrew Brignoli
        V.P. of Product Engineering, Colt

        Garry James
        Firearms Historian

        Dan Cusiter
        Consultant, Heckler & Koch

        Col. Bruce Jette
        U.S. Army

        Thomas Valorose
        Manufacturing Mgr., Beretta USA

        SGT. Jason Petree
        U.S. Army

        Staff SGT. C. Surrett
        U.S. Army

        Lt. Sid Heal
        Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept.

        SGT. Michael Alerich
        Los Angeles Sheriff's Dept.

        Andrew Brignoli
        V.P. of Product Engineering, Colt

        Executive Producer: Craig Haffner
        Executive Producer: Donna E. Lusitana
        Producer: Tom Jennings
        Director: Tom Jennings
        Supervising Producer: Raymond Bridgers
        Coordinating Producer: Louis C. Tarantino
        Associate Producer: Michael Sackett
        Editor: Bradley Holmes
        Researcher: Bo Koster
        General Counsel: Shinaan Krakowsky
        Series Consultant: Garry James
        Original Music: Christopher Stone
        Original Music: Steven Morrell
        Post Production Supervisor: Blaine Williams
        Production Coordinator: Douglas J. Cohen
        Post Production Coordinator: Janice Bech
        Post Production Coordinator: Chris Worthington
        Narrator: Thom Pinto
        Online/Composite Editor: Tom Dugan
        Assistant Avid Editor: Katherine Smith
        Assistant Avid Editor: Kyle Yaskin
        Asst. Production Coordinator: David M. Ramirez
        Production Assistant: Jared King
        Production Assistant: Unique Lenhardt
        Production Assistant: Don Sveen
        Post Production Assistant: Philip Anagnos
        Post Production Assistant: Todd Carney
        Post Production Assistant: Jason Kaifesh
        Post Production Assistant: Ray Starmann
        Post Production Assistant: Percy M. Vazquez
        Controller: Anit Chan
        Production Accountant: Vivian Santos
        Field Camera: Paul Johnson
        Field Camera: Norm Johnston
        Field Camera: David Pryke
        Field Camera: Paul Vanderveen
        Field Engineer: Thomas Danielczik
        Field Engineer: James Hughes
        Field Engineer: Scott Johnson
        Post Production Audio: Craig Plachy
        Post Production Audio: Ron Miller
        Post Production Services: Matchframe Video

        The Department of Defense
        The Department of the Army
        SGM Jay Field
        Pete Rowland
        Jerry Whitaker
        Heckler & Koch, Inc
        Steve Galloway

        Supervising Producer: Elyse Miranda
        Executive Producer: Charlie Maday
        Produced by Greystone Communications, INC

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