THE WEAPONS IN ROBOCOP
State of the art, bang bang! Here we take a look at the many guns used in the movies and tv-series. From the real ones used by the Clarence and Cain gangs to the fictional ED-209 guns and the cobra cannon.
The movie version of ED 209 was equiped with heavy armament. Conceived as having a modular weapons system, ED's left hand was equipped with one 20mm gun and had been further retrofitted with three heat-seeking missiles.
The right hand held two additional 20mm guns. And in a clever touch - never used in the film - a pocket behind the robot's head was equipped with twin launchers which could be loaded with either mortars or gas grenades for crowd control.
THE COBRA ASSAULT CANNON
When Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) and his gang are asked by Dick Jones (Ronnie Cox) to kill RoboCop, they are provided with an experimental military weapon being developed by OCP called the Cobra Assault Cannon. The Cobras are actually older-specification Barrett M82 long-range .50 BMG rifles which have been dressed up extra plastic housing over the receivers and fitted with gigantic scopes (according to IMDB, the scopes were originally supposed to show computer-generated targeting information, but this idea was scrapped due to budget constraints). The Cobra fires some type of powerful round that explodes upon impact; in the film, Clarence Boddicker memorably tests the weapon by firing it at a 6000 SUX sedan, destroying the vehicle.
Anne Lewis (Nancy Allen) obtains one of these rifles and uses it to kill one of Boddicker's men during the shootout at the chemical weapons plant. After RoboCop and Lewis take out Boddicker and his gang, RoboCop takes one of the Cobra Assault Cannons (presumably, the same one used by Lewis) to the OCP office building and uses it to destroy the ED-209 cyborg out in front.
The Cobra gun used in RoboCop2 is different from the one in RoboCop1. Robo2 uses a Pauza P-50 rifle caliber .50 BMG.
The most obvious difference is the front of the rifle and the handle wich Robo carries the rifle with. It also doesn't have the gadgets on top, such as the monitor. The Cobra gun also makes a short apperances in RoboCop:The Series and RoboCop:Prime Directives.
The Heckler & Koch P9S is the standard sidearm of the Detroit Police Department in the movie; Murphy uses one briefly during the highway shootout with Clarence Boddicker's men that he borrows from his partner Anne Lewis. Later in the range, we see many policemen practicing with their P9s, indicating clearly that this weapon is their standard-issue. The scene in which Murphy is practicing his TJ Laser trick shows a SIG-Sauer P226 9mm.
BAD GUY GUNS
Clarence Boddicker (Kurtwood Smith) uses a short-barreled semi-automatic shotgun with vented barrels to blow Murphy's limbs off during his death scene. This is a modified Remington 1100. The conversion involves moving the action spring from behind the action to around the magazine tube behind the gas piston. This allows the shotgun to be fitted with a pistol grip, and a telescoping stock.
A semi-automatic civilian version of the Sterling Mark 6 Semiautomatic Carbine (recognizable by its 16" barrel, necessary to comply with gun laws in the U.S.) is seen used by the convenience store robber. It was imported for commercial sale into the U.S. during the 1980s and banned from import after 1989. The carbine is fired semiautomatic throughout the robbery and Robocop renders this weapon useless by bending the barrel under the receiver of the gun.
When Emil Antonowsky (Paul McCrane) robs the gas station he threatens the clerk with an Ingram MAC-10 fitted with a custom flash hider and a modified folding stock. The city hall employee whom Robocop tosses out a window during a hostage situation uses a full-size Uzi submachine gun.
A Desert Eagle .357 Magnum with a threaded barrel (sometimes fitted with a suppressor)) is used by Clarence Boddicker throughout the movie. A chrome version is used by Dick Jones (Ronnie Cox). The chrome pistol is the same weapon from an earlier scene in which an employee was killed while "threatening" the ED209 prototype as a demonstration gone wrong. It was originally supposed to be Robocop's main firearm, but once the suit was completed it looked too small.
Leon in the Disco scene uses the now extinct LAR Grizzly which can be seen by its distinctly shaped, buffed-up Colt1911-frame but with an extra two-inch barrel protrusion
at the nose. It also has a big grip-knob protruding backwards, between the grip and the hammer.
The "boom-box" was used by Hob the child villain in RoboCop 2. The Utah Carter custom boom box machine gun fires 9mm and can, just like in the movie, be turned into a "box".
BONEMACHINES QUADRA GUNS
BoneMachine, the villain from RoboCop: Prime Directives, wears four-barelled metallic cylinders on the end of each arm called "Quadra Guns" and were entirely made up by the script writers for PD.
The "Quadra Guns" are able to fire a variey of weapons,
including tear gas and automatic machine gun fire.
The metal cylinders themselves weigh over 30 pounds apiece, have 9mm Czechoslovakian Scorpion machine
pistols (which are quite tiny just a bit larger than a typical handgun) outfitted with blanks inside, and had to be supported by wooden crates as the actor waited to shoot his part.
The gauntlets were, after filming was completed, sold at Director Julian Grants garage sale in Toronto. After that they found their way to EBAY where the "Quadra Guns" got an unknown buyer.