Ranking the Guns of Netflix’s Stranger Things – Season 3

Ranking the Guns of Stranger Things

Since its first season, the hit Netflix television show Stranger Things has taken the world by storm.

It’s easy to see why.

With their seamless infusion of classic 1980s movies, TV shows and tropes, the Duffer Brothers have created a wondrous tribute that hits just about all the nostalgia buttons for those of us that came of age in the 80s and early 90s.

Equal parts scary, funny, heartfelt and action-packed, the third season of Stranger Things also features a decent helping of firearms.

From AKs and pistols to shotguns, machine guns and more, there is plenty of firepower featured in the latest season of the hit show.

So, what do you do when you have a TV show featuring multiple guns? You rank them, of course.

Here are some of the best firearms used by Hopper, Eleven and the rest of the gang during their adventures in Starcourt Mall and other areas of Hawkins, Indiana.

CAUTION: Mild spoilers ahead.

1. Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 Magnum

Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 Magnum
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

Of course, the “top dog” on the list is Chief Hopper’s Smith & Wesson Model 66 .357 Magnum.

The classic American revolver is carried by the show-stealing David Harbour in the role of the surly-but-lovable police chief (and Eleven’s adoptive father), Jim Hopper.

Perhaps the gun most associated with Stranger Things, the S&W Model 66 can be seen being wielded by Hopper throughout the early episodes of Season 3.

That is, before it’s lost in a brawl with the Terminator-esque Russian baddie Grigori, who takes possession of it.

2. Remington 870 12 Gauge Shotgun

Remington 870 12 Gauge Shotgun
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

When an enormous flesh-monster from another dimension attacks you and your friends, you could do worse than a Remington 870 12-gauge shotgun for protection.

Though a 12-gauge is one of the things most-feared by home invaders, we’re not sure the Mind Flayer got the memo of its threat-reducing capabilities before attacking Hopper’s cabin.

After discovering the Remington, Nancy was quick to introduce the Flayer to her choice in personal security, helping buy the gang a few moments to regroup.

3. AK-47

Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

As sinister, Cold War-era Soviet Russians are a major plot point in Season 3, it’s only natural that some classic Russian guns are prominently featured on the screen.

As such, the sleek, powerful, ever-popular AK-47 tactical rifle lands at our number three spot.

Carried by Russian troops in several scenes, the AKs featured in the show are commercial 7.62x39mm Type III AK clones—AKA “the guns you’ll see in most American-produced movies and TV shows in which the AK-47 is used.”

4. Tokarev TT-33

Sought after by gun collectors and shooting enthusiasts due to the pistol’s toughness and character, the Tokarev TT-33 was developed in the 1930s as a service weapon for members of the Soviet military.

The TT-33s shown in Stranger Things 3 are first carried by Soviet soldiers and security guards (obviously), though Chief Hopper and the resourceful Nancy Wheeler both make good use of the reliable sidearms lifted from immobilized Soviets.


Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

We’ll round out our list of top firearms featured in the third season of Stranger Things with a rare gun carried by Hopper for a few scenes in the final episode: the AKMSU.

The history of AKMSU is contentious, as no one knows of the gun’s true origins.

Some think the AKMSU was manufactured by the Soviet Union, while another theorized origin is that it’s a one-off model from Pakistan’s Khyber Pass region.

However this immensely cool-looking compact was created, it was quite a sight to see Hopper using a custom AKMSU 7.62x39mm during “The Battle of Starcourt.”

Guns of Stranger Things: Honorable Mentions

Zastava M92 Carbine

Zastava M92 Carbine
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

Similar to the Soviet AK carbines, the Zastava M92 is carried by Grigori’s security team in Stranger Things 3.

But there are a few issues here. First of all, the weapon is Serbian, not Soviet.

Second (and even more important for continuity reasons), the Zastava M92 wasn’t in use until 1992, a full seven years after the events of the show.

M16A2 5.56x45mm Rifle

M16A2 5.56x45mm Rifle
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

There’s only one reason this classic of American tactical weaponry didn’t make the cut for the above list: it was only briefly featured in once scene!

The rifle can be seen toward the end of “Chapter 8: The Battle of Starcourt” in the hands of soldiers exiting a Huey behind Dr. Owens (played by Paul Reiser of Aliens and Beverly Hills Cop fame).

General Dynamics M197 Vulcan

General Dynamics M197 Vulcan
Source: Internet Movie Firearms Database

With an incredibly brief, implied appearance at the end of “Chapter 8: The Battle of Starcourt,” this one might be cheating a bit.

During the scene in which American reinforcements arrive in Hawkins, an AH-1 Cobra helicopter equipped with what looks like it could be a General Dynamics M197 Vulcan 20mm cannon flies over Dustin’s radio tower.

Whatever it was actually supposed to be, the massive gun would have likely been quite the equalizer with the Mind Flayer had they shown up just a bit sooner.

Well, folks, there you have it. Though these aren’t all of the guns featured in the third season of Stranger Things, those ranked above are the weapons we found to be the coolest—or at least most interesting.

Did we leave out any of your favorites? Let us know in the comments below!

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Comments (6)

  1. What about the 22 from the shed that was showed in the beginning and the last season? What kind of rifle is that?

  2. I loved seeing this article! Brings to light so many of the really cool weapons you may not have been paying attention to, while being enthralled by the show. I thought the Tokarev TT-33 was an awesome addition to the arsenal. Although, I am partial to the Remington 12 gauge…that’s one of the pieces I use at home!

  3. Stranger Things is a ingeniously mesmerizing series, and I decided to watch it again from the start before watching the 3rd season. In my area during this time frame the S&W Model 27 Highway Patrolman was the popular choice for LEOs. But I’ll defer to Hopper’s choice, because the show seems to be insanely accurate about many things 1980’s. Who knew Ford Pintos would suddenly become popular now??!!

  4. Great piece. I was around the kids age in 1985. This is a great show for me. New Coke…i remember having that very argument.
    Anyhoo… I did notice that it seemed like the kids all knew how to use guns. Now, that is 1985 for sure! Teach ’em young, and teach ’em well!!

  5. Great piece. I was around the kids age in 1985. This is a great show for me. New Coke…i remember having that very argument.
    Anyhoo… I did notice that it seemed like the kids all knew how to use guns. Now, that is 1985 for sure! Yeah ’em young, and teach ’em well!!

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