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The Weapon Hunter

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Reality Rated: 14+ (TV-14)2015 - Present2 SeasonsReturning: Date TBAOn: Rent or Buy Only

History buff and restoration expert Paul Shull goes on a quest to get his hands on some of the world's rarest and most remarkable pieces of military history in the new Smithsonian Channel original series, THE WEAPON HUNTER. The six episode series chronicles Shull's adventures as he finds, fixes, and fires the antique weapons that have been used throughout history. Shull enlists the aid of a loosely knit network of history-obsessed collectors. They've spent decades - and small fortunes - amassing surprising and extraordinary military collections that rival those found anywhere. Now, they're opening their doors to their secret world to allow Shull the chance to come face to face with history.The Weapon Hunter has one or more episodes streaming with subscription on Smithsonian Earth (Via Prime Video), available for purchase on iTunes, available for purchase on Google Play, and 3 others. It's a reality show with 12 episodes over 2 seasons. The Weapon Hunter is still airing with no announced date for the next episode or season. It has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.1 (90 votes).

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Season 1
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12 episodes (100%) are available to stream on a subscription service (Smithsonian Earth).

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12 episodes (100%) are available to rent or buy from $1.99 on 5 services (iTunes, Google Play, Prime Video & 2 others).

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#10,266 Ranked TV Show

#14 Ranked in TV on Smithsonian Earth

#1287 Ranked in Reality TV

The Weapon Hunter has a better than average IMDb audience rating of 7.1 (90 votes). The show is not very popular with Reelgood users lately.

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12 Total Episodes of The Weapon Hunter Where to stream every episode from all 2 seasons of The Weapon Hunter. Filter these episodes by what's available to watch free or on your streaming services using the tabs above.

Season 1

Smithsonian Earth | Rent or Buy
Season 01, Episode 01 Tank Destroyer

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Oct 6, 2015
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Tank Destroyer Oct 6, 2015 Host Paul Shull has been invited by his friend, a military enthusiast and mechanic, to assist him on a once in a lifetime project: to rebuild the incredibly rare Achilles Tank Destroyer. This World War II warrior was built for speed and power, able to cruise at over 30 MPH and armed with a 17-pound gun that could rip through virtually anything in its path. Witness the reconstruction of this historic weapon, one that will require many hours of labor and hunting for parts in order to get this heroic beast back on her treads.

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Season 01, Episode 02 Sniper Rifles

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Oct 13, 2015
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Sniper Rifles Oct 13, 2015 With the help of some old and new collector friends, host Paul Shull sets out on a cross-country trek to try and settle an old argument: what was the best sniper rifle of WWII? He hunts down the deadliest rifles, helps rebuild a rare Soviet SVT-40, survives a grueling sniper boot camp and learns about the origins of the sharpshooter. Who will win this classic shootout? Paul aims to find out.

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Season 01, Episode 03 Civil War Cannons

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Oct 20, 2015
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Civil War Cannons Oct 20, 2015 Host Paul Shull takes a journey through Tennessee, Kentucky and Oregon to find and fire the deadliest pieces of light field artillery of the Civil War: the 10lb Parrott and the 3-inch Ordnance Rifle. But before he can fire off these powerful weapons, he must take a crash course and become a cannoneer. Follow Paul as he makes his own projectiles and meets eccentric collectors and battle reenactors. Then see him finally come face to face with the most impressive and devastating rifled guns of the bloody conflict that tore America apart.

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Season 01, Episode 04 Nazi Assault Rifle

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Oct 27, 2015
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Nazi Assault Rifle Oct 27, 2015 To military history collectors, it's the rarest of all machine guns. The FG-42 assault rifle, designed specifically for German World War II paratroopers, is so rare that they now sell for thousands of dollars at auctions. It's considered almost unattainable, but that doesn't stop host Paul Shull from attempting to not only find one but to pull its trigger as well. Join him on this impossible quest as he reaches outside his usual network of collectors to find this innovative weapon and see if it lives up to its mythic reputation.

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Season 01, Episode 05 Monster Machine Gun

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Nov 3, 2015
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Monster Machine Gun Nov 3, 2015 It's fast, ferocious, powerful, and ultra-rare. The mobile machine gun called the Quad 50 was one of the most punishing weapons of World War II, but it's rarely seen today. Host Paul Shull accepts the challenge to bring one back to life, but it may prove to be his toughest rebuild yet. Join him as he travels across North America, gathering rare parts and meeting an incredible bunch of collectors and gunsmiths to resurrect "The Meat Chopper."

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Season 01, Episode 06 Flamethrowers

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Nov 10, 2015
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Flamethrowers Nov 10, 2015 The flamethrower is one of the most terrifying weapons in existence, capable of launching a 2,200-degree wall of fire over 100 feet. The U.S. military stopped using them in 1978, and today only a few remain, and even fewer can safely be fired. If host Paul Shull finds one, will he properly use it? Follow him as he calls upon the world's leading flamethrower experts on what could be his most dangerous quest ever. Then watch as he gets a firsthand lesson in how to fire the devastating machine that helped turn the tide of World War II.

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Season 2

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Season 02, Episode 01 Vietnam Road Warrior

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Feb 13, 2017
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Vietnam Road Warrior Feb 13, 2017 Gun trucks played a vital role in the Vietnam War, escorting supply convoys through regions most likely to come under attack. As critical as these armor-plated giants were, few people know about these amazing vehicles and the people that operated them. Join host Paul Shull as he heads to Rogersville, Tennessee, to help Vietnam vet Sammy Seay rebuild a gun truck nicknamed the "Proud American." Sammy puts the truck, and Paul, to the test, in a staged ambush that will reveal just how tough the machines were, as well as the men who rode them.

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Season 02, Episode 02 Big Bad B-25

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Feb 20, 2017
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Big Bad B-25 Feb 20, 2017 The B-25 bomber was a deadly Swiss Army knife in the sky, built to strike in a variety of ways, with up to 13 .50-caliber machine guns and a payload of up to 3,000 pounds of bombs. Host Paul Shull is helping the United States Commemorative Air Force in the restoration of the only B-25 left in the world, but in order to complete the task he must find a critical missing part. Follow him as he attempts to locate a rare Norden bombsight before taking to sky to learn how to drop a bomb just like a WWII bombardier.

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Season 02, Episode 03 Pearl Harbor Payback

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Feb 27, 2017
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Pearl Harbor Payback Feb 27, 2017 After suffering through one of the greatest military attacks in modern U.S. history, America rose from the ashes of Pearl Harbor and fought their way to victory. Perhaps no weapon helped turn the tide in the Pacific theater greater than the 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon. Join host Paul Shull as he tracks down two critical parts that will resurrect one of these devastating weapons to full working order. Then hear the stories of a Naval veteran who witnessed the carnage of December 7, 1941 firsthand.

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Season 02, Episode 04 World's Fastest Weapon

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Mar 6, 2017
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World's Fastest Weapon Mar 6, 2017 Host Paul Shull is on a mission to fix and fire an electric minigun from the Vietnam War, a six-barreled behemoth that could fire up to an astonishing 6,000 rounds per minute. It's the fastest machine gun ever to see action, but piecing this vintage weapon back together is going more slowly than planned. Join Paul as he tracks down the missing parts he needs to complete the rebuild while investigating the evolution of the machine gun. Then buckle up as he goes airborne to test his refurbished minigun in a vintage AH-6 attack chopper.

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Season 02, Episode 05 D-Day Detonator

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Mar 13, 2017
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D-Day Detonator Mar 13, 2017 Military weapons enthusiast and host Paul Shull takes on his greatest challenge yet: to rebuild an entire battle, and not just any battle. He's going to reconstruct D-Day from the ground up. Join him as he fires the weapons used that day, rides an LST landing ship during a dramatic reenactment, and meets some of the heroes who stormed the beach and led the Allies to victory. It's an incredible, immersive mission that details the scale, planning, and courage of the men who carried out the largest amphibious invasion in history.