There is a lot of controversy surrounding the so called "Red Dawn" guns- how many were there, what were they etc. There have been misrepresentations and outright forgeries regarding these guns. When LMO performed the Stembridge Gun Rentals Inc inventory and appraisal in 1998, these were the weapons identified by the gun handlers that worked on the movie as being used in that movie. This included a certificate from Syd Stembridge, President of SGR Inc, stating that movie use. All told there were just about 1000 NFA items, approximately 500 "Assault Weapons", and over 9,000 Title 1 firearms. J.R. "Lash" LaRue, my old and respected friend, was called in to handle the Title I section of the appraisal.
At the time of the movie "Red Dawn", there were few semi auto AK style firearms in the United States. The relatively expensive Egyptian Maadi and Finnish Valmet variants were about the only choice for conversion. Class 2 manufacturer Marty Pearl at Pearl Manufacturing supplied the registered conversion work on all of these guns. The exteriors were roughed up on purpose, and the barrels had a blank restrictor under the flash hider. Internals were pretty good, but blanks do wear barrels differently, and these machine guns were tossed around. They were also used on countless other movies and television shows, but no one took the time to document them for this appraisal and sale.
The first number is the LMO Inventory number assigned during the appraisal. Next is the manufacturer, then model followed by the serial numbers. The notation "Robert's gun" signifies that these two rifles had the knife marks that the character "Robert" put on the stocks, and his name carved in as well, and were identified by the gun handlers at SGR INC as having been "Robert's Gun". All movie uses have two guns, a primary and a back up. The movie can not be stalled while a gun handler tries to fix a malfunctioning firearm. One was purchased and kept by LMO (S001190) because my son Kyle found it and was totally attached to it, the other was purchased by Dave xxxxxx. "Krinkov" means that it is known to have been rebuilt to "Krinkov" configuration by a later purchaser.
Total of 32 "Red Dawn" AKM Machine Guns
N177 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001003
N178 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001966
N179 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000298
N180 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001190 "Robert's Gun"
N181 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001717
N182 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001577
N183 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001783
N184 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001895
N185 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001683
N186 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000689
N187 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001567
N188 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000687
N189 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001712 "Krinkov"
N190 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000455
N191 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000178
N192 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001189
N193 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001484
N198 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000603
N210 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000436
N226 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000276
N227 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000605
N228 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001563
N229 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000121
N230 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001714
N231 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000642
N234 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001660
N235 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001645
N236 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S000195
N237 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001307
N314 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001322
N315 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001249 "Robert's Gun"
N316 Pearl Mfg/ Maadi AKM S001650
Valmet M78 "Red Dawn" Machine Guns, Total of 2
The following two full auto M78 Valmets, fully transferable, in 7.62x39mm were used in "Red Dawn" with original "Club" stocks, as well as "Commando" with the Dragunov style stock. The Semi auto was in the movie poster, and in some shots on the film.
N386 Pearl Mfg Valmet M78 VALMET 157423. PMC
N387 Pearl Mfg Valmet M78 VALMET 157424. PMC
Semi-Auto "Red Dawn" Maadi AKMs, Total of 21 rifles
The first number is the LMO Inventory number from the 1998 Appraisal at SGR Inc. Maadi is the manufacturer, all were AKM semi autos, full stock version. Outside surface was roughed up, blank restrictor placed under the flash hider, not a threaded bore. These are all "Pre 1994 Assault Rifles" and are grandfathered to buy and sell wherever legal. All were in 7.62x39mm. All were sold with one painted (Factory original) 30 round magazine.
4855 Maadi AKM S000350
4856 Maadi AKM S000322
4857 Maadi AKM S001978
4858 Maadi AKM S001586
4859 Maadi AKM S000800
4860 Maadi AKM S001050
4861 Maadi AKM S001215
4862 Maadi AKM S001688
4863 Maadi AKM S001248
4864 Maadi AKM S001102
4865 Maadi AKM S001220
4866 Maadi AKM S001845
4867 Maadi AKM S001091
4868 Maadi AKM S001202
4869 Maadi AKM S001012
4870 Maadi AKM S001402
4871 Maadi AKM S001768
4872 Maadi AKM S001246
4873 Maadi AKM S001547
4874 Maadi AKM S001625
4875 Maadi AKM S001590