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Military history buff Paul Shull tracks down the greatest weapons of the past 150 years. The Weapon Hunter is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (12 episodes). The series first aired on October 5, 2015. It has moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 7.1.

The Weapon Hunter is available for streaming on the Smithsonian Channel website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Weapon Hunter on demand at Apple TV+, CBS, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, FuboTV, Google Play, iTunes online.

Smithsonian Channel
2 Seasons, 12 Episodes
October 5, 2015
Cast: Paul Shull
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The Weapon Hunter Full Episode Guide

  • Discover the history of the Stinger, a WWII hybrid of various weapons, and witness its rebuild.

  • Host Paul Shull analyzes and reconstructs the four key elements of D-Day that made it one of history's most significant battles.

  • Host Paul Shull helps in the remake of the fastest machine gun ever to see action, the electric minigun.

  • A 20mm Oerlikon anti-aircraft cannon, which helped change World War II, is reconstructed.

  • A famous World War II aircraft is reconstructed. Also: a rare flight school that teaches how to release a bomb.

  • A gun truck, an obscure automobile used during the Vietnam War, is reconstructed.

  • 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, properly use it? Follow him on what could be his most dangerous quest ever as he calls upon incredible collectors and the world's leading flamethrower experts to get a firsthand lesson in how to fire the devastating machine that helped turn the tide of World War II.

  • 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, gunsmiths and decorated veterans on his mission to resurrect "The Meat Chopper."

  • 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.

  • The American M1 Garand. The American Springfield. The German Mauser K98. The British Enfield. The Soviet SVT-40. Each of these five rifles was used to potent effect in World War II by the world's deadliest snipers, but which weapon reigns supreme over the others? Collectors and historians have debated this question for 70 years, but host Paul Shull plans to find the answer for himself, that is, if he can find the guns. Paul goes on a cross-country odyssey to locate, rebuild, and fire these rifles and settle the argument once and for all.

  • Can a team of military history buffs, collectors, and engineers get a famous 70-year-old tank destroyer back on its tread?