UPDATE 6/10/18: It has been announced that an as-yet untitled "reboot" of the Terminator series will be released in 2019, starring Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor with Arnold Schwarzenegger returning in some capacity as the Terminator, along with Gabriel Luna as another killer cyborg. This will be the sixth film in the Terminator franchise.

The new Terminator: Genisys movie didn't do so well at the domestic box office on its opening weekend, and most reviewers gave it ratings that were…less-than-favorable.

Regardless, a Terminator movie is always good for one thing—showcasing some hardware as the robotic super soldiers encased in living tissue travel through time to destroy their greatest enemy before he's even born, and a couple more times throughout his life. The original Terminator (1984) was ahead of its time, featuring cutting-edge makeup effects and ultra-modern firearms and accessories (well, modern for 1984) like the first pistol-mounted laser sight.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991), possibly one of the best sequels in movie history and the only sequel to win an Oscar when the original wasn't nominated, continued in the spirit of the original when it came to weapons, with some visually interesting firearms that were a mix of modern and classic, like a hand-held mini gun and the sawed-off Winchester 1887 lever-action shotgun Arnold carried through much of the movie.

The most recent installment, Terminator: Genisys, is the fifth film in the series, and it took a more conventional approach, including guns that action audiences are quite familiar with, like the Desert Eagle MK VII, Glocks, and H&K MP5Ks.

There's always the international market for the latest Terminator, where Arnold Schwarzenegger is very popular. This story from Forbes posits that if it does well enough overseas, it could be green-lit for a sequel, despite how poorly it does in America, which may happen, as Terminator Genisys was planned as the first of a new trilogy of films. We shall see.

In the meantime, here's a roundup of the coolest guns featured in the entire 5-movie series. Yes, we're even acknowledging Terminator Salvation.

The Terminator (1984)

AMT Hardballer .34 Longslide with Early Laser Sight
AMT Hardballer .45 Longslide with Primitive Laser Sight
The longslide 1911-platform pistol sported a very early prototype laser sight.photo from imfdb.org

The most visually striking firearm from the dark-toned The Terminator (1984) was the AMT Hardballer .45 Longslide featured at the beginning of the film and shown on the movie poster. The popular-at-the-time 1911-based pistol was fitted with a primitive laser sight made by a designer from the company that would become SureFire. It's the T-800's primary weapon until he loses it in the club Tech Noir after being shot by Kyle Reese's Ithaca 37 shotgun.

Laser sights were rare and not commercially available in 1984. The laser on the .45 was a helium neon laser that required 10,000 volts to activate, and another 1,000 volts to maintain. When it's activ
AMT Hardballer .45 Longslide with Early Laser Sight
The laser sights was actually activated by a switch in the actor's other hand and was hooked up to a batter pack on his belt.photo from imfdb.org

Laser sights were rare and not commercially available in 1984. The laser on the .45 was a helium neon laser that required 10,000 volts to activate, and another 1,000 volts to maintain. When it's activated in the movie, it was actually powered through a cable running up Arnold's sleeve to a battery pack in his jacket. The laser didn't have an on-board switch. Instead, it was operated by a plunger switch in Arnold's other hand. In the photo above, you can see what the rig he had to wear looked like.

Uzi 9mm Submachine Gun
The T-800 with the full-auto Uzi.
The T-800 with the full-auto Uzi.photo from imfdb.org

When the Terminator misses his first shot at Sarah in Tech Noir and is put down with a few blasts form Kyle's shotgun, he gets up and pulls a full-auto Uzi 9mm submachine gun from beneath his coat and starts spraying the club, attempting to take Kyle out. It's the same Uzi we see from the gun shop, only with the stock folded. Even if the gun had been sold in California at the time, it would have been required to have a 16-inch barrel that the Terminator would have had to cut down, in addition to modifying it so it fires in full auto.

Franchi SPAS-12 and Armalite AR-18
Franchi SPAS-12 and Armalite AR-18 - The Terminator
During the police station assault, the Terminator wields the shotgun and rifle akimbo with the stocks removed. The magazines on the AR-18 are taped together, jungle-style.photo from imfdb.org

There were a lot of guns and lots of shooting in the original Terminator, but the police station massacre is what made this action/sci-fi movie teeter on the brink of the horror genre. This is where we see the Terminator in full battle mode, wading through a police station of armed cops toward his target, firing a stockless SPAS-12 shotgun with one hand and a cut down, full-auto Armalite AR-18 with the other.

Police stations are usually safe-havens in movies, a setting that stops the action and provides time for exposition. Terminator used it for that purpose, but then destroyed the audience's expectation of perhaps a clever escape for Sarah and Kyle with a hail of gunfire.

The image of the Terminator stalking the dark hallways, sunglasses covering his inhuman eyes, shooting with unnatural strength and accuracy is probably the most fear-inducing image of the whole series—especially if you saw it for the first time at age 8. He acquires the gun from a California gun shop, which certainly wouldn't have been selling a fully-automatic AR-18, or the full-auto UZI submachine gun he also gets there. Fans have long theorized the Terminator converted them to full-auto himself.

Smith & Wesson Model 15
The T-800 aims his S&W Model 15.
The T-800 aims his S&W Model 15.photo from imfdb.org

As a last resort, after his other weapons run dry, the T-800 pulls out a nickel-plated S&W Model 15 revolver and fires it at Sarah and Kyle's vehicle from his motorcycle.

It might seem like the gun comes out of nowhere, or that the T-800 must have picked it up during the carnage of the police station assault, but it's actually sitting on the counter during the gun shop scene, though it's not prominently featured or shown until this scene.

Valmet M82A bullpup future rifle
Valmet M82A Bullpup Assault Rifle - The Terminator
The Valmet was topped with a prop scope for the future war scenes.photo from imfdb.org

The only thing scarier than the Terminator in the original movie were the flashback/flashforward scenes of a future 2029 that was full of them, along with a nuclear-bomb charred planet. For these scenes, resistance fighters are seen firing what appear to be plasma-based weapons at their mechanical enemies.

The rifle Kyle Reese (Michael Beihn) carries as he navigates the grim underground dwelling space of the resistance, is a real gun. It's a Valmet M82A bullpup assault rifle with the magazine removed. The computerized digital tracking scope was built from scratch for the film using video camera components. Once you know that, it's hard not to see the boxy 80s electronic housings.

Ithaca 37 Pump Shotgun
Kyle uses an Ithaca 37 shotgun for the first half of the movie.
Kyle uses an Ithaca 37 shotgun for the first half of the movie.photo from imfdb.org

For the first half of the movie, Kyle Reese uses an Ithaca 37 pump action shotgun with a full-length magazine tube that he takes from the police cruiser in the opening scenes. We later see him crouched in an alley using a blade from a hacksaw to cut off the shotgun's wooden stock to make it more concealable.

He also attaches a piece of string in a loop so that he can hang the cut-down shotgun from his shoulder under his trench coat to keep it concealed. This works well enough that he's able to get through the gate at Tech Noir and sit at the bar without anyone noticing the shotgun.

The T-800 shoots an Ithaca 37 shotgun.
The T-800 shoots an Ithaca 37 shotgun.photo from imfdb.org

The T-800 also uses an Ithaca 37 shotgun in the parking garage scene. When Sarah and Kyle briefly shake the Terminator after the club shootout and the T-800 suffers some minor burn damage, he steals an LAPD cruiser and uses the shotgun mounted inside, since he lost his 1911 and the Uzi, which was likely out of ammo.

This Ithaca has a regular length magazine tube, as opposed to Kyle's shotgun with the extended tube.

Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991)

Sawed-Off Winchester 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun
Sawed-Off Winchester 1887 Lever-Action Shotgun - Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
One of the T-800's primary weapons is a 12 gauge Winchester 1887 lever-action shotgun, which he takes from the owner of a biker bar in the film's opening.photo from imfdb.org

In Terminator 2, Arnold's T-800 Model 101 is a good guy—a reprogrammed Terminator sent from the future to protect a 10-year-old John Connor from the liquid-metal T-1000. The Terminator acquires his "clothes, boots, and motorcycle" at a biker bar early in the movie, along with a Winchester 1887 lever-action shotgun with the stock and barrel sawed off, and a pair of shades. (The gun may actually have been a very similar Winchester 1901 10-gauge. Go here to find out why.)

There were actually three versions of the shotgun used for filming. The first was the "Rosebox Shotgun" with the trigger guard removed and a normal lever loop. The second was the same as the first but with a large lever loop and a metal plate so it could be flip-cocked with one hand. The third was a rubber prop gun.

Sarah's Remington 870 Shotgun

Remington 870 - Terminator 2
Remington 870 - Terminator 2
The pump-action Remington 870 shotgun used by Sarah has a top-folding stock.photo from imfdb.org

Another shotgun got some special screen time in T2, the Remington 870 with collapsible stock that Sarah Connor used to almost kill the T-1000 in the factory at the end of the movie. With a wounded shoulder, she works the pump action and fires repeatedly with one hand as she marches the evil Terminator toward a vat of molten steel, shot by shot, only to run out of ammo. But then…

T-800's M79 40mm Grenade Launcher and Hybrid Colt/Detonics M1911A1

M79 40mm Grenade Launcher and a Colt/Detonics M1911A1 - T2
When he ditches the shotgun for the second half of the movie, the M79 40mm grenade launcher becomes one of the T-800's primary weapons along with the Colt/Detonics hybrid M1911A1 pistol he acquires in the first scene at the biker bar.photo from imfdb.org

The T-800 fires the coup de grace from his old-school M79 grenade launcher that he finds in Sarah's arsenal buried in the Mojave desert. After the shotgun, this is Arnold's primary weapon for most of the movie, along with a Colt/Detonics M1911A1 Series 70 Hybrid pistol that he hangs on to from the biker bar. The gun is chambered in 9mm with a Colt Series 70 slide, a Detonics frame with an ambidextrous safety, and Pachmayr grips. As a matter of fact, there's another interesting 1911 in T2…

Sarah Connor's Detonics Custom 1911

Detonics Custom 1911 - T2
Sarah with her custom Detonics 1911 at Miles Dyson's house (top) and later at the Cyberdine building.photo from imfdb.org

Sarah Connor uses the T-800's 1911, until she gets to her buried firearms cache and begins carrying a Detonics Custom 1911. It seems James Cameron digs Detonics guns, since he had this long-slide model custom made for the film. It has Detonics' signature forward-mounted rear sight, if you look closely.

One website says that the gun isn't actually a long-slide model, but a ScoreMaster frame with a CombatMaster slide and a compensator attached to make it look like a long-slide.

M134 Minigun in 7.62mm

M134 Minigun - T2
M134 Minigun - T2
The T-800 with the same modified M134 Minigun from Predator, though the M60 handguard used by Jessie Ventura has been ditched for a top support handle.photo from imfdb.org

And how could we not mention the iconic Minigun scene. Finding the M134 Minigun in 7.62mm in the weapons cache actually makes the T-800 crack a smile, letting us know he was going to be letting Ol' Painless out of the bag at some point. The gun is the same prop used by Jesse Ventura in another Arnold movie, Predator (1987), but with some modifications.

For Predator (bottom photo), a steel Y-frame was added to the gun so a rear pistol grip could be mounted in it, along with the forend from an M60 machine gun, so it could be held with the non-trigger hand. Ventura carried the 550-round ammo can on his back.

In T2, Arnold keeps that, and supposedly the power source running the electric machine gun, in a huge duffel bag hanging from his shoulder in the only scene where he fires the Minigun, from a office-building window. The M60 grip is gone in T2 and a "chainsaw" horizontal grip has been added to the top. For both films, the firing rate of the gun was lowered from 6,000 rpm to about 1,200 rpm, so the barrels wouldn't be a blur on film when spinning.

Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)

Remington 870 Trench Gun
Remington 870 Trench Gun - Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines (2003)
In the third film, Arnold uses a Remington 870 trench gun with a heat shield.photo from imfdb.org

The guns of Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines were largely unremarkable. Is this because it's the first Terminator without Cameron at the helm? Possibly. There a few mistakes that Jim would never have let slip by, like the H&K UMP-45 supposedly interred in 1997, in yet another of Sarah's weapons caches, when the gun wasn't made until 1999.

But, they did give Arnold another shotgun. This time, it's a full-sized Remington 870 trench gun with a full-length magazine tube, a custom foregrip, heat shield, and a U.S.M.C-style support clamp, which would normally have a bayonet lug on the bottom.

Browning M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun

Browning M1919A4 - T3
The T-800 uses a Browning M1919A4 to retrieve the weapons cache from Sarah Connor's grave.photo from imfdb.org

There was also this Browning M1919A4 .30 caliber machine gun in the T3 weapons cache, fitted with a drum magazine, a shoulder strap, and a special side-mounted handle and trigger so it can be fired one handed from the hip. It's used to recreate a version of the Minigun scene from T2, where the Terminator shoots a powerful machine gun at a horde of police cars, but doesn't kill anyone per his directives. You can see a full-auto Glock 18 with an extended magazine tucked in his belt.

Terminator Salvation (2009)

Remington 870
Remington 870 - Terminator Salvation (2009)
In a possible nod to T2, a young Kyle Reese uses a stockless Remington 870.photo from imfdb.org

This was the first movie in the series without Arnold. It's also the first to take place, almost entirely, during the future war with Skynet and the machines, with Christian Bale playing an adult John Connor and Anton Yelchin playing a young Kyle Reese. And, since it's a war, there are a lot of guns in this one.

In possibly a nod to T2, Reese carries a stockless Remington 870 and shell carrier through a good part of the flick. His is equipped with a Royal Arms 12 point breaching muzzle brake. Marcus (Sam Worthington) teaches him how to tie a sling to it around his shoulder, similar to the way Reese rigs his shotgun in The Terminator to hide it under his trenchcoat.

M203PI Standalone Grenade Launcher

M203PI Grenade Launcher - TS
M203PI Grenade Launcher - TS
John Connor (Christian Bale) with his M203PI standalone 40mm grenade launcher.photo from imfdb.org

Near the end of Salvation, John Connor uses the not-often-seen M203PI grenade launcher in it's standalone configuration with a pistol grip and sling. The M203 is usually seen mounted under the forearm of a rifle, an ability that made it the successor to the M79 grenade launcher for the U.S. Military.

Terminator Genisys (2015)

Desert Eagle MK VII and Remington 870 Police Combat - Terminator Genisys (2015)
Desert Eagle MK VII and Remington 870 Police Combat - Terminator Genisys (2015)
Sarah Connor uses a Desert Eagle and a Remington 870 in this ill-fated sequel.photo from imfdb.org

And that brings us to the newest installment, Terminator Genisys. This flick stayed pretty conventional with its firearm choices, giving a Desert Eagle MK VII to Sarah Connor, this time played by Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones), and a Glock 17 to Reese (Jai Courtney).

Sarah also uses a Remington 870 Police Combat shotgun with a folding stock, in yet another nod to T2. Later, she uses a FN Tactical Police shotgun.

Remington 1100

Remington 1100
Arnold is seen using a cut down Remington 1100 semi-auto shotgun when he confronts the T-800 from the first movie.imfdb.org

Arnold is back as Old-Man-Terminator in Genisys. It makes some sense, kinda. He's a metal endoskeleton covered in living tissue. As years pass, that living tissue ages. We had never seen a Terminator for more than a few days at a time in past movies, so it's plausible.

In the fifth installment, Arnold wields another shotgun. Actually, it looks like he uses two shotguns, both plain-jane Remington Model 1100s with a pistol grip and no stock. He uses one with a stubby barrel and magazine tube to face off against a CGI recreation of his younger self from the original movie. Yes, there's more time travel involved…and they basically retcon the entire series and TV show.

Benelli M3 Super 90

Arnold reprises his role as The Terminator yet again, here using a Benelli M3 Super 90 shotgun.
Arnold reprises his role as The Terminator yet again, here using a Benelli M3 Super 90 shotgun.photo from imfdb.org

During a confrontation in a parking garage, "The Guardian" Terminator (Arnold) uses a hidden shotgun that looks like a Benelli M3 shotgun with a pistol grip. Sarah gets ahold of the shotgun and gives it back to Arnold, who uses it on the rooftop.

Benelli M4 Super 90

"The Guardian" Terminator uses a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun.
"The Guardian" Terminator uses a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun.photo from imfdb.org

"The Guardian" Terminator uses a Benelli M4 Super 90 shotgun fitted with an EOTech sight and an adjustable stock while in 2017.

Terminator: Dark Fate
Terminator: Dark Fate is due out this year.imdb.com

A new Terminator, with Arnold reprising his role in some fashion, is due out this year with Linda Hamilton stepping back into the role that made her famous as an aged Sarah Connor. There isn't much out there about the plot, but this is the first Terminator movie with James Cameron's involvement since T2.

Let's hope he was able to get his mind out of the Avatar world long enough to get back to the roots of the Terminator series...if they absolutely must keep making them.