Paul Shull Travels the World in Search of Rare Military Artifacts on "The Weapon Hunter"

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"The Weapon Hunter"
Monday, October 26 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Smithsonian Channel
 
          Up next on this antique weaponry series is THE WEAPON HUNTER: NAZI ASSAULT RIFLE, premiering Monday, October 26. Shull goes on a quest to find and fire one of the most advanced weapons of the Second World War: the Nazi’s legendary FG-42 assault rifle. Developed during the height of World War II, the FG-42 light machine gun was designed to be carried into battle by Hitler’s paratroopers, the dreaded Fallschirmjager. But getting his hands on one won’t be easy. Only a few dozen FG-42s are known to exist in North America, and these rare firearms can sell for $300,000 at auction. Even if he can track one down, convincing the owner to let him fire this valuable weapon may be an impossible task.

          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.

OTHER UPCOMING EPISODES

THE WEAPON HUNTER: MONSTER MACHINE GUN
Premieres Monday, November 2 at 8 p.m. ET/PT
Shull travels to the Deep South to rebuild a ferocious anti-aircraft weapon from World War II: the Quad 50. Four .50 caliber machine guns linked together and fired from an electronic turret, the Quad 50 once downed Luftwaffe aircraft, and brought down sniper nests. This firepower first saw action in World War II and was used extensively in the Korean War and Vietnam. But Quad 50s are rarely seen today, and working versions are even scarcer. If Shull can put together a restored Quad 50 - and fire all massive barrels simultaneously - it will be one of only a handful of working models in North America.

THE WEAPON HUNTER: FLAMETHROWERS
Premieres Monday, November 9 at 8 p.m. ET/PT

Shull sets out on his most dangerous quest yet when he attempts to find and fire one of history's most terrifying weapons - the flamethrower! But tracking down one of these rare weapons will not be easy. In an effort to keep them out of private hands, the U.S. government destroyed many of them following World War II. These days, finding spare parts, let alone a functioning unit, is quite rare. With the help of a super-collector and one the world's leading flamethrower experts, he'll try to rebuild a rare model from World War II and get a firsthand lesson in how it helped turn the tide of the war in the Pacific.
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