Hawaii Five-O: Season 3, Episode 20

The Gunrunner (10 Feb. 1971)

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A group of masked men break into the home of an international arms dealer and kidnap his wife. McGarrett soon realizes the case is far more than a simple kidnapping - he's now involved with agents of a foreign civil war.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Zulu ...
Kam Fong ...
Paul Burke ...
Ben Cunningham
Claire Cunningham
Hank Merrill
Arthur Batanides ...
Phillip Pine ...
Bajano (as Phillip E. Pine)
Daws Dawson ...
Danny Kamekona ...
General (as Daniel Kamekona)
Robert Costa ...
Clayton Naluai ...
1st Kidnapper (as Clayton Nalvai)
Al Waterson ...
Aide (as Albert Waterson)
Kwan Hi Lim ...


A group of masked men break into the home of an international arms dealer and kidnap his wife. McGarrett soon realizes the case is far more than a simple kidnapping - he's now involved with agents of a foreign civil war.

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10 February 1971 (USA)  »

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The Anderson Estate, familiar to viewers of Magnum PI as the Robin Masters Estate, returns for another H5O appearance; this time it is the residence of arms dealer Ben Cunningham. See more »


McGarrett picks up Cunningham's rifle and misidentifies it as a Dutch made AR-10. Merrill, the gun expert, corrects him by misidentifying it as a prototype to the M15. The gun is neither - it is easily recognizable as being from the AR-15 series of rifles firing the 5.56mm round, either a fully auto M16 or semi-auto AR-15. In the wild guess department, McGarrett was a little closer to the mark where the AR-10 is actually designer Eugene Stoner's precursor to the AR-15, but is larger and heavier as it fires the NATO 7.62mm round. The M15 was a member of the M14 family of traditional wooden stock battle rifles and cannot be confused with the lightweight plastic and aluminum AR-15/M16 even in the dark. See more »

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Surprisingly low rated.
27 February 2010 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

Before I submitted my vote, this episode had an inexplicably low score of 4.7--tremendously low for the series. On the other hand, it was based on only 7 votes--so don't be quick to dismiss this one.

The show begins with a group of men breaking into the estate of an arms merchant and kidnapping his wife. To do this seems crazy, as an arms dealer (even a legal one like this) would probably be armed to the teeth. Oddly, the man does NOT report it to the police, but there is now a dead man in the yard--apparently shot in the ordeal. McGarrett isn't content when the man insists that although his wife has been kidnapped but he won't cooperate with the police! So, he bugs the place until he learns that the woman was apparently kidnapped by terrorists who are fighting against one of the man's clients! And, instead of delivering the arms to this government, they want the arms for themselves.

While not a great episode, it had several decent plot twists that kept you guessing. Because the plot is unusual and isn't just some regurgitated show, it's worth seeing--even if the plot seems, at times, a bit far-fetched.

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