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Colt Official Police

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Introduced in 1907 as the Army Special in the new .38 Special to replace the failed Colt New Army & Navy. In 1927, having been passed over for .45 pistols by the US Army, but adopted by many police departments, Colt renamed it the Official Police (although the .32WCF version of the Army Special continued to be offered up to and including 1934, being essentially the same revolver with a simpler finish and different grips). Manufactured between 1927 to 1969 of fine carbon steel, with bright royal Colt blued as well as nickel plated finishes, and was offered in 4”, 5”, and 6” barrels. From 1935 - 1969 it could also be ordered with a heavy barrel. It was manufactured in a variety of calibers including .22 LR, .32-20 ,.38/200 (British governmental contract during WWII), .41 Long Colt, and .38 Special. Colt produced over 400,000 revolvers, the Official Police ranks as one of the most successful and well-liked handguns ever made. During World War II the Colt Official Police became the Colt Commando for use by US Government Agencies and for Lend Lease. The most famous agency to use the Colt Commando was the OSS which became the CIA.

Colt Army Special

Colt Army Special M1908 with 6" barrel - .38 Special
Colt Army Special with 3" barrel, c.1934 - .32WCF


(1907 - 1934)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .22 LR, .32-20, .38 S&W (38/200), .38 Special, .41 Long Colt
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm), 5 in (12.7 cm), 6 in (15.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-Round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Colt Army Special and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Revolt of the Fishermen (Vosstaniye rybakov) A rebel 6" barrel 1934
The Finger Man (Le Doulos) Serge Reggiani Maurice Faugel 3" barrel 1962
Jean-Paul Belmondo Silien

Colt Official Police

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Colt Official Police - 5" Barrel - .38 Special
Colt Official Police - 6" Heavy Barrel - .38 Special


(1927 - 1969)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .22 LR, .32-20, .38 S&W (38/200), .38 Special, .41 Long Colt
  • Barrel length(s): 4 in (10.2 cm), 5 in (12.7 cm), 6 in (15.3 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-Round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Colt Official Police and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Note Date
City Lights Charlie Chaplin The Tramp 1931
The Death Kiss Vince Barnett Studio Officer Gulliver 1932
The Raven Bela Lugosi Dr. Richard Vollin 1935
Satan Met a Lady Maynard Holmes Kenneth 1936
Mystery Liner George 'Gabby' Hayes Joe the watchman 1934
G Men James Cagney Brick Davis 1935
The Petrified Forest Humphrey Bogart Duke Mantee 1936
Porter Hall Jason Maple
Bullets or Ballots Humphrey Bogart 'Bugs' Fenner 1936
Escape by Night Murray Alper Horace 'Red' Graham 1937
Arthur Aylesworth Sheriff Charlie Thornton
Ward Bond Peter 'Spudsy' Baker
William Hall Nicholas 'Nick' Allen
A Slight Case of Murder Willard Parker Dick Whitewood 1938
Edward G. Robinson Remy Marco
Angels With Dirty Faces James Cagney Rocky Sullivan 1938
Each Dawn I Die Maxie Rosenbloom Fargo Red 1939
Willard Robertson Lang
Edward Pawley Dale
High Sierra Alan Curtis "Babe" 1941
Lady Gangster Roland Drew Carey Wells 1942
Across the Pacific Humphrey Bogart Rick Leland 1942
Victor Sen Yung Joe Totsuiko
The Scarlet Claw David Clyde Sergeant Thompson 1944
Fog Island Jerome Cowan John Kavanaugh 1945
It's a Wonderful Life Ward Bond Bert the cop 1946
The Big Sleep Humphrey Bogart Philip Marlowe 1946
Tommy Rafferty Carol Lundgren
Regis Toomey Chief Insp. Bernie Ohls
Sonia Darrin Agnes Lowzier
Bob Steele Lash Canino
Dead Reckoning Ruby Dandridge Mabel 1947
The Hat Box Mystery 1947
Key Largo Dan Seymour Angel Garcia 1948
Pitfall Byron Barr Bill Smiley 1948
Lizabeth Scott Mona Stevens
Parole, Inc. 1948
He Walked By Night John McGuire Officer Robert Rawlins 1948
Jack Webb Lee
Richard Basehart Roy Martin
Trapped Lloyd Bridges Tris Stewart 1949
White Heat John Archer Philip Evans 1949
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Humphrey Bogart Dobbs 1949
Walter Huston Howard
Bruce Bennett Cody
Tim Holt Curtain
Gun Crazy John Dall Bart Tare 1950
His Kind of Woman Mike Lally Thompson's second henchman 1951
The Enforcer Danny Dayton Digger 1951
Ted de Corsia Joseph Rico
Kansas City Confidential Preston Foster Tim Foster 1952
Howard Negley Scott Andrews
Macao Robert Mitchum Nick Cochran 1952
William Bendix Lawrence C. Trumble
The Hitch-Hiker William Talman Emmett Myers 1953
Mexican policeman
Desert Rats, The Richard Burton Capt. 'Tammy' MacDonalds 1953
Blowing Wild Anthony Quinn Paco Conway 6" barrel 1953
Gary Cooper Jeff Dawson
I Confess Henry Corden Det. Sgt. Farouche 1953
Judson Pratt Det. Murphy
Quebec City police detectives
Them! James Whitmore Sergeant Peterson 1954
Chris Drake Trooper Blackburn
Suddenly Sterling Hayden Sheriff Shaw 1954
Nancy Gates Ellen Benson
Kim Charney "Pidge" Benson
The Killer Is Loose Wendell Corey Leon "Foggy" Poole 1956
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Larry J. Blake Motorcycle Cop 1956
Speaking of Murder (Le rouge est mis) Jean Bérard Raymond 1957
Machine-Gun Kelly Susan Cabot Flo Becker 1958
Frank DeKova Harry
The FBI Story Jimmy Stewart Agent "Chip" Hardesty 1959
Murray Hamilton Agent Sam Crandall
Larry Pennell FBI Trainee George Crandall
Pretty Boy Floyd John Ericson Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd 1960
Ma Barker's Killer Brood Charles Tannen Sheriff 1960
Riley Hill Deputy
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) Dirk Sanders Fred 1965
Treasure of the Aztecs Gustavo Rojo Lt. Potoca Target 1965
Pyramid of the Sun God Gustavo Rojo Lt. Potoca Target 1965
The Professionals Lee Marvin Rico 1966
The Chase Marlon Brando Sheriff Calder 1966
À tout coeur à Tokyo pour OSS 117 Japanese old man 1966
Tarzan and the Valley of Gold Mike Henry Tarzan 1966
Oswald Olvera Antonio
Frankie and Johnny Donna Douglas Frankie Nickel plated with pearl grips; visually modified to resemble Single Action Army 1966
Anthony Eisley Clint Braden
Bonnie and Clyde Michael J. Pollard C.W. Moss 1967
Faye Dunaway Bonnie Parker
Police Officers
Billion Dollar Brain 1967
The Born Losers Jack Starrett Deputy Frank 5" barrel 1967
Tom Laughlin Billy Jack
unnamed deputy
The President's Analyst James Coburn Dr. Sidney Schaefer 1967
Girl in Gold Boots Tom Pace Buz Nichols 5" barrel 1968
Mark Herron Leo McCabe
Jody Daniels Critter
Targets Tim O'Kelly Bobby Thompson 1968
Pretty Poison Anthony Perkins Dennis Pitt 1968
Tuesday Weld Sue Ann Stepanek
The Detective Frank Sinatra Joe Leland 1968
The Sicilian Clan (Le clan des Siciliens) Yves Lefebvre Aldo Manalese 1969
The Brain Eli Wallach Frankie Scannapieco With pearl grips 1969
Coogan's Bluff Don Stroud Ringerman 1969
Clint Eastwood Deputy Sheriff Coogan
No Blade Of Grass Nigel Davenport John Custance 1970
Too Late the Hero Cliff Robertson Lietutenat (jg) Sam Lawson 1970
Violent City Policeman Nickel-plated 1970
Bloody Mama Clint Kimbrough Arthur Barker 1970
FBI agents
The Burglars (Le casse) Omar Sharif Abel Zacharia 1971
The Corpse Grinders Stanford Mitchell Landau 5" barrel 1971
Curt Matson Paul the Stranger
Hickey & Boggs Bill Cosby Al Hickey 1972
The Night Stalker Las Vegas Police 1972
The Pariah (La Scoumoune) Claudia Cardinale Georgia Saratov 1972
Luciano Catenacci Cyprian
Across 110th Street Anthony Franciosa Nick D'Salvio 1972
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire) Bernard Blier Bernard Milan Suppressed 1972
All the Way Boys (...Più forte ragazzi!) A prospector 1972
The Crazies Evans City Police 1973
Dillinger Mason City vigilante 1973
Scorpio Joanne Linville Sarah Marshall snubnose 1973
Al Pacino Frank Serpico
Badlands Martin Sheen Kit 1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Joe Santos Eddie Van 1973
Alex Rocco Jimmy Scalise
The Sting Charles Durning Lt. Snyder 1973
Dana Elcar Special Agent Polk
Mafia Junction Fake British constables, NYPD officers 1973
Black Caesar Fred Williamson Tommy Gibbs 1973
And Now My Love Daniel Boulanger Le général 1974
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Tupelo police 1974
Savage Sisters Sid Haig Malavael 1974
Eddie Garcia Capt. Morales
The Terrorists John Quentin Martin Shepherd 6" barrel 1974
Karen Maxwell Eva
Sean Connery Colonel Nils Tahlvik
Farewell, My Lovely Robert Mitchum Philip Marlowe 1975
Capone Ben Gazzara Capone 4" Barrel - .38 Special 1975
Dick Miller Deputy Pryor
Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino Sonny 1975
French Connection II French police 1975
Fear over the City (Peur sur la ville) Giovanni Cianfriglia Marcucci 1975
Dolemite hit man, Mayor Daley's henchman 1975
The Eagle Has Landed Jean Marsh Joanna 1976
Taxi Driver Part of Easy Andy's inventory 1976
St. Ives Maximilian Schell Dr. John Constable 1976
Sherlock Holmes in New York Roger Moore Sherlock Holmes 1976
The Human Tornado J. B. Baron Sheriff Bently 1976
Soldier of Orange Jeroen Krabbé Guus LeJeune 1977
The Late Show Art Carney Ira Wells 1977
John Considine Jeff Lamar
Armed and Dangerous (Vooruzhyon i ochen opasen) Mircea Veroiu Jack Gemlin 6" barrel 1977
Damfi's man
The Big Sleep Edward Fox Joe Brody 1978
The Driver Bank robber 1978
And Justice For All Police officers 1979
Thomas G. Waites Jeff
The Onion Field James Woods Gregory Powell 1979
LAPD officers
The Private Eyes Tim Conway Dr. Tart extended prop barrel 1980
The Goat (La chèvre) A Mexican policeman 1981
Ragtime police officers 1981
The Border Jeff Morris J.J. 1982
Honkytonk Man Tim Thomerson police officer 6" heavy barrel 1982
Once Upon A Time In America James Russo Bugsy 1984
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom Harrison Ford Indiana Jones 1984
Flashpoint FBI Agents 1984
Tank James Cromwell Deputy Euclid Baker 1984
James Garner Sergeant Major Zack Carey
Silk Bill McLaughlin Tom Stevens 1986
Night of the Creeps Tom Atkins Det. Cameron 1986
Highlander Edward Wiley Garfield 1986
Rage of Honor Various criminals 1987
Matewan David Strathairn Sid Hatfield 1987
Kevin Tighe Bill Hickey
The Untouchables Andy Garcia Stone 1987
Kevin Costner Elliot Ness
King of New York N.Y.P.D. officers 1990
The Cops are Robbers Steve Railsback Jimmy Donnelly 1990
Mortal Passions Michael Bowen Berke 6" barrel 1990
Krista Errickson Emily
Zach Galligan Todd
Ricochet Denzel Washington Nick Styles 1991
The Rocketeer Ed Lauter Agent Fitch 1991
Mobsters Nicholas Sadler Vincent "Mad Dog" Coll 1991
Sleepwalkers Brian Krause Charles Brady 1992
Ron Perlman Captain Soames
Alice Krige Mary Brady
Dan Martin Deputy Andy Simpson
Dumb and Dumber Felton Perry FBI agent 1994
Ed Wood Daniel Riordan George Walcott prop 1994
Village of the Damned Meredith Salenger Melanie Roberts 1995
The Phantom Clint Lilley Gangster 1 1996
William Jones Cycle cop 1
John Prosky Cycle Cop 2
Mobsters and patrolmen
Mulholland Falls Chris Penn Det. Arthur Relyea 1996
Last Man Standing Patrick Kilpatrick Finn 1996
Hoodlum Laurence Fishburne "Bumpy" Johnson 1997
Jane Austen's Mafia! Jay Mohr Antony Cortino 1998
Dark City William Hurt Inspector Bumstead 1998
The Green Mile Tom Hanks Paul Edgecomb 1999
Barry Pepper Dean Stanton
David Morse Brutus "Brutal" Howell
Doug Hutchison Percy Wetmore
Held Up Diego Fuentes Sal 4", nickel finish 1999
Smart Philip Pavel Liska Nigel Smith 2003
David Vávra Cop
Agatha Christie's Poirot: The Hollow Megan Dodds Henrietta Savernake 2004
Claire Price Gerda Christow
Edward Hardwicke Sir Henry Angkatell
The Producers N.Y.P.D. officers 2005
The Wind That Shakes The Barley IRA 2006
The Visitation Lew Temple Deputy Tommy Smalls 2006
Smokin' Aces FBI agent 2006
The Black Dahlia Josh Hartnett L.A.P.D. Detective Bleichert 2006
Lonely Hearts Scott Caan Det. Reilly 2006
American Gangster Police officers 2007
Give 'em Hell Malone David Andriole Pencil Stache 2009
Public Enemies Adam Mucci Harold Reinecke 2009
Smokey & The Bushido: Dekotora 2 Asami Ayano 2010
Tomonori Kawano Yakuza Boss
Akiho Yoshizawa Nami
Yakuza thug
Shanghai John Cusack Paul Soames 2010
Japanese police and army officers, Chinese resistance
J. Edgar police officers 2011
Meeting Evil continuity error, painted grip and cylinder 2012
Cold in July Michael C. Hall Richard Dane 2014
ABCs of Death 2 André Hennicke Klaus 2014
Alma Leiberg Nina
Andreas Döhler Michael
Legend (2015) British police 2015
Live by Night bank guard 2016
Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them New York City Police Officers 2016
Bridge of Spies F.B.I. agents 2015
Holmes & Watson John C. Reilly Dr. Watson May be Colt Army Special 2018
Old Henry Stephen Dorff Ketchum 2021


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
The Andy Griffith Show Don Knotts Deputy Barney Fife 1960-1968
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith Sheriff Andy Taylor 1960-1968
Gilligan's Island Alan Hale Jr. The Skipper "Voodoo Something to Me" (S01E3), "Birds Gonna Fly, Fish Gotta Talk" (S01E12) 1964
Bob Denver Gilligan "Voodoo Something to Me" (S01E3)
McHale's Navy George Kennedy Big Frenchy "The Return of Big Frenchy" (S2E28) 1964
Nestor Paiva Big Louie "The McHale Mob" (S2E32) 1964
Tim Conway Ensign Charles Parker "The Return of Big Frenchy" (S2E28), "The McHale Mob" (S2E32), "Send This Ensign to Camp" (S3E25) 1964, 1965
Bernard Fox Sub-Lieutenant Clivedon "The British Also Have Ensigns" (S3E8) 1965
Mission: Impossible Tom Hernández Desk Sergeant "Wheels" (S01E07) 1966
Mission: Impossible Martin Landau Rollin Hand suppressed, "The Carriers" (S01E10) 1966
Mission: Impossible Barry Russo Tiso Kastner "The Carriers" (S01E10) 1966
Mission: Impossible Greg Morris Barney Collier suppressed, "The Carriers" (S01E10) 1966
Mission: Impossible Arthur Hill Janos Pessik "The Carriers" (S01E10) 1966
Mission: Impossible Steven Hill Dan Briggs "The Short Tail Spy" (S01E14) 1966
Mission: Impossible Martin Landau Rollin Hand "The Legacy" (S01E15) 1967
Mission: Impossible Peter Lupus Willy Armitage "The Slave: Part 2" (S02E06) 1967
Mission: Impossible Martin Landau Rollin Hand "Charity" (S02E10), w/ & w/o suppressor 1967
Mission: Impossible Fritz Weaver Erik Hagar "Charity" (S02E10) 1967
Mission: Impossible Robert Phillips Johnny "The Council" (S02E11-12), w/ & w/o suppressor 1967
Mission: Impossible Greg Morris Barney Collier "The Council: Part 1" (S02E11) 1967
Mission: Impossible Walter Alzmann Arno "The Spy" (S02E16), w/ & w/o suppressor 1968
Mission: Impossible Gregg Palmer Deputy "The Town" (S02E21) 1968
Mission: Impossible Albert Paulsen General Ernesto Neyron "The Bargain" (S03E10) 1968
Adam-12 Criminals 1968-1975
S.W.A.T. James Coleman Officer T.J. McCabe 1975-1976
The Dukes of Hazzard Sonny Stroyer Deputy Enos Strate 1979-1985
T.J. Hooker Adrian Zmed Officer Romano 1982
T.J. Hooker Kristoffer Tabori Kevin Wyman "Terror at the Academy" (S2E11) 1982
Star Trek: Voyager David Graf Fred Noonan S2E1 "The 37s" 1996
Firefly Cop "Safe" (S01E05) 2002
L.A. Confidential Josh Hopkins Officer Bud White heavy barrel 2003
Blue Bloods - Season 1 Tom Selleck Commissioner Reagan a "Fitz Special" 2010-Present
Doctor Who Alex Kingston River Song "Let's Kill Hitler" (S6E08) 2011
The Walking Dead - Season 2 Jeffrey DeMunn Dale Horvath Holstered; "What Lies Ahead" (S2E01), "Bloodletting" (S2E02), "Secrets" (S2E06) 2011-2012
Sarah Wayne Callies Lori Grimes "Secrets" (S2E06)
IronE Singleton Theodore "T-Dog" Douglas "Better Angels" (S2E12)
Norman Reedus Daryl Dixon "Better Angels" (S2E12), "Beside the Dying Fire" (S2E13)
Supernatural - Season 7 "Time After Time" (S07E12) 2012
The Walking Dead - Season 3 Holstered on motorcycle; "Seed" (S3E01), "Say the Word" (S3E05) 2012
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Holliday Grainger Bonnie Parker 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Emile Hirsch Clyde Barrow 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Sarah Hyland Blanche Barrow 2013
Bonnie and Clyde (2013) Lane Garrison Marvin "Buck" Barrow 2013
Sherlock Holmes Igor Petrenko Mycroft Holmes Only on a poster 2013
Agent Carter - Season 1 NYPD 2015
The Man in the High Castle - Season 1 American Resistance fighters 2015
Fargo - Season 1 Joshua Close Chazz Nygard 2015
Agent Carter - Season 2 Sean O'Bryan LAPD Detective Andrew Henry 2016
Stranger Things - Season 2 CPD Police "Chapter Seven: The Lost Sister" (S2E07) 2017
Hawaii Five-0 Alex O'Loughlin Steven McGarrett Sr. "Pua a'e la ka uwahi o ka moe" (S9E07) 2018
Dark Winds - Season 1 Jessica Matten Sgt. Bernadette Manuelito 2022 -
Kiowa Gordon Officer Jim Chee

Video Games

Game Title Appears as Note Release Date
The Godfather "Magnum", "Python", "Annihilator" 2006


Title Character Note Date
JoJo's Bizarre Adventure Police officer S1E10, "New York's JoJo" 2012
Pimp S5E6, "Moody Blues' Counterattack" 2018
Rapist S5E8, "Sex Pistols Appears, Part 2"
Pericolo S5E13, "Man in the Mirror and Purple Haze"
Moody Blues S5E18, "Head to Venice!" 2019

Colt Commando

Colt Commando - 2" Barrel - .38 Special
Colt Commando - 4" Barrel - .38 Special

The Colt Commando was the military's adopted version of the Colt Official Police. The Commando was parkerized and outfitted with plain grips or subdued grips with the Colt logo in the plastic. It was issued during World War 2 to governmental agencies not involved directly in the frontline fighting.


(1942 - 1945)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38 Special
  • Barrel length(s): 2 in (5.1 cm), 4 in (10.2 cm), 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The Colt Commando appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon Dennis Hoey Inspector Lestrade 2" barrel 1943
The Killing Ted de Corsia Policeman Randy Kennan 1956

Colt Officer Model Special

The Colt Officer Model Special appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Colt Officer Model Special 6" barrel. 22 Long Rifle. Manufactured 1953


(1949 - 1972)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .38 Special, .22 Long Rifle
  • Barrel length(s): 6 in (15.2 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA


Title Actor Character Note Date
Across the Pacific Humphrey Bogart Rick Leland 1942


Title Actor Character Note Date
Dragnet . L.A.P.D. . 1967

See Also

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