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Father Brown (1974)

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Father Brown
Father Brown 1974 DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Channel ITV
Genre Crime
Broadcast 1974
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 13
Main Cast
Character Actor
Father Brown Kenneth More
Hercule Flambeau Dennis Burgess

Father Brown is a 1974 British detective TV series based on the stories by G.K. Chesterton about Father Brown (Kenneth More), a British Catholic Priest who has outstanding abilities in solving mysteries and crimes.

For the 2013 TV adaptation of G.K. Chesterton stories starring Mark Williams see here.

The following weapons were used in the television series Father Brown:



Webley "WP" Pocket Hammer Revolver

Webley top-break pocket revolvers are seen in several episodes. As far as it can be said, they all turn out to be Webley "WP" Pocket Hammer, chambered in .320. These revolvers are seen in hands of Professor Gerald Smaill (James Maxwell) in "The Curse of the Golden Cross" (Ep.3), Inspector James Bagshaw (Mark Kingston) in "The Mirror of the Magistrate" (Ep.6), Arnold Aylmer (SPOILER! Highlight to see description)(who turns out to be John Strake (David Buck)) in "The Dagger with Wings" (Ep.7), and John Banks (Anthony Allen) in "The Man with Two Beards" (Ep.10). Strangely, all gunshots of these revolvers sound like pretty quiet clicks.

Webley "WP" Pocket Hammer revolver - .320. This is a late version that has the stirrup latch without lever that exists on early version.
Professor Smaill draws his revolver during the archeologist expedition on Crete in "The Curse of the Golden Cross".
The typical Webley frame and the front sight are seen.
The revolver is seen from the muzzle.

Inspector James Bagshaw examins a revolver that belongs to Sir Humphrey Gwynne in "The Mirror of the Magistrate".
Inspector shows the revolver to Father Brown and Flambeau.

Arnold Aylmer fires his revolver in "The Dagger with Wings".

John Banks (Anthony Allen) aims at Michael Smith (Larry Noble).
A revolver in Michael Smith's dead hand.

Webley "WP" Pocket Hammerless (drawing)

One of the elements of the graphic title to the series is a compact top-break hammerless revolver. Same hammerless top-break revolver is a part of the graphic title of "The Three Tools of Death" (Ep.5) where it is seen better. This is a very faithful image of Webley "WP" Pocket Hammerless revolver.

Webley "WP" Pocket Hammerless revolver - .320. This is an early version that features stirrup latch lever.
A faithful drawing of Webley "WP" Pocket Hammerless revolver.
Same revolver is seen on the title of "The Three Tools of Death". This is an early model of "WP" revolver with stirrup latch lever; late versions of "WP", both Hammer and Hammerless, lack this lever. Unlike the drawing, the revolver, used in "The Three Tools of Death", is a Webley .38 Mk III (see below).

Webley .38 Mk III

A Webley .38 Mk III revolver is a valuable plot item in "The Three Tools of Death" (Ep.5).

Webley .38 Mk III Commercial Contract 3 inch barrel - .38 S&W
The Webley .38 Mk III revolver lies on the floor in "The Three Tools of Death". Note the cylinder to frame lock in front of the cylinder that doesn't exist on Webley "WP".
Father Brown (Kenneth More) demonstrates familiarity with guns by opening the revolver and checking the cylinder.
The flashback scene shows Patrick Royce (John Flanagan) trying to disarm Sir Aaron Armstrong (James Hayter).

Single Action Army

In "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12), Col. Hector "Hickory" Merton (Mike Pratt), a veteran of Indian Wars, carries a holstered revolver that is supposed to be a Single Action Army. Judging by the size of the gun and the holster, this is possibly an "Artillery" model.

For reference: Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Suddenly awakened, Col. "Hickory" Merton grabs his revolver
Colonel puts the revolver back in holster and greets Father Brown.
Another view of the grip of the holstered revolver.

Unidentified revolver

A revolver is briefly seen in Philip Aylmer's (Michael Sheard) dead hand in "The Dagger with Wings" (Ep.7). Maybe this is the same Webley "WP" Pocket Hammer that is used in several other episodes but it isn't seen good enough to say for sure.

A revolver is seen in Philip Aylmer's dead hand.

Giles Carstairs (Christian Rodska) fires a revolver in the climactic scene in "The Head of Caesar" (Ep.11). The scene is set in near darkness, only the muzzle flashes and the most general outlines of the gun are seen.

Giles Carstairs fires his revolver.
Giles' revolver in hands of a police constable.


Luger P08

A Luger P08 is the murder weapon in "The Mirror of the Magistrate" (Ep.6). The personality of the murderer who turns out to be (SPOILER! Highlight to see description)Sir Arthur Travers (Philip Stone)) is revealed only in the final scene.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The murderer holds a Luger in the scene in Sir Humphrey Gwynne's house.
Another view of the pistol. The jointed arm stucks in raised position.
The murderer fires at Sir Humphrey Gwynne (Paul Curran).
The Luger is a material evidence on the trial.

Colt Model 1903/1908

Brander Merton (John Phillips) owns a Colt Model 1903/1908 pistol in "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12).

Colt Model 1903 Pocket Hammerless Pistol Blued - .32 ACP
Brander Merton cocks the slide of his pistol.
He holds the pistol.


A bright nickel plated M1911A1 pistol is carried by Merton's bodyguard Harris (Antony Scott) in "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12). Merton's security guards carry pistols in typical M1911 holsters.

Satin Nickel M1911A1 - .45 ACP
A security guard carries a pistol in holster.
Harris pulls out his pistol and aims at Father Brown who forgot to carry the badge issued to him at the entrance.
A good view of Harris' 1911. The curved mainspring housing can be seen.
A close-up of the barrel of Harris' 1911.
Three M1911 holsters hang on the wall in Col. "Hickory" Merton's room. They seem to be empty.

Flintlock Pistols

Three Flintlock Pistols hand on the wall in Col. James Bohun's manor in "The Hammer of God" (Ep.1). Two flintlock pistols are seen in Aylmers' house in "The Dagger with Wings" (Ep.7). Four flintlock pistols hang on the wall in the village hotel in "The Quick One" (Ep.9).

For reference: British Heavy Dragoon Pistol - .62 caliber
For reference: Turkish Flintlock Pistol.
Three antique pistols, probably flintlock ones, are seen on the wall in "The Hammer of God". The pistols on top and in the bottom are similar to each other while the pistol in center is shorter and has different shape of the grip.
Two antique pistols, probably flintlock ones, are seen in "The Dagger with Wings". Judging by the shape of the grips, these are Oriental pistols - Ottoman or some similar.
Another view of these pistols.
Same pistols are seen in the flashback scene. Two Blunderbuss guns are seen above the pistols.
Four flintlock pistols are seen on the wall in "The Quick One".
Another view of these pistols.
One more view of these pistols.

Submachine Guns

Thompson M1921AC/M1928

Security guards in Brander Merton's house are armed with Thompson M1921A/AC or Thompson M1928 submachine guns in "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12).

M1928 Thompson with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP
Two Thompsons are seen in the gun rack at the background together with several bolt action rifles.
Guards with Thompsons.

Long Guns


Arnold Aylmer (SPOILER! Highlight to see description)(who turns out to be John Strake (David Buck)) holds two short Blunderbuss guns (one at a time) in "The Dagger with Wings" (Ep.7). He claims that in fear of black magic that John Strake may use against him, he loads one of the guns with silver.

Blunderbuss Flintlock
Arnold Aylmer takes one of the blunderbuss guns from the wall. Another one hangs on its place.
Arnold Aylmer shows the blunderbuss to Father Brown.
He hangs the blunderbuss back on its place and takes another one. The short buttstock of the hanging blunderbuss is seen.
Father Brown shows interest to the silver-loaded gun.

Flintlock Musket

A Flintlock Musket of unknown model hangs on the wall in Col. Hector Merton's room in "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12). The musket seems to have hunting style short handguard rather than the full length military one.

The flintlock musket hangs on the wall behind Father Brown.
Another view of the musket.

Unidentified rifles

Several rifles are seen in the guardroom in Brander Merton's house in "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12).

Several rifles are seen in the gun rack. The one at the left, near two Thompson submachine guns, may be an SMLE as it seems to have the turned down bolt handle and the protruding magazine. Two rifles at the right don't give the opportunity to make any assumptions.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Harry Druce (Richard Heffer) holds a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers in the final scene in "The Oracle of the Dog" (Ep.2).

Lincoln Jeffries SxS double-barreled shotgun - 12 gauge
Harry Druce examines a shotgun. Three more double barreled shotguns are seen in the gun rack at the background left.
Harry Druce carries the opened shotgun.
He loads the shotgun.
Harry holds the shotgun.
A close-up of the trigger and hammers. The hammers are not cocked (SPOILER! Highlight to see description)despite Harry Druce readies to shoot himself, pressing the trigger with a stick).


Vickers and Lewis Aircraft Machine Guns

A photo of a WWI era fighter plane Sopwith Camel 2F.1, armed with a Vickers machine gun over engine and a Lewis machine gun in "over-wing" Foster mounting, is seen in "The Arrow of Heaven" (Ep.12). To confirm the presence of a not very well distinguishable Vickers, see here for the same photo in better quality.

Vickers Aircraft Machine Gun - .303 British
Aircraft mounted Lewis Gun with 47-round magazine - .303 British
The photo of Sopwith Camel fighter plane.

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