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Magnum P.I. - Season 2

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Magnum P.I. - Season 2 (1981 - 1982)

The following weapons were used in Season 2 of the series Magnum P.I.:


Self Loading

Colt Government Model

The main handgun used by Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) is a Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model, which is a commercial version of the U.S. Military M1911A1. In "Mad Buck Gibson" (S2E08) Buck Gibson (Darren McGavin) takes Magnum's gun while he's asleep. When confronted by Magnum, he teaches him an incorrect "Mozambique Drill", shooting the head of a sillouette target, then the chest twice. The real Mozambique drill consists of 2 shots to the chest, one to the head, in that order. This handgun is supposed to be the one he carried during his service in Vietnam and is sometimes carried in a tanker-style holster, most often seen carried tucked into his waistband around the back. It is sometimes seen in Magnum's flashbacks to Vietnam. A former propmaster for the show has been quoted saying that the original gun was a traditional .45 ACP 1911, but was soon changed to a 9mm version because .45 ACP blanks were too hard to get on location for the show.

The actual main prop from the show (Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model, 9×19mm Parabellum, serial number 70L33101, currently owned by the National Firearms Museum). A 9mm version of the Government Model was chosen for reliable functioning with readily available blanks. In the context of the show, Magnum's pistol was playing the role of a .45 ACP however, given that various characters referred to it as a "forty-five" several times throughout the series.
Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) holds his Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model in "Wave Goodbye" (S2E07).
Buck prepares to fire Magnum's Government Model while in a bathtub. Firing multiple .45 ACP rounds with no supressing device in such a small room would definitely make him deaf. "Mad Buck Gibson" (S2E08)

Star Model B

Occassionally Magnum's pistol is swapped for a Star Model B.

Star Model B (9x19mm)
Magnum points his Model B. "Ghost Writer" (S2E11)

Beretta 92SB-C

The Beretta 92SB-C is seen various times throughout the season. Magnum picks one off the ground during a shootout in "The Jororo Kill".

92 SB-C (9x19mm)
An agent with a 92SB-C. "The Jororo Kill" (S2E12)
Nuns don't work on sunday. "The Jororo Kill" (S2E12)

Colt 1903/1908

In "Three Minus Two" (S2E21) Florence Russell (Beverly Garland) uses a Colt Model 1903/1908.

Colt Model 1903 (.32 ACP)
Florence with her Model 1903/1908. "Three Minus Two" (S2E21)
Another angle of the Model 1903/1908. "Three Minus Two" (S2E21)


In "Memories are Forever" (S2E05), Magnum, TC (Roger E. Mosley) and Rick (Larry Manetti) are held at gunpoint by Vietnamese in Little Saigon with TT-33 pistols. It is refered to as "Tokarev Star 9mm" by Rick, but it's actually chambered in 7.62 Tokarev. Nicknames relating to the star on to the Type 54 (Chinese copy of the TT-33) pistol's grips such as "Black Star pistol" in China make the nickname "Tokarev Star" plausible.

Tokarev TT-33 (7.62 Tokarev)
Magnum and friends are held at gunpoint by Vietnamese thugs with Type 54 pistols. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)
Thomas examines the pistol. Note the serrations. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)

Walther PP

Walther PP pistols are used throughout "Double Jeopardy" (S2E18), one meant to potray a movie prop, another, a real gun.

Walther PP (.32 ACP)
Magnum grabs a PP while searching for clues. "Double Jeopardy" (S2E18)
Another look at the PP. "Double Jeopardy" (S2E18)

Walther PPK

Multiple character use Walther PPK throughout the season. The prop used throughtout the season has custom brown grips (Probably wood) featuring a large medallion.

Walther PPK (.380 ACP)
Elaine with her PPK. "The Sixth Position" (S2E10)

Walther P38

A silenced Walther P38 can be seen in "Three Minus Two" (S2E21).

Walther P38 (9mm Luger)
A silenced P38. "Three Minus Two" (S2E21)

Breach Loading

Olin Winchester Flare Gun

Jeannie "JL" Lowry (Julie Sommars) handles an Olin Winchester Flare Gun in "Texas Lightning" (S2E17)

Olin Winchester Flare Gun (25mm Signal Flare)
Lowry aims the flare gun. "Texas Lightning" (S2E17)


Colt Detective Special

Colonel Ki (Clyde Kusatsu) carries a 1st or 2nd generation Colt Detective Special in "Memories are Forever" (S2E05). Gary (John Calvin) also holds Rick and "TC" at gunpoint with one in "Wave Goodbye" (S2E07).

1st Gen. Colt Detective Special (.38 Special)
Col. Ki aims his Detective Special. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)
Calvin pointing a Detective Special at "TC". "Wave Goodbye" (S2E07)

Colt Single Action Army

A Colt Single Action Army revolver is pulled by Billy Joe Bob Little (James Whitmore Jr.) in "Billy Joe Bob" (S2E01). Elmo (John Hillerman) carries a pair of "Quick-Draw" model Single Action Army revolvers with custom grips in his gun belt in "The Elmo Ziller Story" (S2E20).

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5.5" "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
A Single Action Army revolver is pulled by Billy Joe Bob Little (James Whitmore Jr.) in "Billy Joe Bob" (S2E01).
Colt Single Action Army "Quick-draw" model (.45 Long Colt)
Elmo draws one of his Single Action Army revolvers. "The Elmo Ziller Story" (S2E20)

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Henchmen often carry Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 (.38 Special)
A thug draws his Model 10. "Ghost Writer" (S2E11)

Smith & Wesson Model 15

The Smith & Wesson Model 15 is seen used by some HPD Officers as their service revolver. They are commonly seen in the hands of thugs.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 Combat Masterpiece- .38 S&W Special
Officer Kelly (W.K. Stratton) pulls his Smith & Wesson Model 15 in "Wave Goodbye" (S2E08).
Security Chief Arthur (Alan Fudge) holds his Model 15. "Ghost Writer" (S2E11)

Smith & Wesson Model 25/29

Sumo (Jake Hoopai) carries either a Smith & Wesson Model 25 or a Smith & Wesson Model 29 in "Tropical Madness" (S2E06). The Model 25 and Model 29 are practically indistinguishable, with the Model 25 often being used as a stand-in for the Model 29.

Smith & Wesson Model 25 (.45 ACP)
Smith & Wesson Model 29 (.44 Magnum)
Sumo aims his Model 25 or Model 29. "Tropical Madness" (S2E06)

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Henry Ellison (Jack Hogan) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 36 in "The Woman on the Beach" (S2E3).

Smith & Wesson Model 36 (.38 Special)
Henry with a Model 36 in hand. "The Woman on the Beach" (S2E03)

Smith & Wesson Model 66

Katrina (Ann Dusenberry) shoots Higgins and later holds Margo (Mimi Rogers) at gunpoint with a stainless steel Smith & Wesson Model 66 (2½" bbl.) in "Italian Ice" (S2E16).

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub with 2" barrel - .357 Magnum
Katrina (Ann Dusenberry) with a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 19 snubnose in "Italian Ice" (S2E16).


Automatic Rifles


USAF airmen carry the original M16 rifle in "From Moscow to Maui" (S2E04). The rifle was only ever adopted by the Air Force, other branches would instead adopt the M16A1, featuring a forward assist.

M16 with a 30-round magazine and a "birdcage" flash hider (5.56 NATO)
USAF airmen with 30-Round magazine M16 rifles on an airstrip. "From Moscow to Maui" (S2E04)


In the opening of "Memories are Forever" (S2E05), several military police officers can be seen with M16A1 rifles at the American embassy in Saigon, South Vietnam (Now Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam).

M16A1 (5.56 NATO)
MP officers with M16A1 rifles at the gate of the American embassy. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)

XM16E1 (M16A1)

In "Wave Goodbye" (S2E07) Nick Frangakis (Wings Hauser) has an M16A1 disguised as an XM16E1 rifle.

M16A1 disguised as an XM16E1 (5.56 NATO)
XM16E1 (5.56 NATO)
Frangakis with his mock up XM16E1, which is actually an M16A1. "Wave Goodbye" (S2E07)

AKM (M71/S)

In the opening of "Memories are Forever" (S2E05), Việt Cộng insurgents are seen with Valmet M71S rifles as a stand-in for the AKM, which at the time were harder to aquire. It is also seen in the hands of Vietnamese soldiers during the episode.

Valmet M71/S (5.56 NATO)
AKM (7.62x39mm)
Việt Cộng insurgent with an M71/S. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)
Việt Cộng insurgent with an M71/S. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)
Việt Cộng insurgent with an M71/S. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)
Vietnamese soldier with an M71/S to the right. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)


In "The Jororo Kill" (S2E12), David Bannister (Christopher Morley) deploys an AR-7 rifle with an additional handguard. The rifle is seen again in "One More Summer" (S2E16), this time without a handguard.

AR-7 (.22 LR)
Banister readies his rifle. "The Jororo Kill" (S2E12)
A juvenile delinquent prepares his rifle for an assassination attempt. "One Last Summer" (S2E16)

Bolt Action

Remington Model 700

In "Ghost Writer" (S2E11), an assassin uses a Remington Model 700 BDL with a silencer.

Remington 700 BDL (.308 Winchester)
An assassin sneaking around with their Model 700. "Ghost Writer" (S2E11)

Unidentified rifle

An unidentified bolt action rifle can be seen in the hands of hitmen in "The Elmo Ziller Story" (S2E20).

A hitman aims his rifle. "The Elmo Ziller Story" (S2E20)



Ithaca 37

A restaurant owner pulls out an Ithaca 37 when confronting Magnum in "Billy Joe Bob" (S2E01).

Ithaca 37 Riot Version - 12 gauge
The owner with the Ithaca 37 in "Billy Joe Bob" (S2E01).

Breach Loading

12 Gauge Over and Under shotgun

12 Gauge O/U shotguns are seen being used for skeet-shooting in "Tropical Madness" (S2E07).

Over and Under Shotgun - 12 Gauge
A 12 Gauge O/U shotgun is seen being used by Jenny Chapman (Devon Ericson) in "Tropical Madness" (S2E07).
Magnum unloads 12 Gauge O/U shotgun in "Tropical Madness" (S2E07).
A 12 Gauge O/U shotgun is held by Higgins in "Tropical Madness" (S2E07).

12 Gauge side by side shotgun

A 12 Gauge SxS Shotgun is seen in the opening of "Italian Ice" (S2E15).

General appearance of a double barrel side-by-side 12- gauge shotgun (Stoeger/IGA Longflower)
An Italian mafia guard fires his shotgun. "Italian Ice" (S2E15)

Machine Guns


In the opening of "Memories are Forever" (S2E05), a soldier can be seen with an M60.

M60 (7.62 NATO)
A soldier with an M60 light machine gun and atleast 2 ammo belts. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05)


In "The Last Page" (S2E19), an M60D machine gun can be seen mounted on a helicopter.

M60D (7.62 NATO)
An M60D to the right. "The Last Page" (S2E19)


In the opening of "Memories are Forever" (S2E05), a jeep can be seen with a mounted Browning M1919A4.

Browning M1919A4 on an M31C pedestal mount (.30-06 Springfield)
A jeep with a mounted M1919A4 leaving the US embassy in Saigon. "Memories are Forever" (S2E05))

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