L.A. Noire

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L.A. Noire

L.A. Noire is a 2011 game developed by Team Bondi and produced by Rockstar Games, taking place in post-war 1940's Los Angeles. The player controls Detective Cole Phelps (voiced by Aaron Staton of Mad Men fame) , a returning veteran of WWII. The game incorporates revolutionary 3D face mapping using multiple cameras to realistically capture the actor's facial expressions. This is important to the games interrogation segments, where reading suspects faces is vital to solving the several cases given.

The following guns were used in the game:


Usable Weapons


Colt M1911A1

A Colt M1911A1 .45 pistol is seen prominently used in the game as the protagonist Detective Cole Phelps' (Aaron Staton) sidearm. His partner in Ad. Vice, Det. Roy Earle, also uses the Colt M1911A1 as his sidearm. Oddly, the texture is from the Star Model-P (a Spanish clone of the M1911 pistol), why this was done is unknown as of now. The pistol is missing the barrel bushing and external extractor of a real life Model-P, so it is possible the Star brand name was used as a nod to the game's producing company, "Rockstar Games".

World War II issued Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP
Star Model P - .45 ACP.
Note the Star markings on the slide. The slide markings and slide release are on the wrong side, as noted by the proper placement of the ejection port.
Cole with his Colt M1911A1 at the ready.
Cole draws his Colt M1911A1. Note slide release on wrong side.
Cole aiming his Colt M1911A1 while wearing the exclusive "Detective Sharpshooter Suite". Note better detailed muzzle parts (still missing bushing though). Also note the plunger tube assembly above the grip panel, this is not found on Star Model-Ps, but on the Colt M1911 and most other clones.

Colt Detective Special

The Colt Detective Special appears to be Stefan Bekowsky's sidearm, it is also used by a masked man when responding to "The Masked Man" street crime, he attempts to fire on Bekowsky from a rooftop but doesn't hit anywhere near him. Phelps's partners in Homicide and Arson, Dets. Rusty Galloway and Hershel Biggs, also use the Colt as their duty weapons. Biggs claims never to have fired his in the line of duty.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Stefan with the Detective Special
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A masked man aims a Colt Detective Special.

Colt M1917

A Colt M1917 appears to be standard issue to uniformed police officers. Cole Phelps uses it as a patrol cop to chase Edgar Kalou and fire a shot into the air to make Kalou stop. Strangely, it appears as Bekowsky's sidearm in "Marriage Made in Heaven" when chasing Sabo, despite it being a Detective Special throughout the other cases.

Colt M1917 - .45 ACP
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Patrol Officer Isaac Kelly holding the revolver.
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A shopkeeper is shot by a criminal with an M1917 in a street crime.

Browning Hi-Power

A Browning Hi-Power can be seen in a screenshot carried by Cole Phelps. However, it is the in-game sidearm of retired Marine sergeant and insurance/district attorney investigator Jack Kelso. He starts out with a nickel plated version, but is disarmed of it by thugs who kidnap him, and switches to a standarded blued model for the rest of the game. It can be distinguished as such by its apearance and 13 round magazine capacity. However, the game still renders the pistol as a 1911 in cutscenes. The weapon also appears when the Phelps wears "The Broderick" DLC suit, it is nickel plated.

Cole cradles a Hi-Power.


Ithaca 37

Cole Phelps uses an Ithaca 37 while responding to the scene of a robbery as a patrol cop, it is also used by Leroy Sabo to fire on Phelps during the "Marriage Made in Heaven" traffic case, miscellaneous criminals use it throughout the game as well.

Ithaca 37 - 12 Gauge
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"Not gonna happen, fellas!"


Browning Automatic Rifle M1918A1

In the mission Manifest Destiny, Cole discovers a rack of stolen BARs. They are also used by enemies and seem to stand in, quite strangely in fact, for the M1 Garand in WW2 flashbacks.

Browning Automatic Rifle - .30-06
Note excessively large "M1918A1" markings on receiver top. The charging handle was rendered flat when viewing it from the top.
Cole with a BAR.

M1 Garand

Cole Phelps can acquire the M1 Garand from criminals at random shootout street crimes, during cases, and seen handled by him and others in his war flashbacks.

M1 Garand - .30-06.
Cole firing an M1 Garand. The weapon in game lacks detail around the action.

Submachine Guns

M1A1 Thompson

The M1A1 Thompson is seen in the hands of various criminals throughout the game, it is seen with both the standard stick magazine as well as the incorrect drum.
M1A1 Thompson with 30-round magazine .45 ACP
Cole (wearing the unlockable "Sharpshooter" costume) armed with an M1A1 Thompson fitted with a 50-round drum. It should be noted the M1 model Thompsons did not feature the horizontal cuts like the older models that allow them to accept drum magazines, so this is inaccurate.


M2 Flamethrower

An M2 Flamethrower is used for a short time in the final mission, as well as in flashbacks to WWII. The game describes it as an M2-2 model.

M2-2 Flamethrower

Non-Usable Weapons


Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum

An engraved, snubnose Smith & Wesson Model 27 is the firearm found in the first case Cole does as a patrol officer, the gunshop owner describes it as a "Smith & Wesson Model 27 Registered Magnum, Nickel Plated with Pearl Grips." and that it is only available through special order.
Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum - .357 Magnum. This particular S&W was ordered and carried by Lt. Col. Gen. Staff. George S. Patton.
An unknown man aiming the Smith & Wesson. Note the Remington Guns poster just above the revolver. Also note gun rack in the background filled with Ithaca 37 shotguns and unknown bolt action rifles.

FN Model 1922

Cole Phelps finds an FN Model 1922 (Serial Number 01138) in a garbage can on the scene of the "Buyer Beware" case, it is identified by the gunshop owner as "FN Browning Model 1922, Europeans love 'em but their hard to come by over here."

Cole digs in a trash can and finds a Belgian pistol.

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Despite being anachronistic, in the Vice mission The Set Up, Cole finds a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 36 on the body of Candy Edwards. He describes the ammo as .32.

Stainless Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Cole finds the Smith & Wesson
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Colt 1851 Navy

Seen in the display windows of gunshops in the game are ornate Colt 1851 Navy cap and ball revolvers.

Colt 1851 Navy - .36 caliber.

Remington 1875

Seen in the display windows of gunshops in the game are ornate Remington 1875 revolvers.

The custom engraved Remington 1875 used by Gene Hackman in The Quick and the Dead (1995) - .45 Long Colt.


M1 Carbine

M1 Carbines are seen in flashbacks to WWII during Okinawa, used by U.S. Marines.

WWII era M1 Carbine - .30 Carbine

Unknown Bolt Action .22 Rifle

Multiple Bolt Action .22 rifles are seen in the game's gunshops, make and models unknown.

Heavy Machine Gun

Nambu Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun

Japanese soldiers seen in the WWII flashback in Okinawa fire Type 92 Heavy Machine Guns at the U.S. Marines. Curiously this is the only accurately depicted weapon seen used by the Japanese in the game, as they wield BARs and M1 Garands much like the U.S. Marines do. This was likely done to save time on rendering non-used weapons.

Type 92 Heavy Machine Gun - 7.7x58mm SR.

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