Adam-12

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Adam-12 (Television Series) (1968-1975)

Adam-12 is the 1968 television series that starred Martin Milner and Kent McCord as police officers of the Los Angeles Police Department. The series was co-created by Jack Webb (Dragnet) and the series went to great lengths to accurately portray procedures and tactics of law enforcement. The series aired for 7 seasons on NBC from 1968 to 1975.

The following weapons were used in the television series Adam-12:

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Revolvers

Smith & Wesson Model 14

The standard sidearm for patrol officers of the Los Angeles Police Department in the series is the 6-inch barreled Smith & Wesson Model 14 K-38 revolver. LAPD Officers Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) and Jim Reed (Kent McCord), as well as several other police officers, are seen unholstering and firing their revolvers several times throughout the series. Many suspects are also seen using this gun. At the time, the S&W Model 14 was one of the standard revolvers used by LAPD officers. This model was used for the first three seasons (1968-1970). In 1970 L.A.P.D. transitioned to the 4" S&W Model 15. The show also changed so as to be technically accurate. Something that the production was proud of. For those interested in trivia many of the heavy barreled 6" Model 14's were cut down to four inch barrels by L.A.P.D. armorers. Occasionally one of these converted Model 14's can be found for sale on the used market. They are popular with police revolver collectors.

Smith & Wesson Model 14 - .38 Special
LAPD Officers Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) holds his Smith & Wesson Model 14 on a suspect in "Log 1" (1.1).
LAPD Officer Pete Malloy (Martin Milner) with his Smith & Wesson Model 14 drawn in "Log 11" (1.3).
Malloy aims his Smith & Wesson Model 14 at two suspects in "Log 131" (1.4).
Custom Farrant stocks on Malloy’s Smith & Wesson Model 14 in "log 74" (2.21)
Malloy’s K-38 Bank Robbery(2.4)

Smith & Wesson Model 15

In season 4, as the real-life LAPD transitioned from 6 inch to 4 inch barrel revolvers – often Model 14 K-38’s cut down by LAPD armorers, Adam-12 changed to Smith & Wesson Model 15 "Combat Masterpiece" revolvers, at the same time changing to hinged “clam shell” Safety Speed holsters from the more common pouch holsters used the first three years.

Throughout the series, Pete Malloy used distinctive finger-groove grips by custom grip maker (and famous LAPD range master) Earl “Fuzzy” Farrant. Starting in season 4, Jim Reed also wore custom Farrant grips on his Mdl. 15.

This Model 15 was the personal property of actor Martin Milner. He would use it again in 1989 in the made for television movie "Nashville Beat". It came up for auction in 2014. See the discussion page for further details.

Reed and Malloy protect Angela Cartwright from "Assassination" with S&W M-15 revolvers.(4.11)

Smith & Wesson Model 36

Malloy and Reed are shown with Smith & Wesson Model 36 Chief's Special .38 revolvers in cross-draw holsters when off duty or in their rare plain clothes assignments.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Malloy with S&W Chief’s Special in Lewis cross-draw holster “log 24” (2.17)
Reed with S&W Chief’s Special in cross-draw holster “log 103” (2.6)
Malloy aiming S&W Chief’s Special “log 103” (2.6)


Colt Detective Special

Many Los Angeles Police detectives are seen with Colt Detective Specials in their holsters. The Detective Special was popular with many LAPD detectives (as well as many detectives throughout the country), due to its small size ideal for concealed carry, up until 1988, when the LAPD switched over to semi-autos.

Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
A detective (right) with his Colt Detective Special holstered in "Log 131" (1.4). It is noted as a Colt DS by its round butt.

Colt Official Police

Several criminals are armed with Colt Official Police revolvers throughout the series.

Colt Official Police - .38 Spl
Reed confiscates a suspect's Colt Official Police in "Log 1" (1.1).
A suspect aims his Colt Official Police at Malloy in "Log 131" (1.4).

Shotguns

Ithaca 37

Los Angeles Police officers, including Peter Malloy and Jim Reed, are often seen using Ithaca 37 shotguns whenever they must deal with armed suspects. They are equipped with standard 4 shot magazine tubes, 18 1/2 Barrels and have Parkerized finishes. This configuration was referred to as the "LAPD Special". The Ithaca 37 was the standard shotgun for the LAPD for several decades until the late 90s, when they switched over to the Remington 870.

Ithaca 37 - 12 gauge
Malloy holds his Ithaca 37 when dealing with armed suspects in "Log 1" (1.1).
Reed holds his Ithaca 37 during the hostage situation in "Log 11" (1.3).
Officer Jim Reed (Kent McCord) with his Ithaca 37 in "Log 11" (1.3).
Reed aims his Ithaca 37 at armed suspects in "Log 131" (1.4).

Winchester 1897 Shotgun

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
LAPD officer aims a non-standard Winchester Model 1897 shotgun in “Hostage” (2.12).

Double Barreled shotgun

Many of the armed suspects that the LAPD encounters in the show are armed with Double barreled shotguns.

Double Barreled shotgun - 12 gauge
Malloy unloads a suspect's Double barreled shotgun in "Log 131" (1.4).

Rifles

Colt AR-15

Both Reed (Kent McCord) and Malloy (Martin Milner) are seen armed with AR-15 rifles when part of LAPD's SWAT in "Log 14" (2.14).

Colt AR-15 Model SP1.jpg
Reed armed with a Colt AR-15 in "S.W.A.T." "Log 14" (2.14)

Remington Model 700 BDL Bolt Action Rifle

LAPD SWAT officers are shown with Remington Model 700 BDL precision rifles.

Remington Model 700 BDL
LAPD SWAT officer aims Remington 700 BDL in “Hostage” (2.12).
LAPD SWAT officer aims Remington 700 BDL in “Hostage” (2.12).

M1 Carbine

An M1 Carbine is seen in the hands of a suspect in Season 4's "The Tip" (Season 4 Episode 16).

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Miscellaneous

Federal M201-Z Grenade Launcher

Sergeant MacDonald (William Boyett) carries a Federal M201-Z Grenade Launcher in the back of his patrol car, kept with several tear gas grenades in a brown case. He often loads it up when the police are dealing with a barricaded armed suspect, usually giving it to Malloy (Martin Milner) to fire.

Federal M201-Z Grenade Launcher


Malloy being unavailable, Reed (Kent McCord) prepares the Federal Gas Gun for Sgt. MacDonald in “Hostage” (2.12).


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