Colt Official Police

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The Official Police was 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 Order in 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.

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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

Specifications

(1927 - 1969)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .22 LR, .32-20, .38 S&W, .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 appears in the following movies, TV shows, and video games:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Death Kiss Vince Barnett Studio Officer Gulliver 1932
Satan Met a Lady Maynard Holmes Kenneth 1936
Mystery Liner George 'Gabby' Hayes Joe the watchman 1934
G Men James Cagney Brick Davis 1935
Bullets or Ballots Humphrey Bogart 'Bugs' Fenner 1936
Escape by Night Murray Alper Horace 'Red' Graham 1937
Escape by Night Arthur Aylesworth Sheriff Charlie Thornton 1937
Escape by Night Ward Bond Peter 'Spudsy' Baker 1937
Escape by Night William Hall Nicholas 'Nick' Allen 1937
A Slight Case of Murder Willard Parker Dick Whitewood 1938
A Slight Case of Murder Edward G. Robinson Remy Marco 1938
Angels With Dirty Faces James Cagney Rocky Sullivan 1938
Each Dawn I Die Maxie Rosenbloom Fargo Red 1939
Each Dawn I Die Willard Robertson Lang 1939
Each Dawn I Die Edward Pawley Dale 1939
High Sierra Alan Curtis "Babe" 1941
Lady Gangster Roland Drew Carey Wells 1942
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
The Big Sleep Tommy Rafferty Carol Lundgren 1946
The Big Sleep Regis Toomey Chief Insp. Bernie Ohls 1946
The Big Sleep Sonia Darrin Agnes Lowzier 1946
The Big Sleep Bob Steele Lash Canino 1946
Dead Reckoning Ruby Dandridge Mabel 1947
The Hat Box Mystery 1947
Pitfall Byron Barr Bill Smiley 1948
Pitfall Lizabeth Scott Mona Stevens 1948
Parole, Inc. 1948
The Naked City Don Taylor Detective Jimmy Halloran 1948
The Naked City Barry Fitzgerald Detective Lieutenant Dan Muldoon 1948
The Naked City Ted de Corsia Willie Garzah 1948
Trapped Lloyd Bridges Tris Stewart 1949
White Heat John Archer Philip Evans 1949
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Humphrey Bogart Dobbs 1949
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Walter Huston Howard 1949
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Bruce Bennett Cody 1949
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre Tim Holt Curtain 1949
Gun Crazy John Dall Bart Tare 1950
The Enforcer Danny Dayton Digger 1951
The Enforcer Ted de Corsia Joseph Rico 1951
Kansas City Confidential Preston Foster Tim Foster 1952
Kansas City Confidential Howard Negley Scott Andrews 1952
Desert Rats, The Richard Burton Capt. 'Tammy' MacDonalds 1953
Suddenly Sterling Hayden Sheriff Shaw 1954
Suddenly Nancy Gates Ellen Benson 1954
Suddenly Kim Charney "Pidge" Benson 1954
Earth vs. the Flying Saucers Larry J. Blake Motorcycle Cop 1956
Machine-Gun Kelly Susan Cabot Flo Becker 1958
Machine-Gun Kelly Frank DeKova Harry 1958
The FBI Story Jimmy Stewart Agent "Chip" Hardesty 1959
The FBI Story Murray Hamilton Agent Sam Crandall 1959
The FBI Story Larry Pennell FBI Trainee George Crandall 1959
Pierrot Goes Wild (Pierrot le Fou) Dirk Sanders Fred 1965
Pretty Boy Floyd John Ericson Charles "Pretty Boy" Floyd 1960
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
Bonnie and Clyde Michael J. Pollard C.W. Moss 1967
Billion Dollar Brain 1967
Targets Tim O'Kelly Bobby Thompson 1968
Pretty Poison Anthony Perkins Dennis Pitt 1968
Pretty Poison Tuesday Weld Sue Ann Stepanek 1968
The Detective Frank Sinatra Joe Leland 1968
The Sicilian Clan (Le clan des Siciliens) Yves Lefebvre Aldo Manalese 1969
Too Late the Hero Cliff Robertson Lietutenat (jg) Sam Lawson 1970
Violent City Policeman Nickel-plated 1970
Bloody Mama Clint Kimbrough Arthur Barker 1970
Bloody Mama FBI agents 1970
The Burglars (Le casse) Omar Sharif Abel Zacharia 1971
Hickey & Boggs Bill Cosby Al Hickey 1972
The Night Stalker Las Vegas Police 1972
The Pariah (La Scoumoune) Claudia Cardinale Georgia Saratov 1972
The Pariah (La Scoumoune) Luciano Catenacci Cyprian 1972
The Pariah (La Scoumoune) Thugs 1972
Across 110th Street 1972
The Tall Blond Man with One Black Shoe (Le Grand Blond avec une chaussure noire) Bernard Blier Bernard Milan Suppressed 1972
Serpico Al Pacino Frank Serpico 1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Joe Santos Eddie Van 1973
The Friends of Eddie Coyle Alex Rocco Jimmy Scalise 1973
The Sting Charles Durning Lt. Snyder 1973
The Sting Dana Elcar Special Agent Polk 1973
Melvin Purvis G-MAN Tupelo police 1974
Savage Sisters Sid Haig Malavael 1974
Savage Sisters Eddie Garcia Capt. Morales 1974
Big Bad Mama 1974
The Terrorists John Quentin Martin Shepherd 6" barrel 1974
The Terrorists Eva Karen Maxwell 6" barrel 1974
The Terrorists Sean Connery Colonel Nils Tahlvik 6" barrel 1974
Dog Day Afternoon Al Pacino Sonny 1975
French Connection II French police 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
Soldier of Orange Jeroen Krabbé Guus LeJeune 1977
The Late Show Art Carney Ira Wells 1977
The Late Show John Considine Jeff Lamar 1977
The Driver Bank robber 1978
And Justice For All Police officers 1979
The Goat (La chèvre) A Mexican policeman 1981
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
Night of the Creeps Tom Atkins Det. Cameron 1986
Rage of Honor Various criminals 1987
Matewan David Strathairn Sid Hatfield 1987
Matewan Kevin Tighe Bill Hickey 1987
The Untouchables Andy Garcia Stone 1987
The Untouchables Kevin Costner Elliot Ness 1987
The Cops are Robbers Steve Railsback Jimmy Donnelly 1990
The Two Jakes Jack Nicholson J.J. "Jake" Gittes 4" barrel 1990
The Two Jakes David Keith Det. Lt. Loach 4" barrel 1990
The Rocketeer Ed Lauter Agent Fitch 1991
Dumb and Dumber Felton Perry FBI agent 1994
Ed Wood Daniel Riordan George Walcott prop 1994
Fargo Police officers 1996
The Phantom Clint Lilley Gangster 1 1996
The Phantom William Jones Cycle cop 1 1996
The Phantom John Prosky Cycle Cop 2 1996
The Phantom Mobsters and patrolmen 1996
Mulholland Falls Chris Penn Det. Arthur Relyea 1996
Hoodlum Laurence Fishburne "Bumpy" Johnson 1997
Jane Austen's Mafia! Jay Mohr Antony Cortino 1998
The Green Mile Tom Hanks Paul Edgecomb 1999
The Green Mile Barry Pepper Dean Stanton 1999
The Green Mile David Morse Brutus "Brutal" Howell 1999
The Green Mile Doug Hutchison Percy Wetmore 1999
Smart Philip Pavel Liska Nigel Smith 2003
Smart Philip David Vávra Cop 2003
The Producers N.Y.P.D. officers 2005
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
Shanghai John Cusack Paul Soames 2010
Shanghai Japanese police and army officers, Chinese resistance 2010
Meeting Evil continuity error, painted grip and cylinder 2012

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
The Andy Griffith Show Don Knotts Deputy Barney Fife 1960-1968
The Andy Griffith Show Andy Griffith Sheriff Andy Taylor 1960-1968
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
Star Trek: Voyager David Graf Fred Noonan S2E1 "The 37s" 1996
Firefly Cop "Safe" (S01E05) 2002
Blue Bloods Tom Selleck Commissioner Reagan a "Fitz Special" 2010-Present
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



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.

Specifications

(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:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
The Killing Ted de Corsia Policeman Randy Kennan 1956
Scorpio Joanne Linville Sarah 1973


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

Specifications

(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

Television

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


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