Equalizer, The - Season 1

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The Equalizer - Season 1 (1985-1986)

The following weapons were used in Season 1 of the series The Equalizer:

Contents


Pistols

Walther PPK/S

Throughout the series, Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) carries the Walther PPK/S as his sidearm. McCall always cleanly dispatches his foes with one well-placed shot usually after giving them some chance to surrender.

Walther PPK stainless - 9mm Kurz aka 9x17mm (.380 ACP)
Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) carries the Walther PPK/S in "China Rain" (S1E02).
McCall with his Walther as Mickey loads the Micro Uzi in "China Rain" (S1E02).
McCall draws his Walther in "China Rain" (S1E02).
A closeup of McCall's Walther PPK/S in "Lady Cop" (S1E05).
In "The Distant Fire" (S1E08), Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) with his Walther PPK/S.
In "Desperately" (S1E11), Robert McCall (Edward Woodward) fires his Walther PPK/S.
"You want me without a bloody gun, you shall have me without a bloody gun!"
McCall puts down his Walther in "Reign of Terror" (S1E12).
Closeup of his Walther in "Reign of Terror" (S1E12).

Walther PP

McCall carries a Walther PP as his sidearm in the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01).

Wartime Walther PP - .32 ACP
In the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01), McCall chambers his Walther PP.
In "The Equalizer" (S1E01), McCall pulls a Walther PP on a would-be rapist.

Browning BDA

In "Torn" (S1E17), McCall is seen taking what appears to be a Browning BDA from a thug and uses it in the arms warehouse shootout.

Browning BDA - 9x19mm
In "Torn" (S1E17), McCall takes a Browning BDA from a thug and uses it in the arms warehouse shootout. This is most likely one of the earliest appearances of the firearm in a US television series.

Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power is seen throughout the series. The pistol briefly seen in the hands of a mob guard in "The Confirmation Day" (S1E06).

FN Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
On the right, the pistol is briefly seen in the hands of a mob guard in "The Confirmation Day" (S1E06).

Colt M1911A1

The M1911A1 is used by various characters throughout the series. In "Out of the Past" (S1E08), Michael Rosa (Jon DeVries) carries a suppressed M1911A1 as his weapon of choice. McCall is seen holding it on him in the same episode. In "Dead Drop" (S1E15), Ginger (Robin Curtis) carries an M1911A1 fitted with a suppressor and scope.

M1911A1 .45 ACP
In Season 1's "Dead Drop" (S1E15), Ginger (Robin Curtis) carries a suppressed M1911A1 as she and Kostmeyer provide cover for McCall's meeting.
In "Out of the Past" (S1E08), McCall threatens Michael Rosa (Jon DeVries) with the suppressed M1911A1.

Desert Eagle Mark I

The Desert Eagle Mark I is a frequent weapon of McCall's throughout the series.

Magnum Research Desert Eagle MK I - .357 Magnum. First model of Desert Eagle put into production. Note the "teardrop"-shaped safety, the most distinctive feature of the Mark I compared to later Eagle models.
McCall aims the Desert Eagle at Degraumont's (Adam Ant) back in "The Lock Box" (S1E04). Because this episode was filmed in the early 1980s, this is likely one of the first appearances of the weapon in a television series (along with Miami Vice).
McCall fires the Desert Eagle in "The Lock Box" (S1E04).

Detonics CombatMaster

In "Desperately" (S1E11), Geoffery Dryden (Ray Sharkey) is seen carrying what appears to be a stainless Detonics CombatMaster in an ankle holster. He is seen using the pistol mainly with a suppressor.

Detonics Combat Master - .45 ACP
Geoffery Dryden (Ray Sharkey) uses what appears to be a stainless Detonics CombatMaster to threaten Allison (Blanche Baker) in "Desperately" (S1E11).
Geoffery Dryden (Ray Sharkey) holds the suppressed pistol in "Desperately" (S1E11).

Heckler & Koch VP70Z

In "Breakpoint" (S1E19), the leader of the terrorist cell (Tony Shalhoub) that takes over the wedding reception that McCall is attending carries a Heckler & Koch VP70Z.

Heckler & Koch VP70Z 9x19mm with spare magazine
In "Breakpoint" (S1E19), the head terrorist (Tony Shalhoub) pulls out his Heckler & Koch VP70Z.

Smith & Wesson Model 639

In "No Conscience" (S1E20), McCall is seen loading a stainless steel version of the Smith & Wesson Model 639. The magazine is clearly a single stack magazine. McCall only uses the pistol as a decoy for the bad guys to find. After finding the Smith, the evildoers assume McCall is unarmed, McCall then reveals his trusty PPK is in an ankle holster which he uses to dispatch two of the villains.

Early Smith & Wesson 639 - 9x19mm
In "No Conscience" (S1E20), McCall is seen loading a stainless steel version of the Smith & Wesson Model 639. Note the single stack magazine.
McCall holds the pistol in "No Conscience" (S1E20). Note the fixed sights.

Taurus PT92

In "Out of the Past" (S1E14), a Taurus PT92 is seen being handled by Walter Wesley (Barry Primus), who says, "this thing, no matter whether I know how to use it or not, makes me less scared". This pistol has the curved trigger guard and has no safety selector on the frame. Because this episode was filmed in the early 1980s, this is likely one of the earliest appearances of this pistol in a feature film or television series.

Taurus PT92AF, early Model with no Decocker and wooden grips - 9x19mm
In "Out of the Past" (S1E14), a Taurus PT92 is seen being handled by Walter Wesley (Barry Primus), likely one of the earliest appearances of this pistol in a feature film or television series.

Tokarev TT-33

In "Unpunished Crimes" (S1E21), Frank Donahue (Dan Hedaya) removes a Tokarev TT-33 from a foot locker along with several medals from his service in the Vietnam War. McCall identifies it as a "Tokarev 7.62mm" that was liberated and advises Donahue against using it to commit suicide because "that ammunition is notoriously unreliable" and may not finish the job.

Pre-1947 Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev
In Season 1's "Unpunished Crimes" (S1E21), a closeup of the Tokarev held by Frank Donahue (Dan Hedaya). McCall identifies the pistol as a "Toh-KAH-rev".

Flintlock Pistol

In "Children's Song" (S1E07), a pair of Flintlock Pistols are found in a cabin. McCall is seen loading it with shotgun pellets. McCall's son Scott later is seen using the pistol in the episode.

Saint Etienne 1810 Cavalry Pistol Model An XIII (reproduction) - .69 caliber
In "Children's Song" (S1E07), McCall holds the Flintlock pistol. After loading it, he contemplates whether it will kill the person in front of it or the person behind it.

.22 Long Rifle Pen Gun

In "Breakpoint" (S1E19), the NYPD tries to smuggle a .22 Long Rifle Pen Gun to McCall. The head terrorist (Tony Shalhoub) discovers the Pen Gun and discharges it at the officer disguised as a doctor.

"We use these too."
In "Breakpoint" (S1E19), the head terrorist (Tony Shalhoub) discovers the Pen Gun.

Revolvers

Colt Python (Snub)

Mickey Kostmeyer (Keith Szarabajka) is seen carrying a Colt Python snub nose in several episodes, notably "Breakpoint" (S1E19).

Colt Python Snub Nose with 2.5" barrel - .357 Magnum
Mickey Kostmeyer (Keith Szarabajka) pulls his Colt Python snub in "Dead Drop" (S1E15).
Mickey Kostmeyer (Keith Szarabajka) is seen carrying a Colt Python snub in "Breakpoint" (S1E19).

Smith & Wesson Model 10

The Smith & Wesson Model 10 is seen in many episodes as the standard sidearm for officers of the NYPD. Officer Sandra Stahl (Karen Young) carries one as her duty weapon in "Lady Cop" (S1E05).

S&W-Model-10.jpg
Officer Sandra Stahl (Karen Young) cleans her Model 10 in "Lady Cop" (S1E05).

Smith & Wesson Model 36

In the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01), a government agent is seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 36. In "The Lock Box" (S1E04), the revolver is seen in the hands of Sam Griffith (J.T. Walsh) and Degraumont (Adam Ant).

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special. First pattern with flat latch cylinder release.
In the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01), a government agent is seen with a Smith & Wesson Model 36.
In "The Lock Box" (S1E04), the revolver is seen in the hands of Sam Griffith (J.T. Walsh).
In "The Lock Box" (S1E04), the revolver also is seen in the hands of Degraumont (Adam Ant).

Smith & Wesson Model 66

In "The Confirmation Day" (S1E06), a mobster appears to be armed with a 2.5" barrel Smith & Wesson Model 66.

Smith & Wesson Model 66 with a 2.5" barrel - .357 Magnum
The revolver briefly seen in the hands of a mobster in "The Confirmation Day" (S1E06).

Colt Detective Special (Nickel)

In "Lady Cop" (S1E05), Officer Nick Braxton (Will Patton) is seen using a nickel Colt Detective Special taken out of the purse of Officer Sandra Stahl. He also pulls the revolver on McCall in the episode.

Nickel Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
In "Lady Cop" (S1E05), Officer Nick Braxton (Will Patton) is seen using a nickel Colt taken out of the purse of Officer Sandra Stahl.
Closeup of the revolver in "Lady Cop" (S1E05).
In "Lady Cop" (S1E05), Officer Nick Braxton (Will Patton) pulls the revolver on McCall.

Ruger Redhawk

In "Bump and Run" (S1E10), a vigilante who passes himself off as the Equalizer uses what appears to be a Ruger Redhawk with a 8 3/8" barrel as his weapon of choice. An NYPD detective describes the weapon as a .44 Magnum loaded with hollow points.

Ruger Redhawk - .44 Magnum
In "Bump and Run" (S1E10), the revolver is pulled out.
In "Bump and Run" (S1E10), a vigilante who passes himself off as the Equalizer uses the revolver with a 8 3/8" barrel as his weapon of choice.

Taurus Model 85

In "Desperately" (S1E11), McCall is seen taking a Taurus Model 85 from Macklin (David Marguiles).

Taurus Model 85 (classic Model) in Blued Finish - .38 Special.
In "Desperately" (S1E11), McCall is seen taking the revolver from Macklin (David Marguiles). This also is likely one of the earliest appearances of this firearm in a US television series.

Shotguns

Remington 870

McCall uses a Remington 870 modified with a laser sight during an early version of a shoot/don't shoot simulator in "Reign of Terror" (S1E12).

Remington 870 Police Folder (stock extended) - 12 Gauge
McCall uses a Remington 870 modified with a laser sight during an early version of a shoot/don't shoot simulator in "Reign of Terror" (S1E12).

Ithaca 37

Several variants of the Ithaca 37 shotgun is seen in Season 1. The riot model of the Ithaca 37 is seen wielded by NYPD officers and various bad guys. In "The Defector" (S1E03), one can also be seen with a pistol grip in McCall's private weapons cache as well as used by several Russian operatives. In "Children's Song" (S1E07), the featherlight model is seen used by Dillart (Bradley Whitford).

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 Gauge
In "Torn" (S1E17), an NYPD ESU officer carries an Ithaca 37 shotgun.
Ithaca Model 37 riot with pistol grip - 12 Gauge
O'Hare (Victor Argo) opens fire with a pistol-gripped Ithaca in "The Defector" (S1E03).
In "The Defector" (S1E03), McCall's home arsenal includes an Ithaca on the bottom left.
Ithaca 37 Featherlight - 12 Gauge
Ray (William Youwans) hands the Ithaca shotgun to Dillart (Bradley Whitford) in "Children's Song" (S1E07).

Franchi SPAS-12

A Franchi SPAS-12 can be seen in McCall's secret cache of weapons in "The Defector" (S1E03).

Franchi SPAS-12 - 12 Gauge.
In "The Defector" (S1E03), a Franchi SPAS-12 can be seen in the middle of McCall's cache.

Winchester 1897 Shotgun

In the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01), a gunman opens fire on McCall's Jaguar with a Winchester Model 1897. NYPD officers also use the Winchester shotgun in "China Rain" (S1E02).

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 Gauge
In the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01), a gunman opens fire on McCall's Jaguar with a Winchester Model 1897.
NYPD officers also use the Winchester shotgun in "China Rain" (S1E02).

Submachine Guns

IMI Uzi

The Uzi is featured in several episodes.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
Stock (Robert Joy) is armed with an Uzi in "The Defector" (S1E03).
O'Hare (Victor Argo) opens fire with the Uzi in "The Defector" (S1E03).

IMI Micro Uzi

The Micro Uzi is also featured in several episodes, notably in Season 1's "China Rain" (S1E02), "The Defector" (S1E03) and "Breakpoint" (S1E19).

IMI Micro Uzi - 9x19mm
McCall records the sound of a Micro Uzi being fired in "China Rain" (S1E02).
Mickey Kostmayer (Keith Szarabajka) accompanies McCall on a mission with a Micro Uzi and magazines taped jungle style in "China Rain" (S1E02).
In "The Defector" (S1E03), McCall's home arsenal includes a Micro Uzi among other weapons.
McCall racks the bolt of his Micro Uzi in "The Defector" (S1E03).
McCall opens fire with the Micro Uzi in "The Defector" (S1E03).
The head terrorist (Tony Shalhoub) fires his Micro Uzi in the wedding reception hall in "Breakpoint" (S1E19).

Ingram MAC-10

The MAC-10 is seen throughout Season 1.

Ingram MAC-10 - .45 ACP
On the right, a Chinese gangster (Al Leong) is armed with a MAC-10 in "China Rain" (S1E02).

Heckler & Koch HK94 (chopped & converted)

The Heckler & Koch HK94 with the barrel chopped down to resemble the MP5A3 is another weapon frequently seen in the series. The Man in the Red Parka is seen with one in "Dead Drop" (S1E15). This also is likely one of the earliest appearances of the firearm in a US television series.

The "Fake MP5", the Heckler & Koch HK94A3 converted to full auto fire, shortened barrel, and added third firing position on trigger pack - 9x19mm. This version was used in many films during the 1980s and 1990s.
In "Dead Drop" (S1E15), Red Parka Man is about to open fire on McCall with his MP5 when Kostmeyer surprises him. The MP5 has two mags clamped together.

Rifles

M1 Carbine

McCall uses an M1 Carbine on hitmen after a car chase in the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01).

M1 Carbine (Post-War) - .30 Carbine
McCall grabs his M1 carbine in the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01).
McCall fires his M1 carbine from his Jaguar in the pilot episode "The Equalizer" (S1E01).

Galil AR

A Galil AR is seen in "Dead Drop" (S1E15). This is one of the earliest appearances of a Galil-pattern rifle in popular media, beat out by the appearance of the Galil ARM in season 2 of The A-Team in 1983. It is, however, the first known appearance of the Galil AR variant in popular media.

IMI Galil AR - 5.56x45mm
Hat Man (Anthony John Denison) prepares his Galil in "Dead Drop" (S1E15).

Mauser 660

Mickey Kostmeyer (Keith Szarabajka) uses what appears to be a takedown version of the Mauser 660 rifle fitted with a scope and suppressor in "Dead Drop" (S1E15). McCall uses the rifle in "Wash-Up".

Mauser 660 - .30-06 Springfield
Mickey Kostmeyer (Keith Szarabajka) carries the sniper rifle as he provides cover in "Dead Drop".

AK Series

AKMs, both with underfolder and fixed stocks, are seen in the hands of Warsaw Pact soldiers in "Torn" (S1E17).

AKM with bakelite magazine - 7.62x39mm
In a flashback sequence, Warsaw Pact soldiers are seen carrying AK series rifles in "Torn" (S1E17).

Ruger Mini-14

In "The Children's Song" (S1E07), a Ruger Mini-14 is seen used by both Dillart (Bradley Whitford) and Ray (William Youwans). The rifle is later used by both McCall and his son Scott (William Zabka). Mini-14 GBs (Government Barrel) are also seen in the hands of the NYPD ESU teams in "Torn" (S1E17).

Blued Ruger Mini-14 Standard Model Semiautomatic Rifle (Pre-2005) with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
In "The Children's Song" (S1E07), a Ruger Mini-14 is used by Ray (William Youwans).
In "The Children's Song" (S1E07), the rifle is later used by McCall.
NYPD ESU officers fire their Ruger Mini-14s in "Torn" (S1E17).

Steyr SSG 69

In "Dead Drop" (S1E15), a Steyr SSG 69 appears to be the rifle held by one of the Dead Drop associates (Robert O'Reilly).

Steyr SSG 69 - 7.62x51mm NATO
The Dead Drop associate (Robert O'Reilly) takes aim with the SSG 69.
A sideview of the rifle is seen as the associate goes down In "Dead Drop" (S1E15).

Other

Riot Gun

In "The Defector" (S1E03), Stock uses a riot gun to launch a smoke grenade.

In "The Defector" (S1E03), Stock uses a riot gun to launch a smoke grenade.

McCall's Hidden Arms Cache

In "The Defector" (S1E03), McCall is seen keeping several weapons hidden behind workshelves in his workshop.

In "The Defector" (S1E03), McCall is seen going to his home arsenal, which includes a pistol-gripped Ithaca 37 (on the bottom), a Franchi SPAS-12, a MAC-10, a full-size Uzi, and a Micro Uzi among other weapons.

Gun Dealer's Cache (Rambo's Survival Knife)

In "Out of the Past" (S1E14), a street arms dealer shows off a cache of weapons for Eddie Washburn (Stephen McHattie) to choose from to purchase. When Washburn says he can't afford $500 for an illegal gun, the dealer offers Rambo's Survival Knife as seen in First Blood for $100. The arms dealer even says, "this is made by some dude down in Arkansas", ostensibly referring to knifesmith Jimmy Lile, the designer of the First Blood knives.

In "Out of the Past" (S1E14), a street arms dealer shows off a cache of weapons for Eddie Washburn (Stephen McHattie) to choose from, among them a knife similar to the one used by Rambo in First Blood. What appears to be a Smith & Wesson semi-automatic pistol, several revolvers, and other fixed-blade knives are also seen.

See Also

The Equalizer
Edward Woodward Season 1  •  Season 2  •  Season 3  •  Season 4
Denzel Washington The Equalizer  •  The Equalizer 2
Queen Latifah The Equalizer (2021 series)


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