Let Him Have It
Let Him Have It is a 1991 biographical film directed by Peter Medak (The Krays) that focuses on the life and death of Derek Bentley (Christopher Eccleston), who in 1953, was convicted of, and ultimately executed at the age of 19 for the murder of Police Constable Sidney Miles. His accomplice, Christopher Craig, was the only one with the gun that night. The title refers to something Bentley shouted at Craig on that fateful night. This line had been interpreted by the prosecution as Bentley encouraging Craig to shoot, while the defense claimed it was in fact a plea by Bentley for Craig to surrender, to literally, let the police officer have his gun.
The following weapons were used in the film Let Him Have It:
Colt New Service .455 Revolver
A Colt New Service in .455 Eley is used by Christopher Craig (Paul Reynolds) through the movie, as in real life. Early in the film he claims it uses "Tommy Gun rounds", implying that it is chambered in .45 ACP. In reality, unable to procure .455 rounds, Craig used a mixture of random obsolete rimmed .45 and .41 rounds, the bases of some of which he had to file down before they would fit in the revolver! He also cut down the barrel to about an inch short of the ejector rod, so crudely that the burr from one edge extended into the bore enough to obliterate the rifling on the corresponding side of any bullet fired through it.
Colt Detective Special
A classmate (Tony Sands) trades Craig a Luger P08 for a Colt Detective Special in their classroom. Craig is disappointed to learn that the Luger doesn't come with ammo, but his classmate says he could force ".38s" into the chamber. (Presumably, he meant .38/200 or .38 S&W, as .38 Special would be too long.) Craig is successfully able to do so and fires a round into the ceiling. Craig's brother Niven (Mark McGann) brandishes one while struggling with the police.
Webley No. 1 Mk. III* Flare Pistol
A Webley & Scott No. 1 Mk. III* Signal Pistol manufactured by the Wolseley Car Company is seen amongst various pistols in the classroom. It gets handed in to the schoolteacher (Murray Melvin) who knowledgeably observes: "a Wolseley... it's a long time since I've seen one of these!"
Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector
A Smith & Wesson Mk II Hand Ejector is used by Detective Sergeant Frederick Fairfax (Tom Bell) when confronting Christopher Craig on the warehouse rooftop. In reality Fairfax and all the other police officers were armed with the semi-automatic Webley & Scott Metropolitan Police Pistol in .32 ACP, which as the name suggests was the force's standard firearm at the time.
When Craig starts shooting and the police call for reinforcements, constables are seen being issued Enfield No.2 revolvers. As with Fairfax, they should be more accurately depicted with Webley semi-automatics, rather than any sort of revolver.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
A Smith & Wesson Model 10 is seen amongst various pistols in the classroom.
Webley Mk I
A Webley Mk I is seen amongst various pistols in the classroom.
FN Model 1900 Automatic Pistol
A FN Model 1900 is seen amongst various pistols in the classroom.
Webley Mk 1 .22 cal Air Pistol
Seen amongst various pistols in the classroom.