Magnum P.I. - Season 3

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Magnum P.I. - Season 3 (1982 - 1983)


The following weapons were used in Season 3 of the series Magnum P.I.:

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Handguns

Colt Government Model

The main handgun used by Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) is a Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model, which is a commercial version of the U.S. Military M1911A1. This handgun is supposed to be the one he carried during his service in Vietnam and is sometimes carried in a tanker-style holster, most often seen carried inside wast band small of back, no holster. It is sometimes seen in Magnum's flashbacks to Vietnam. A former propmaster for the show has been quoted saying that the original gun was a traditional .45 ACP 1911, but was soon changed to a 9mm version because .45 ACP blanks were too hard to get on location for the show.

The actual main prop from the show (Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model, 9×19mm Parabellum, serial number 70L33101, currently owned by the National Firearms Museum). A 9mm version of the Government Model was chosen for reliable functioning with readily available blanks. In the context of the show, Magnum's pistol was playing the role of a .45 ACP however, given that various characters referred to it as a "forty-five" several times throughout the series.
Magnum with his Colt Government Model in a promotional photo.
"Ivan, did you see the sunrise this morning?" Thomas Magnum (Tom Selleck) raises his Colt MKIV/Series 70 Government Model in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

Smith & Wesson Model 15

A Smith & Wesson Model 15 is used by Magnum in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

Smith & Wesson Model 15 .38 Special
A Smith & Wesson Model 15 is used by Magnum in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

Tokarev TT-33

A Tokarev TT-33 pistol is seen carried by Ivan (Bo Svenson) is seen using a Remington 700 BDL in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.1" (S3E01).

Tokarev TT-33 7.62x25mm Tokarev
Ivan (Bo Svenson) holds the pistol during a Vietnam War flashback in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.1" (S3E01).

Walther PPK

Magnum carries a Walther PPK as a backup weapon in an ankle holster, seen in "The Big Blow" (S3E22).

Walther PPK - .32 ACP
Magnum carries a Walther PPK in "The Big Blow" (S3E22).

Webley Mk VI

In serveral episodes, Higgins (John Hillerman) uses a Webley Mk VI revolver. Presumably, this is his service revolver from WW II.

Webley Mk VI .455 Webley


Rifles

M16 Rifle

M16 Rifles are used by US Marines as well as Nuzo (James Whitmore Jr.) in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

The original M16, the first version, with 20-round magazine, adopted in large numbers by the U.S. Air Force in Vietnam - 5.56x45mm. This has the original 3-prong flash hider. It would later be replaced by the upgraded M16A1.
M16 Rifle used by Nuzo (James Whitmore Jr.) in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).
M16 Rifles are used by US Marines in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

Remington 700

Ivan (Bo Svenson) is seen using a Remington 700 in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

Remington 700 BDL - .308 Winchester
Ivan (Bo Svenson) is seen using a Remington 700 BDL in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.2" (S3E02).

Valmet M71S

As what was common for productions in the 1970's and 1980's, the Valmet M71S rifle is seen used as a substitute for the AK-47. In a flashback to the Vietnam War, NVA soldiers are armed with the rifle.

A Valmet M71S chambered in 5.56x45mm (.223). The Valmet was also offered in 7.62x39mm
NVA soldiers are armed with the rifle during a Vietnam War flashback in "Did You See the Sunrise, Pt.1" (S3E01).



See Also

Season 1  •  Season 2  •  Season 3  •  Season 4  •  Season 5   •  Season 6  •  Season 7  •  Season 8


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