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Country UKD.jpg UK
Language English
Channel BBC One
Creator Mark Gatiss
Steven Moffat
Hartswood Films
Genre Crime
Broadcast 2010 - ongoing
No. of Seasons 3
No. of Episodes 10
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sherlock Holmes Benedict Cumberbatch
Dr. John Watson Martin Freeman
Inspector Greg Lestrade Rupert Graves
James "Jim" Moriarty Andrew Scott

Sherlock is a 2010 BBC television series based on the classic novel series by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The series, which stars Benedict Cumberbatch as the title character, updates the story to a modern day setting, and incorporates modern technology (such as video surveillance and smart phones) into the plot. Three seasons have aired so far, and a fourth is set to commence in January 2017. Each season consists of three 90 minute episodes:

Season 1 - aired July to August 2010

  • A Study in Pink
  • The Blind Banker
  • The Great Game

Season 2 - aired January 2012

  • A Scandal in Belgravia
  • The Hound of Baskerville
  • The Reichenbach Fall

Season 3 - aired January 2014

  • The Empty Hearse
  • The Sign of Three
  • His Last Vow

Season 4 - set to air January 2017

  • The Abominable Bride (prequel) - aired January 2016

The following weapons were used in the television series Sherlock:




SIG-Sauer P226R

Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) is seen with a SIG-Sauer P226R as his primary weapon, in which Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) occasionally uses the pistol. The same handgun also shows up on several occasions in the hands of other characters.

Trivia: Given Watson's military background, it's possible the P226R is meant to represent the SIG-Sauer L105A2, which was the British Army's standard issue sidearm at the time the first two seasons were filmed (currently being phased out in favor of the Glock 17). This would be unrealistic however, as modern British soldiers are required to surrender their weapons upon discharge from service. If Watson kept and used his P226R, he would be in possession of an illegal firearm.

Note: Due to the strict firearms controls in the UK and the reduced insurance cost during filming, the Tokyo Marui P226R airsoft pistol was used as a stand-in, hence why the finish and markings are mismatched (shown quite plainly in several screenshots below).

SIG-Sauer P226R - updated P226 with accessory rails, now the standard production version for the P226 (IMFDB still refers to this model as the "P226R" to distinguish between newer and older models) - 9x19mm
Watson's P226R in his desk drawer. Note the missing grip screw and the wear on the de-cocking lever. (S1E1)
Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) after saving Sherlock's life by shooting the cabbie (Philip Davis). (S1E1).
A P226R in the apartment of Eddie Van Coon (Daniel Percival). Note the missing grip screw and the wear on the de-cocking lever, indicating that this is the same prop as the one used by Watson. (S1E2)
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) nonchalantly fires Watson's P226 at his living room wall out of boredom - a reference to the original Holmes's habit of using the wall of his apartment for target practice. (S1E3)
"Bored, bored, BORED! BORED! BORED!"
Sherlock casually fires Watson's weapon. (S1E3)
Watson: "Shit! I should have brought my... oh."
Sherlock: Don't mention it.
Watson aims his P226R as Sherlock confronts "Golem". While not seen clearly during the blurry shot, Sherlock is later seen with the dropped weapon during the fight in the same episode. (S1E3)
Sherlock aims the P226R at Jim Moriarty (Andrew Scott), who mistakenly assumed it was a "British Army Browning L9A1" before Sherlock takes it out of his pocket. Also, it is noteworthy that Sherlock did not load the P226R until he cocks the hammer of the pistol. (S1E3)
Sherlock takes a P226R off of one of the hitmen following him and interrogates its owner. (S2E3)

STI Edge (Cigarette Lighter)

The cabbie (Philip Davis) in S1E1 uses a novelty cigarette lighter disguised as an STI Edge.

STI Edge - .40 S&W
The cabbie threatens Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) with his "gun". (S1E1)
The cabbie explains his game of Russian roulette with two pills. (S1E1)
Sherlock says he will take the gun over the pills... (S1E1)
Knowing from the start it was a lighter. (S1E1)

Bruni/BBM "ME-8 Police" blank firing gun

At the end of S1E2, General Shan (Sarah Lam) uses a Bruni/BBM "ME-8 Police", an 8mm blank-firing gun modeled after the Walther PPK.

A Bruni/BBM "ME-8 Police" 8mm blank firing gun (used to impersonate a Walther PPK)
General Shan threatens Watson. (S1E2)
General Shan loads a full magazine into the ME-8 Police. (S1E2)
Shan racks the slide on her pistol. (S1E2)
General Shan aims at Sherlock. (S1E2)

Glock 17

Glock 17 pistols are prominently seen in the hands of CIA agents and Specialist Firearms Officers as their primary firearm. Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Irene Adler (Lara Pulver) are also briefly seen handling captured copies.

Glock 17 2nd Generation - 9x19mm
CIA Agent Neilson (Todd Boyce) threatens Sherlock with his suppressed Glock 17. (S2E1)
A CIA agent presses his Glock against Watson (Martin Freeman)'s neck, revealing what appears to be a painted muzzle suggesting that the prop is a replica. (S2E1)
Sherlock sets off the Glock 17 set up in Irene Adler's (Lara Pulver) booby-trapped safe. (S2E1)
Watson: "We should call the police."
Sherlock:"Yes." (the Glock is fired by Sherlock) "On their way!"
Watson: "For God's sake..."
Sherlock: "Oh, shut up, it's quick." (S2E1)
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) fires Agent Neilson's weapon into the air.
Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) holds Agent Neilson at gunpoint with his own weapon. (S2E1)
An officer with a Glock 17 in a drop-leg holster escorts Moriarty (Andrew Scott) to the court room. (S2E3)
Watson:"J-j-just so you're all aware, the gun is his idea; I'm just a, you know, um..."
Sherlock:"My hostage!"
Watson:"Hostage, yes. That works."
Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Watson (Martin Freeman) make their escape from police custody after Sherlock disarms a SCO19 officer of his sidearm. (S2E3)

Two-Tone Glock 17

Detective Inspector Lestrade (Rupert Graves) uses a 3rd Generation two-tone Glock 17 at the end of S2E2.

Glock 17 (3rd Generation) with stainless steel slide - 9x19mm
Lestrade aims his two-tone Glock 17 at the hound. (S2E2)

Beretta 92FS Inox

Henry Knight (Russell Tovey) uses a Beretta 92FS Inox in S2E2 when he thinks that the gigantic hound is outside his home. The pistol is also seen briefly handled by Watson (Martin Freeman). Moriarty (Andrew Scott) also uses a 92FS Inox during the second season finale, however there is no indication that Moriarty normally carries a gun with himself, and he may have just been carrying it for encountering Sherlock.

Note: Owing to the strict firearms controls in the UK and the reduced insurance cost during filming, the Tokyo Marui airsoft replica of the 92FS Inox was used as a stand-in prop, as with the aforementioned P226 used by the main characters, judging from the color and reflectivity of the finish.

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9x19mm
Henry Knight snatches up his sidearm when he sees something moving around in his yard. (S2E2)
Henry with his pistol. (S2E2)
Watson with Henry's weapon. (S2E2)
Moriarty (Andrew Scott) pulls out his Beretta during his final confrontation with Sherlock. (S2E3)


A hitman disguised as a repair man in S2E3 has a suppressed M1911A1 pistol stored in his tool box. Judging from the markings and the screws in the slide, this is likely a blank-firing replica.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol Commercial - .45 ACP
The assassin begins packing up his tools, giving the audience a brief view of the pistol hidden in his toolbox. (S2E3)


Various old-fashioned revolvers show up in "The Abominable Bride", a prequel episode to Season 4 taking place in 1895, as the primary firearm carried by both protagonists and antagonists.

Colt 1878 Double Action

Emelia Ricoletti, aka "The Abominable Bride" (Natasha O'Keeffe), fires dual long-barreled Colt 1878 Double Action revolvers during a shooting spree over a London street.

Colt 1878 Double Action - .45 Colt
Emilia Ricolette opens fire with her dual revolvers ("The Abominable Bride", S04E00).
An unknown woman points a revolver at Emilia (Natasha O'Keeffe), in order to assist her suicide ("The Abominable Bride", S04E00).

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless

Professor Moriarty (Andrew Scott) is seen handling a Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless as his sidearm.

Smith & Wesson Safety Hammerless revolver with Mother of Pearl grips - .32 S&W
"For the sake of Mrs. Hudson's wallpaper, I must remind you that one false move with your finger and you will be dead."
Moriarty checks the barrel of his (loaded) revolver for dust - as Sherlock points out, deliberately disregarding his own safety by handling the gun in this way. ("The Abominable Bride", S04E00)

Webley Bulldog

Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) is seen carrying a Webley Bulldog, however he is not seen firing the weapon in the film.

Webley 'British Bull Dog' - .45 caliber - 1870s

Webley RIC

Sherlock Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) is seen equipped with a Webley RIC revolver. Like Watson's case, Sherlock is not seen firing the weapon in the film.

Webley RIC No. 1 First Pattern - .442 Webley
Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) aims his revolver at Moriarty. ("The Abominable Bride", S04E00)


Double Barreled Shotgun

Emelia Ricoletti, aka "The Abominable Bride" (Natasha O'Keeffe), shoots her husband Thomas (Gerald Kyd) outside an opium den in Limehouse with both barrels of a double-barreled shotgun in "The Abominable Bride", a prequel episode to Season 4 taking place in 1895.

J. Stevens and Company 1878 - 12 gauge.
Emilia Ricolette levels her shotgun. (S04E00)

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Multiple H&K MP5A3 submachine guns, outfitted with Surefire flashlight fore-ends and EoTech sights are seen being used by the CO19 Armed Response Unit throughout the second season finale.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight and safe-semi-two round burst trigger group - 9x19mm
A police officer armed with a MP5A3 prepares to search the London Tower. (S2E3)
A Closeup of a MP5A3 in the hands of an officer at the London Tower break-in. (S2E3)
An officer with an MP5A3 can be seen among the officers at 221B Baker Street. (S2E3)

Rifles / Carbines

AK Variant

During Dr. Watson's flashback to his tour in Afghanistan, an ANA soldier is seen using a variant of the AK-47.

AKM - 7.62x39mm
An ANA soldier fires an AK rifle variant. (S1E1)


One of the terrorist at the end of S2E1 is armed with an AK-47 rifle. As with the P226, this is likely an airsoft gun.

Poly Technologies AK-47 - 7.62x39mm
A terrorist with an AK-47. (S2E1)


A small number of L85A2 rifles are seen used by British Army soldiers throughout the series.

L85A2 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO
A soldier in Afghanistan fires his L85A2. (S1E1)
A soldier on patrol at the Baskerville research facility. (S2E2)

Heckler & Koch G36C

Some of the soldiers at the Baskerville Research Facility are armed with Heckler & Koch G36C assault rifles.

Heckler & Koch G36C - 5.56x45mm
The gate operator at the Baskerville facility scans Sherlock's ID while the guard looks on. Note the red dot scope and railed handguard. (S2E2)
Sherlock does his usual mental scan of the Baskerville gate guard, giving the audience a closeup of the G36C. (S2E2)

Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Covert

An assassin under Moriarty's command is seen using an Accuracy International Arctic Warfare Covert sniper rifle.

AWC - 7.62x51mm
AWC - 7.62x51mm
The assassin unfolds the AWC's stock. Note how the barrel is detached. (S2E3)
The assassin attaches a suppressor to his AWC. (S2E3)
The assassin mounts a bipod to the AWC's forend. (S2E3)
The assassin aims his AWC. (S2E3)

Machine Guns


Several British Army Soldiers in Afghanistan are seen with L7A2 machine guns.

L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A soldier aims his L7A2. (S1E1)
A closeup of an L7A2. (S1E1)
A soldier armed with an L7A2 checks on Watson. (S1E1)
Watson sees a discarded L7A2 behind a baricade. (S1E1)
A soldier fires his L7A2. (S1E1)


At least one soldier in Afghanistan is seen armed with an L110A1 (the U.K. designation for the FN Minimi Para).

FN Minimi Para with 100-round camo cloth ammo bag - 5.56x45mm.
The soldier in the background can be seen firing an L110A1. (S1E1)

DShK heavy machine gun

A DShK heavy machine gun is seen mounted on the terrorists Hummer at the end of S2E1.

DShKM on tripod - 12.7x108mm
The camera pans over the terrorists' hideout, briefly showing the DShK mounted on their vehicle. (S2E1)

Other Weapons

Type 69 RPG

An insurgent is seen using a Type 69 RPG during Watson's flashback.

Chinese Type 69 RPG - 40mm
An insurgent aims his Type 69. (S1E1)

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