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Cowboy Bebop
Cover of the BluRay Box Set
Country Japan.jpg Japan
Creator Shinichiro Watanabe
Genre Science-Fiction
Broadcast 1998
No. of Seasons 1
No. of Episodes 26
Main Cast
Character Actor
Spike Spiegel Steven Blum (English)
Kōichi Yamadera (Japanese)
Jet Black Beau Billingslea (English)
Unshō Ishizuka (Japanese)
Faye Valentine Wendee Lee (English)
Megumi Hayashibara (Japanese)

Cowboy Bebop (カウボーイビバップ) is a 1998 Japanese anime series developed by Sunrise. It featured a production team led by director Shinichirō Watanabe, screenwriter Keiko Nobumoto, character designer Toshihiro Kawamoto, mechanical designer Kimitoshi Yamane, and composer Yoko Kanno. The twenty-six episodes of the series are set in the year 2071. It follows the adventures, misadventures and tragedies of a bounty hunter crew travelling on the Bebop, their starship.

The crew is made up of five main characters: Spike Spiegel, an exiled hitman of the ruthless Red Dragon Syndicate; Jet Black, a former ISSP officer who retired following a mob hit that cost him his arm; Faye Valentine, an amnesiac con artist who awakened in the future after a lengthy period of cryogenic hibernation; "Radical" Edward, a barefooted preteen girl who is a prolific computer hacker; and Ein, a hyper-intelligent, genetically-engineered Welsh Corgi dog.

The following weapons are seen in the anime Cowboy Bebop:


Jericho 941 R

Spike Spiegel's signature pistol is a customized IMI Jericho 941 R chambered in 9x19mm. He has installed custom grips and a frame mounted laser sight on the right side, although we never see him use it.

The original Jericho 941 came with two barrels for use with either 9mm or .41AE ammunition. A blued steel rod was intended for the 9mm round with a lighter spring, and a stainless steel rod with heavier springs for the larger load of the .41AE round. Spike's Jericho is chambered in 9mm but features a silver recoil spring. We can assume this was either due to artistic license, or part of the modifications Spike made to the gun. Worth noting that many actual owners of a Jericho 941 chambered in 9mm change the stock rod/recoil spring with an aftermarket chrome kit based on the .41 AE version, to reduce recoil and increase rate of fire.

IMI Jericho 941 R - 9x19mm
A non-firing replica of Spike Spiegel's Jericho 941 by Japanese model company 'Poseidon' with laser sight and custom grips.
Spike's Custom Jericho 941 from the Cowboy Bebop Artbook
Spike's Jericho in the opening credits.
Spike aims his Jericho 941 in the BluRay Box Set. Note the silver guide rod.
Another shot of the customized guide rod.
Note the accurate trade dress.
Spike drops his Jericho 941 in "Pierrot Le Fou".
Serial numbers clearly visible on the Blu-Ray edition.
Spike's Jericho on the ground, clearly showing the custom grips and laser sight. The serial number is again visible, showing the attention to detail the animators paid in making sure the serial numbers did not change between episodes.

Walther P99

Jet Black's signature pistol is an original-model Walther P99. Despite a lack of markings, including caliber and importer as contrasted to Spike's Jericho 941, it is specifically identifiable as a 9mm version because the slide has weight reduction cuts at the front, while the .40S&W slide does not. Of all the gun-wielding members of the Bebop's crew, Jet is perhaps the least likely to be seen with his weapon drawn; preferring instead to get up close and personal with the enhanced strength of his cybernetic arm.

The pistol appears to be a holdover from his days as an ISSP officer, since he can be seen using it in a flashback during the episode 'Black Dog Serenade'.

Walther P99 - 9x19mm
Jet aims his Walther in a flashback sequence.
Jet armed with his Walther P99 in the present day as he clears Gren's apartment in 'Jupiter Jazz, Part II'.
Jet aims his Walther P99 in 'Black Dog Serenade'.
Jet fires his P99.
Jet has his P99 disarmed by Udai.

Glock 30

Faye's signature pistol is a .45 ACP Glock 30. She draws the pistol frequently to threaten bounties but is rarely seen firing it, one of the most notable exceptions being in the episode "The Real Folk Blues Part I", when she uses it to shoot out the tires of two cars belonging to the Red Dragon Syndicate during a chase. She later fires several rounds into the ceiling of the Bebop in frustration when she fails to prevent Spike from leaving on a clear suicide mission.

Glock 30 - .45 ACP
Faye readies her Glock 30 to confront Gren in "Jupiter Jazz Part I".
Faye stays armed with her Glock while questioning Gren.
Faye surprises a bounty with her Glock 30.
"I can't breathe".
Faye aims her Glock 30.
Faye looks content after shooting out the tires of a chasing vehicle, here the trade dress is clearly visible.

Ruger P85

While preparing for the confrontation with Vicious and his men at the church in "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Spike stocks up on weapons, one of the weapons he retrieves is a Ruger P85 that he had kept hidden in the fridge of the Bebop. Though it is shown being loaded and cleaned, it is never seen in use on screen.

Ruger P85 - 9x19mm
Spike checking the P85.
Spike loading his Ruger P85. Note the accurate trade dress on the slide.

Heckler & Koch USP

In the episode "Black Dog Serenade", several prisoners aboard the ISSP prison ship can be seen with a Heckler & Koch USP when they take control, including using one to kill the pilot.

Gren also carried one in the two-part episode "Jupiter Jazz" and used it against Vicious. Police forces can also be seen using the pistol in the episode "Jamming With Edward".

Heckler & Koch USP - 9x19mm
Gren aims his H&K USP at Vicious.
Another shot of Gren aiming his USP.
Gren fires his USP.
One of the prisoners threatens the pilot with a USP, here the trade dress is clearly visible.
The pilot is clearly having a bad day when he is threatened again.
Two cops bust in on Edward carrying USP handguns.

Heckler & Koch Mark 23

In the episode "Pierrot Le Fou", ISSP bodyguards can be seen using Heckler & Koch Mark 23 pistols as their sidearms, fitted with AN/PEQ-6 Laser Aiming Modules, which prove to be no match for Mad Pierrot's skill and arsenal.

Heckler & Koch Mark 23 - .45 ACP
An ISSP bodyguard draws his Heckler & Koch Mark 23.
One of the ISSP agents cocks his Mark 23. On the Blu-Ray version the trade dress is clearly visible. Note however that the ejection port is missing in this shot.
An ISSP bodyguard fires his Mark 23 before being cut down.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

In the episode "Black Dog Serenade", Jet's former ISSP partner Fad can be seen using a Smith & Wesson Model 29 with a 4 inch barrel as his sidearm, which he keeps in a shoulder holster.

Smith & Wesson Model 29 with 4" barrel - .44 Magnum
Fad twirls his gun back into its holster.
Fad loads a single round into his Model 29 and spins the cylinder after dispatching with the remaining prisoners.
Fad brings his Model 29 to bear.
Fad aims his Model 29.
Jet checks the load of Fad's revolver.

Beretta 92FS

Surprisingly given the series' heavy John Woo influence, the Beretta 92FS is seen in only two episodes. In "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Annie gives Spike a Beretta 92FS with a stainless steel barrel along with a carton of 9x19mm ammo. Spike later dual-wields it with his Jericho during his fight with Vicious and his men.

In "The Real Folk Blues Part I", a Red Dragon member uses a Beretta 92FS to fire at Julia and Faye.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
While only on screen for a few moments, its first appearance is highly detailed.
Spike examines the Beretta.
Spike loads a mag into his 92FS.
A Red Dragon member fires his Beretta at Julia.

Beretta 950BS Jetfire

In the episode "Stray Dog Strut", the three scientists after Hakim appear to be using modified Beretta 950 Jetfires sporting wood grips and suppressors. Unfortunately, they never get the chance to use them.

Beretta 950BS Jetfire - .25 ACP
The scientists aiming identical suppressed Jetfires, maybe they got a discount.
Closeup of the Jetfire showing the thumb safety, indicating that it is the later (post-1968) 950BS model.
A Jetfire laying on the ground after Hakim knocks out all three of his attackers.

Browning Hi-Power

The Browning Hi-Power and its variants seem to be popular weapons in the Cowboy Bebop universe, appearing in the episodes "Honky Tonk Women", "Ballad of Fallen Angels", and "Ganymede Elegy".

Commercial Browning Hi Power Mark III - 9x19mm
A Browning Hi-Power hidden in a secret compartment.
A spacesuit-clad mobster fires a Browning Hi-Power at Spike seconds before being disarmed.
A Red Dragon Syndicate member looks smug with his Browning Hi-Power...
...And then not so smug. Nice closeup of the gun, though.
Rhint's Browning Hi-Power lands in Elise's lap in "Ganymede Elegy".
Elisa aims the Browning Hi-Power.

Colt Combat Commander

In "The Real Folk Blues Part I", Vicious uses a 9mm Colt Commander to threaten Julia. She later uses it when she and Spike are engaged in a shootout with Red Dragon Syndicate members.

Colt Combat Commander - 9mm
Vicious places the Colt Commander on the table. The trade dress is not visually accurate but the wording is clear.
Vicious holds the Colt Commander to Julia's head.

Walther P5

A Walther P5 is used by a bounty named 'Giraffe' in the episode "Sympathy for the Devil".

One can also be seen in the hands of one of the gangsters that captures Faye following the shootout at the Chinese pharmacy in "Honky Tonk Women".

Walther P5 - 9x19mm
'Giraffe' holding his Walther P5.
'Giraffe' aims his P5.

Walther PPK

A Walther PPK can be seen in the episodes "Asteroid Blues" and "Sympathy for the Devil".

Walther PPK - .380 ACP
A female bounty draws her Walther PPK in "Asteroid Blues".
The antagonist in "Sympathy for the Devil" drops his Walther PPK.

SIG-Sauer P226

Shin (and likely his brother Lin) carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his weapon of choice.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
Shin fires his P226 to cover Spike's escape from The Loser bar.
Classic John Woo-style pose.
Shin points his SIG at Spike.
Shin levels his P226 to cover Spike.

Colt Single Action Army

In the episode "Cowboy Funk", Cowboy Andy uses a pair of Colt Single Action Army revolvers as his primary sidearm, in keeping with his old west motif.

The Colt SAA also makes infrequent appearances in the title sequence of Big Shot, the bounty-hunting show featured throughout the series.

Colt Single Action Army "Artillery model" with 5.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt
Cowboy Andy with his SAA.
Andy mistakenly assumes Jet is Teddy Bomber.
Andy fans the hammer of his Single Action Army in the climactic showdown with Spike.
Judy and Punch pose with SAAs at the start of a Big Shot episode.

Desert Eagle

In episode 2, "Stray Dog Strut", Hakim uses a Desert Eagle to threaten the man who stole his briefcase. The weapon is drawn smaller than normal in his hands, close to the size of a compact pistol, possibly to emphasize Hakim's towering stature.

Desert Eagle - .357 Magnum
Hakim holding up a civilian with his Desert Eagle. It's mis-sized, but he is a huge dude.

Fictional Thompson Contender

Appearing in only one episode, "Sympathy for the Devil", Spike uses a break-action, single-shot pistol loaded with a custom round made from a rare mineral against the primary antagonist in the climax of the episode.

Its function and form appears to be based on the Thompson Center Arms Contender, but is entirely fictional, including a cut in the muzzle to act as a compensator.

Thompson Center G2 Contender 14" Target Pistol - .223 Remington
Spike prepares to take the pistol with him.
Spike chambers the one-of-a-kind round.
Spike swings the barrel closed.
Spike fires the pistol in the climax.

Fictional Colt 1911

Also appearing only once in the episode "Sympathy for the Devil", this fictional pistol appears to be partially based on the M1911. Some variety of compensator or barrel weight is attached to the front of the pistol. Wen fires off a whopping 18 shots with it before reloading, suggesting it uses 18(or 17+1) rounds double-stack magazine.

World War II Colt M1911A1 Pistol - .45 ACP.
Wen aims his pistol at Spike.
Reloading, giving a good view of the taller rear sight to line up with the front sight on the compensator/weight.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5K

In "Honky Tonk Women", Faye's debut episode, she uses a Heckler & Koch MP5K to defend herself from the mobsters she was trying to escape from, though is forced to surrender when they answer her MP5K with their own handheld minigun.

It is also used by Red Dragon henchmen in "The Real Folks Blues", and briefly seen in a photograph when Jet is describing the history of the 'Space Warriors' (an eco-terrorist group) in "Gateway Shuffle".

Heckler & Koch MP5K - 9x19mm
Faye loads her MP5K with a mag from her grocery bag.
Faye fires her MP5K.
Looking down the sights of the MP5K.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Appearing only once in the opening of the episode "Asteroid Blues", the Heckler & Koch MP5A3 is briefly seen in the hands of Red Dragon enforcers during the opening shootout.

Two versions appear, one fitted with a Surefire forend weaponlight, and one without. Both appear to have two magazines in a dual mag clamp.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy trigger group and Surefire dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
A Red Dragon enforcer firing his MP5A3.
A second enforcer wielding an MP5A3. This version has the Surefire Forend.


In the episode "Gateway Shuffle", a group of environmental terrorists calling themselves the "Space Warriors" can be seen brandishing MAC-10 machine pistols.

The MAC-10 also makes a brief appearance in two other episodes, fitted with a suppressor. In the hands of several mobsters after Faye in "Honky Tonk Women", and by Mad Pierrot in the episode "Pierrot Le Fou".

MAC-10 - .45 ACP
The "Space Warriors" open up on a rude customer with MAC-10s.
The business end of the MAC-10.
More "Space Warriors" fire their MAC-10s.
Another profile shot of the MAC-10.
MAC-10 with Sionics suppressor - .45 ACP
Mad Pierrot draws a suppressed MAC-10 and an Uzi.
Two mobsters holding MAC-10 machine pistols.

Intratec TEC-9

In the episode "Waltz for Venus", several of Piccaro Calvino's thugs can be seen using TEC-9 machine pistols.

Intratec TEC-9 - 9x19mm
One of the thugs holding his TEC-9.
Another thug aims his TEC-9 at Rocco.

Steyr TMP

During Spike's raid on the Red Dragon Syndicate headquarters in the episode "Real Folk Blues", Syndicate henchmen can be seen using Steyr TMP machine pistols, among other weapons.

Steyr TMP - 9x19mm
A Red Dragon Syndicate member dies while firing his Steyr TMP.
A Red Dragon thug fires his TMP.


Several PM-98 submachine guns can be seen in use by hijackers in the episode "Waltz for Venus".

PM-98 - 9x19mm
A hijacker brandishes threatens passengers with a PM-98.
Another hijacker smacks a passenger with her PM-98.
The same hijacker showing the business end of her PM-98 shortly before Faye knocks her out.


In the episode "Asteroid Blues", several mobsters can be seen wielding IMI Uzis while chasing their stolen property and shooting up a bar.

The Uzi also makes two other minor appearances, once in the episode "Toys in the Attic" where a full-sized Uzi can be seen among the many items Faye has won from Jet, and once in the episode "Pierrot Le Fou", briefly being drawn together with a MAC-10 by Tongpu.

IMI Uzi - 9x19mm
A henchman busts through a door and opens up with an Uzi.
One henchman brandishes an Uzi while his comrade fires a MAC-10.
"I'm not a pawn shop, you know."
Mad Pierrot draws a suppressed MAC-10 and an Uzi.


Heckler & Koch G36

In the episode "Jupiter Jazz Part II", Gren, Vicious, and several other soldiers can be seen using full-sized Heckler & Koch G36 rifles in Gren's flashback to combat on Jupiter's moon Titan.

Heckler & Koch G36 - 5.56x45mm
Gren and Vicious fire their G36 rifles.
Gren holding his G36 close while lighting a cigarette.
Several soldiers playing cards, their rifles set to the side.

Heckler & Koch G3

The Heckler & Koch G3 is seen in the hands of the Red Dragon firing squad in episode 25, "The Real Folk Blues Pt 1". They appear to be fitted with slimline grips.

Heckler & Koch G3A3 with slimline handguard - 7.62x51mm NATO
Two Red Dragon members brandishing their G3s.
A Red Dragon member firing the G3.

Sniper Rifles

Heckler & Koch PSG1

In the episode "Black Dog Serenade", Jet's ISSP partner Fad uses a Heckler & Koch PSG1 sniper rifle in a flashback sequence.

Heckler & Koch PSG1 - 7.62x51mm NATO
Fad holding a Heckler & Koch PSG1.
Fad aims the PSG1.


Remington 870

In the episode "Cowboy Funk", the guard escorting Ted Bower, the "Teddy Bomber", is carrying a Remington 870 pump-action shotgun with black synthetic furniture. In "The Real Folk Blues Part I", Spike retrieves a Remington 870 with a pistol grip and a polymer pump handle from a box in the back of Annie's store and uses it during the shootout that ensues.

Remington 870 with black furniture - 12 gauge
Remington Model 870 Police Magnum with folding stock - 12 gauge
Spike loading up the Remington.
Close-up of Spike loading a shell. Note the "Remington Wingmaster" trade dress on the side of the receiver.
Spike prepares for the shooting to start.
Spike takes a shot while on the move.


M79 Grenade Launcher

When Spike faces Vicious at the church, one of his men fires on him with an M79 Grenade Launcher, though fails to score a hit and is ultimately killed by Spike.

M79 grenade launcher - 40mm
A Red Dragon member aims his M79.
A Red Dragon takes cover with his M79.

Fictional China Lake Launcher

In the episode "Mushroom Samba", the youngest Shaft brother wields what appears to be a fictional pump-action grenade launcher, similar in function to the real-life China Lake Launcher.

One is also used by Mad Pierrot in the episode "Pierrot Le Fou", and by a Red Dragon thug in the episode "The Real Folk Blues Part 1".

China Lake launcher - 40mm
Shaft draws his fictional grenade launcher.
Shaft draws his launcher on the train.

Arwen 37

In the episode "Mushroom Samba", Coffy uses a stylized Arwen 37 to fire on Shaft as he attempts to board the train.

Later in the episode "Bohemian Rhapsody", Jonathan wields another stylized Arwen 37 of the same design in order to threaten Hex, and later fires several rounds in crazed frustration upon realizing Hex has gone senile in his old age.

ARWEN 37 - 37mm
Coffy drawing her stylized Arwen. Most of the differences from the real thing are in the shortened drum.
"Brotha, get out of my way!"

Converted Winchester 1894

In the episode "Cowboy Funk", Cowboy Andy uses a lever-action grenade launcher during the chase with Teddy Bomber which appears to be at least stylistically based on a Winchester Model 1894.

The grenade launcher is fitted with a large lever loop (a la the earlier Winchester Model 1887 from Terminator 2). In a sequence very reminiscent of the film, Andy draws and flip-cocks the Launcher one handed while riding a horse.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Andy draws his grenade launcher.
Andy aims and fires his grenade launcher while riding with the reins between his teeth, in true John Wayne fashion.
The launcher in Andy's holster, showing the sawn-off stock.

M67 Hand Grenade

In the episode "Ballad of Fallen Angels", Spike empties a paper bag full of M67 hand grenades onto a table while preparing to confront Vicious at the Church, later using them to dispatch several of his men.

Unlike the real M67 grenade, these have grey bodies and no apparent markings.

M67 fragmentation grenade
Spike empties his stockpile of M67 grenades.
Spike tosses one while pinned down.



Appearing in the episode "Toys in the Attic", Spike initially uses this flamethrower to roast some kebabs, but later turns it against an unknown creature incapacitating the crew.

This episode borrows heavily from Alien, and appears to be partially based on the M240 Flamethrower from its sequel Aliens, however the similarities are limited.

An illustration from the Cowboy Bebop Artbook showing Spike's Flamethrower.
Spike attatches the gas canister to his flamethrower.
Spike ignites the pilot on his flamethrower.
Spike slings his flamethrower over his shoulder to hunt the creature.
Spike leveling the flamethrower.

Hand Held GE M134 Minigun

In the episode "Honky Tonk Women", the mobsters that capture Faye force her to surrender when they respond to her MP5K barrage by returning fire with a handheld M134 Minigun, decimating the Chinese pharmacy she was in.

Airsoft handheld M134 Minigun with "chainsaw" grip to handle the weapon, as seen in Terminator 2: Judgment Day - (fake) 7.61x51mm NATO
A mobster emerges through the sunroof of a car brandishing an M134 Minigun. Judging by where his left hand is, it appears to have the Terminator 2-style chainsaw grip.
Closeup of the muzzle of the M134 Minigun as it fires.

M197 Vulcan

In the episode "Honky Tonk Women", the mob-run casino ship can be seen armed with an M197 Vulcan mounted to the deck, which appears to have a futuristic version of the Raytheon Phalanx Close-In Weapon System.

M197 Vulcan - 20mm
The Vulcan is leveled at Faye's ship.


In the episode "Jupiter Jazz Part II", a ZU-23-2 is very briefly seen in Gren's flashbacks to his service days with Vicious.

ZU-23-2 - 23mm
The ZU-23-2 being fired. It appears the animators understand how muzzle flashes work.

Cane Gun

In the episode "Pierrot Le Fou", the title character can be seen brandishing a fictional cane gun as his primary weapon, firing a massive number of shots (as opposed to real cane guns usually being loaded with only one round) and demonstrating incredible accuracy - he is able to shoot out the window of an armored car with a repeated barrage of bullets to the same spot.

It's actually ejecting a shell. He also appears to be using his thumb as a sight, which is a clever way to get around the fact that a cane has no sights.
Pierrot fires his cane gun at a cat.
The muzzle of the cane gun, giving another good look at the end of the rifling grooves.


Various weapons can be seen when Faye is held at gunpoint in the episode "Honky Tonk Women". Mad Pierrot displays an impressive arsenal hidden in his coat in the episode "Pierrot Le Fou" which he pulls several weapons from.

In the episode "Stray Dog Strut", an assortment of melee weapons, pistols, and rifles can be seen when Spike visits a gunshop looking for info after impressing the owner with his knowledge of nunchaku.

Faye being held up at several gun points. Counterclockwise Identification: Walther P5, Suppressed MAC-10, Browning BDM, 3 CZ75s, and another suppressed MAC-10.
Like a kid in a candy store. A very violent candy store.
Various pistols can seen on the lower shelf, including what looks like a Colt Dragoon on the bottom left.
Mad Pierrot shows he has enough weapons hidden away in his coat to take over a small country.
I'm sure he purchased these legally.

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