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Homicide: Life on the Street
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Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Channel NBC
Genre Police Procedural
Broadcast 1993 – 1999
No. of Seasons 7
No. of Episodes 122

Homicide: Life on the Street is an American police TV drama that originally aired on NBC. The show was loosely based on David Simon's 1991 non-fiction book Homicide: A Year on the Killing Streets. It follows the Baltimore Police Department's Homicide Unit.

Upon the show's conclusion Richard Belzer's character John Munch would appear as a regular cast member in multiple Law & Order shows, as well making minor appearances where the character is identified by name in Fox's Arrested Development and The X-Files, as well as HBO's The Wire. As the episode Mercy featured a crossover with the NBC hospital drama St. Elsewhere, these crossovers have resulted in significant amounts of television being trapped in that show's infamous twist ending.

The following weapons were used in the TV Series Homicide: Life on the Street:


Glock pistols

The standard issue to the Baltimore Police Department is the Glock 17 and the Glock 19, which at the time was standard issue in real life. Detectives appear to switch between Glock 17s and Glock 19s throughout the series. Glocks are carried by Detective John Munch (Richard Belzer), Detective Beau Felton (Daniel Baldwin), Detective Meldrick Lewis (Clark Johnson), Detective Mike Kellerman (Reed Diamond), Detective Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor), Detective Frank Pembleton (Andre Braugher), Detective Stu Gharty (Peter Gerety), Detective Laura Ballard (Callie Thorne), Detective Paul Falsone (Jon Seda), and Captain Megan Russert (Isabella Hofmann), as well as most of the lesser officers and detectives. BPD officers nowadays use Glock 22s in real life. Lieutenant Al Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) briefly uses one in the episode "Fallen Heroes". In the episode "Fallen Heroes", Junior Bunk (Mekhi Phifer) takes a detective's Glock from his desk and uses it to kill three police officers in the Homicide Squad room. He then continues firing at other officers and detectives before being shot and killed. Of an interesting note, while most detectives fire their weapon using a two-handed grip, Detective Frank Pembleton often fires his Glock one-handed. Detectives Munch, Felton, and Falsone carry their Glocks in shoulder holsters, while all other detectives carry them in paddle holsters.

Glock 17

Glock 17 (2nd generation) - 9mm
Lt. Russert (Isabella Hofmann) offers Pembleton his 2nd gen Glock 17 in "Nearer My God to Thee" (S03E01).
Pembleton takes it.
Pembleton tries to talk Ronnie Sayers into putting his gun down.
A good shot of Pembleton's Glock 17.
Bayliss examines Munch's Glock 17 in "Law & Disorder" (S03E15).
Bayliss and Pembleton barge in on a murder suspect with guns drawn in "I've Got a Secret" (S04E11)

Glock 19

Glock 19 (2nd generation) - 9mm
Detective Bayliss unloads his Glock 19 because Robert Ellison (Robin Williams) wants to hold it in "Bop Gun" (S02E01). While he removed the magazine, he did not eject the round in the chamber.
Robert Ellison (Robin Williams) takes the Glock 19.
Bayliss robs the convenience store because he's short eleven cents.
Kellerman's misfiring Glock 19 in "Damage Done" (S04E20).

Colt Detective Special

Sergeant Kay Howard (Melissa Leo) both use nickel and blued 3rd generation Colt Detective Specials. Det. Stanley Bolander (Ned Beatty) carries a blued 3rd generation DS. Various other minor detectives are also seen using nickel DSs.

Colt Detective Special Nickel 3rd Gen - .38 Special)
Bolander keeps his DS drawn but out of sight as he and Munch confront a suspect in "A Shot in the Dark." (S1E04)
Detective Howard turns in her DS upon entering a prison in "Bop Gun" (S02E01).
The Colt style cylinder release is very evident in this shot.
Detective Howard reholsters her DS upon leaving the prison.
"Drak" Fortunato (Kevin Thigpen) with a nickel plated Detective Special in "Damage Done" (S04E20).

Smith & Wesson Model 60

Lieutenant Al Giardello (Yaphet Kotto) and Sergeant Kay Howard (Melissa Leo) carry the Smith & Wesson Model 60 on and off throughout the series. Lt. Russert (Isabella Hofmann) carries one in "All Through the House" (S03E08)

Smith & Wesson Model 60, stainless variant of the Model 36 - .38 Special.
Howard and Felton arrest a suspect in "Ghost of a Chance." (S1E02)
Sergeant Kay Howard (Melissa Leo) holds the revolver.
Lt. Russert (Isabella Hofmann) with her S&W 60 drawn.
Det. Theresa Walker (Gloria Reuben) with a S&W 60 in "Dead End." (S03E13)
Howard draws her S&W 60 to return fire at a suspect, but is unable to get off a shot in "The Wedding" (S04E21).
Giardello takes the suspect down in "The Wedding" (S04E21).

Beretta 92FS Centurion

Det. Tim Bayliss (Kyle Secor)carries a Beretta 92FS Centurion as his sidearm in the first few episodes of Season 1, before switching to a Glock.

Beretta 92FS Centurion - 9x19mm.
Bayliss has his Beretta 92FS Centurion drawn as he and uniforms clear a house in "Son of a Gun." (S1E03)

SIG-Sauer P226

Det. Frank Pembleton carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm in Season 1, before switching to a Glock.

A factory black (K-Kote) SIG-Sauer P226 pistol chambered in 9x19mm.
Pembleton draws his P226 when confronted by attack dogs in "A Shot in the Dark." (S1E04)
A P226 dropped by a murder victim in "Scene of the Crime" (S04E18).

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Smith & Wesson Model 15s are carried by BPD officers in Season 1. Officer Chris Thormann (Lee Tergesen) is seen carrying one in flashbacks in the episode "Double Blind".

Smith & Wesson Model 15 .38 Special

Smith & Wesson Model 67

Some of the African Revival Movement members in the episode "Narcissus" have Smith & Wesson Model 67s.

Smith & Wesson Model 67 - .38 Special

Colt Python

Officer Chris Thormann (Lee Tergesen) is seen with a Colt Python in one episode. Other uniforms carry it as well.

Colt Python with 4" Barrel and factory wood grips - .357 Magnum
Colt Python seen in holster of Officer Thormann as he greets Detectives Munch and Bolander in "Ghost of a Chance." (S1E02)
A uniform holds his Python to the back of a suspect's head in "And the Rockets' Dead Glare" (S1E07). The Python is cocked, and Det. Bolander warns the officer to calm down.
The officer decocks and holsters his Python to handcuff the suspect.

Taurus PT92CS

A Taurus PT92CS appears in the episode "Secrets".

Taurus PT92CS - Stainless version of the Compact PT92C - 9x19mm

Astra Terminator

An Astra Terminator appears in the episode "Secrets", and is misidentified as a ".44 Caliber Smith & Wesson". The cylinder release latch and the grips, however, ID it as an Astra and not a Smith & Wesson.

Stainless Astra Terminator - .44 Magnum

Beretta 92FS

A Beretta 92FS appear in the episodes "Scene of the Crime" (S04E18), "The Damage Done" (S04E20) and "Fallen Heroes: Part 1".

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
A murder victim with a Beretta in his hand in "Scene of the Crime" (S04E18).
Forrest Pendell (Akil Wingate) shoots a truck drive with what appears to be a Beretta 92FS in "The Damage Done" (S04E20).

Beretta 92FS Inox

A Beretta 92FS Inox is identified as the murder weapon in the episode "Saigon Rose". Gordon Pratt (Steve Buscemi) uses two Beretta Inox's to shoot Detectives Felton (Daniel Baldwin), Bolander (Ned Beatty), and Howard (Melissa Leo) in the episode "The City that Bleeds". Another Beretta 92FS Inox is seen used by Luther Mahoney (Erik Dellums) in the episode "Deception".

Beretta 92FS Inox - 9mm
A gunman fires upon Felton, Howard, Bolander and Munch in "The City That Bleeds." (S03E12)
Even though the gunman is eventually revealed to be Gordon Pratt, played by Steve Buscemi, it is unlikely that this particular gunman was played by Buscemi, who did not appear until two episodes later.

Taurus PT92

A thug uses a stainlessTaurus PT92 in the episode "Fallen Heroes: Part 2".

Taurus PT92AFS (Stainless) with Slimline Black Factory Grips - 9x19mm

Smith & Wesson 5906

A Smith & Wesson 5906 appears in the episode "Fallen Heroes: Part 1".

Smith & Wesson 5906 - 9x19mm.


Different kinds of M1911A1-type pistols appear throughout the series, with different finishes and calibers.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol Commercial - .45 ACP
A suspect retrieves an M1911-type pistol in "Ghost of a Chance." (S1E02)
An M1911-type pistol is bagged for evidence in the teaser of "A Shot in the Dark." (S1E04)
Kellerman takes away an M1911-type pistol away from the motel night clerk (Karen Tsen Lee) in "Full Moon" (S04E17)
Jake Rodzinsky (Bruce Campbell) prepares to shoot his father's dog in "Justice: Part 2" (S04E14).

AMT Hardballer

Harry Prentice (Wilford Brimley) uses an AMT Hardballer in "See No Evil" (S02E02). Another AMT Hardballer (possibly the same prop) is owned by "Kid Funkadelic" (Antonio D. Charity) and is the murder weapon in "Bop Gun" (S02E01).

AMT Hardballer with 5" barrel - .45 ACP
Terminally-ill Harry Prentice (Wilford Brimley) asks his son Chuckie (Michael Chaban) to kill him with an AMT Hardballer in "See No Evil" (S02E02).
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"Kid Funkadelic" with his AMT Hardballer in "Bop Gun."

Colt Officer

A Colt Officer is identified by name by Det. Bolander as a murder weapon in "Happy to Be Here" (S03E05).

Colt Compact M1991A1 - .45 ACP - the Colt Compact is the Parkerized version of the Colt Officer's ACP
Det. Bolander holds up the Colt Officer.

Walther PPK

In the episode "Wu's on First?", a thug is seen pulling a Walther PPK on Det. Kellerman (Reed Diamond), and his brothers Drew (Eric Stoltz) and Greg (Tate Donovan).

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka 9x17mm (.380 ACP)

Smith & Wesson Model 629

A Smith & Wesson Model 629 appears in the episode "The Damage Done" (S04E20).

Smith & Wesson Model 629 with Hogue Grips - .44 Magnum.
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Luger P08

A Luger P08 appears in the episode "Shaggy Dog, City Goat", and is seen held by Det. Ballard (Callie Thorne).

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm

IMI Desert Eagle

Junior Bunk (Mekhi Phifer) uses a chrome IMI Desert Eagle to shoot at BPD Homicide Detectives in the episode "Blood Ties".

IMI Desert Eagle - .50 AE

Smith & Wesson Model 686

Bayliss' cousin, Jim (David Morse), uses a Smith & Wesson Model 686 to shoot a suspected burglar in the episode "Colors". (S03E19)

Smith & Wesson Model 686 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum.
Jim Bayliss with the Smith & Wesson 686. The colors are distorted because this is a Rashamon-like flashback, which is unusual for the series.
The ballistics tech test fires the revolver into a vat of water.

Smith & Wesson Model 66

Det. Kellerman is seen carrying a Snubnose Smith & Wesson Model 66 in the episode "Wu's on First?".

Smith & Wesson Model 66 Snub with Pachmayr grips - .357 Magnum

Colt 1860 Army

A suspect has two Colt 1860 Army revolvers mounted in a display on his wall in "The Last of the Watermen". (S03E07)

Colt 1860 Army - .44 caliber.
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Beretta M1934

A stainless Beretta M1934 is seen on the night stand of suspect Gabe Clark (uncredited) in "Cradle to Grave" (S03E10).

Beretta Model 1934 Stainless - .380 ACP.
A stainless Beretta M1934 on the nightstand.

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

Ronnie Sayers (Sean Nelson) carries a Bruni/BBM "ME-8 Police" blank firing gun in "Every Mother's Son." (S03E09) Dialogue reveals that it is supposed to be chambered in .32 ACP.

A Bruni/BBM "ME-8 Police" 8mm blank firing gun (used to impersonate a Walther PPK)
The hammer is visible, and it's clear that there is no safety lever.
The trigger differs from a real PPK as well.
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Smith & Wesson 4004

Pembleton and Lewis are running down a list of registered owners of .40 Smith & Wessons, and come across an owner who confesses to using her Smith & Wesson 4004 in an unrelated murder.

Smith & Wesson 4004 - .40 S&W
Pembleton finds the S&W 4004 in "Law and Disorder" (S03E15)
Pembleton hands it over to Lewis.
"Law and Disorder" (S03E15)

Smith & Wesson 4006

A Smith & Wesson 4006 is revealed as a murder weapon in "Law and Disorder." (S03E15) In the case, Pembleton and Lewis search for registered owners of a ".40 Smith & Wesson."

Smith & Wesson 4006 - .40 S&W
The 4006 lies on the suspect's bed.

Colt Official Police

A Colt Official Police is used in a suicide in the episode "In Search of Crimes Past." (S03E18)

Colt Official Police - 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Lewis with the suicide weapon.

Colt M1911 (9mm)

The murder weapon in "Autofocus" (S04E03) is a Colt M1911 chambered in 9mm. During the course of the investigation, Det. Lewis states that it's either a Colt or "a 9mm AMT."

Colt MK IV Series 80 Stainless - .45 ACP
Trevor Douglas (John Epps) showing off his Colt.
Lewis with the bagged murder weapon. Notice the crimp in the 9mm magazine.

Davis P-32

The weapon used in the shooting of Patrick Garbarek in "Doll's Eyes" (S04E06) turns out to be a Davis P-32

Davis P-32 - .32 ACP
Pembleton confronts the shooter with the P-32.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

Michael Evans (Ron Brice) is seen loading a Smith & Wesson Model 10 in "Full Moon" (S04E17).

Smith & Wesson Model M&P Revolver with long barrel and Gold Medallion grips - .38 Special
Michael Evans loads the S&W 10.
Lewis finds it under the sheets.

SIG-Sauer P228

Augie Distel (Donald Neal) hands Jake Rodzinsky (Bruce Campbell) his SIG-Sauer P228 in "Justice: Part 2" (S04E14). Jake eventually goes with a nickel plated M1911-type. (See above.)

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm. This is a really well worn movie blank adapted gun
Augie loads the P228. He mentions that it is "German-made" and has a "14-round clip."
The rounded trigger guard is seen in this shot.

Bruni Olympic 5

A technician fires a Bruni Olympic 5 as part of a radio show in "The Wedding" (S04E21).

Bruni Olympic 5 with black finish - .380 blanks
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Remington 870

Several Remington 870s are used by Homicide Detectives in the episode "Fallen Heroes".

Remington 870 - 12 gauge

Mossberg 500 Cruiser

A Mossberg 500 Cruiser is seen in the episodes "Damage Done" (S04E20) and "Partners & Other Strangers".

Mossberg 500 Cruiser with heat shield - 12 gauge
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Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun appears in the episode "Shaggy Dog, City Goat". Det. Lewis takes one away when it's shoved in his face in "All Through the House." (S03E08)

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 Gauge.
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Coach Gun

Miles Dell (Jeffrey Donovan) uses a coach gun during his killing spree in "Thrill of the Kill" (S04E04).

Colt Model 1878 reproduction - 12 Gauge
Miles Dell with the coach gun. The roles of Miles and Newton Dell are actually the first television roles for actor Jeffrey Donovan.
The coach gun beside Miles in his truck.

Smith & Wesson 916A

Baltimore uniformed police officers use Smith & Wesson 916A shotguns on occasion.

Smith & Wesson Model 916A - 12 gauge
"Hate Crimes" (S04E05)

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

BPD QRT officers are seen using Heckler & Koch MP5A3s in most episodes, most notably in "The City That Bleeds". In later seasons, they have Navy Trigger Groups and Forelights.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 - 9mm
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Navy trigger group - 9x19mm
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A QRT officer with an MP5 in "Sniper (Part 2)" (S04E09)

Fake Heckler & Koch MP5K

The Daisy Airsoft Model 15's stand in for Heckler & Koch MP5K as the standard weapon for the BPD QRT Unit in the episode "In Search of Crimes Past." (S03E18)

Daisy Airsoft Model 15 MP5K
Faux MP5K in the hands of QRT officers.
A nice close-up.

Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW

Baltimore QRT officers are seen with Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDWs.

MP5K-PDW with its extended barrel with 3 lugs & folding stock - 9x19mm
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Heckler & Koch MP5K

In the episode "Hostage Part 1 & Part 2", genuine Heckler & Koch MP5Ks appear in the hands of QRT Officers.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack - 9x19mm. This is a very well worn Motion picture weapon

Rifles/Assault Rifles

Remington 700

In the episode "Hostage", QRT Snipers are seen carrying Remington 700 rifles.

Remington 700PSS with Harris bipod, in .300 Win Mag

Heckler & Koch HK91 (mocked up as SR9)

William Mariner (Andrew Parks) uses a Heckler & Koch HK91 mocked up as an H&K SR9 during his killing spree in "Sniper (Part 1)" (S04E08). During the investigation, Homicide detectives determined that they were looking for an "HK" in ".308." Given that Mariner was an insurance executive who was a former military sharpshooter, it would make sense for him to have such an expensive rifle.

HK91-A2 Rifle with Standard Stock Note lack of third position for automatic fire - 7.62x51mm NATO
H&K SR9(TC) rifle with tropical forearm and bipod - 7.62x51mm. The TC version has the PSG buttstock as well as the trigger pack.
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M1 Carbine

Alex Robey (David Eigenberg) uses a scoped M1 Carbine during his copycat shooting spree in "Sniper (Part 2)" (S04E09). Detectives incorrectly state that the rifle is chamber in ".308" like the faux SR9 of the first sniper. A ballistics expert later identifies it as a "M1A Carbine," which is even more confusing.

Post-war M1 Carbine with 30 round magazine and metal barrel shroud - .30 Carbine
Robey with his M1 Carbine. (Even though Robey is played by David Eigenberg, none of the shots of the sniper with his weapon show the sniper's face or have any dialogue, so it could be anybody.)
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Robey loads .30 Carbine rounds into a magazine. It'd be very difficult to mistake .30 Carbine casings for .308 casings.

Norinco Type 56

In the episode "Narcissus", members of the African Revival Movement are seen carrying Norinco Type 56 rifles.

Norinco Type 56 - 7.62x39mm.


In the episode "Narcissus", some members of the African Revival Movement are seen carrying M16A1 rifles.

M16A1 with A2 style handguards - 5.56x45mm.


Gorden Pratt (Steve Buscemi) is shown handling an AKMS in "End Game." (S03E14)

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
Pratt with the AKMS.

Unidentified AR-15 variant

The viewers first glimpse of Gordon Pratt is a picture of him holding an unidentified AR-15 variant. It has triangular A1 hand guards, and a 20-round magazine.

Colt AR-15 Sporter-1 (SP1) - 5.56x45mm
Pratt's tribute to Lee Harvey Oswald.


Gun Rack

Victor (Bruno Kirby) and Danny (Richard Edson) go into a gun shop intent on buying a gun, but don't follow through because Victor refuses to pay taxes in "Gas Man." (S03E20)

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