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Homicide: Life on the Street
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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 X-Files, as well as HBO's The Wire. As the episode Mercy featured a crossover with 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:
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.
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.
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)
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.
Det. Frank Pembleton carries a SIG-Sauer P226 as his sidearm in Season 1, before switching to a Glock.
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 67
Some of the African Revival Movement members in the episode "Narcissus" have Smith & Wesson Model 67s.
Officer Chris Thormann (Lee Tergesen) is seen with a Colt Python in one episode. Other uniforms carry it as well.
A Taurus PT92CS appears in the episode "Secrets".
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.
A Beretta 92FS appear in the episodes "Scene of the Crime" (S04E18), "The Damage Done" (S04E20) and "Fallen Heroes: Part 1".
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".
A thug uses a stainlessTaurus PT92 in the episode "Fallen Heroes: Part 2".
Smith & Wesson 5906
A Smith & Wesson 5906 appears in the episode "Fallen Heroes: Part 1".
Different kinds of M1911A1-type pistols appear throughout the series, with different finishes and calibers.
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).
A Colt Officer is identified by name by Det. Bolander as a murder weapon in "Happy to Be Here" (S03E05).
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).
Smith & Wesson Model 629
A Smith & Wesson Model 629 appears in the episode "The Damage Done" (S04E20).
A Luger P08 appears in the episode "Shaggy Dog, City Goat", and is seen held by Det. Ballard (Callie Thorne).
IMI Desert Eagle
Junior Bunk (Mekhi Phifer) uses a chrome IMI Desert Eagle to shoot at BPD Homicide Detectives in the episode "Blood Ties".
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 66
Det. Kellerman is seen carrying a Snubnose Smith & Wesson Model 66 in the episode "Wu's on First?".
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)
A stainless Beretta M1934 is seen on the night stand of suspect Gabe Clark (uncredited) in "Cradle to Grave" (S03E10).
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.
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 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."
Colt Official Police
A Colt Official Police is used in a suicide in the episode "In Search of Crimes Past." (S03E18)
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."
The weapon used in the shooting of Patrick Garbarek in "Doll's Eyes" (S04E06) turns out to be a Davis P-32
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Michael Evans (Ron Brice) is seen loading a Smith & Wesson Model 10 in "Full Moon" (S04E17).
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.)
Bruni Olympic 5
A technician fires a Bruni Olympic 5 as part of a radio show in "The Wedding" (S04E21).
Several Remington 870s are used by Homicide Detectives in the episode "Fallen Heroes".
Mossberg 500 Cruiser
A Mossberg 500 Cruiser is seen in the episodes "Damage Done" (S04E20) and "Partners & Other Strangers".
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)
Miles Dell (Jeffrey Donovan) uses a coach gun during his killing spree in "Thrill of the Kill" (S04E04).
Smith & Wesson 916A
Baltimore uniformed police officers use Smith & Wesson 916A shotguns on occasion.
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.
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)
Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDW
Baltimore QRT officers are seen with Heckler & Koch MP5K-PDWs.
Heckler & Koch MP5K
In the episode "Hostage Part 1 & Part 2", genuine Heckler & Koch MP5Ks appear in the hands of QRT Officers.
In the episode "Hostage", QRT Snipers are seen carrying Remington 700 rifles.
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.
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.
Norinco Type 56
In the episode "Narcissus", members of the African Revival Movement are seen carrying Norinco Type 56 rifles.
In the episode "Narcissus", some members of the African Revival Movement are seen carrying M16A1 rifles.
Gorden Pratt (Steve Buscemi) is shown handling an AKMS in "End Game." (S03E14)
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.
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)