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Inspector Morse

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Inspector Morse
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DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Language English
Channel ITV
Creator Colin Dexter
Anthony Minghella
Kenny McBain
Ted Childs
Genre Detective
Broadcast 1987–2000
No. of Seasons 12
No. of Episodes 33
Main Cast
Character Actor
Chief Inspector Morse John Thaw
Detective Sergeant Lewis Kevin Whately
Chief Superintendent Strange James Grout
Dr Max DeBryn Peter Woodthorpe
Dr Grayling Russell Amanda Hillwood
Dr Laura Hobson Clare Holman

Inspector Morse is a British detective drama TV series based on novels by Colin Dexter and starring John Thaw as DCI Morse and Kevin Whately as DS Lewis. Stories are mostly set in Oxford, often connected with the University of Oxford.

Series have two spin-offs: Lewis (2006-2015), depicting now-promoted Inspector Lewis (Kevin Whately), and Endeavour (2012-current), portraying young Morse (Shaun Evans) and set in 1960s.

The following weapons were used in the television series Inspector Morse:


Colt Detective Special

Hugo De Vries (Ian McDiarmid) uses a Colt Detective Special in the climactic scene in "Masonic Mysteries" (S04E04).

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Round Butt - .38 Special
De Vries raises his revolver at Morse.
He holds the gun at Morse's head.
A closeup of the front of the revolver.
A good general view of the gun. Note the missing firing pin. The revolver is incapable of firing.
De Vries draws the revolver when his car is blocked by police.

Smith & Wesson Model 10HB

In "Promised Land" (S05E05), set in Australia, New South Wales Police personnel, notably Sergeant Scott Humphries (John Jarratt), carry Smith & Wesson Model 10HB revolvers (correct sidearm for early 1990s). Police constable Nora Curtis (Katrina Levon), acting as a bodyguard for Dr. Esther Martin, carries a Model 10HB revolver with 4" barrel and gold medallion grips in "The Day of the Devil" (S07E02).

Smith & Wesson Model 10 with 3" barrel - .38 Special
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Sergeant Humphries carries his revolver in holster in "Promised Land".
Detective Inspector Glenn McAllister (Max Phipps) suggests Morse to take a revolver when Morse goes on negotiations with criminal Paul Matthews.
A police sniper with M16 and a revolver in holster.
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Humphries holds his revolver in the climactic scene.
McAllister and Detective Gary Warrender (Peter Browne) with revolvers. McAllister's revolver seems to be same S&w Model 10 HB while Warrender (at the right) holds a snub nose revolver.
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WPC Curtis loads her revolver in "The Day of the Devil".
In the climactic scene she fires.
Curtis aims the revolver at Barrie.
Another view of Curtis' revolver.

Enfield No.2 Mk.1*

In "The Day of the Devil" (S07E02) Steven Trevors (Gavin Richards) loads an Enfield No.2 Mk.1* revolver after his wife Holly (Gilly Coman) returns home after her abduction. Later Holly uses this revolver against John Peter Barrie (Keith Allen) but she drops the gun after a single shot, and Barrie takes the revolver and uses it in the climactic scene.

Enfield No.2 Mk.1* - .38 S&W
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Steven Trevors loads the revolver. Note the bobbed hammer.
Holly Trevors, eyes closed, fires at Barrie.
Barrie in woman disguise aims the revolver at entering Esther Martin.
Another view of Barrie's revolver.

Webley Bulldog

A Webley Bulldog is an exhibit on "Crime and Punishment in Victorian Times" exhibition in "The Wench Is Dead" (S11E01).

Webley British Bulldog - .45 caliber - 1870s
A Webley Bulldog revolver and a percussion cap pocket pistol are seen on the exhibition.

Various revolvers

Various revolvers that aren't clear enough for identification appear throughout the series.

Detective Gary Warrender (Peter Browne) holds a snub nose revolver (at the right) in the climactic scene in "Promised Land" (S05E05).
A constable at the left holds a nondescript snub nose revolver in the climactic scene in "The Day of the Devil" (S07E02).
A constable behind Morse holds a revolver in same scene.


Welrod Mark II

In "The Last Enemy" (S03E02) a suppressed gun is the murder weapon. Pathologist identified the bullet as .32 caliber, and DS Lewis claims that suppressed pistol in .32 caliber must be a Welrod Pistol, that Lewis had seen in local war museum. The screen gun is seen only partially but what is seen matches Welrod Mark II. It's worth noting that in the assassination scene the gun is shown firing too fast for real bolt-action Welrod: after two initial shots that are separated by a period of time, three or four more shots follow in semi-auto mode, one by one.

Welrod pistol Mark II - .32 ACP
The muzzle.
The barrel. The position of the front sight matches Mk II, and the shadow reveals the lack of trigger guard that is also a feature of Mk II.

Walther PPK

In the opening scene in "Deceived by Flight" (S03E03) Anthony Donn (Daniel Massey) holds a Walther PPK. In the climactic scene in "The Day of the Devil" (S07E02) Dr. Esther Martin (Harriet Walter) uses a Walther PPK. Her pistol is then seen in hands of John Peter Barrie (Keith Allen). In "Twilight of the Gods" (S07E03) DS Lewis confiscates a Walther PPK from "Clergyman" Williams (Doug Bradley) when the latter is arrested.

Walther PPK - 7.65 mm Browning (.32 ACP)
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Anthony Donn examines his pistol in "Deceived by Flight".
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Esther Martin draws a pistol from her purse in "The Day of the Devil".
She holds a pistol when speaking with wounded Barrie.
Barrie aims at Morse.
The pistol appears to be unloaded, and Esther Martin drops the rounds in Constable Curtis' hand. Six rounds match .380 version but the muzzle looks more like .32 version.
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Lewis draws the pistol from Williams' pocket in "Twilight of the Gods".

Star Model B

Paul Matthews (Con O'Neill) carries a Star Model B in "Promised Land" (S05E05).

Blued Star Model B - 9x19mm pistol from the movie The Untouchables (1987).
Matthews fires from the corner.
Matthews holds Karen Harding (Vanessa Patterson) as hostage.
Closer view of the pistol.
Matthews aims at Morse.
The pistol is seen from the back.
The external extractor allows to identify the pistol as a Star rather than original Colt models.
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Matthews fires at Sergeant Scott Humphries. The pistol is seen cycling and extracting a spent brass.

Beretta M1934

A nickel plated Beretta M1934 is founed next to dead Henry Fallon (James Walker) in "Dead on Time" (S06E01).

Beretta M1934 - .380 ACP
Nickel plated Beretta with pearl grips is seen next to Fallon's body.


An M1911A1 pistol is a murder weapon in "Twilight of the Gods" (S07E03).

World War II Colt M1911A1 - .45 ACP. This was an issued U.S. Army pistol with parkerized finish, thus the official designation of M1911A1
A detective finds the pistol hidden in the library.
Another view of the gun.
DCI Morse examines the gun. The curved mainspring housing allows to identify it as M1911A1.
Photos of the pistol with fingerprints. The slide is seen on the bottom, the trigger at the left and the grip on top.

Percussion Cap Pistol

A kind of a Percussion Cap Pistol is an exhibit on "Crime and Punishment in Victorian Times" exhibition in "The Wench Is Dead" (S11E01).

A Webley Bulldog revolver and a percussion cap pocket pistol are seen on the exhibition.


Bolt Action Rifle

Two bolt action rifles, both with sniper scopes, are seen among the guns of the forester George Henderson (George Irving) in "The Secret of Bay 5" (S03E04). In the climactic scene in "The Day of the Devil" (S07E02) bolt action sniper rifles are seen in hands of police personnel. In "The Way Through the Woods" (S08E01) forester David Michaels (Neil Dudgeon) owns a rifle with sniper scope that is described as chambered in .243 caliber (.243 is popular in UK as it is minimum caliber for deer-stalking).

For comparison: Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Henderson's guns. Rifles are third and fourth from left.
Henderson takes one of his rifles.
Second rifle in seen in gun rack (in center).
A rifle in Henderson's car. Note that the primer of one rifle cartridge (on top right of the box) is missing. Maybe all cartridges in the box are dummies.
Henderson holds his rifle.
Drinking alcohol while holding a loaded rifle is a bad habit.
Henderson fires at a target.
DS Lewis examines Henderson's guns. The remaining rifle with sniper scope appears to be of a different model than the one that Henderson takes with him; it has different stock and thinner barrel without iron sights.
Two police snipers at the background in "The Day of the Devil". One aims, and another one loads his rifle.
Another view of the rifle of the sniper at the right.
David Michaels takes the rifle from gun safe in "The Way Through the Woods".
DS Lewis confiscated the rifle for examination as it's suspected to be a murder weapon.
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The rifle in hands of Cathy Michaels (Michelle Fairley).

Unidentified long gun

One more long gun, possibly also rifle but semi-auto rather than bolt action, is also seen in Henderson's gun rack.

Henderson's guns. Unknown long gun is at the left.
Unknown long gun is seen in gun rack at the left.
DS Lewis examines Henderson's guns. The unknown gun at the left is seen better.

Enfield Pattern 1853

In one scene in "The Wench Is Dead" (S11E01), set in Oxford in 1859, soldiers around the gallows hold Enfield Pattern 1853 rifles with bayonets.

Enfield 1853 - .577 Ball
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Double Barreled Shotgun

A Double Barreled Shotgun is one of the guns of the forester George Henderson in "The Secret of Bay 5" (S03E04). In "The Way Through the Woods" (S08E01) forester David Michaels (Neil Dudgeon) owns a double barreled shotgun that is used by his wife Cathy Michaels (Michelle Fairley) in the climactic scene.

Samuel Buckley & Company/Anson & Deeley Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
Shotgun shells in Henderson's lodge in "The Secret of Bay 5".
Henderson's guns. The double barreled shotgun is second from left.
Double barreled shotgun is seen in gun rack.
DS Lewis examines Henderson's guns.
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Cathy holds the shotgun in the climactic scene in "The Way Through the Woods".

Pump Action Shotgun

A pump action shotgun is one of the guns of the forester George Henderson in "The Secret of Bay 5" (S03E04). It bears resemblance with Remington 870 but it's hard to say for sure.

For comparison: Remington 870 Wingmaster AP - 12 gauge
Henderson's guns. Pump action shotgun is at the right.
Pump action shotgun is seen at the right. The pump and magazine tube resemble Remington models.
Pump action shotgun is seen in gun rack at the right.
DS Lewis examines Henderson's guns.

Assault Rifles


In the climactic scene in "Promised Land" (S05E05) two snipers of New South Wales Police use M16-style assault rifles of unclear model (possibly semi-auto civilian version of AR-15), fitted with sniper scopes.

For comparison: Colt AR-15 Sporter-1 (SP1) - 5.56x45mm
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A sniper runs with his rifle in hands.
A sniper fires at Matthews.
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He lowers his rifle after accurate shot.

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