Police Squad! was a 1982 television comedy series that starred Leslie Nielsen as bumbling police detective Frank Drebin. The show, which was created by the same team that produced the film Airplane!, parodied the cliches of popular crime series of the 1960s and 1970s. Police Squad! premiered in the US on ABC in 1982 and only lasted six episodes. The series subsequently gained a cult following that would culminate into a trilogy of feature films, beginning with The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad!. Note: The episodes are denoted by number only, due to the fact that one of the gags in the show was that the announcer would name a different episode than the title that would appear onscreen.
The following weapons were used in the television series Police Squad!:
Colt Detective Special
The main sidearm of Det. Frank Drebin (Leslie Nielsen) is a Colt Detective Special. Drebin's superior, Capt. Ed Hocken (Alan North) uses a Detective Special as well.
Colt Detective Special - .38 Special
Drebin's assistant, Pete Prussing, aims his Detective Special during a crime scene recreation in Episode 1.
Drebin fires his Detective Special during his stand-off with Sally Decker in Episode 1.
Drebin draws his Detective Special while working undercover in Episode 2.
Capt. Hocken has a Detective Special in a holster on his waist in Episode 3.
"Special guest star" William Shatner
uses a Detective Special to fire back at assassins just before he is poisoned during the credits of Episode 4. The revolver is on the table in front of him.
Drebin holds his Detective Special on Lana Casales in Episode 4.
Drebin and Hocken arrest Lana with their Detective Specials drawn in Episode 4.
Smith & Wesson 4th Model
During the opening credits, Abraham Lincoln (Rex Hamilton) fires back at his assailants with what appears to be a blued Smith & Wesson 4th Model. This character was never a character on the actual show but was a staple of the main credits. (If the show had lasted another season, Lincoln firing at the screen would have been replaced with Gandhi firing at the screen with an assault rifle, according to the show's producers).
Smith & Wesson 4th Model Double Action - .32 S&W
Abraham Lincoln fires at his assailants during the opening credits.
Colt Official Police
Sally Decker (Kathryn Leigh Scott) uses two Colt Official Police revolvers when setting up the murder of Jim Johnson (Terry Wills) and Ralph Twice (Russell Shannon) in the opening scene of Episode 1. The crime lab scientist Ted Olsen (Ed Williams) is later seen firing both revolvers into sets of tapes of Barbara Walters interviews in order to prove a point to Drebin.
Colt Official Police 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Sally Decker loads one of her Official Polices.
Sally shoots at Jim and Ralph.
Ralph Twice lays dead with an Official Police planted by Sally.
Ted prepares to show Drebin his demonstration.
During her shootout with Drebin at the end of Episode 1, Sally Decker fires a variety of revolvers, including her Official Polices and a Colt Python.
Colt Python with 6" Barrel - .357 Magnum
Smith & Wesson Model 19
The special guest star Georg Stanford Brown in Episode 2 is crushed by a safe while holding a Smith & Wesson Model 19.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum - .357 Magnum
Georg Stanford Brown dies during the opening credits with his Model 19 in hand.
Smith & Wesson Model 38
Luca holds a Smith & Wesson Model 38 Bodyguard on Drebin when he takes Mary, the boxer's wife, hostage in Episode 2.
Smith and Wesson Model 38 with Bodyguard hammer shroud.
Luca holds Mary and a S&W Model 38.
Smith & Wesson Model 64
Thames (Byron Webster) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 64 during his standoff with Drebin and Hocken at the finale of Episode 3.
Smith & Wesson Model 64 Stainless Model - .38 Special
Thames holds his Model 64 on Terri after kidnapping her.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snubnose
Stella (Rebecca Holden) fires a Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snubnose with white grips on Drebin when he comes to her door in Episode 5. Gunderson's thug Leo (Robert Costanzo) later uses the same revolver.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver Snub Nose - .38 Special.
Stella waits by her door with her Model 10 Snub drawn.
Leo with the same snubnose later in the episode.
One of the thugs, Rocky (John Ashton) in Episode 5 holds a revolver on Drebin while inside Jill's ballet studio.
Rocky holds his revolver on Drebin.
Dutch Gunderson (Al Ruscio) draws what appears to be a Walther PPK on Drebin in Episode 5.
Walther PPK in 7.65x17mm Auto (.32 ACP)
Gunderson pulls his PPK on Drebin.
Remington Model 1858
A Civil War soldier in Episode 6 steps off the elevator from Police Squad into a battle with a Remington 1858 New Army.
Remington Model 1858 revolver - .36/.44 caliber. This is a modern copy with adjustable sight.
Drebin and Hocken discuss the case as the soldier gets off the elevator.
Single Action Army
Willy (Jerry Layne) threatens Drebin and Veronica (Claudette Nevins) in Episode 6 has a Single Action Army before Drebin disarms him in his typical fashion.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Willy and his dummy with an SAA.
Willy holds his SAA on Drebin.
unidentified bolt-action rifle
When Episode 3's special guest star Robert Goulet is killed by firing squad during the opening credits, one of the men offering him a blindfold has a bolt-action rifle (with a scope) slung over his shoulder.
The firing squad gunman offers Goulet a blindfold, which he refuses.
A hitman named Luca (Irwin Keyes) claims to be a member of the press to get in to see one of Martin's boxers in Episode 2, despite the ammunition, axe, bombs, grenades, and MP40 he is carrying.
MP40 submachine gun - 9mm
Luca has an MP40 slung under his right arm, which he later uses to kill the boxer.
A maid working for Police Squad dusts the MP40 for prints as Hocken and Drebin inspect the "suicide".