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Red Cap

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Red Cap
Country UKD.jpg GBR
Channel BBC One
Creator Patrick Harbinson
Genre Crime
Broadcast 2003 - 2004
No. of Seasons 2
No. of Episodes 12
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sgt. Jo McDonagh Tamzin Outhwaite
Sgt. Maj. Kenneth 'Kenny' Burns Douglas Hodge
SSgt. Philip 'Hippie' Roper James Thornton
Sgt. Bruce Hornsby Gordon Kennedy
Det. Thomas Strauss Joachim Raaf
Sgt. Maj. Steve Forney William Beck
Cpl. Angie Ogden Maggie Lloyd Williams
Capt. Gavin Howard Peter Guinness
Lt. Giles Vicary Blake Ritson

The following weapons appear in the television series Red Cap:


Browning Hi-Power

Throughout the series, various models of the Browning Hi-Power are used regularly by both British forces personnel and criminals.

Browning Hi-Power "Type 73" - 9x19mm
Sgt McDonagh (Tamzin Outhwaite) uses a Browning for target practice in the pilot. Her browning appears to be a "Type 73" as shown above due to the extended barrel bushing, exterior extractor and wooden grip.
Sgt McDonagh practices stoppage drills with her Browning.
An armed robber uses a black market British Army Browning in "" (Series 1, Episode 3).
A Browning laying on a car console just before it is snatched to murder its owner. This is of pre-1962 manufacture due to the lack of an exterior extractor.
Ray Stevenson's character uses a Browning in "Cover Story" (Series 1, Episode 4).
An ex IRA informant uses a Browning in "Cold War" (Series 1, Episode 5).
An MI5 agent can briefly be seen with a Browning in "Cold War" (Series 1, Episode 5).
SSgt "Hippy" Roper carries a Browning on a number of occasions, such as in "Betrayed (Series 2, Episode 1).

SIG-Sauer P226

The SIG-Sauer P226 is used as the standard issue pistol of the German police in the series.

SIG-Sauer P226 - 9x19mm
A murder suspect relieves a German policeman of his P226 and tries to kill himself with it in the pilot episode. He fails however, and police take the weapon stating that the safety catch was on, flicking it back and forth. As the P226 doesn't have a safety catch, for this shot it switches to a H&K USP. Also, the slide seems to protrude too far in front of the frame and it seems to lack the horned bottom corner of the trigger guard, so it is possibly a replica or stunt gun as it was used in a scuffle and was pressed against someone's head.
After the P226 changes to a USP, it changes back to a P226 for the next shot.

Heckler & Koch USP

A Heckler & Koch USP can briefly by seen in "H-Hour" (Series 1, Episode 1) where a continuity error causes a SIG-Sauer P226 to change into a USP, and then back again. The likely reason for this is that the dialogue was describing the operation of the safety catch, and as there is no manual safety on a P226, a USP was required to stand in briefly.

Safety off...
Safety on.

SIG-Sauer P228

The SIG-Sauer P228 is seen several times throughout the series, most obviously when uses by RMP Close Protection officer in Bosnia.

SIG-Sauer P228 - 9x19mm
A photo of a P228 can be seen in an album of collected firearms kept by a soldier in "Crush" (Series 1, Episode 2). It was stated that the weapon was obtained by a trade with a US Green Beret in Kosovo.
Sgt McDonagh (Tamzin Outhwaite) carries a P228 when on close protection duties in Bosnia in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1).

Beretta 92FS

A bank robber in "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6) carries a Beretta 92FS.

Beretta 92FS - 9x19mm
As the bank robber collects mobile phones from the customers, his Beretta 92FS can be seen.

Walther P99

A corrupt bank guard in "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6) carries a Walther P99.

Walther P99 - 9mm. Pre-2004 model.
The accessory rail of this P99 is indicative of a first generation pre-2004 model.

Tokarev TT-33

A Tokarev TT-33 is used by a Bosnian child in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1) to shoot an SAS soldier, and later to threaten the investigating SIB officers. One is also briefly visible being carried by an insurgent in Iraq in "Friendly Fire" (Series 2, Episode 5).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Pre-1947 version.
A close-up of the Tokarev as it is used to kill an SAS soldier
A child points his Tokarev at the SIB officers investigating the shooting.
The child's mother takes the pistol from him, showing a side view of the pistol.
A Tokarev TT-33 can be seen in the waistband of an Iraqi insurgent in an enhanced photo in "Friendly Fire" (Series 2, Episode 5).

SIG-Sauer P229

Sgt McDonagh (Tamzin Outhwaite) carries a SIG-Sauer P229 at the end of "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1).

SIG-Sauer P229 - 9x19mm
After she is transferred back to the SIB, Sgt McDonagh uses a P229. This can be identified due to the ridge that runs the full length of the slide, and the half height slide serrations.

Nambu Type 14

In "True Love" (Series 2, Episode 2) a Nambu Type 14 is used to murder a British soldier.

Nambu Type 14 - 8x22mm Nambu
SIB investigators find the Type 14 at the suspects house.
The Type 14 used as the murder weapon lays on a table inside a tagged evidence bag.
A photo of the Type 14 can be seen on the left board.

Heckler & Koch USP Compact

A two-tone USP Compact is used by Capt Rolf Mertens from the International Police Task Force in Bosnia in "Red Light" (Series 2, Episode 3).

Heckler & Koch USP Compact with stainless slide - 9x19mm
Cpt Mertens draws his USP compact, just before loading it which compromises his position.
Cpt Mertens gesticulates with his USP Compact.

Submachine Guns


A replica on a MAC-10 Can be seen in "Crush" (Series 1, Episode 2) where it is part of an arcade machine.

Ingram MAC-10 open bolt submachine gun - .45 ACP
The replica MAC-10 is the controller for a 1st person shooter game in the NAAFI.


A bank robber in "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6) carries a full size IMI Uzi with a folding stock. Late in "Red Light" (Series 2, Episode 3) a number of Uzi submachine guns are used by motorcycle riding criminals to abduct a witness.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
An armed robber carries his Uzi as he jumps over the bank counter. In this shot the presence of the folding rear stock is visible.
A bank robber threatens one of the employees with his Uzi to try and get the vault code.
One of the motorcycle riders aims his Uzi through the side window of the Military Police car.
Another view of the motorcycle rider's Uzi.



As the standard issue rifle of the British Army at the time of production, the L85A1 is seen regularly throughout the series, and also in various stock establishing shots. It is used with SUSATs and iron sights, and also with BFA attached for blank firing exercises.

L85A1 - 5.56x45mm NATO
Sgt McDonagh (Tamzin Outhwaite) fires her L85A1 with iron sights at the range in the pilot episode.
Sgt McDonagh reloads her rifle at the range. Oddly, the bullets in the magazine do not appear to be either 5.56mm blanks, or inert rounds. Instead they appear to be shorter, and there is a spacer fitted at the front of the magazine.
Soldiers marching with their L85A1s at the shoulder during an establishing shot from series 1.
A soldier fires his L85A1 during a live fire exercise in "H-Hour" (Series 1, Episode 1).
Soldiers clean their weapons after an exercise in "Crush" (Series 1, Episode 2). Note the soldier on the right has just removed his SUSAT.
A soldier using a L85A1 with a BFA attached during an NBC exercise in "Cover Story" (Series 1, Episode 4).
Sgt Roxborough (Ray Stevenson) presents his cleared L85A1 to the range officer in "Cover Story" (Series 1, Episode 4).

Heckler & Koch G36

The full length G36 can occasionally be seen used by German police throughout the series.

Heckler & Koch G36 with ZF 3x4° dual optical sight - 5.56x45mm
A G36 can briefly be seen being carried by a German policeman during the assault on the house in "Espirit de Corps" (Series 1, Episode 3).

Heckler & Koch G36K

The carbine length G36k is the normal weapon used by German SEK officers throughout the series.

Heckler & Koch G36K - 5.56x45mm
In this shot from "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6) the two officers on the right are both carrying G36Ks.
In "True Love" (Series 2, Episode 2) the police carry G36Ks whilst surrounding the suspect's house
Another view of the above officer showing his G36K.

Heckler & Koch HK53

The main weapon used by Sgt McDonagh (Tamzin Outhwaite) and the rest of the close protection team in Bosnia in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1) is a HK53. This is the correct weapon that was used by RMP CP teams until it was phased out in favour of the C8 CQB.

Heckler & Koch HK53 - 5.56x45mm.
Sgt McDonagh escorts a General to a waiting helicopter, carrying an HK53. From the length of the magazine, it appears that the 30rd magazine made for the HK93 are being used, rather than the 25rd magazines the HK53 was supplied with.
In this shot the pronged flash hider is visible, which is the standard HK53 flash hider. It should be noted however that the majority of HK53s used by RMP Close Protection used a regular birdcage flash-hider to prevent snagging the muzzle on clothing.
Another shot of the HK53 as Sgt McDonagh boards Lynx helicopter.
Sgt McDonagh provides cover out of the rear of a long wheelbase Land Rover with her Hk53. In this shot it is possible to see that this particular HK53 uses a Navy trigger group.

Colt Carbine

A number of what appears to be some sort of Colt Carbine is used by the SAS soldiers in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1). From the quality of the image it is not clear which version exactly, but the weapons do not have a removable carry handle, but use the A2 type rear sight. It is possibly a Model 727, but this is not definite.

Colt Model 727 5.56x45mm
An SAS soldier covers a corner with his carbine. From this angle, you can see what appears to have the "step down" M4 style barrel that the Model 727 has.
This angle shows that the gun in question has a fixed carry handle (ruling out the possibility that it is an M4A1) and A2 style rear sight.


M16A2s is used by several SAS soldiers in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1) with and without grenade launchers and Colt 4x20 scopes.

M16A2 Rifle - 5.56x45mm
An SAS soldier provides security with his M16A2, with mounted M203 and Colt 4x20 scope.
Bosnians kill an SAS soldier who is armed with an M16A2 with mounted M203.
The SAS soldier in the background on the left appears to be carrying an unmodified M16A2, as noted by the rounded hand guard.


A crate of what appears to be AKMS rifles can by seen in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1) along with associated magazine.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
A crate is opened to reveal a weapons stash containing AKMSs
A close up, where the under-folding stock can clearly be seen on the upper rifle.

Sniper Rifles

Heckler & Koch PSG-1

German police snipers have been seen using PSG-1 sniper rifles on several occasions where an armed response was required, both with and without fitted bi-pods.

Heckler & Koch PSG-1 7.62x51mm NATO
A PSG-1 can briefly be seen in "Espirit de Corps" (Series 1, Episode 3) as the police run through the woods.
Several snipers can be seen carrying PSG-1s in "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6).
A sniper takes aim at a potentially armed suspect in "Red Light" (Series 2, Episode 3).

Sommer & Ockenfuss Griffrepetierer

Two Sommer & Ockenfuss Griffrepetierer rifles can be seen used by German police snipers in "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6). It is seen with both red dot sights and telescopic sights, and appear to be the "Tactical" variant based on the furniture, heavy barrel and muzzle brake.

Sommer & Ockenfuss Griffrepetierer Tactical
The first version seen appears to use a red dot sight. The lighter grey part of the rifle that form part of the butt is the magazine of the weapon. From the barrel it is possible that this is the match hunting version, with heavier barrel.
The second version of the rifle seen uses a telescopic sight.

Keppeler & Fritz KS II Precision

The Keppeler & Fritz KS II Precision is another rifle that is used by the German snipers in "Payback" (Series 1, Episode 6). It is used by the sniper who kills the escaping bank robber as he drives away

Keppeler and Fritz KS II Precision - .338 Lapua
The sniper searches for a firing position to shoot the escaping armed robber with his KS II
The sniper takes aim with his KS II at the escaping car.
The side mounting bracket for the scope is visible in this shot of the sniper opening the bolt
The sniper prepares to fire after working the bolt. Note that the bolt handle is not locked in the down position, just pushed forward. Also, take note of the curved piece of wood under the butt that helps confirm this as a KS II.

Brno ZKK-600

A rifle describes as a "Brno Carbine" is used by a British soldier for poaching wild boar in "True Love" (Series 2, Episode 2), which appears ot be a ZKK-601 model.

Brno ZKK-601 - .243 Winchester
The soldier tracks a wild boar with his rifle.
Another view of the rifle, just before the soldier is shot at.
A closer shot of the action, after the rifle is dropped.

Machine Guns


An L86A1 LSW can be briefly seen in "H-Hour" (Series 1, Episode 1).

L86A1 with SUSAT scope - 5.56x45mm NATO
The soldier on the right marching away from the camera are carrying LSWs, as noted by their outrigger mounted bipods.

L7 Machine Gun

The British version of the FN MAG, the L7 can be seen in establishing shots throughout the series where it is being dry fired, cocking the weapon between shots, correctly using inert drill ammunition.

British L7A2 General Purpose Machine Gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
A front view of the L7 whilst it is being drill fired.

M249 Paratrooper SAW

An gunner can briefly be seen carrying a M249 Paratrooper SAW on board a Lynx helicopter in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1).

M249 SAW 5.56x45mm paratrooper version with 200 round ammo drum
The M249 paratrooper can be seen protruding from the side of the Lynx on take-off.
Another view showing the horizontal grooves on the hand-guard, identifying this as an M249, rather than the flat textured guard of the FN Para Minimi as actually used by British forces.

L94A1 chain gun

The L94A1 can be seen at various points throughout the series and in establishing shots, mounted as the coaxial machine gun on Challenger 2 tanks and Warrior infantry fighting vehicles.

L94A1 chain gun - 7.62x51mm NATO
An establishing shot featuring an FV510 Warrior ISV with coaxial L94A1.
An establishing shot featuring an FV4034 Challenger 2 tank with coaxial L94A1.



Several M203 grenade launchers can be seen mounted under the M16 rifles used by the SAS in "Betrayed" (Series 2, Episode 1).

M16A2 5.56x45mm with M203 grenade launcher - 40mm
The majority of the SAS soldiers in the episode who are armed with M16s have M203s fitted.

Other Weapons


The L21A1 RARDEN can be seen at various points throughout the series and in establishing shots, mounted as the main gun on Scimitar and Warrior armoured vehicles.

L21A1 RARDEN 30mm mounted on Scimitar light tank
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Smoke Grenade Discharger

Smoke grenade dischargers can be seen mounted on Scimitar, Warrior, Challenger 2 and Saxon armoured vehicles throughout the series.

Smoke 100.jpg

Royal Ordnance L30A1 120mm Gun

Seen at various points throughout the series and in establishing shots, mounted as the main gun on Challenger 2 MBTs.

One of the commonly used establishing shots from the first series features a Challenger moving through woodland.
A closer view of the main gun on the Challenger. The tank's L94A1 coaxial gun, a British variant of the 7.62mm Hughes EX-34 chaingun, is also visible to the right of the main gun.

51mm Mortar Bomb

A pair of illumination round for a British L9A1 51 mm Light Mortar can be seen in "Crush" (Series 1, Episode 2).

Sgt McDonagh examines an illumination round in the bedroom of a soldier who collects weapons.

Mark 8 Thunderflash

A Mark 8 Thunderflash is used by British soldier in "Crush" (Series 1, Episode 2) as part on an initiation ceremony.

A SOCO (Scenes Of Crime Officer) presents a thunderflash as the cause of explosive residue found at the scene of a fatal crash.

L16 81mm Mortar

An L16 Mortar can be seen used in establishing shots from the start of Series 2. They also feature prominently in "Friendly Fire" (Series 2, Episode 5) where a soldier is killed by a stray mortar bomb.

L16 81mm Mortar
A soldier prepare to drop an 81mm bomb into the barrel of an L16, as seen in an establishing shot.
The bomb leaving the muzzle of the L16 can be seen at the top of the frame from the same establishing shot.
A battery of L16s set up in "Friendly Fire" (Series 2, Episode 5) with muzzle caps still in place. Also visible is the ancillary equipment on the floor, including extra ammunition and ballistic computers.
One of the mortar fires a HE bomb as part of a three round fire mission.

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