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Sledge Hammer!

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Sledge Hammer!
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Season 1 DVD cover
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Channel ABC
Genre Comedy
Broadcast 1986-1988
No. of Seasons 2
No. of Episodes 41
Main Cast
Character Actor
Inspector Sledge Hammer David Rasche
Detective Dori Doreau Anne-Marie Martin
Captain Trunk Harrison Page

Sledge Hammer! was a television parody of the Dirty Harry series which ran from 1986 to 1988 starring David Rasche, Anne-Marie Martin and Harrison Page. Creator Alan Spencer, who envisioned the show as a mix between Dirty Harry and Get Smart, first pitched the show to HBO, but finally went to ABC after HBO didn't like the pilot.

The pilot established the setting as San Francisco, like Dirty Harry, even bringing in John Vernon to reprise his role as the mayor, but apparently San Francisco was appalled and wanted nothing to do with the show, so the setting was never mentioned again. (Stock shots of the police station and police cars used throughout the series still referred to the SFPD, however.) The show struggled with ratings during the first season, as it was scheduled against two heavyweights, Miami Vice on NBC and Dallas on CBS. With prospects for renewal dim, the show pulled out all the stops, and the season, and probable series finale, ended with Sledge Hammer accidentally destroying his unnamed city (and presumable killing himself and all the regulars) while disarming a nuclear warhead. The season finale surprisingly did garner much higher ratings however, and the show was renewed for a second season, albeit with its budget cut to a third of what it was in season one. This left the writers in a bind, however, with the city now destroyed and everyone dead. The show simply aired a disclaimer at the beginning of the season two premiere, stating that season two is set five years before the events of season one. This was quickly ignored, and season two proceeded as if nothing had happened. The budget cut forced the show to switch to 16mm film from 35mm (which is obvious when looking at the screen shots below) and fewer location shoots. The show struggled with ratings in season two as well, and was finally canceled in 1988.

The following guns were used in the television series Sledge Hammer! (1986):


Smith & Wesson Model 629

Inspector Sledge Hammer (David Rasche) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 629 as his sidearm. The revolver is arguably the star of the show, as it gets the vast majority of the screen time during the opening credits. The plastic grips have the image of a sledge hammer on each side. Hammer talks to it sometimes, but when people catch him doing it, he always denies it. He also cooks with it, sleeps next to it and showers with it. For a guy who talks a big game and casually discharges his weapon for fun, however, Hammer never actually killed anyone using the gun on the show, most likely constrained by the standards of prime time network television. And for a guy who fires his gun so frequently, Hammer appears to carry few, if any, reloads.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 with Hogue Grips - .44 Magnum.
The S&W 629 lies next to Hammer in bed.
A close-up of the special grips during the opening credits.
A close-up of the rounds in the cylinder during the opening credits.
Instead of a silencer, Hammer uses a "loudener."
Hammer talks to his S&W 629.
Hammer forces a purse snatcher to beat himself up at gunpoint.
It wasn't until the second season that Hammer is shown reloading.
Hammer turns his S&W 629 into a spatula to flip his pancakes.

Smith & Wesson Model 38/49

Hammer's partner, Detective Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin) carries either a Smith & Wesson Model 38 or Model 49 as her sidearm. There's no way to tell which it is. Sometimes she keeps it in her purse, others in an outside-the-waistband holster on her skirt.

Smith & Wesson Model 49 - .38 Special
Doreau pulls out her S&W 38/49 on the perp in "All Shook Up" (S01E07).
Doreau empties her S&W 38/49 at an oncoming forklift in "If I Had a Little Hammer" (S01E10).
Doreau tries to pistol-whip a snake in "Miss of the Spider Woman" (S01E12). This offers a good shot of her grips.
Doreau draws her sidearm in "Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came?" (S02E16).
An image of Doreau's holster. It appears to be designed for a longer revolver. Also visible are the deactivated .50 BMG and 20mm shells, and a presumably deactivated Mk 2 grenade decorating his desk.

Smith & Wesson Model 60

Captain Trunk (Harrison Page) carries a Smith & Wesson Model 60 as his sidearm.

Classic Smith & Wesson Model 60 - .38 Special
Captain Trunk with his S&W 60 on the assault course in "They Shoot Hammers, Don't They?" (S01E04)
Captain Trunk pulls out his S&W 60 while trying to fight off two syndicate assassins in "Over My Dead Bodyguard" (S01E08).
Officer Jenkins (Beverly Leech) uses a S&W 60 when she tries to seduce Hammer in "Wild About Hammer" (S02E04). Notice the blank round in the chamber versus the fake rounds in the other chambers.
Captain Trunk angrily draws his S&W 60 in " S2, Ep13 Dec. 17, 1987 They Call Me Mr. Trunk" (S02E13).

Browning Hi-Power

A thief (Robert Hallak) uses a Browning Hi-Power during a convenience store robbery in "Hammer Gets Nailed" (S01E02), but Hammer takes it away and hands it to his partner, Detective Dori Doreau (Anne-Marie Martin).

Classic Commercial Browning Hi-Power (Belgian Mfg) - 9x19mm
The thief holds his BHP on the convenience store owner.
Doreau holds the BHP on the thief after Hammer takes it away from him.

Heckler & Koch P7

Various characters use the Heckler & Koch P7.

Heckler & Koch P7 - 9x19mm
Francine Flambo (Judie Aronson), the mayor's daughter, uses a Heckler & Koch P7 on Hammer and Doreau in the first episode "Under the Gun." (John Vernon reprises his role from Dirty Harry as the mayor of San Francisco in this episode.)
A Scotland Yard investigator (Monte Landis) uses one in "Desperately Seeking Dori" (S01E18).

AMT Hardballer Longslide

Kidnappers are shown with AMT Hardballer Longslides.

AMT Hardballer Longslide - .45 ACP
A file photo of Feliz Navidad (Jesse Aragon) with an AMT Hardballer Longslide and an Uzi.
Weird Williard Luxley (D.W. Brown, left) with an AMT Hardballer Longslide.

Ruger Security Six

Feliz Navidad (Jesse Aragon) also uses a Ruger Security Six.

Ruger Security Six. Stainless steel, 4" barrel - .357 Magnum.
Feliz Navidad holds the Ruger Security Six on the mayor's daughter.

Smith & Wesson Model 29

Hammer's ex-partner John Kogan (Jack Thibeau) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 29 as his sidearm in "They Shoot Hammers, Don't They?" (S01E04).

Smith & Wesson Model 29 - .44 Magnum.
Kogan shoots Hammer's S&W 629 out of his hand.
The blued S&W 29 fits with Kogan's "black hat" ensemble.


Various characters use M1911A1 pistols.

Pre-War Colt M1911A1 Pistol Commercial - .45 ACP
An assassin aims at Hammer with his M1911A1 in "Witless" (S01E03).
Sam Steinway (Basil Hoffman) uses an M1911A1 when he's pressed into service as an assassin in "Witless" (S01E03).
Cliff (Frank Doubleday) uses an M1911A1 in "Dori Day Afternoon" (S01E05).
Doreau uses one after she's hit on the head and her personality changes in "Desperately Seeking Dori" (S01E18). And like a good sitcom, another blow to the head changes her personality back.
(Branscombe Richmond) pulls an M1911A1 in "Hammer Hits the Rock" (S02E08).
The same M1911A1 being shot out of his hand.
Tina Clanton (Lisa Robins) with a suppressed M1911A1 in "Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came?" (S02E16).

Taurus Model 65

Taurus Model 65's appear to be the sidearm of the police department in this show. Officer Lenny (John Milford) tries to collect the bounty on Hammer in "Witless" (S01E03). Vigilante #2 (David Leisure) later uses one to gun down a recently released criminal in "Magnum Farce" (S01E09).

Taurus Model 65 - .357 Magnum
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The Taurus 65 is on the right.

Luger P08

Two syndicate hitmen posing as cops carry Luger P08s in their holsters in "Over My Dead Bodyguard" (S01E08). Hammer recognizes this detail and saves Captain Trunk's life.

Luger P08 with black grips - 9x19mm
Notice the Luger in the holster.
One of the Lugers gets dropped during the altercation.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

Vigilante Cop #2 (David Leisure) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 15 to gun down a recently released criminal in "Magnum Farce" (S01E09).

Smith & Wesson Model 15-4 Combat Masterpiece with Hogue Grips - .38 Special
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Smith & Wesson Model 67

Vigilante Cop #1 (Mark Rolston) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 67 to gun down a recently released criminal in "Magnum Farce" (S01E09).

Smith & Wesson Model 67 - .38 Special
The S&W 67 is on the left.

Smith & Wesson Model 40

A cop posing as a pizza delivery man has a nickel Smith & Wesson Model 40 haphazardly taped to his ankle.

Smith & Wesson Model 40 Nickel - .38 Special
Seriously, NO ONE has an ankle holster?
How were they expecting him to draw this?

Colt New Service

Retired cop Gilmore Yates (Stephen Elliot) uses a Colt New Service, which was presumably also his service weapon when he was still a cop.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP. The Army adopted a version of the New Service, the Colt M1917, with plain wooden grips and a lanyard ring in WWI.
Gilly Yates fires his Colt New Service at the range in "The Old Man and the Sledge" (S01E13). Too bad the targets are behind him.
A shot of the other side of the revolver shows the Colt-style cylinder release.

Colt Detective Special (3rd Gen)

Bruce Raddish (Patrick Wayne), posing as Hammer's brother Myles, uses a nickel 3rd Gen Colt Detective Special with white grips in "Brother, Can You Spare a Crime?" (S01E17).

Colt Detective Special Nickel 3rd Gen - .38 Special
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Smith & Wesson 39

One of counterfeiter Jean-Claude Baptiste's goons uses a Smith & Wesson 39 in "Desperately Seeking Dori" (S01E18). One of the party guests in "Hammer Hits the Rock" (S02E08) draws a nickel-plated S&W 39.

Smith & Wesson Model 39 - 9x19mm
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The party guest pulling his nickel-plated S&W 39.
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Walther PPK

One of counterfeiter Jean-Claude Baptiste's goons uses a Walther PPK in "Desperately Seeking Dori" (S01E18). The killer in "Sledge, Rattle 'n' Roll" (S02E15) kills his first victim with a suppressed PPK.

Walther PPK - 9mm Kurz aka .380 ACP
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The suppressed PPK in "Sledge, Rattle 'n' Roll" (S02E15)

Beretta 950 Jetfire

When Hammer's Smith & Wesson Model 629 is stolen, the only available replacement is a nickel Beretta 950 Jetfire with pearl grips.

Beretta 950B Jetfire - .25 ACP‎
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Hammer tries out his Jetfire, only to find out that the bullets don't have enough power to even reach the target.
Hammer insists on using his new pistol in his original shoulder rig.
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Tokarev TT-33

Mashov (Richard Reicheg) briefly uses a Tokarev TT-33 Pistol during the beginning of "Comrade Hammer" (S01E20).

Tokarev TT-33 - 7.62x25mm Tokarev. Tula Arsenal (Soviet Union) Note CCCP printing around the star on the plastic grips‎
Mashov holds Prof. Vronsky (Mark Blankfield) at gunpoint with a TT-33. Blankfield had previously played "Slag" in "State of Sledge" (S01E14).
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Colt Official Police

Myles Theiss (Ken Letner) pulls out a Colt Official Police after Hammer confronts him in "A Clockwork Hammer," (S02E01).

Colt Official Police - 5" Barrel‎ - .38 Special
In a brief shot, the Colt-style cylinder release can be seen, and there does not appear to be adjustable sights.

Heckler & Koch VP70

Myles Theiss' (Ken Letner) Colt Official Police morphs into a Heckler & Koch VP70 of all guns, in a glaring continuity error. It would appear the the switch was made just so the VP70 could fire one round. It morphs back into a Colt Official Police in the next shot.

Heckler & Koch VP70Z - 9x19mm‎
Theiss wields a VP70 for a brief moment. He appears to be anticipating the charge that goes off when Hammer blows the gun out of his hand.

Smith & Wesson Model 19

Officer Elizabeth Jenkins (Beverly Leech) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 19 as her duty weapon in "Wild About Hammer" (S02E04). Armored car guards and cops use S&W 19's in "Hammeroid" (S02E10).

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum - .357 magnum‎
Jenkins helps Hammer apprehend some thieves.
The armored car guard prepared to confront the robber.
Police fire upon the robber at the telethon.

Smith & Wesson Model 659

The Hit Man (Al Israel) in "Vertical" (S02E06) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 659. One of the party guests in "Hammer Hits the Rock" (S02E08) has one shot out of his hand.

Smith & Wesson 659 - 9x19mm
The Hit Man corners Hammer and Angelica Delmonte.
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The hammer is cocked.
The S&W 659 being shot out of a party guest's hand.

Heckler & Koch P9S

A party guest (Carl Ciarfalio) in "Hammer Hits the Rock" (S02E08) draws a Heckler & Koch P9S.

Heckler & Koch P9S - 9x19mm
A party guest with his P9S.

Beretta 92SB-C

A party guest (Manny Perry) in "Hammer Hits the Rock" (S02E08) draws a Beretta 92SB-C.

Beretta 92SB-C, compact model of the 92SB - 9x19mm
A party guest with his Beretta 92SB-C.
The same pistol being shot out of his hand.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose

An armored car guard is seen briefly with a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose.

Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose (right side) - .357 Magnum.
A brief shot of the S&W 19 snub as the guard is tossed to the ground.

Clerke First .32

Claude Goldfunger (Michael Ensign) draws what appears to be a Clerke First .32 revolver in "Sledge in Toyland" (S02E11). It's supposed to be a toy that's modified to fire real ammo.

Goldfunger with his revolver, still in the packaging.

Beretta 92F

Tina Clanton (Lisa Robins) uses a suppressed Beretta 92F in "Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came?" (S02E16). Hammer picks it up afterwards. He describes it as a "nine-shot Beretta," which might mean it's supposed to be a Beretta M1951, but the prop is clearly a Beretta 92F. It sometimes changes to an M1911A1 in Tina's hands.

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
The killer with the Beretta at the beginning of the episode.
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Hammer with the Beretta.
He pulls the trigger, claiming that he counted all nine shots. Clearly, he was wrong.

Submachine Guns


Various characters use Uzi submachine guns.

IMI Uzi with buttstock collapsed - 9x19mm
A file photo of Feliz Navidad with an AMT Hardballer Longslide and an Uzi in "Under the Gun" (S01E01).
Cottage Cheese Clodman (The Daily Show's Larry Wilmore) sets down his Uzi in "Under the Gun" (S01E01).
Isadora (Ann Ryerson) and Jacob (Lewis Arquette) find Uzis in Hammer's overnight bag in "Witless" (S01E03).
Lou (Britt Leach) uses an Uzi in "Dori Day Afternoon" (S01E05).
Angelica Delmonte (Deborah Harmon) with what appears to be a toy Uzi in "Vertical" (S02E06). (It's meant to be real.)

M1928 Thompson Submachine Guns

Two of Roscoe's goons use M1928 Thompson submachine guns in "To Sledge, With Love" (E01E06).

M1928 "Tommy Gun" or "Chicago typewriter" with 50-round drum magazine - .45 ACP, made famous through countless classic gangster movies.
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Heckler & Koch HK94A3 (chopped and converted)

Hammer has a Heckler & Koch HK94A3 slung over his shoulder in "State of Sledge" (S01E14). It appears to be a rubber copy, as Hammer never fires it and flops around on the floor with it.

The "Fake MP5", the Heckler & Koch HK94A3 Converted to full auto fire, shortened barrel and added third firing position on trigger pack - 9x19mm. This version was used in many films during the 1980s and 1990s.
The rubber HK94 is visible to Hammer's left.

Heckler & Koch MP5K

Hammer has a Heckler & Koch MP5K slung over his shoulder in "State of Sledge" (S01E14). It appears to be a rubber copy, as Hammer never fires it and flops around on the floor with it.

Heckler & Koch MP5K - version with SEF Plastic Trigger Pack - 9x19mm. This is a very well worn Motion picture weapon
The rubber MP5K is strapped to Hammer's chest.


Ithaca 37

A police officer is armed with an Ithaca 37 during the sniper standoff. Hammer later takes an Ithaca 37 with an extended magazine from DA Collins (Janice Lynde) in "Magnum Farce" (S01E09).

Ithaca Model 37 riot version - 12 Gauge
Ithaca 37 with extended magazine tube - 12 Gauge
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"Why that no-good yogurt-eatin' creep."
Notice the lack of ejection port.


Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

Hammer coerces a confession from a suspect (Don Stark) using a Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy". This scene was cut from the original pilot, and only reinserted for the DVD release.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44/40.
There are some who would consider firing guns at suspects during questioning police brutality.
Does this look like the face of a man concerned about police brutality?

Armalite AR-18

One of the mob assassins uses a Armalite AR-18 when they try to kill Hammer in "Witless" (S01E03). An army guard has one shouldered in "They Call Me Mr. Trunk" (S02E13).

Armalite AR-18 - 5.56x45mm
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Steyr AUG

One of the mob assassins uses a Steyr AUG when they try to kill Hammer in "Witless" (S01E03). Colonel Poltz (William Smithers) and his soldiers are all armed with AUGs in "They Call Me Mr. Trunk" (S02E13).

Steyr AUG - Austrian Army Version - 5.56x45mm
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Colonel Poltz with his AUG.
Soldiers with AUGs as they seal off the police station.


Various characters use M16A1s.

Colt M16A1 with 30 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
John Kogan (Jack Thibeau) uses a M16A1 during his rampage in "They Shoot Hammers, Don't They?" (S01E04).
Hammer has two M16A1s strapped to his chest in "State of Sledge" (S01E14). They might be rubber copies.


Hammer has a AKMS slung over his shoulder in "State of Sledge" (S01E14). It appears to be a rubber copy, as Hammer never fires it and flops around on the floor with it.

AKMS, stamped steel receiver w/ slant muzzle brake and under-folding stock - 7.62x39mm
The AKMS is on Hammer's right.

Heckler & Koch HK93

A prison guard is armed with a Heckler & Koch HK93 in "Hammer Hits the Rock" (S02E08). It's shown firing in full auto.

Heckler & Koch HK93A2 Full Stock Rifle with 25-round magazine - 5.56x45mm
A little blurry, since the guard is in motion.

Toy Calico M100

Claude Goldfunger tries to sneak up on Hammer with what appears to be a toy Calico M100 in "Sledge in Toyland" (S02E11).

Calico M100 Rifle - .22 LR
Goldfunger with the toy Calico.

Armalite AR-7

"Lionel Dasham" (Adam Ant) uses a suppressed Armalite AR-7 in his assassination attempt in "Icebreaker" (S02E12).

Armalite AR-7 rifle - .22 LR
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MGC M-16 Model Gun Corp Replica Rifle

Hammer is seen with a MGC M-16 Model Gun Corp Replica Rifle in a yearbook photo in "Here's to You, Mrs. Hammer" (S02E19).

The MGC M16 Assault rifle
A photo of Hammer in ROTC in his yearbook.

Heavy Weapons/Explosives/Other

M60 Machine Gun

Slag (Mark Blankfield) fires an M60 machine gun while perched on the edge of the police headquarters roof in "State of Sledge" (S01E14). The recoil knocks him off the roof.

M60 machine gun with bipod folded - 7.62x51mm NATO
It's a little hard to make out, since it's poorly lit.


Hammer uses a M72 LAW rocket launcher to take down a sniper. (Or more specifically, to take down the building that the sniper is on top of.)

M72A2 LAW - 66mm
What kind of cop keeps a rocket launcher in his trunk? A PREPARED cop. (Note the "I ♥ VIOLENCE" sticker.)
Hammer extends the M72.

M67 Hand Grenade

Hammer routinely keeps M67 hand grenades in his pocket. He keeps a dummy grenade on his desk as well.

M67 fragmentation grenade
Hammer hands an M67 to a housewife in case she starts arguing with her husband again.
Hammer talks his gun after pulling a grenade out of his pocket.
Captain Trunk picks up Hammer's desk grenade after it's knocked on the ground in "Icebreaker" (S02E12).

Mk 2 Hand Grenade

Isadora (Ann Ryerson) finds a Mk 2 Hand Grenade (and several pairs of sunglasses) in Hammer's bag. Hammer also has a (presumably) deactivated Mk 2 hand grenade decorating his desk.

Mk 2 "Pineapple" High-Explosive Fragmentation hand grenade
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Hammer's "spice rack."

M8 Flare Pistol

Hammer is given an M8 Flare Pistol to try to signal a passing helicopter in "State of Sledge" (S01E14). He ends up shooting down the helicopter with the flare pistol.

M8 Flare Pistol - 37mm
Surprisingly, it was Captain Trunk who kept it in his office.
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Barnett Commando Crossbow

Hammer stops a fleeing Don Merrill (Brion James) with a well aimed crossbow bolt through the earring in "Model Dearest" (S02E14).

Barnett Commando Crossbow
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Paintball guns

Two types of paintball guns are seen in "Suppose They Gave a War and Sledge Came?" (S02E16).

Durward Monroe (John Paragon) and Nakamichi (Glen Chin) with one type. These appear to be semiautomatic.
Monroe with his paintball gun.
Hammer with a customized version of the second type.
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Starter pistol

Hammer is seen with a starter pistol in a yearbook photo in in "Here's to You, Mrs. Hammer" (S02E19).

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