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Sweeney 2

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Sweeney 2
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Original Theatrical Poster
Country UKD.jpgUK
Directed by Tom Clegg
Release Date 1978
Studio Euston Films
Distributor EMI Films
Main Cast
Character Actor
Detective Inspector Jack Regan John Thaw
Detective Sergeant George Carter Dennis Waterman
Detective Chief Superintendent Jupp Denholm Elliott
Frank Hill Ken Hutchison
Mrs. Hill Anna Gael
Detective Chief Inspector Dilke Nigel Hawthorne
Will White Brian Gwaspari
Willard John Flanagan
Goodyear David Casey

Sweeney 2 is a 1978 British crime movie, a spin-off from The Sweeney TV series (1975-1978) and a sequel for 1977 Sweeney!. The film is directed by Tom Clegg and starring John Thaw as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as Detective Sergeant George Carter, the detectives of the Flying Squad (nicknamed 'Sweeney'), a branch of the London's Metropolitan Police Service with the main purpose to response armed crimes. Regan and Carter investigate a series of bank raids by a team of armed robbers. The trails lead the detectives far from London - to Malta.

The following weapons were used in the film Sweeney 2:


Smith & Wesson Model 36

In the climactic scene DI Jack Regan (John Thaw) holds a Smith & Wesson Model 36 revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Regan breaks into Hill's room.
Another view of the same scene.
Regan hands his revolver to Willard.

Colt Detective Special

Willard (John Flanagan), one of the officers of The Flying Squad, is armed with a Colt Detective Special revolver in the climactic scene.

Colt Detective Special 1st Gen with Square Butt - .38 Special
Willard holds his Colt and Regan's Smith & Wesson Model 36.
Another view of Willard's Colt.

Unidentified snub nose revolvers

In the climactic scene The Flying Squad officers, including George Carter (Dennis Waterman), Llewellyn (Derrick O'Connor), Tom Daniels (John Alkin), Jellyneck (James Warrior) and Goodyear (David Casey), are armed with snub nose revolvers. These guns are seen very briefly and in distance.

Carter aims his revolver at White.
Llewellyn holds a revolver at the background. His gun may be a Colt Detective Special.


Sawed-Off Double Barreled Shotgun

The gang boss Frank Hill (Ken Hutchison) uses a "gold-plated sawed-off Purdey shotgun", as he describes his weapon to a victim. The gun has shortened barrels and intact buttstock. After Hill accidentally looses his weapon, he saws the barrels of another shotgun of same model (see below). Both screen guns are hardly genuine production of James Purdey & Sons as such guns are too expensive to cut off their barrels for filming. More common sawed-off shotguns without any special finish are used by Will White (Brian Gwaspari) and Jefferson (Matthew Scurfield) in several robberies.

For reference: Stevens 1960s SBS with the barrels sawed-off - 12 Gauge (Photoshopped). Screen guns have same configuration.
Hill (at the left) aims his gold-plated Purdey at a bank manager. White (in center) holds a sawed-off shotgun of common type, also with short barrels and intact buttstock.
The muzzles of Hill's gun.
Hill aims his gun at a bank teller during the heist.
Hill (at the right) holds his gold-plated sawed-off shotgun.
Hill drops his weapon.
Hill tests the shotgun that he just sawed-off.
Jefferson holds his double barreled sawed-off shotgun and Haughton's single barreled sawed-off shotgun during the final heist of the gang.
Hill holds his gun after the heist.

Double Barreled Shotgun

In the scene on the beach on Malta, Hill (Ken Hutchison) holds a standard, not sawed-off gold plated Double Barreled Shotgun. Later he saws the barrels of this gun too.

Hill with the shotgun on the beach.
A close-up of the shotgun.
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Hill opens the shotgun.
The shotgun on the wall in Hill's house.
Hill saws the barrels.

Sawed-Off Single Barreled Shotgun

A sawed-off single barreled shotgun is used by the gang in several heists. During one of the heists it is held by Jefferson (Matthew Scurfield), and in another heist it is seen in hands of Haughton (Brian Hall). White (Brian Gwaspari) holds the same gun when the police finds him and Hill in a hotel.

Jefferson holds a sawed-off single barreled shotgun.
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Haughton holds a sawed-off single barreled shotgun.
Jefferson holds his double barreled sawed-off shotgun and Haughton's single barreled sawed-off shotgun during the final heist of the gang.
White grabs the shotgun.
White under police searchlights.

Winchester Model 1897

During the bomb incident in a hotel, Doyle (Michael O'Hagan), the commander of the Armed Response Unit, holds a pump action shotgun. The gun seems to have an external hammer, so Winchester Model 1897 is a likely guess.

Winchester Model 1897 Riot Gun - 12 gauge
Doyle appears from the minivan with the shotgun in hands.
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The receiver of Doyle's shotgun is seen.

Unidentified Winchester "Trench Gun" Shotgun

During the final heist of the gang, Mead (John Lyons) is armed with a Winchester M1897 or M1912 shotgun in "Trench Gun" configuration. The base model is unclear.

Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun" - 12 gauge
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Mead fires.
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A general view of the gun.


Unidentified sniper rifles

Two snipers of the Armed Response Unit hold unidentified rifles. One of these guns is seen only in distance, and another one is seen blurry due to fast motion.

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A police sniper with a rifle is seen at the background right. It seems to have military style full-length handguard and may be a Lee-Enfield No. 4 Mk I (T) sniper rifle but it's a vague guess.
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The rifle of the second sniper is seen very blurry.

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