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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries

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The Inspector Lynley Mysteries
Lynley DVD.jpg
DVD Cover
Country UKD.jpg UK
Channel BBC
Creator Elizabeth George
Ruth Baumgarten
Genre Crime
Broadcast 2001-2008
No. of Seasons 6
No. of Episodes 24
Main Cast
Character Actor
DI Thomas Lynley Nathaniel Parker
DS Barbara Havers Sharon Small
Helen Lynley nee Clyde Emma Fielding (Pilot)
Lesley Vickerage (S01-03)
Catherine Russell (S05)
Dr. Stuart Lafferty Paul Hickey
DC Winston Nkata Shaun Parkes
DSI Webberley David Burke

The Inspector Lynley Mysteries is a British detective TV series based on the works and characters by Elizabeth George. The protagonists are aristocratic, polished Detective Inspector Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker) and Detective Sergeant Barbara Havers (Sharon Small), a working-class background pugnacious woman. Despite numerous clashes, they form a successful team.

The following weapons were used in the television series The Inspector Lynley Mysteries:



Colt Detective Special

In the climactic scene in "In the Guise of Death" (S04E02), Lady Sarah Keach (Stella Gonet) holds a Colt Detective Special 3rd Gen revolver.

Colt Detective Special 3rd Gen - .38 Special
Sarah aims the revolver at Inspector Lynley. The cylinder chambers seem to be empty (of course, according to the plot the revolver is loaded).
Another view of Sarah's revolver.

Unidentified revolver

Peter Rooker (Richard Copestake) owns an illegally purchased revolver in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04). The revolver is seen only in the evidence bag when it is found by police near dead Rooker. During the investigation, the revolver is described as a Smith & Wesson.

The forensic expert Dr. Lafferty (Paul Hickey) holds the revolver in the evidence bag. The model of the gun hardly can be identified.


Glock 17

Armed Response Team officers are armed with Glock 17 pistols (really the most commonly issued pistol among the British police forces) in "Payment in Blood" (S01E02), "In Divine Proportion" (S04E01), and "One Guilty Deed" (S05E02).

For reference: 2nd Generation Glock 17 - 9x19mm
A police officer aims a Glock at the background in the final scene in "Payment in Blood".

A police officer holds a Glock during the hostage takeover in "In Divine Proportion".
A police officer aims a Glock.
A Glock in hands of a police officer is seen in center.

Police officers hold Glock pistols when the police stop the car of an armed suspect in "One Guilty Deed".

Umarex Walther CP88

An Umarex Walther CP88 air pistol is used to shoot at Helen Lynley's car in "If Wishes Were Horses" (S03E04). The air pistol is correctly described as such. The shooter is disclosed in the final scene, but he isn't shown with the gun in hands thus isn't mentioned here.

Umarex Walther CP88 air pistol - .177 pellet
The pistol is seen in the car.

Browning Hi-Power

In the flashback scene in "One Guilty Deed" (S05E02), a mob hitman fires a suppressed handgun, supposedly a Browning Hi-Power, from a car.

Browning Hi-Power fitted with suppressor - 9x19mm Parabellum
A suppressed Hi-Power is seen in hands of a hitman.

Beretta 92F

Simon Henshaw (Rupert Procter) is armed with a Beretta 92F pistol in "One Guilty Deed" (S05E02).

Beretta 92F - 9x19mm
The investigation identifies the murder weapon as a Beretta 92F, and the photo of the gun is seen in the ballistics report.
The pistol in Henshaw's car.
Henshaw grabs the pistol when police stops his car.
Being surrounded by armed police officers, Henshaw surrenders the pistol.
The Beretta in the evidence bag.

Luger P08

A Luger P08 is the murder weapon in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04). A Luger is also seen in a flashback scene of the Bosnian war in the same episode.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
Andrej Pavletic (Serge Soric) fires at Peter Rooker (Richard Copestake).
Andrej Pavletic, a Serbian militant during the Bosnian war, cocks his Luger in a flashback scene.
A good view of firing Luger.

M1911 style pistol

Nina Delic (Ania Sowinski) holds an unidentified nickel plated pistol in several scenes in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04). It is supposed to be a compact M1911 style pistol.

Nina aims her pistol at DC Winston Nkata (Shaun Parkes) whom she encounters in Rooker's apartments.
Another view of Nina's pistol in the same scene.
Nina holds Nkata at gunpoint while he tries to explain that he is a police officer.
A blurry close-up of the pistol.
Nina aims the pistol at Pavletic in the climactic scene.
Nina reluctantly agrees to put the gun down.

Submachine Guns

Heckler & Koch MP5A3

Armed Response Team officers are armed with Heckler & Koch MP5A3 SMGs with forend weaponlights and sighting devices in the final scene in "Payment in Blood" (S01E02). In "In Divine Proportion" (S04E01), "Word of God" (S04E04) and "One Guilty Deed" (S05E02), Armed Response Team officers carry MP5A3 SMGs without weaponlights and sighting devices.

Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with Surefire 628 dedicated forend weaponlight - 9x19mm
Heckler & Koch MP5A3 with original "slimline" forearm - 9x19mm
A police officer holds an MP5 with the forend weaponlight and the sighting device in "Payment in Blood".
Another view of the same scene provides a better view of the sighting device.
A good view of the barrel, the weaponlight and the magazine.

A police officer behind Inspector Lynley holds an MP5A3 during the hostage takeover in "In Divine Proportion". A Glock pistol is seen in the officer's holster.
A police officer aims an MP5.
A police officer aims an MP5.

A police officer holds an MP5A3 during the operation against people traffickers in "Word of God".
A police officer with an MP5 on sling and a portable battering ram in hands.

A photo of an MP5A3 with sighting device on the board in Inspector Lynley's office in "One Guilty Deed".
A police officer aims an MP5A3 when police stops the car of an armed suspect.
Another view of the same officer with his MP5.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2

One of the Armed Response Team officers in "In Divine Proportion" (S04E01) holds a Heckler & Koch MP5A2.

Heckler & Koch MP5A2 with "tropical" wide handguard - 9x19mm
An officer at the far right holds an MP5A2.
Another view of a police officer with an MP5A2.

Sa 25/26

In a flashback scene of the Bosnian war in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04), one of the Serbian militants carries a submachine gun. This is a model with the pistol grip used as the magazine housing, and it seems to have tubular slide. Sa 25 or Sa 26 seems to be a good guess.

Sa 25 - 9x19mm
A Serbian militant at the foreground carries a submachine gun on sling.


Over and Under Shotgun

Philip Weaver (Tim Pigott-Smith) holds an Over and Under Shotgun in the climactic scene in "For The Sake Of Elena" (S01E03). In the same episode a photo of Justine Weaver (Sophie Ward) shows her with an O/U shotgun in hands. Juliet Spence (Pippa Haywood) holds an O/U shotgun in "Missing Joseph" (S01E04).

Otto Seelig O/U - 12 gauge
Justine Weaver holds an O/U shotgun on a photo in "For The Sake Of Elena".
Philip Weaver aims the shotgun.
Weaver drops the shotgun.

Juliet Spence disassembles the gun for transporting in "Missing Joseph".
Juliet with the disassembled shotgun in hands.
Juliet assembles the shotgun. The logo of the gunmaker is seen on the receiver.
Juliet holds the shotgun, trying to protect her teenage daughter.
Juliet surrenders to police.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Philip Turner (Richard Armitage) uses a Double Barreled Shotgun for skeet shooting in "In Divine Proportion" (S04E01). Pat Garratt (Jimmy Yuill) holds a shotgun in the climactic scene of the same episode. Owen Harcourt-Baines (George Costigan) owns a shotgun in "Natural Causes" (S05E01). Sam Oborne (Nicholas Farrell) holds a shotgun in "Limbo" (S06E01).

Samuel Buckley & Company/Anson & Deeley Side by Side Shotgun - 12 gauge
Philip Turner opens his shotgun in "In Divine Proportion".
Turner hands the shotgun to DI Thomas Lynley (Nathaniel Parker).
Lynley examines the shotgun.
Pat Garratt aims the shotgun in the climactic scene.
Another view of the same scene.
A close-up of the muzzles.

Owen Harcourt-Baines takes a shotgun from the table when he notices an outsider near his house in "Natural Causes".
Harcourt-Baines goes out to check what's happened.
The shotgun is seen on the table in another scene.

Completely crushed by guilt, Sam Oborne holds a shotgun in a suicide attempt in "Limbo".
He prepares to put the shotgun to his head.


Lever Action (?) Hunting Rifle

In the final scene in "If Wishes Were Horses" (S03E04), Grace Finnegan (Jemma Redgrave) takes a hunting rifle with sniper scope that belonged to her late husband. The rifle is seen only partially, it has the underbarrel tube magazine, the octagonal barrel and the loading gate on the side of the receiver. Most likely this some lever action model, although the lever itself isn't seen. As the rifle is claimed to be a rabbit gun, possibly this is a small caliber model, but the octagonal barrel is more common for more heavy guns that the ones chambered in .22.

Grace Finnegan takes the rifle from the safe box.
Grace holds the rifle.
The sniper scope is seen better.
Grace prepares to fire the rifle.
A close-up of the muzzle and the magazine cap.

Mauser 98 Sporter

A bolt action sniper rifle is seen in a flashback scene of the Bosnian war in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04). A kind of Mauser 98 Sporter seems to be a good guess. As Crvena Zastava gun factory produced a number of Mauser 98 based hunting rifles, such gun fits quite well for the events of the Bosnian war.

Mauser 98 Sporter with scope - 7.92x57mm Mauser
A Serbian militant at the background carries a bolt action rifle with sniper scope.
The man with the sniper rifle is seen at the background.
A blurry close-up of the rifle.

Tanegashima Arquebus

What appears to be a Tanegashima arquebus is briefly seen in the museum in "Word of God" (S04E04).

Japanese "Tanegashima" matchlock arquebus.
A Tanegashima matchlock arquebus is seen in the museum showcase at the background together with a pair of katana swords.

Assault Rifles

AK style assault rifle

Some version of AK-47 is seen in a flashback scene of the Bosnian war in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04). The exact model is unclear although it is definitly used to represent the most common Zastava M70. The screen gun lacks the slanted muzzle compensator, like it was on the early version of M70.

For comparison: Zastava M70B1 with stamped receiver - 7.62x39mm. Original M70 differs in the absence of the AKM-style slanted muzzle compensator.
An AK is seen in hands of a Serbian militant.
The buttstock and the pistol grip of the AK are seen.

AKS style assault rifle

In the same flashback scene in "In the Blink of an Eye" (S05E04), an AKS-47 style assault rifle is also seen.

For comparison: Zastava M70AB2 - 7.62x39mm. Previous folding stock version M70A differs in the absence of the AKM-style slanted muzzle compensator.
A Serbian militant carries an AKS style assault rifle.
Another view of the gun of the same character. Here it can be seen that this is a folding stock version.

Other Weapons

Flare Rocket

DS Barbara Havers (Sharon Small) shoots a flare rocket in the climactic scene in "Deception On His Mind" (S02E04).

A flare rocket on board of the boat.
Barbara Havers prepares to shoot the rocket.
The empty tube in Havers' hands.

Water Guns

When a group of animal rights activists attack Miriam Whitelaw, the head of pharmaceutical company, in "Playing For The Ashes" (S02E01), they carry squirt water guns loaded with dyed water. Some of these guns look quite realistic, resembling real pistols, shotguns and submachine guns. These are probably battery powered devices, like the ones by LJN Entertech, one of the famous (or infamous, depends from the point of view) brands of such realistic water guns. Other guns look like sci-fi multi-barrel weapons. They are most likely one of Larami Super Soaker models, only painted in black instead of bright colour scheme.

Two activists with squirt water guns that look like pump action pistol-gripped shotguns.
A better view of one of these "shotguns".
A close-up of a "shotgun" water gun.
Two "pistols" are seen at the right. One of them looks similar to 1911 while another one, at the far right, hardly resembles any real gun.
The "shotgun" is seen on the top, two "pistols" at the far right, and a sci-fi gun at the bottom.
Two sci-fi guns, one of which is shooting a spray of yellow paint, are seen at the foreground, while two "pistols" and a "shotgun" are seen at the right.
A "shotgun" in action.
A Micro Uzi style squirt gun is seen at the right. This is supposed to be a Larami Uzi Water Machine Pistol, a quite realistic water gun from 1980s. Larami produced water guns based on both full size Uzi and Micro Uzi, like the screen gun.
A "Micro Uzi" is seen at the left.
A "shotgun" is seen at the right.


Obice da 105/22 Mod. 14/61

In the scene set in Rome in "Limbo" (S06E01), a midday cannon on the Janiculum (Gianicolo Hill) is seen firing. This cannon is the only exemplar of an Obice da 105/22 Mod. 14/61 howitzer, still remaining in service. These howitzers were former Austro-Hungarian 10 cm Mod. 14/16, obtained by Italy during and after WWI and extensively modified in 1950s by adding circular shooting platform, pneumatic wheels and a gun shield taken from British Ordnance QF 25-pounder gun. In 1961 the howitzer was again modified by lengthening the barrel and rechambering for standard NATO 105 mm ammunition, thus creating the 105/22 Mod. 14/61 model.


Portable Battering Ram

In "Word of God" (S04E04), one of the Armed Response Team officers carries a portable battering ram during the operation against people traffickers.


Sea King Helicopter

A Royal Navy Westland Sea King HAR.5 search and rescue helicopter is seen in "A Suitable Vengeance" (S02E03) during the search of a person, missing on seacoast.


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