What gun did Tom Selleck use in Magnum,PI


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cjsolar
December 6, 2007, 09:58 AM
I was just curious about the pistol that Tom Selleck used in Magnum,PI. A friend and I were discussing this the other evening.....If anybody knows,let me know....

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gb6491
December 6, 2007, 10:04 AM
1911 (http://www.fatyo.com/fat/kiko/images/kiko_20070905-01-01.jpg):)
Regards,
Greg

xring
December 6, 2007, 10:05 AM
It was definitely a blue 5" Gov't model. Stock configuration as far as I could see. I never got a good look at a close up to identify make, or caliber. One would assume it was a Colt in .45. At least I would.:D

mnw42
December 6, 2007, 10:15 AM
Speaking of TV... Don Johnson has used some interesting guns in his roles. A Bren Ten in Miami Vice and a Colt Special Combat Government in .38 Super in Nash Bridges.

Interesting TV guns could be a new thread........

kentucky_smith
December 6, 2007, 10:17 AM
The Magnum pistol was supposedly 9mm to make blanks work easier.

Onmilo
December 6, 2007, 10:57 AM
Maybe it was, but it still looked like a blued Series 70 .45 to me.
"Did you see the sun rise this morning?"

BrokenArrow
December 6, 2007, 11:43 AM
Tom Selleck is packing a 1911 as Robert Parker's Jesse Stone character in his latest TV movies.

Don Johnson in Miami Vice started w a SIGP220, then a Bren Ten, finished w a S&W 45.

Edited to add his BUG: Detonics.

bannockburn
December 6, 2007, 12:55 PM
I think Magnum's pistol might have been a Star Model B or possibly P, as I recall reading an article years ago about how the Star's were easier to work with,and more reliable, when converted to firing blanks. Sometimes, if you can see the right side of the slide, you might notice the straw colored extractor back where the slide serrations are. That's not to say however, that many scenes may have simply called for a non-firing prop gun; in which case, an available Model 1911 could have been used.

SoonerSP101
December 6, 2007, 01:50 PM
http://www.gunblast.com/WBell_DetonicsCM.htm

jlbraun
December 6, 2007, 01:52 PM
Tom Selleck is packing a 1911 as Robert Parker's Jesse Stone character in his latest TV movies.

Not only that, it's an official Gunsite 1911!

cjsolar
December 7, 2007, 01:24 AM
Thanks for the information....It is truely appreciated...If anybody has good close-up of the gun let me know

gb6491
December 7, 2007, 09:54 AM
Thanks for the information....It is truely appreciated...If anybody has good close-up of the gun let me know
The photo I linked to in my earlier post is the best I've seen of the him and pistol, perchance there is a better one out there.
Regards,
Greg

Glockorama
December 7, 2007, 10:06 AM
It's a 1911. I have several Magnum dvd's and it is a 1911. Muzzle sure looks like a .45 hole to me. Don't know about the blanks part.

"Did you see the sunrise this morning?"
One of the best tv endings ever!

MAKster
December 8, 2007, 01:16 PM
Tom sure likes his 1911s. His character on Las Vegas also carries a 1911.

kentucky_smith
December 8, 2007, 01:34 PM
http://magnum-mania.com/images/opening_credits_clip_slam_full.jpg

strangelittleman
December 8, 2007, 06:50 PM
I also read something about the gun being set-up to fire 9mm blanks. I find this to be true as I noticed several scenes where he loaded/reloaded his pistol and one can spot the 9mm mags because they have the pressed alignment indention down the side of the mag.....

byf43
December 8, 2007, 07:48 PM
strangelittleman wrote:
... I noticed several scenes where he loaded/reloaded his pistol and one can spot the 9mm mags because they have the pressed alignment indention down the side of the mag.....

Same here!

In the opening sequence, just before Magnum inserts the magazine (see photo above, posted by kentucky_smith), you can see the alignment indentations.

Also, has anyone else picked up on the fact that the hammer is down as Magnum is inserting the magazine, in the opening sequence, but, the hammer goes 'cocked' as he slaps the magazine home, as in the photo (above)!?!?!?!?!??

pstmstr
December 9, 2007, 07:57 AM
He needs to get his finger off the trigger until he has it pointed at whatever he's going to shoot. :uhoh:

Hunter0924
December 9, 2007, 11:59 AM
I believe you are correct in that is was set up to use 9mm blanks.
In the opening scene when he inserts the magazine you can clearly see the line running up the magazine indicating it is not a .45 Automatic magazine. I always just figured he carried a Super .38. I dig Magnum PI and have a thing for the Super.

another okie
December 9, 2007, 02:49 PM
Just as a minor add-on, in the Jesse Stone novels the Stone character carries his backup from L.A., a snubbie revolver, and then occasionally the issue gun for the Paradise department, a SIG of some kind. He also uses a .22 target pistol in one of the books.

So I think we can assume that Tom Selleck likes 1911s, since he (or someone) changed the gun for the movies.

George Hill
December 9, 2007, 03:27 PM
Obviously a 1911, but someone says it's a Star because some article says they are easy to work on? Olympic Class Logic Leap there, buddy.
Yes, Tom packed the 1911, but he also had a Detonics Combat Master in several episodes:
http://www.madogre.com/Interviews/Detonics_Combat_Master.htm
http://www.madogre.com/Interviews/DetonicsUSACombatMaster.htm

MikePGS
December 9, 2007, 03:36 PM
I think its clear that Magnum's most important weapon of all was his gigantic mustache :D

strangelittleman
December 9, 2007, 04:24 PM
BTW, I noticed he also carried a PPK for a BUG in an ankle rig in a couple of episodes.......

Moonclip
December 10, 2007, 02:52 AM
Never watched it much but I remember a scoped rifle with set triggers being used once. I think the opening part shows a 1911 pattern gun being loaded. Many times when I watch tv/movies I see an external extractor on a 1911 pattern suggesting in older films a Spanish Llama or Star was used.

I've heard the 9mm/38super being easier to work with blanks thing before. I have a friend who works in Hollywood and knows a prop guy. I'll try to talk to him if possible. Never heard that the external extractor guns were used for any special reason though.

pete f
December 10, 2007, 03:13 AM
in most episodes it's a "park'ed" GI issue gun, not a blued series 70.

I believe there is an episode where he is shown unpacking his GI bag and dumping the 1911A1 out of a rag.

He also carries one now that he is on Las Vegas. this is a screen shot.

Scorpiusdeus
December 10, 2007, 01:54 PM
Tom lives near me and he has been a guest at the Sheriff's Academy range. From what I understand he prefers the 1911 .45 and he's a pretty good shot. He's also very humble and very private.

Tom C.
December 10, 2007, 02:58 PM
I understand Tom is a real gun guy. He is one of the producers for the Jesse Stone movies and the recent westerns he has done, so he gets to pick what he wants. For the westerns he had some nice period correct guns restored for the movie and then added them to his personal collection after the movie was completed.

BobbyQuickdraw
December 10, 2007, 04:18 PM
I'm a huge Magnum PI fan. I have 3 seasons on DVD and asked for 2 for Christmas. His character's background is that he was a former SEAL and Navy Intelligence officer in Viet Nam. This would, of course, lead to his choosing and love of a Colt 1911 Government.

Whether or not the gun used was a 9mm Blank Gun or not, the "character" gun was a .45.

Absolutely love that show and love Tom Selleck.

Trebor
December 10, 2007, 04:49 PM
Whether or not the gun used was a 9mm Blank Gun or not, the "character" gun was a .45.

Exactly. It was *supposed* to be a GI 1911. Whether or not it really was, and whether or not it was in .45 ACP or 9mm, I can't say.

I do know that many, if not most, .45 ACP auto's used in film/TV were actually 9mm's because it was much easier to get the guns to work with 9mm blanks then .45 ACP blanks. In the commentary on "The Way of Gun" DVD the director specifically mentions that the 1911's in that movie were 9mm's "standing in" for .45 ACP pistols.

As far as to whether Magnum's pistol is a 1911 or a Star Model B, I'd have to see a better screen shot of the gun to be sure. The Star Model B almost identical to a 1911, especially at a distance, and was often used in films and on TV instead of a 1911 because it was already chambered for 9mm. The Star used an external extractor and doesn't have a grip safety. If you can get a picture of those details on Magnum's gun you can tell what model it is.

In "The Wild Bunch" the character who is packing a 1911 and a Colt Peacemaker is actually carrying a Star Model B in 9mm. Another example is in "Pulp Fiction." Samuel L. Jackson's gun is actually a Star Model B instead of a 1911.

strangelittleman
December 12, 2007, 12:39 PM
HAHAHA!!! Sharp eye Trebor! I too noticed a scene in "The Wild Bunch" where Bill Holden's character has a Star Model B....That extractor gives it away everytime! "The Way of the Gun" yep, I heard that too and one can see the 9mm mags during speed/tactical reload sequences....

pernicus
December 12, 2007, 01:50 PM
dirty harry >*

boalex207
December 13, 2007, 09:47 PM
He needs to get his finger off the trigger until he has it pointed at whatever he's going to shoot.

He's also loading the gun as if he is a left handed shooter, but his watch would indicate he is right handed.

boalex207
December 13, 2007, 09:50 PM
I think its clear that Magnum's most important weapon of all was his gigantic mustache


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zenner22
February 1, 2008, 08:14 PM
The magazine in the opening credits of Magnum appears to be a 9mm. However the gun in the show is supposed to be a 45, that is made clear on many episodes. It is a 1911A1, a Colt I would expect since it is supposed to be one he carried in Viet Nam.

I've gone through 5 seasons of the Magnum PI dvd's and have not yet seen him use a Detonics. Perhaps he does in the upcoming seasons, although I don't recall him ever using one. He did use a Walther PPK in an ankle holster at least once.

In the Las Vegas TV show Selleck uses a S&W Gunsite 1911. The Gunsite grips have been replaced with stag however.

michiganfan
February 1, 2008, 09:22 PM
This months NRA mag says it was chambered in 9mm to make it function well with blanks

Nietzsche
February 1, 2008, 10:43 PM
Other guns used by magnum:

M16
Uzi
MP5
Hunting rifle of some type (in the great episode where he goes to kill the North Viet guy but chooses to walk away and allow a POW swap instead)
Shotgun (several times...Higgins flying model airplane being one of the best examples)

And many others I'm sure...

PCRCCW
February 2, 2008, 12:00 AM
As a long time Magnum PI fan..I have to say you guys are way to scary for me! :neener:
It wouldnt surprise me if it was a star B....looks the same and is just a blank away from a movie set.

Shoot well...........

Glockorama
February 2, 2008, 12:24 AM
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WkiNC9deUsA

Frosty_
February 2, 2008, 01:21 AM
OMG what a hilarious post, I rode a ride called the Magnum last weekend at the Palm Beach County Fair here in FL. It looked like it hadn't be run since the 80'. The entire ride was in prestine condition and was themed after Magnum P.I. (of course I had to ride it).

http://www.marksimonson.com/images/magnum.jpg

http://justinsomnia.org/images/sonoma_county_fair_magnum_ride.jpg

Lone Star
February 2, 2008, 03:54 AM
Mike Hammer (Stacy Keach) had a Star or Llama 9mm in some scenes, if you looked closely.

In close up scenes where the gun isn't fired, many really are Colts.

Some guns are rubber props. I saw those nickled Webley .455's when they were sold off after, "The Lost World" was cancelled, and they were rubber. The real ones were used only in scenes where they'd be shot. They were not offered for sale. The light rubber guns were how Finn on that show was able to run around with a MK. VI .455 in her tight hot pants in one episode and not have the gun fall out. Anyone else here like that show?

I've been looking carefully at gun photos on DVD boxes, and some are evidently props or airsoft replicas. You can see differences from the real guns.

I was on the official fan board that New Line Cinema used to sponsor for the Lost World, and we were were told that actors usually didn't handle the real guns unless the scene called for it, and a studio armorer always had to be present to supervise. Actors and real guns don't always mix well. Most actors have very fuzzy firearms safety ideas...On that show, the real guns were handed to the actor only just before the director called, "Action!" and were retrieved as soon as the scene was shot.

Gun safety on most sets tightened up a lot after an actor named Jon Erik Hexum shot himself dead with a blank round, after putting the gun to his head. That was years ago, and security seems to have remained tight on most sets. Remember, most actors are flaming liberals, and are taught to hate guns, unless they're exploiting them for a role. Naturally, most don't know much about them. And many of these people are emotionally unstable and may use drugs. Some just don't have responsible ideas about personal responsibility and caution, either. Tom Selleck is an exception.

By the way, a new Jesse Stone DVD, "A Sea Change" will be released Feb. 26. I've read the book, and if they don't butcher it, it should be good. They left me cold when they cast a black woman as Molly in that series earlier, though.
PC is out of control in Hollywood.


Lone Star

MrBill120
February 2, 2008, 08:22 PM
..."Ivan" in that Magnum PI episode.....that wasn't the same actor who played the Russian in The Sopranos was it??? He's got the height that the guy on The Sopranos had.... just curious...

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