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$990 MRSP
P226R [L106A1]
Depending on your location, both the original P226R and the airsoft may be freely available, or indeed tightly restricted.
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When Moriarty asked "Is that a British Army L9A1 in your pocket or are you just pleased to see me?" A man with the deduction reasoning of Sherlock Holmes should instead have pointed out "WRONG. It's a L106A1".

We'll put it down to script verses reality, but the gun John Watson carries is not a Browning L9A1, the former standard issue sidearm of the British Army, but a Sig Sauer P226R, British Army equipment designation L106A1, issued to soldiers serving in Afghanistan.

Both weapons have been superceeded as standard issue sidearms for the British Army, with an announcement on January 11 2013 that the Glock 17 Gen 4 [British Army equipment designation TBA] will be issued as an forces wide replacement.

Completely restricted from sale or private ownership in the United Kingdom, John is in apparent illegal possession of his handgun despite being a former member of the UK armed services.

The gun seen onscreen is actually a gas powered airsoft replica produced by Tokyo Marui, itself completely restricted from general sale in the United Kingdom, but obtainable with permit for film and television production or an appropriate airsoft licence.