Anyway the thing I remember most about Culp's character on the show was his very prominent use of 1911 .45 pistols, in the opening scene his credit shot uses him in a sitting position busting caps at an off screen target with a 1911. I remember that being maybe the first time I ever noticed a slide recoiling on a semi-auto pistol, funny to remember that. His wasn't the first introduction to the 1911 in my youth via TV (old movies and Magnum P.I. being in the forefront of my memory) but it was part of a lasting impression of fondness that I have for that pistol.
Culp busts caps with the .45 at about 0:44 in the clip..
James over at Hellinahandbasket is also remembering Culp today and poses a challenge to name any of the weapons Culp holds in various promotional stills from I Spy.
And while I am on the subject of 1911's, I hear the USMC is ordering more of the M45 (formerly the MEU-SOC (Marine Expeditionary Unit - Special Operations Capable) pistol) 1911 pattern pistol for troops overseas. I guess a pistol design of over 100 years can hold its own these days...or maybe just .45 is massively awesome for combat use...anyone in the Army listening....