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I have a doubt regarding the first season's first episode of Sherlock.

Towards the end, Sherlock says to the serial killer "I know a real gun when I see one".

The serial killer (i.e, the cab driver), actually shows Sherlock the gun, when they arrive at the destination (where the serial killer intends to kill Sherlock). At this moment,Sherlock asks how the cabbie makes the victims follow him and for that the cabbie shows the gun.

At this point, Sherlock tells the cabbie "you don't take people's lives at gun point"

So, my question is, at this point, doesn't Sherlock know it's not a real gun?

Or, is it just intended for the serial killer to think Sherlock is not as intelligent as himself?

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Since it's not addressed in the show, this is a speculation question. That aside, of course he knew. He's Sherlock Holmes! When you see his other examples of deduction throughout the series, this does not seem like something that would fool him. –  Meat Trademark Nov 26 '13 at 2:59
I think he's just saying that the cabbie doesn't take people's life at gun point, while he knows that the gun is fake and thinking that he may have been targeting people who were fooled by a toy gun. –  rijul gupta Jan 12 '14 at 20:10

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I think there is nothing to ponder about this action at that instance you're referring too, however it could be that Sherlock was very much interested in seeing how he killed his victims he didn't refer to the fact that gun is a fake until later, it's just that he must've observed it but didn't want to focus on that because his mind was occupied by what the cabbie was going to show him.

I wish i could write a more descriptive answer but to me it just feels that's all to it.

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It was the same way I felt before asking the question. I wanted to hear atleast from someone that Sherlock had erred but it will never be true –  Ramesh Nov 26 '13 at 4:24

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