Saturday, December 17, 2016

That's not a Colt .45 you dufus!


Anonymous said...

Why is this important? If you can identify the piece, fine; if you can't, what difference does it make? And remember, if it's a Hollywood movie the firearms are being wielded by poufs who think ordinary citizens shouldn't have access to them. See the related item about "Miss Sloan" in case you've forgotten how Hollywood feels about the RKBA.

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku

Rodger the Real King of France said...

Oh my, are we up on the wring side of the bed my children?

jlw said...

oh, my Ann&Sam

it is incredibly important. one simply MUST know which side of the Dirty Harry debate to be on. was Harry's 44 mag actually several cobbled together model 29 44 mags, or did filming begin with a model 57 .41 mag?

hedonistic indulgence requires that one know.

for what it's worth the link goes with 44, whereas i know, because i keep one at bedside and it whispered in my ear, it was the great model 57 .41 magnum.

Anonymous said...

It's just such a contradiction in terms to be concerned about "accuracy of detail" re firearms in a Hollywood movie, when we're repeatedly treated, for example, to guys who carry semi-autos dramatically racking the slide to show they're "serious". Or how about when the hero is under fire from professional soldiers and all their rounds miraculously miss?

These films are just as cartoonish in their treatment of firearms as those six-shooters in old Westerns that were capable of firing countless rounds w/o reloading. Do we watch a cartoon and say "Wait a minute! Animals can't talk!"?

Ann Hedonia & Sam Paku

Arthur said...

I actually use that site a lot. Along with its
automotive counterpart.

I'm not looking to see if some antigun Hollyweird director got his hardware right. Usually I hit the site if I see a firearm I don't instantly recognise. There's a surprising number I've never even heard of, and I've been a gun nut for a long time.

Stu Tarlowe said...

Some real firearms trivia (Don't look it up; see if you know it!):

What did Kojak carry and what kind of holster did he use?

What TV character was named for a gun (sort of), but when he needed a firearm, it wasn't that kind, but a 1911 tucked into his waistband at the small of his back?

What TV character was named for a gun (sort of), except his name was spelled differently than the actual gun (and I'm not sure he ever even carried a gun)? And what earlier show was that show based on, and who was the real-life Newark, NJ cop that show was based on?

The star of that earlier show was also in a movie in which he played a criminal on the run who was also a dead shot with a Gov't Model 1911; the film also featured another actor and the 2 actresses whom he married in real-life; it also featured a classic BMW, and was shot in Spain. Who, and what movie?

What legendary real-life NYPD plainclothes cop (about whom at least one movie was made) carried, in addition to his service revolver, a very unconventional (for the NYPD) sidearm in a knapsack, and what was it? BONUS: What else did he routinely carry in the knapsack?

What TV character, in what show, carried, in addition to his revolver, a derringer behind his belt buckle? (C'mon, this one should be easy!)

What TV show (with guns in the title) featured Walter Brennan and the catchphrase "No brag, just fact"?

TV's Wyatt Earp (NOT the real-life Wyatt Earp!) carried a distinctive revolver, named after its maker. What was it called and what was distinctive about it?

What TV private eye carried a 9mm Beretta, while the shadowy fellow who helped him and often came to his rescue carried a nickel or chrome long-barrelled Colt Python?

OK, that's all for now, but I've got a million of 'em.

jlw said...


in reverse order Spenser (and Hawk), Buntline Special had a long barrel, The Guns of Will Sonnett, Paladin.

that's all i've got off the top of my head.

Stu Tarlowe said...

'Nicely done! Paladin was, of course, the lead character in "Have Gun, Will Travel". If you were asked for his first name, what would you say?

jlw said...



Stu Tarlowe said...

Yup, "Wire", hyuk hyuk! Based on his famous business card that said, "Wire Paladin, San Francisco"!

OK, here's one for extra credit: The lead character in an early TV Western was a sheriff, but the character (and especially his name) was based on a notorious real-life outlaw and gunfighter. The character's "gimmick gun" was based on an actual revolver used by the C.S.A. Name the show and the gun.

'Still waiting for answers on the other questions...

jlw said...


the gun was a Lamatt. a six shooter plus one shotgun.

the character was Ringo and i think that was the name of the show, too. perhaps Johnny Ringo.

gsebes said...

Serpico and Berretta are 2...

Stu Tarlowe said...

Hey, it's my game, so I get to make the rules. That means ya gotta answer the entire question and spell everything right, e.g., "LeMat", "Baretta". 'Still looking for (although now these are easy to look up) what Serpico carried in his knapsack (What gun and what else?) and for the name of the show and the Newark cop that "Baretta" was based on. And a couple of others; I'll clue you that the Kojak question is a trick question.

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