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Dirty Harry 'Magnum Force' and the BG Guns?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Flame Red, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. Flame Red

    Flame Red Well-Known Member

    I am sure that a lot of us are enjoying the five Dirty Harry movies all this week on AMC. I was watching Magnum Force intently last night. We all know Harry used a S&W M29, but what did the bad guys (or were they the good guys?) use (David Soul)? I could not tell if they were Colt Pythons or S&W.

    Inquiring minds want to know!
  2. Cosmoline

    Cosmoline Well-Known Member

    Colt Pythons if memory serves.
  3. printcraft

    printcraft Well-Known Member


    One part were the motor cop, Davis I think, uses a silencer on his revolver
    to shoot another cop. I thought that revolvers were hard or impossible to silence due to cylinder gap with the exception of the old Nagant with a
    sealed gap or something?
  4. Rugerlvr

    Rugerlvr Well-Known Member

    4" Pythons.
  5. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    Correct; Revolvers usually cannot be silenced because there's a gap between the cylinder & barrel. The 1895 Nagant cammed the cylinder forward, and with the type of ammo it used, with the bullet seated into the case and a collar above the bullet, it theoretically sealed the gap.
    Also, IIRC Wesson arms made a revolver for covert use that allowed the barrel to be screwed down to achieve the same effect.
    But generally speaking, trying to silence revolvers is a solution for a non-existant problem, if you go to semiautos.
  6. tuna

    tuna member

    I've always wondered about putting a suppressor (jest ta show I ain't ignant 'bout these things) on a revolver. I know they won't be as efficient as a semi - and I also know that rven semi's aren't completley quieted, but would a suppressed revolver be quiet enough in say .38 or .44 special to use outside without ear protection? Always wondered that...
  7. feedthehogs

    feedthehogs Well-Known Member

    Try a nice fat down pillow.
  8. Black Knight

    Black Knight Well-Known Member

    Like others said the four motor officers carried 4" Colt Pythons. Hal Holbrook who play Lt. Briggs carried a 2 1/2" S&W model 19. I have the Dirty Harry DVD set and watched it last night as well.
  9. loneviking

    loneviking Well-Known Member

    One of my favorite series! Where ALL the cops were carrying revolvers for at least the first three movies. It's like time tripping for me as I lived in the Bay Area during the time that the first movie was filmed. My bus was one of those that had armed guards on it because of threats from the Zodiac killer. It's a bit sad to see how things used to be and to know how far downhill they've gone in 'Frisco over the last 40 years.
  10. Hardtarget

    Hardtarget Well-Known Member

    I noticed "Feedthehogs" suggested a down pillow. Oddly enough, I can attest to the effectivness of that technique. Late on evening I though I heard a poodle bark...you know, that little squeaky bark of a toy poodle. Next day we found his girlfriends car had been shot several times. So, it wasn't silent...but it didn't sound like a gun, either.

    I don't think I'll think "small dog bark" next time.

  11. Drgong

    Drgong Well-Known Member

    Unless you do not want any brass laying on the ground at site of the shooting. Why the Soviet intel services used it once or twice...
  12. Flame Red

    Flame Red Well-Known Member

    Ahmen to that brother - they seemed to have successfully ruined one of America's great cities. I refuse to go there ever.

    I say bring back Harry to clean out the weirdos, freaks and preverts there and return it to its former glory.
  13. Tommygunn

    Tommygunn Well-Known Member

    Semiautos really devoted to covert use with silencers have a slidelock so the gun won't eject the empty. This is done because even the slide reciprocation causes noise, and allows some to escape with the case.
    This reduces the handgun to basically a manual repeater but it does eliminate the flying case.
    Of course, one could always pick up the empty(s).
  14. Phil DeGraves

    Phil DeGraves Well-Known Member

    Also, on a locked breech firearm like the 1911, the cartridge just may not have the recoil impetus to reliably cycle the slide with the extra weight of the suppressor attached.

    That's why most suppressed handguns are low powered blowbacks like the .22, .32 or .380.
  15. rcmodel

    rcmodel Member in memoriam

    Speaking of cops carrying revolvers.

    I was watching COPS on TV last night and it appears the Ft. Worth, I think? police are still using S&W revolvers.

    Also thought I saw one guy with a holstered 1911 with what might have been ivory grips. Just got a glimpse of it.

    Anyone know for sure what their gun policy is?

  16. Mrs. Armoredman

    Mrs. Armoredman Well-Known Member

    I love the Dirty Harry series. Clint Eastwood is my hero. He kicks butt with the best of them. I like his 44 mag. he uses or am I wrong?
  17. Lewis130

    Lewis130 Well-Known Member

    The bad guy had a P38 in the original.

    Ah, the times before tacticool...

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