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Do movies encourage gun sales?

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Plan2Live, Oct 28, 2012.

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  1. Plan2Live

    Plan2Live Member

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    I was watching Gun Stories or something similar on the Outdoor Channel a while back and they ran an episode on the S&W Model 29 aka "The Dirty Harry" and how it more or less languished in gun stores until the movie came out then it was the "must have" gun of it's time.

    I was at the theater last night and saw a trailer for Skyfall,the new James Bond movie coming out. The Walther PPKs was featured prominently which got me to wondering, will the re-emergence of the "Walther PPks chambered in 9mm short" as the required carry pistol for 007 create renewed demand for the old classic?

    So other than Dirty Harry, have other movies increased noticeable market demand for certain guns?
     
  2. jeepnik

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    Pretty much. In fact, I bought an AR-7 because Bond shot down a helo, well he shot the guy with the gernade, and after he dropped it, it exploded. Never did find a cool wooden stock for it though. The brief case was easy, and I did have one with cut out foam for it for a while. It just looked so good in my Astin Martin.:D:D
     
  3. highorder

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    A friend of mine is in the serious market for a Ruger 181 series Mini-14GB-F, ala The A-Team.

    So it can influence sales.

    PM's if you have a Mini for sale... :)
     
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    I've got a few that were featured in various movies, including a Bond PPK in 7.65mm, and a .577-450 Martini-Henry from the movie Zulu.
     
  6. highorder

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    I think it was Magnum Force?

    Surely an "experienced" gent can verify that?
     
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    Admittedly, although I have a stainless PPK, 007 makes me want a blued one. And I guess I did get my G26 after Blood Diamond.
     
  8. OldMac

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    Yes

    After I saw Enemy at the gates, I bought another Mosin. After I saw Defiance, I bought a Mosin, a Tokarev, and a Mauser. After I watched Dreams From My Real Father: A Story of Reds and Deception, I plan on adding some modern arms;)
     
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    As a child, I wanted a MP-40, but ************ says no to peasants who want NFA.
     
  10. 56hawk

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    Death with 3 is known for increasing sales of the 475 Wildey Magnum. And although not because of a single movie, the Desert Eagle owes a lot of it's sales to movie appearances.

    Movies have influenced a lot of my firearms purchases, but the only time I have run out and bought a gun specifically because I saw it on tv was a 500 S&W after I saw Jerry Miculek shoot one on the history channel.
     
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    Some movies inspire gun people to buy a particular gun; others encourage non gun owners to buy a gun generally.

    The upcoming Red Dawn is likely to be an example of the latter.
     
  12. bigfatdave

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    it's supposed to be in .32acp AKA 7.65mmBrowning


    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0055928/quotes

    http://youtu.be/tU98uP7pXA8

    No, I have no idea who wrote the bit about the brick

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    I can't imagine a reason that I own a Mare's Leg other than movies and TV
     
  13. Plan2Live

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    Not according to the movie trailer running in theaters. I looked it up online and played it before I posted just to be certain I heard it correctly last night in the theater.
     
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    and it is a smartgun, apparently ... an abomination!

    I like Craig as Bond, though - and the 7.65mm has been correct for a lot longer than 9mmKurz
     
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    and it is a smartgun, apparently ... an abomination!

    I like Craig as Bond, though - and the 7.65mm has been correct for a lot longer than 9mmKurz
     
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    Video games sure do. Call of Duty has sold more ARs than Barack Obama.
     
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    If the guns used in movies greatly influenced sales then we'd be knee deep in Berettas. And the usual Glock Gang would be the Beretta Brotherhood :D

    Since I attained a keen handgun awareness upon getting into the shooting sports about 4 years back I've seen far more Beretta 92fs's by far than all other brands put together. A close second is, oddly enough, the massive Desert Eagle. I guess it fills the screen more nicely than a lot of other options due to it's physical mass. And 1911's seem to be a close third place.

    And while Glock is arguably the most common gun out to own and shoot it's simply not a gun which shows up on the Silver Screen with any regularity. Could it be that it's simply too box like and plain?
     
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    I'm sure Lethal Weapon sold a few Berettas. I'm sure at one time or another I lusted after all of the guns in Raiders of the Lost Ark, the only one I still really want is a Luger.

    I'm sure movie and TV lore steered me towards a 1911 at some level.
     
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    My lust for a Colt Python is renewed with each episode of the Walking Dead.
     
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    When Mick Dundee ("Croc Dundee 2") opened fire on the trucks of the attacking thugs with his commercial Aussie (sporterized) Enfield #4, it refreshed my memory of the two actual "Jungle Carbines" I had handled-the only LEs ever seen. That ignited my resolve to acquire a first LE, then another...

    As for handguns, is the popularity of Makarovs, P-64s, FEGs, certain CZs subconsciously linked to James Bond's PPK, which various eastern Euro manufacturers tried to copy, or is it all about the price?
     
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    As an unscientific test I did a google search on imfdb.org and there are 6,420 results for "Beretta", 4,300 for "Glock" and 1,800 for "Desert Eagle". In a way that would be expected since Beretta has been making guns for almost 500 years and Glock really only makes one gun.
     
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    That seems about right... Just about any movie you watch with gun play has a Beretta or Glock in it.

    If only real silencers were that effective.
     
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    First thing I thought of was Lethal Weapon. That movie had to have sold more than a few Beretta pistols.
     
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    No such sillyness here, just because I bought an AR-7, Walther PPK, Beretta 25 ACP and a AR-15 back in the 60's, that doesn't prove anything (LOL). Now if I had only been able to afford a Astin Martin you could say it was true, but I don't think they allowed MG's in the running lights or explosives under the passenger seat back then.

    Jim
     
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    The Bren Ten received a nice little bump from Miami Vice.
     
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