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Dragnet fans...Joe Friday's S&W

Discussion in 'Handguns: Revolvers' started by Nathanael_Greene, Apr 14, 2009.

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  1. Nathanael_Greene

    Nathanael_Greene Member

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    I was watching a rerun of Dragnet, an episode in which Joe Friday is investigated for an off-duty shooting.

    During the hearing he describes his gun as a Smith & Wesson .38, serial number 1755806.

    Is that a legit S&W serial number? I'm not sure of the exact model number (though I'm sure a real Dragnet aficionado would know); the revolver is a snub-nosed .38, probably a Model 36, yes?
     
  2. rcmodel

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    Model 36 Chiefs Special, probably.

    1,755,806 would be a made up number.
    There isn't enough room on the bottom of the grip for a number that big.

    The highest J-Frame pre-prefix number was 786,544 in 1969.
    Then it started over again at J1 in 69-70.

    rc
     
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    Joe Friday carried a Smith & Wesson Model 10 2-inch.
     
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    Guess I was wrong then.
    Anyway, I thought he carried a Colt Detective Special.

    No wait!
    Maybe that was Dick Tracy! :D

    rc
     
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    I recall it was a 2" Detective Special. If the characters called it a S&W then I am wrong... or the script doesn't mesh with the prop gun. That serial wouldn't work for any S&W model.
     
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    He carried a colt dick special in the original series. S & W didn't even make their snub when the series was running.
     
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    Smith made 2" barreled Military&Police (K-frame) revolvers way before the Dragnet television series began. The Chiefs Special (J-frame) was introduced in the very early (1950?) fifties.
     
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    In one episode in the early to mid 1950s, Joe was expecting a package. He refused to tell his partner Frank Smith what it was.

    When it came he opened it and took out a revolver, and described it as a Colt Cobra. He mentioned the weight in ounces, the caliber, and possibly the fact that it had six shots. Sounded almost like a Colt commercial.

    I can't remember the exact details but I definitely remember the episode and the mention of the Cobra and its specifications.

    Obviously he carried something else before that episode.
     
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    By the way, if the episode in question was the one about the shot that took some time to find in the laundromat, that was from a later series (different partner--Joe Gannon rather than Frank Smith), and if I recall correctly, Friday did carry a Smith.

    One thing about it --whatever he carried was always either standard or permissible with the LAPD at the time.
     
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    Need the facts, nothing but the facts.
     
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    Well to muddy the waters, Jack Web (aka Joe Friday) visited the S&W factory and was presented with a model 39 pistol - which was a hot item at the time. He was delighted, but I don't believe he ever carried it in a show. He did pose with it for a picture in an early issue of Guns Magazine.

    In early shows he did have the Cobra, but later switched to a Smith & Wesson. The Old Fuff is too young (or forgetful :uhoh:) to remember the model, but he believes it was either a Military & Police/model 10 or a model 36 - or maybe both, depending on whatever the property room had. Whatever, it was carried in a Clark sprigclip crossdraw holster. The Old Fuff still uses one on occasion.
     
  14. saltydog452

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    'Dragnet' still gets some air time here in DFW.

    Since VCRs seem to be going the way of 45 RPM records and 8 Tracks, does anyone know where a DVD of 'The DI', with Jack Webb as the DI can be found?

    Thanks,

    salty

    'High Noon', 'Thunder Road', and a couple of others are worth keeping also.

    sd
     
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    Got it. Thanks.

    salty
     
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