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WEATHERBY460
02-22-2012, 14:02
I want an exact copy of the same gun used in the dirty harry movie...does anyone know what barrel length, finish or grips i need....any idea of the cost...thanks

bac1023
02-22-2012, 14:09
His was a pre-29 in the original movie I believe.

Just get a blued 6.5" 29-2 with the original grips and you'll have what you want. :)

SC Tiger
02-22-2012, 14:12
"Original Grips" might be an issue since Smith doesn't use those grips any more (thank God - they would bust your second knuckle like nobody's business). That said Smith has gotten into this "retro" thing lately so they might still make this exact gun.

4 glocks
02-22-2012, 14:14
Dirty Harry helped popularize the Smith & Wesson Model 29 (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_29) revolver, chambered for the powerful .44 Magnum (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/.44_Magnum) cartridge. The film initiated an increase in sales of the powerful handgun, which continues to be popular forty years after the film's release.[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)] The .44 Magnum ranked second in a 2008 20th Century Fox (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/20th_Century_Fox) poll of the most popular film weapons, after only the lightsaber (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Lightsaber) of Star Wars (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Star_Wars_(franchise)) fame. The poll surveyed approximately two thousand film fans.[55] (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/#cite_note-54) However, the only appearances of the Model 29 in the movie are in the close-ups: Any time Eastwood actually fired the revolver, he was shooting a Smith & Wesson Model 25 in .45 Colt[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]. In 1971, .44 Magnum blanks were not available[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]. However, as a result of decades of Hollywood Western movies there was an ample supply of 5-in-1 blank cartridges (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/5-in-1_blank_cartridge).[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)] As the Model 25 is built on the same Smith & Wesson N frame as the Model 29, it was simple to substitute it for the Model 29 in scenes where Eastwood had to shoot the revolver

The real question is did he fire a model 29 or model 25.
Do you feel lucky. Well do you punk.

SCmasterblaster
02-22-2012, 14:21
Dirty Harry helped popularize the Smith & Wesson Model 29 (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Smith_%26_Wesson_Model_29) revolver, chambered for the powerful .44 Magnum (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/.44_Magnum) cartridge. The film initiated an increase in sales of the powerful handgun, which continues to be popular forty years after the film's release.[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)] The .44 Magnum ranked second in a 2008 20th Century Fox (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/20th_Century_Fox) poll of the most popular film weapons, after only the lightsaber (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Lightsaber) of Star Wars (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Star_Wars_(franchise)) fame. The poll surveyed approximately two thousand film fans.[55] (http://www.glocktalk.com/forums/#cite_note-54) However, the only appearances of the Model 29 in the movie are in the close-ups: Any time Eastwood actually fired the revolver, he was shooting a Smith & Wesson Model 25 in .45 Colt[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]. In 1971, .44 Magnum blanks were not available[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)]. However, as a result of decades of Hollywood Western movies there was an ample supply of 5-in-1 blank cartridges (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/5-in-1_blank_cartridge).[citation needed (http://www.glocktalk.com/wiki/Wikipedia:Citation_needed)] As the Model 25 is built on the same Smith & Wesson N frame as the Model 29, it was simple to substitute it for the Model 29 in scenes where Eastwood had to shoot the revolver

The real question is did he fire a model 29 or model 25.
Do you feel lucky. Well do you punk.

I think that you are entirely correct about the blank-firing revolvers of the era.

4 glocks
02-22-2012, 14:26
I think that you are entirely correct about the blank-firing revolvers of the era.

Just a web search but it makes since.

HK Dan
02-22-2012, 14:28
He actrually used 2 different 44s in that flick. One had a 10" barrel and the other was a 7" (roughly) for different scenes.

TN.Frank
02-22-2012, 14:33
I've also read that M29s were hard to find at the time so some early movie scenes were filmed using an M57, 41Mag revolver, same 6.5" bbl though.
I went through a similar phase when I saw the movie "48 Hours", I just had to have an M29, 4". It was a fun gun to play around with but really too big to carry any other way but open carry. Of course in AZ. that wasn't an issue. Good luck on the quest.

ratf51
02-22-2012, 15:26
I seem to recall reading, years ago in the early 80's, that the barrel length on Dirty Harry's pistol was 5" and that by the early to mid-80's S&W had discontinued the 5" version of the 29.

bac1023
02-22-2012, 15:30
I love the 29. :hearts:

Here's my 4" 29-2.


http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_2340.jpg

http://i473.photobucket.com/albums/rr97/briancut1023/000_2338.jpg

smokeross
02-22-2012, 15:46
Now, about Peter Fonda's bike.....

bac1023
02-22-2012, 16:52
Now, about Peter Fonda's bike.....

:animlol:

4 glocks
02-22-2012, 17:55
Now, about Peter Fonda's bike.....

The bike was stolen before they finished the movie.

Bruce M
02-22-2012, 18:26
http://garagecompany.com/helmpix/AFV2_ER_LARGE.jpg

ratf51
02-22-2012, 19:04
Checked imfdb: 2 pistols were used, one with a 6 and 1/2 inch barrel, the other with an 8 and 3/8 inch barrel.

mangkukhan
02-22-2012, 19:07
From IMFDB:

Smith & Wesson Model 29

The script called for Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) to use a Smith & Wesson Model 29 with a 4" barrel, chambered in .44 Magnum throughout the film as his sidearm. This proved troublesome for the filmmakers, since the Model 29 was no longer in production at the time. Before shooting began, Eastwood contacted Bob Sauer (then a representative for Smith & Wesson) to acquire the gun for the film. It was a challenge, but Fred Miller at the plant had a couple assembled from parts eventually. To better familiarize himself with the weapon's handling and recoil, Eastwood took one to a gun range and fired live rounds through it. Unlike the gun in the script, the only barrels acquired for the guns in this film were the 8 3/8" barrel and the 6 1/2" barrel. Both can be seen used in some scenes. The blanks it fired were custom made since the 5-in-1 blank didn't fit the chambers. It is said scriptwriter John Milius was presented with one of the actual guns used in the film as a gift later on.

TN.Frank
02-22-2012, 21:29
Now, about Peter Fonda's bike.....

Looks like the same bike that was used in "Ghost Rider" except for the paint job on the tank. I wonder, since Peter Fonda was in that movie if he let em' use his bike?:cool:

battlin bulldog
02-22-2012, 21:34
they are sweet pistols. This one dates to 1980. 7 years older than me and in much better shape lol.
http://img14.imageshack.us/img14/1236/img2392ci.jpg (http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/14/img2392ci.jpg/)

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Myke_Hart
02-22-2012, 21:42
Just buy a model 29, length is no matter.
But if you are not a recoil junky... you won't like it.

Here is my beast!
Model 29 8 3/8" in nickle
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll264/myke_hart/Handguns/IMG_6737.jpg
http://i290.photobucket.com/albums/ll264/myke_hart/Handguns/IMG_6731.jpg

TN.Frank
02-22-2012, 21:46
Best I can remember recoil wasn't all that bad. I had a 4" M29 back in the day and loaded it up with home cast 250gr SWC's over a healthy charge of 4227 and even my 14 year old step son could shoot it without much trouble.

Seiler
02-22-2012, 21:48
First gun I ever bought. I love the 44's!

zhix
02-23-2012, 10:07
Be aware if you buy a new model 29, it will have the S&W safety lock, I have the 6.5" barrel.

VA27
02-23-2012, 17:23
I seem to remember reading an interview with the director (Milius) in a gun mag, and he said in the interview that he wanted to use an 8 3/8" M29 but couldn't find one and had to settle for a 6 1/2" one.

Dogbite
02-23-2012, 19:18
I remember picking up a 8 and 3/8 inch Smith and being amazed at how good it balanced--felt incredible.

bac1023
02-23-2012, 19:57
I love the 44's!

Me too.

I think its my favorite revolver round. I own quite a few 44mags.

Wyoming
02-23-2012, 21:41
I want an exact copy of the same gun used in the dirty harry movie...does anyone know what barrel length, finish or grips i need....any idea of the cost...thanks

Now you are talking my caliber. I have owned 44 mags for over four decades (I started as a teenager). I used to use Elmer Kieth's original load of 22 grains of 2400 with my cast bullets one part tin to 10 part lead. I later learned that was a waist of pure tin but they shot great.

I have owned every model pictured so far plus I have three 44 magnum in 16", 18" and 20 carbines now. What make the 44 magnum is it versatility when reloaded. A 44 Special loaded with a 240 grain SWC is cheap and easy to shoot and you are close to 45 ACP. A 240 grain SWC loaded down to 900-1000 fps is easy to shoot and will do about 95% of what ever you need to do with a handgun. That load is very similar to the original back powder 45 Colt that tamed the West. When America went to smokeless powders that got loaded down and call "Long" Colt.

If I were to only own one handgun it would be a four inch Smith & Wesson in stainless steel. It wouldn't be prefect for every thing but I could use it for plinking to CCW. It would also be legal to hunt with in Wyoming. That is versatility.

The one thing I don't own anymore are blue S&W 44 mags made during the Dirty Harry era. Yes they were pretty blue in cheap wood mahogany boxes that were OK to look at. You could shoot all the 44 Special loads you wanted but if you started pumping 44 Mags through them as a regular thing their timing would become loose.

After the Dirty Harry movies I would see new Smiths that the QC was lacking compared to what use to be. That was in all models and the period was when Bangor Putman owned them.

In time thing got better for Smith & Wesson when they got better owners. Competition alway shows weakness and that is what happen to Smith when metal siliout came out. To Smith & Wesson credit they redesigned their product and their 44 mags today are the better as shooters. A lot of people make a big deal out of pined barrels, recessed cylinders and pre safety locks. If I were selling one of my older Smiths and it had any of those features I would list them because people will pay more for "they don't make them that way any more". If they think they are getting better they are not. It is the same when people pay more for an oil lamp than a light bulb.:whistling:

AustinTx
02-23-2012, 22:25
In time thing got better for Smith & Wesson when they got better owners. Competition alway shows weakness and that is what happen to Smith when metal siliout came out. To Smith & Wesson credit they redesigned their product and their 44 mags today are the better as shooters. A lot of people make a big deal out of pined barrels, recessed cylinders and pre safety locks. If I were selling one of my older Smiths and it had any of those features I would list them because people will pay more for "they don't make them that way any more". If they think they are getting better they are not. It is the same when people pay more for an oil lamp than a light bulb.:whistling:

You are exactly right. S&W finally completely redesigned the lock-work, in the 29. The cylinder would unlock, when fired and even try to turn backward. The newer Model 29 with the endurance package is a super nice gun. I bought a 29 Classic and it has the lightest, smoothest trigger, of any gun that I have ever fired. The timing is perfect, it's just so much better than the old Smiths. I wouldn't trade it for pinned barrels and recessed cylinders, ever.

Turk
02-24-2012, 02:28
Don't forget the .44 Automag! "If properly used it will remove the finger prints!" "Do you feel lucky?" And by the way, "A man has got to know his own limitations!" What a Dirty Harry junkie I am.

Myke_Hart
02-24-2012, 05:31
Best I can remember recoil wasn't all that bad. I had a 4" M29 back in the day and loaded it up with home cast 250gr SWC's over a healthy charge of 4227 and even my 14 year old step son could shoot it without much trouble.

No it is not bad for the experienced shooter. But for first time 44 shooters. It seems to be real bad.

I never saw so many used 44's after that movie came out. They would shoot a cylinder full of ammo and attempt to return/resell the gun. It was just too much for them. :supergrin:

NAS T MAG
02-24-2012, 06:32
Mine is the 29-3 model. I think it is one of the most attractive handgun ever made.

http://i649.photobucket.com/albums/uu220/NAS-T-MAG/43SmithWesson29-3.jpg

fx77
02-24-2012, 06:56
http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Dirty_Harry#Smith_.26_Wesson_Model_29 (http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Dirty_Harry#Smith_.26_Wesson_Model_29)

This was Clint's Weapon

EldoEsq.
02-24-2012, 07:27
http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Dirty_Harry#Smith_.26_Wesson_Model_29 (http://www.imfdb.org/wiki/Dirty_Harry#Smith_.26_Wesson_Model_29)

This was Clint's Weapon

This was the best link i have ever clicked ever.