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Old 02-22-2012, 15:02   #1
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Dirty Harry Model 29 gun?

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
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Old 02-22-2012, 15:09   #2
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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.
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Old 02-22-2012, 15:12   #3
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"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.
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Old 02-22-2012, 15:14   #4
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Dirty Harry helped popularize the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver, chambered for the powerful .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] The .44 Magnum ranked second in a 2008 20th Century Fox poll of the most popular film weapons, after only the lightsaber of Star Wars fame. The poll surveyed approximately two thousand film fans.[55] 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]. In 1971, .44 Magnum blanks were not available[citation needed]. However, as a result of decades of Hollywood Western movies there was an ample supply of 5-in-1 blank cartridges.[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.
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Old 02-22-2012, 15:21   #5
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Dirty Harry helped popularize the Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver, chambered for the powerful .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] The .44 Magnum ranked second in a 2008 20th Century Fox poll of the most popular film weapons, after only the lightsaber of Star Wars fame. The poll surveyed approximately two thousand film fans.[55] 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]. In 1971, .44 Magnum blanks were not available[citation needed]. However, as a result of decades of Hollywood Western movies there was an ample supply of 5-in-1 blank cartridges.[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.
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I think that you are entirely correct about the blank-firing revolvers of the era.
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Old 02-22-2012, 15:26   #6
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I think that you are entirely correct about the blank-firing revolvers of the era.
Just a web search but it makes since.
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Old 02-22-2012, 15:28   #7
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He actrually used 2 different 44s in that flick. One had a 10" barrel and the other was a 7" (roughly) for different scenes.
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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.
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Old 02-22-2012, 16:26   #9
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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.
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I love the 29.

Here's my 4" 29-2.


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Old 02-22-2012, 16:46   #11
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Now, about Peter Fonda's bike.....
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Old 02-22-2012, 18:55   #13
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Now, about Peter Fonda's bike.....
The bike was stolen before they finished the movie.
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Old 02-22-2012, 20:04   #15
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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.
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Old 02-22-2012, 20:07   #16
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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.
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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?
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they are sweet pistols. This one dates to 1980. 7 years older than me and in much better shape lol.
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Old 02-22-2012, 22:42   #19
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Just buy a model 29, length is no matter.
But if you are not a recoil junky... you won't like it.

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Old 02-22-2012, 22:46   #20
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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.
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