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Guns in Movies | Looking at Famous Movie Firearms

Guns make for action-packed movies, don’t they? They have always been prominent in Hollywood films on crime and war. They have been in the westerns forever! A gun slinging hero has forever been a Hollywood style icon. We bring you five of the most iconic guns in movies with intricate details you always wanted to know.

The Smith and Wesson Model 29 used by Harry Callahan

Let’s revisit 1971 when Clint Eastwood made waves on the silver screen as the detective, Harry Callahan. What added to his charisma was the sidearm, a special one that he carried along. The gun here was the Smith & Wesson Model 29 44 Magnum. 

The Model 29 first came into production in 1955 and was commercially launched for the public in 1956. Callahan bringing criminals to justice with his 44 Magnum in Dirty Harry is an unforgettable example of guns in movies. 

Guns in Movies

John McClane in Die Hard and Martin Riggs in Lethal Weapon – Beretta 92 

Beretta 92 is probably one the most popular among the various guns in movies ever used. However, two film franchises make the gun stand out. Those are Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

John McClane carried one of those guns in the first three films of the franchise while Martin Riggs did so in all four of the films.  

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Die Hard Beretta
Lethal Weapon Beretta

James Bond and the Walther PPK

James Bond and guns- inseparable, aren’t they? Could anyone not mention the Walther PPK when writing about guns in movies? It was James Bond, right from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig who made the Walther PPK popular among the shooting public. 

However, the gun had a dark beginning to its journey when it was used by the Nazis in the 1920s. Hitler shot himself with one of these. The PPK has made its mark as a CCW pistol today.  

James Bond and the Walther PPK

Mathew Quigley and the 1874 Sharps Rifle

While the film Quigley Down Under had made Tom Selleck a star, for firearms enthusiasts, it was the Sharps rifle that was the show-stopper. Quigley is seen performing some truly astounding marksmanship feats with the rifle in the 1990 film where he’s a sharp shooter. 

Shiloh Sharps manufactured the single-shot rifle, another unforgettable example of guns in movies. The three rifles produced had 45-110 chambers with octagonal barrels of 34-inch.

Mathew Quigley and the 1874 Sharps Rifle

Rooster Cogburn with 1892 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine

While guns aplenty have been used in Westerns, one deserves to be mentioned here. You can’t miss the 1969 classic, True Grit starring John Wayne. Wayne as Marshall Rooster Coogburn is out for vengeance.

Yes, you have another of the very famous guns in movies, the 44-40 Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine which with its oversize loop makes the film and the character unforgettable. The loop lets Cogburn cock and fire the gun with just one hand.

Rooster Cogburn with 1892 Winchester Saddle Ring Carbine

Some scenes of guns in movies are forever etched in our minds. In fact, there have been occasions where the gun has stolen the show! We can’t think of James Bond without his Walter PPK, can we? If the person with the gun has been unforgettable, so has been the gun.  

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