Tuesday, April 14, 2015
The phrase “Make my day” brings but one gun to mind—it’s a cinematic classic forever etched in our memory. Many more movie characters and their firearms are similarly entwined. Check out some of our favorites.
Gun: Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 MagnumCharacter: Harry CallahanMovie: Dirty Harry (1971)
Clint Eastwood’s character called this “the most powerful handgun in the world.” Following the movie’s success, sales of this revolver were pretty powerful, too, as Model 29 purchases skyrocketed.
Gun: Walther PPKCharacter: James BondMovie: License to Kill (1989)
This PPK was used by actor Timothy Dalton in his portrayal of Bond, James Bond. Interestingly, this handgun also served as a back-up piece for Tom Selleck’s title role in TV’s “Magnum, P.I.”
Gun: Beretta 92FS 9 mmCharacter: John McClaneMovie: Die Hard (1988)
This piece gained popularity in the original McClane film—often called the best action movie of all time—and it became Bruce Willis’ signature sidearm throughout much of the “Die Hard” series.
Gun: Smith & Wesson Model 30 Character: “Pumpkin”Movie: Pulp Fiction (1994)
Many still regard this as Quentin Tarantino’s best film. Tim Roth as Pumpkin and Amanda Plummer as Honey Bunny used this .32-caliber to bring their scheme of a perfect robbery to reality.
Gun: Remington 11-87 12-ga.Character: Anton ChigurhMovie: No Country for Old Men (2007)
This Coen Brothers flick saw Javier Bardem play one of the screen’s most prolific and emotionless killers, this silenced shotgun at his side. The role earned Bardem an Oscar for Best Supporting Actor.
All of these guns, plus other historic treasures, can be seen at the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, Va., located on the first floor of NRA Headquarters.
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