This Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver was used in both “Dirty Harry” (1971) and “Magnum Force” (1973) by actor Clint Eastwood, who portrayed legendary San Francisco detective “Dirty Harry” Callahan. It was presented to writer John Milius by Warner Bros.
“Dirty Harry” has one of the most recognizable movie lines of all time: “Being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”
As writer John Milius described it, the idea behind using a .44 Magnum was to have somebody actually be very careful about the shooting that he did. Instead of shooting a lot of shots, he shot one very powerful shot … and that was usually to telling effect.
The original idea was to have four-inch .44 Magnum Model 29s, but due to the guns’ popularity, they couldn’t acquire enough for the film. So Milius went with the six-inch model, which was bigger and longer … and which of course became an instant classic.