- Many claim that Eastwood wasn’t actually using a Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum in the first Dirty Harry movie; instead he had a Smith & Wesson Model 57 .41 Magnum. This is not true. Eastwood had a real Model 29 with a 6.5-inch barrel for each in the movies in which one was used.
- At the time the movie was made, the .44 Magnum was not the most powerful production handgun. The Lee Jurras .44 Auto Mag semi-automatic pistol was still in production and it used a round slightly more powerful than the revolver cartridge. Eastwood used an Auto Mag in a later picture.
Some cop buddies and I saw Dirty Harry in the theater (this was in the pre-VCR days). Hate to spoil things for your fantasy, but we laughed afterward; any real cop who acted like Harry Callahan would have lost his badge even back then. The real world was more like Adam-12 without all the excitement.
One thing to keep in mind: Dirty Harry was released nearly 50 years ago. I lot of movies from that time don’t stand up very well in the era of PC.