Ultimate spoiler!

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

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