21 December 2015

I Giggle

Thomas Sullivan Magnum, private investigator, uses a 1911 most often.

A 9mm 1911.

Check the magazine in the opening credits.



Notice the groove?  That'd make it either a .38 Super or 9mm.  Considering that it's Hollywood, and 9mm blanks are a lot more available, it's 9mm.

I can't remember now if the character was supposed to be carrying a .45 1911 or if they never actually say.

3 comments:

  1. http://www.nramuseum.org/guns/the-galleries/hollywood-guns/war-movies/magnum,-pi-(1980-1988)-colt.aspx

    Yep, 9mm because blanks were easier to find. See also James "Sonny" Crockett. His Bren 10 had the .45 barrel in it because you really couldn't find 10mm blanks.

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  2. Oh and BTW I think in ALL of the Viet Nam flashbacks he's essentially only carrying the 1911...can't remember seeing him shoulder an M16 in the show....so I assume the 9mm is acting like a .45.

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  3. The IMFDB entry confirms that it was a 9mm gun used because of blank availability.

    They also say that the gun was playing the part of a .45 and the pistol is referred to as a "forty-five" several times.

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