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Magnum Force is the second installment in the Dirty Harry film franchise, with Clint Eastwood returning as SFPD Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan. In the film, Callahan investigates a series of murders of notorious criminals, most of them shot dead with Magnum-caliber revolvers. The 1973 film was written by Dirty Harry co-writer John Milius, and the cast included Hal Holbrook, David Soul, Robert Urich, and Felton Perry. At 122 minutes, it is the longest of the five Dirty Harry films.
The following weapons were used in the film Magnum Force:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS MAJOR SPOILERS!!
Smith & Wesson Model 29
San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Clint Eastwood) returns armed with his famous ".44 Magnum", a Smith & Wesson Model 29 with a 6 1/2" pinned barrel. The handgun is very prominently displayed during the film's opening credits and Harry is heard reciting his famous "Do you feel lucky?" speech from the first film. In the posters for the film, Harry is pictured holding a Model 29 with a 8 3/8" barrel for a more imposing silhouette.
Magnum Force has perpetuated a false notion that Dirty Harry uses .44 Special in his S&W Model 29 due to confusing dialogue in the SFPD firing range scene; Harry encounters some rookie officers on the firing range, who then chat up with him. One of them asks what load he uses in his revolver and Callahan states: "It's a light Special. This size gun it gives you better control and less recoil than a .357 Magnum with wadcutters." A viewer could easily misunderstand that Harry meant .44 Special rounds, however in the 2008 video release of the film, Magnum Force screenwriter John Milius confirms in the audio commentary that the "light Special" line was in fact misinterpreted by the cast and crew and actually meant he used a specially prepared lighter .44 Magnum load.
The motorcycle traffic cops featured in the film: Officers John Davis (David Soul), Philip Sweet (Tim Matheson), Alan "Red" Astrachan (Kip Niven) and Michael Grimes (Robert Urich) carry 4" barreled Colt Python revolvers, as does just about every other officer of the SFPD. During the annual San Francisco Police Pistol Competition, Davis lets Insp. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) try out his Python: he deliberately misses a target to analyze the slug with a ballistics microscope. At the end of the film, Lieutenant Neil Briggs (Hal Holbrook), using a Colt Python, confronts Callahan after losing his Model 19 Snub as well. In the film, the guns are shown capable of having a suppressor attached by sliding it onto the end of the barrel. Almost all revolvers have a gap between the barrel and cylinder which allows gases to escape, as well as sound, meaning they cannot be effectively suppressed. The device shown in the movie also seems to be attached to the weapon purely by friction between the barrel and the long side arms; it seems fairly likely that the first attempt to fire with it in place would shoot the device off the end of the gun were it actually trapping propellant gases rather than simply being a functionless barrel extension.
Callahan's partner, Inspector Early Smith (Felton Perry) carries a Colt Diamondback as his sidearm in the film.
Smith & Wesson Victory Model
During the plane hijacking, the two hijackers use Smith & Wesson Victory Model revolvers as their weapons. When Insp. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) infiltrates the plane disguised as a pilot, he knocks out one of them and uses the gun to kill the other hijacker as he flees. Another is seen in the hands of a robber during the Cost Plus stakeout scene.
Colt Detective Special
J.J. Wilson (Albert Popwell) hides a Colt Detective Special between his legs when pulled over by Sweet (Tim Matheson) but is shot before he can use it.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 Snub
Inspector Frank Digiorgio (John Mitchum) is seen using a snub-nosed Smith & Wesson Model 10 to shoot targets during the police competition.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose
Lieutenant Neil Briggs (Hal Holbrook) is seen pulling a Smith & Wesson Model 19 Snub Nose during a conversation with Callahan. Briggs mentioned earlier in the film that he's proud of the fact that he never had to take his gun out of its holster once, to which Callahan replies, "Well, you're a good man, Briggs. A good man always knows his limitations."
One of the robbers during the stakeout scene in the Cost Plus uses a Beretta 951. During the shootout in Frank Palancio's (Tony Giorgio) hideout, the shotgun-wielding thug Dickie tries to draw a Beretta but is killed by Officer Davis (David Soul) before he can fire off a shot.
Ricca's bodyguard during the start of the film tries to draw his Browning Hi-Power, but is shot before he can pull the trigger.
During the combat scenario in the police competition, one of the man targets is armed with an M1911A1. During the penthouse shootout, Lou Guzman (Clifford Pellow) reaches for one when he sees an alarm, but is shot before he can aim it.
Double Barreled Shotgun
When Insp. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) and Insp. Early Smith (Felton Perry) are assigned to the stakeout mission in the Cost Plus, one of the robbers holds a sawed off Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers on Smith before the robber is shot by Callahan. During the shootout outside Frank Palancio's (Tony Giorgio) place with the police, one of Frank's men, Ed, uses a hammerless double-barreled shotgun, also sawed off. Due to a continuity error, the gun fires off three shots from only two barrels.
Another one of Palancio's thugs retrieves a Browning Auto-5 from a closet before the shootout with the SFPD. It could also be the Remington 11 or the Savage 720, both of which are near identical clones by those companies.
Winchester Model 1897
Frank Palancio (Tony Giorgio) uses a Winchester Model 1897 to shoot an SFPD officer through the door of his hideout and spark the shootout with the SFPD. Another one of his men, Dickie, uses one as well.
The uniformed cop in the break room during the stakeout in the Cost Plus is seen using an Ithaca 37 shotgun while watching the robbery through the two-way glass. During the shootout with Frank Palancio's men, Early Smith uses an Ithaca with an 18" barrel and rifle sights.
Smith & Wesson M76
A Smith & Wesson M76 submachine gun is seen used by an officer to kill a large number of mobsters at a swimming pool party.
Trivia: Anyone who owns a copy of the DVD may note this scene is called "The Dead Pool" in the scene index, a play on the fifth installment in the Dirty Harry series, The Dead Pool.
One of Frank Palancio's (Tony Giorgio) thugs, Chuck, fires on the SFPD officers with an M1 Thompson before being killed by Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood). Another also fires on Callahan but it is harder to see and he is killed quickly.
Winchester Model 70
San Francisco Police carry scoped Winchester Model 70s throughout the film. Frank DiGeorgio (John Mitchum) and his partner Casale (Will Hutchins) carry one during a stakeout mission
Ballistics Analysis Armory
The room at the police station used for Ballistics Analysis has a vast array of guns, many of which are obscured from view or are too difficult to identify.