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Sudden Impact is the fourth installment in the Dirty Harry film franchise and the only Dirty Harry film to be directed by Clint Eastwood himself. Eastwood returns as Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan, who visits a small Northern California city while on leave from the department and finds himself encountering a woman (Sondra Locke) with a vendetta against some of the town's citizens. The 1983 sequel also is the Dirty Harry film where Eastwood utters the immortal line "Go ahead, make my day", while holding his Smith & Wesson Model 29. Sudden Impact also made popular the use of the .44 Magnum AMP Auto Mag Model 180.
The following weapons were used in the film Sudden Impact:
WARNING! THIS PAGE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Smith & Wesson Model 29
Inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Clint Eastwood) carries his Smith & Wesson Model 29 .44 Magnum as his sidearm in the film. He is first seen pulling it in the coffee shop and saying what is one of the most famous movie lines in history. The S&W is used until it is kicked off a pier by Mick (Paul Drake). He then uses his AMP Auto Mag Pistol as a replacement.
Smith & Wesson Model 29 with 6" barrel - .44 Magnum
Insp. "Dirty Harry" Callahan (Clint Eastwood
) holds his Smith & Wesson Model 29 on a robber in the diner as he holds a woman hostage.
"Go ahead, make my day."
Harry utters the immortal line while wielding his Model 29.
Callahan dispatches the mob assassins with his Model 29 after hiding in a trash can.
"I guess I should read you your rights."
Callahan arrests a bank robber (John Nowak) in San Paulo.
Callahan's Model 29 before being kicked into the sea.
Colt Detective Special
Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke) uses a nickel plated 3rd Generation Colt Detective Special as her weapon of choice to get revenge on the people that raped her and her sister long ago. Later in the film we see Mick (Paul Drake) use her gun to kill San Paulo Police Chief Jannings (Pat Hingle).
Colt Detective Special 3rd Gen (nickel) - .38 Special
Jennifer presses the muzzle of her Colt Detective Special to one of the rapist's groin at the start of the film.
Jennifer loads her Colt Detective Special.
Jennifer kills Ray Parkins (Audrie J. Neenan) in Mick's house.
Mick finishes off Chief Jannings (Pat Hingle
) with Jennifer's Colt Detective Special.
Mick (Paul Drake
) considers killing him a "freebie".
Jennifer's Detective Special bagged as evidence at the end of the film.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
A Smith & Wesson Model 10 is used by the leader of the robbers during the diner robbery, who is soon killed by Callahan.
Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special
"Who's 'we', sucka?"
The thug holds his Smith & Wesson Model 10 on Callahan.
Callahan: "Smith and Wesson, and me."
The thug watches Callahan draw his S&W Model 29 with his Model 10 drawn.
Smith & Wesson Model 19
One of the robbers during the diner robbery is seen briefly using a Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver.
Smith & Wesson Model 19 Combat Magnum - .357 Magnum
The robber farthest back is holding a Smith & Wesson Model 19, although it is at an angle that makes it look smaller.
The thug fires his Model 19 at Callahan.
The best shot of the gun.
Smith & Wesson Model 36
Police Chief Jannings (Pat Hingle) uses a Smith & Wesson Model 36 when Jennifer Spencer (Sondra Locke) enters his house but is soon forced to drop it when Mick (Paul Drake) arrives and forces him to drop it, threatening to kill his son if he didn't.
Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
Jannings protects his son from Jennifer.
San Paulo patrolman, Officer Bennett (Mark Keyloun) tries to fire his Colt Trooper at the bank robber but is injured before he can fire off a shot. Later, one of Mick's (Paul Drake) thugs is seen shot in the head by Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood) while holding a Colt Trooper belonging to Horace King (Albert Popwell), taken from his holster.
Colt Trooper - .357 Magnum
Officer Bennett attempts to fire his Colt Trooper at the bank robber.
Callahan shoots one of Mick's men through cover, who is holding a Colt Trooper. Note how the squib is obivously present, that's too metallic to be flesh.
AMP Auto Mag Model 180
After being attacked by a group of mob assassins, Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood) is inspired to take out his old pistol, an AMC Auto Mag Model 180 chambered in .44 AMP with an 8.5" barrel. When his Smith & Wesson Model 29 is kicked off of a dock by Mick (Paul Drake), he replaces it with his Auto Mag for the remainder of the film. Much like the S&W Model 29 in the first film, the production crew had a very difficult time acquiring this gun, to the point where they had to contact the original designer, Harry Sanford, who had enough parts in his basement to build two guns for the film. These guns were custom made with serial numbers "CLINT-1" and "CLINT-2". The "CLINT-1" gun was left in live firing mode so Eastwood could train with it to accurately depict recoil while "CLINT-2" was converted to fire blanks for the film. It is rumored that the "CLINT-2" gun was extremely unreliable cycling blank cartridges during production, to the great consternation of Mr. Eastwood. Post-production, it was used for an episode of T.J. Hooker, where it also experienced cycling issues. It currently resides in a private collection. "CLINT-1" was retained by Mr. Eastwood.
Auto Mag Pistol, Founder's Edition (#70 of 77) w-8.5" Barrel, .44 AMP, 2021 production
Callahan takes his AMP Auto Mag Model 180 out of its case. Note how the magazines are loaded with six rounds instead of the full seven. This may be because he doesn't want to wear out the springs on the magazines, so he doesn't store them fully loaded, and possibly also because he has become accustomed to a six-round load (from use of his revolver). In addition, it could be a reference to the famous 'Six shots or only five' line from the first movie.
Callahan loads a magazine into his AMC Auto Mag.
Never sneak up on a man with a loaded gun, especially if he's Clint Eastwood
"Well, this is the .44 Magnum Auto Mag, and it holds a 300 grain cartridge - And if properly used, it can remove the fingerprints."
It's not entirely clear what 'proper' technique could result in a suspect losing all of his fingers and both his thumbs, particularly considering the weapon only holds a maximum of 7 rounds (as its design does not allow +1 in the chamber), but no doubt Clint would find a way...
Not to harp on Eastwood, but he gets a pretty good group for someone not using the sights.
Callahan fires his Auto Mag.
Callahan takes his Auto Mag out of its case before heading to the fair grounds to get revenge on Mick.
The ominous silhouette of Callahan's Auto Mag as he approaches Mick and his men.
Callahan dispatches Mick's men with his AMC Auto Mag Pistol
. Note the considerable, bright muzzle flash from the barrel as he fires it.
Callahan kills Mick with his Auto Mag. It is rumored that for this scene a diver was hired on stand-by to retrieve the gun from the river after Eastwood lost his temper several times and threw it after it jammed, requiring several more takes.
Two of the mob assassins attempting to kill Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood) use Browning Hi-Power pistols. Further on in the film, another mob assassin tries to kill Callahan in his apartment in San Paulo, also with a Browning Hi-Power (This one fitted with a suppressor), but trips on Callahan's dog Meathead, giving him time to draw his Smith & Wesson Model 29 and kill him. Later, Mick (Paul Drake) tries to grab his own Hi-Power to shoot Callahan when he walks into his house unannounced.
Browning Hi-Power - 9x19mm
The assassins search for Callahan, the one to the right with a Browning Hi-Power.
The assassin fires his Browning Hi-Power, although he isn't firing blanks. He's just faking recoil.
The assassin fires his Hi-Power.
Another assassin (Nick Dimitri
) runs from Callahan armed with a Hi-Power.
The assassin attempts to kill Callahan with his suppressed Browning Hi-Power pistol.
Mick's Hi-Power lays on the table, right before he tries to grab it.
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless
One of the robbers during the diner robbery uses a Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless. Tyrone (Wendall Wellman), one of Jennifer Spencer's (Sondra Locke) victims, also has this pistol.
Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless - .32 ACP
The robber holds his Colt 1903 Pocket Hammerless on people in the diner.
The robber fires his Colt 1903 at Callahan.
The robber holds his Colt 1903 on a hostage.
Tyrone's (Wendall Wellman) Colt 1903 on his desk in his garage.
Tyrone loads a magazine into his Colt 1903.
Star Model B
A Star Model B is used by the bank robber that Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood) chases when he arrives in San Paulo. Another Star Model B is later seen in the hands of George (Michael Maurer), one of Mick's (Paul Drake) men.
Trivia: The chase scene in the film True Lies between Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Salim Abu Azziz (Art Malik) heavily resembles the chase scene in this film and may have been inspired by it.
Star Model B, blued finish - 9x19mm
A bank robber shoots a patrolman with his Star Model B before running away from Callahan's car.
The robber runs from Callahan.
George is shocked when Mick kills Chief Jannings (Pat Hingle
Ray Parkins (Audrie J. Neenan) shows off her personal protection, a Beretta 92SB tucked in her waist "Mexican carry" style to Tyrone (Wendall Wellman) in his hardware store. It is assumed to be the 92SB because the earlier Beretta 92 variants had a butt-mounted magazine release and the Beretta 92F didn't exist yet, leaving only the 92SB.
Ray shows off her Beretta 92SB Mexican carried.
Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun
Horace King (Albert Popwell, in his fourth and final appearance in the Dirty Harry series) uses a Smith & Wesson 3000 Shotgun with a pistol grip and a side-folding stock when showing Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood) his marksmanship on paper targets. Later, Mick (Paul Drake) takes this shotgun from him after he stabs him and uses it for the rest of the film.
Smith & Wesson 3000 shotgun with black synthetic furniture and folding stock - 12 gauge
Smith & Wesson 3000 shotgun with black synthetic furniture and folding stock - 12 gauge
Horace King (Albert Popwell
) removes his Smith & Wesson 3000 shotgun from its case. This was Popwell's fourth and final appearance in the Dirty Harry
series, having portrayed three different characters in the previous films.
King attempts to sneak up on Callahan with his Smith & Wesson 3000 in hand.
King shoots a paper target with his Smith & Wesson 3000.
Mick holds King's 3000 shotgun on Callahan.
Mick (Paul Drake
) holds his shotgun on Chief Jannings' son's head.
One of the robbers during the diner robbery is seen using an Ithaca 37 shotgun before being killed. One of the police officers that soon responds to the robbery is also seen using an Ithaca, possibly the same one.
A thug armed with an Ithaca 37 in the diner.
The thug tries to fire his Ithaca 37 but is killed.
An officer enters the diner holding an Ithaca 37.
IMI Uzi submachine guns are used by several mob assassins chasing Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood).
Two of the assassins search for Callahan armed with Uzis.
One of the assassins points his Uzi at the dumpster he believes Callahan is in.
One of the assassins unloads his Uzi.
The other assassin unloads his Uzi.
A Remington 7600 pump action rifle is seen in the hands of Mrs. Kruger (Nancy Parsons), who points it at Insp. Callahan (Clint Eastwood), though she doesn't fire it, and instructs him to leave her fish market after he starts beating her brother George (Michael Maurer).
Remington Model 7600 pump action rifle - available in multiple calibers.
Mrs. Kruger points her Remington 7600 rifle at Callahan.
Shooting Callahan wouldn't be very good for George, since the bullet would likely go through to him as well.
Good shot of the rifle as Callahan is forced to leave the fish market.