What is the Noirest Gun of All Time?

Whether it’s a six-shooter or a semi-automatic handgun, noir and a gun are like a ballroom dancer and her heels. Guns can be a crucial plot element such as the Colt 1911 Pistol in the 1941 film The Maltese Falcon, or a character in and of itself such as Dirty Harry’s partner in crime, the Smith & Wesson Model 29.

1) The Smith & Wesson Model 29
six-shot, double-action revolver
.44 Magnum cartridge
Carried by Homicide Inspector Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in the Dirty Harry films


2) Colt 1911 Pistol
.45 ACP
Carried by Private Investigator Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) in The Maltese Falcon


3) Walther PPK
7.65mm/.32 ACP
Carried by the ubiquitous James Bond


4) Star Model B pistol
Carried by Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson) in Pulp Fiction



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