Originally Posted by robocop10mm
There are several scenes where he is seen inserting a magazine into the weapon. The 9mm mags are very distinctive with an indented rib running down the front third of the mag body from top to bottom. There are also shots showing the muzzle and the barrel thickness helps to differentiate the 9mm from the .45 ACP versions.
Correct, robocop10mm; I saw at least one close up of T. Magnum either loading or checking his pistol and noted the fluted magazine. However...
You do realize Super .38 magazines are also fluted? Thomas could have had the class to carry a Super, right?
However, the script refers to the pistol as either a "45" or a "Government Model" on occasion. As Magnum was in fact (well actually in fantasy) an officer in the U. S. Navy reserve, it stands to reason the pistol he carried was a .45 ACP in the story line.
Did anyone ever watch the series "Crime Story" with Dennis Farina? The series was set in the late 1950s - early '60s. Dennis Farina played a Chicago police detective (one of six honest ones) named Mike Torello. He carried a Government Model .45 ACP. He even wrapped rubber bands around the grip to deactivte the grip safety and keep the gun from sliding down his trousers, since he didn't use a holster.
In one close up, Torello is loading his pistol and looking grim. However, the profile of the barrel clearly shows the muzzle bell of a Series 70
pistol, not produced for another ten years or so. Technicalities always show up somewhere, don't they?