Fun Question about Guns in Movies

Discussion in 'General Handgun Discussion' started by varmint_hunter, Dec 15, 2008.

  1. varmint_hunter

    varmint_hunter New Member

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    Why is it that when you're watching the movies, the VAST majority of handguns are 1911's.

    Example - Pulp fiction, travolta and jackson both carried 'em.
    Just watching james bond on tv and the bad guy carries, of course, a 1911.

    If you haven't noticed it, keep your eye out. I think you'll agree.

    The point is, the 1911 may be a great gun, but they're expensive a complicated.

    My friends that carry either go with a wheel gun, G19, or some sort of glock. One oddball buddy carries a S&W 45cal semi auto, but not a 1911.

    Just a fun point, cant wait to hear your responses.
     
  2. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    1911's are neither expensive nor complicated. As with anything, they can cost more than other products that perform a similiar function. However, don't buy a Mazda in red and tell me it with run like a Ferrari.

    The reason you are seeing more of them in film is that they are making another comback. The platform started back before the turn of the century and has had several moments in the sun.

    Quality never goes out of style.

    As for what your buddies carry, come see me when they have their 100th year of service Commemorative Editions.:rolleyes:

    JD
     

  3. freefall

    freefall New Member

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    you see 1911s in movies because even wusses recognize them as serious weapons and those in the know know how seriously cool they are.
     
  4. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    That's not really true. I didn't see any 1911's in Mr. & Mrs. Smith, in the Matrix, or any of the Terminators, and so on... I think you happened to spot a 1911 then instinctively began seeing them more often. This phenomenon applies to everything. Try it, start looking for White Ford 150's or black Chevy Tahoe's, or even Desert Eagles, you will be amazed...
     
  5. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Not true, after the couple rushes home from the "dinner" and gets in the accident in the front drive, Brad Pitt sneaks in the upstairs window, opens a cool slide poster thing and "unwraps" what appears to be an old VHS case of tapes to get a 1911 with silencer and loaded clip. Then he proceeds to stalk Angie around the house until she blasts the crap out of the wall next to the stairs...then all hell breaks loose and the fight scene begins...

    JD
     
  6. Southern6er

    Southern6er New Member

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    Brad Pitt also carried a 1911 in Seven. :D
     
  7. Missouri_1

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  8. gorknoids

    gorknoids New Member

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    Not very well researched. AMC made the Gremlin and the Pacer, not the AutoMag. :D
     
  9. SGT-MILLER

    SGT-MILLER New Member

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    Mark F posted:
    In Terminator 2 when Arnold says his "Hast La Vista, baby" line, he is pointing a nice generic-model 1911 pistol at the frozen T-1000 bad guy. He was holding the 1911 through that scene and through a few scenes later when the bad guy knocks it out of his hand.

    .................yeah....I know......I shouldn't know movies as well as that..lol.


    I do also know that Steven Seagal favored the 1911 platform on a few of his old late 80s/early 90s action flicks. "Under Siege" is a good one because he was glorifying the infamous "press check" on the 1911 pistol...lol.
     
  10. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    WELL, I guess I need to LOOK at those guns a little closer from now on...
     
  11. stalkingbear

    stalkingbear Well-Known Member

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    I find it pretty ironic you consider the 1911 complicated, then turn right around and imply Glocks are not complicated. They in fact are more complicated than 1911s. Ever fully disassemble both and compare them? Perhaps you're thinking this stemming from lack of external controls on Glocks? Also, the glocks, as well as virtually all centerfire semiautos (except for desert eagle, automag, and cheap blowback pistols) still use the exact same recoil operated barrel locking design. While I own, use, and love my several revolvers, the 1911 design is not only timeless, but famous and almost 100 years later is STILL the design by which all others are compared to. Have you ever shot a quality built 1911? If not, you owe yourself that favor. You won't want to release it when you do.

    I'm not saying the single action 1911 platform is the ONLY option, in fact there are many other platforms which are perfect for defensive use as well as the 1911. In fact, my personal defense concealed carry firearm is an DAO, or Double Action Only, but still based on the 1911 platform. In that way, I combine the best of both worlds. All you have to do when drawing an DAO pistol is draw and fire-no safetys to think about, EXACTLY like an double action revolver. As you may have guessed, my CCW pistol is the Para Ordnance LDA 3" barreled .45acp.

    Of course I own and extensively shoot several 1911s, all of which I've custom built/hand fitted myself. I would NEVER DREAM of being without 1911 pistols. Try a good 1 and you too will agree they're the most "shootable" centerfire pistols in existence. Good hand fitted, tuned 1911s are incredibly accurate AND easy to shoot accurately, unlike some designs where you'll never be able to fully realize the gun's accuracy potentional.



     
  12. JiroZero713

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    I've heard a saying like that, but I prefer

    "Don't crap in my cappuccino and tell me it's nutmeg!


    Anyway...you see it a lot because it's the god gun of sorts....any auto-loading pistol has the same basic design....and really it's easier to use in Movies because it's simple...easy to recognize...and an American Icon.
     
  13. Mark F

    Mark F New Member Supporter

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    Don't wipe my shoes in sh!t and call it Shinola...
     
  14. Bighead

    Bighead New Member

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    Yeah. Probably a typo for AMT (Arcadia Machine & Tool), which made the Auto Mag pistols.

    Speaking of Auto Mags, anyone here remember the old Mack Bolan/Executioner book series when he carried an Auto Mag?
     
  15. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

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    Hell yeah - this has come up a couple of times. There are several guys here who have the old collections stashed away, me included.

    One of the longest running works out there - and still no movie deal? What gives with that?

    JD
     
  16. Bob Wright

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    Well, I for one have noticed very few M1911s in the movies. Most of what I've seen are Colt Single Actions, and a few old Colt or S&W DA revolvers rigged up to look like a Single Action.

    Also many Winchester Model 92s supposed to be Model 73s.

    Bob Wright
     
  17. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    Do you watch anything except westerns? JK
     
  18. Bighead

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    Yeah that is a shame for sure. With the popularity of the books there would be an instant audience, plus everyone else who just enjoys a good action flick...I guess they feel like making multiple Punisher movies is a better idea:rolleyes:(not that I don't like the Punisher).

    My dad passed away when I was a kid and I had his Bolan books, which spanned from somewhere in the mid 30s up through the high 90s of the series. Also had a lot of Phoenix Force and Able Team. The cover art is awesome and I always enjoyed the weapon reviews they did on the inside back cover. I still have them, plus others I picked up to fill out the early series numbers, but hate to admit I haven't kept up with them as an adult.

    Here is a link to a Mack Bolan thread I started so we don't take this one to far off topic.
    http://www.firearmstalk.com/forums/showthread.php?p=59148#post59148

    For those who are curious but not familiar with what we're talking about, check out http://www.mackbolan.com

    To help peak everyone curiousity, here is cover art from Executioner #64 (April 1984) featuring the previously mentioned .44 Auto Mag, as well as the newest book #363 (Feb 2009).

    [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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