Aside from my childhood fascination with TV Westerns and movies, I was also drawn to the whole PI genre. Sam Spade to Jim Rockford, and most everyone in between.
We’ve discussed Peter Gunn before in this blog. I believe both he and Lt. Jacoby used Colt Detective Specials.
And Stu Bailey (77 Sunset Strip) also, a nickeled Dick Special with stag horn stocks.
Humphrey Bogart (a gun collector in his own right!) seemed partial to .32 and .38 semiautomatics, along with the occasional .45.
But, sadly, most of these folks didn’t know diddly when it came to accurate shooting. After all, they didn’t have to actually shoot anyone on the set!
Shooting from the hip, from inside the trench coat pocket, rarely (if ever) using the sights, and my favorite:
throwing the bullet out of the barrel!
Once in a great while, two hands were employed, usually the gun hand resting on the other arm or the gun hand wrist being gripped. Or the ubiquitous teacup and saucer grip.
Edging along hallways, flat against the wall, instead of approaching corners and ‘slicing the pie’.
And the whole ‘jack-in-the-box’ routine, popping up from behind concealment or cover to expose half your body while returning fire. A sure way to get shot.
And, lets not forget holding the firearm vertical next to one’s face, whilst clearing a building. The reason for this was to keep the gun and the actor’s face in the shot – looking cool is most important.
The point of all this silliness is to remind you that you’ve probably all have thousands of hours of movie and TV training, 99% of it wrong.
And can get you killed.