View Poll Results: Have you ever got interested in a gun/bought a gun because of a movie?

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  • Got interested in one because of a movie, but never bought it.

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  • No, movies never really influenced me on gun purchases!

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    Have you ever got interested in a gun/bought a gun because of a movie?

    Have you ever got interested in a gun/bought a gun because of a movie?

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    No, Hollywood is filled with the liberal pedagogue so I make it a point not to succumb to the "hero worship" mentality.

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    Ain't nobody in Hollywood with enough sense to tell me what gun to buy IMHO.

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    Well, I will admit that while it was not my first gun purchase, I did eventually buy my very first Beretta 92 in no small part due to Diehard and Lethal Weapon movies.

    I really do not like James Bond - so, I actually AVOIDED the Walther P99 for years because it was his new gun. I just don't care for anything Bond related... However, the Underworld movie grabbed my attention for that gun. I ended up looking into it and seeing it had a melonite finish like a Glock. At the time, this was rare. So, I rented the S&W clone of it 3x. First time, I didn't care for it. I tried it 2 more times, and I became a fan. At one time, I owned several P99s.

    Now, my recent interest in Beretta 92s more recently has nothing to do with movies - I just like the gun. And, I picked up a P99 a couple months back at a gun show, and I realized I kinda missed it. So, I have one again now.

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    Okay, so I'm gonna fess up and admit it.

    The movie "Dirty Harry" was good and I enjoyed watching it. I've been a Clint Eastwood fan for a long time. I like his westerns the most. Anyways, when he was carrying his S&W 29 in Dirty harry, it caught my eye. It was just enough motivation for me to go and get a 629. I did look at a 29, but SS appealed to me more.

    At one time, not so long ago, I had five 629's in my collection. I'm now down to just two. One has a 6" bbl., and the other has a non-fluted cylinder and a 3" bbl.

    One of the most impressive 629's that I had, was one that had iron sights (fixed), it's edges had been rounded and smoothed from the factory, and had a 2.5" bbl., and it also had one of the smoothest triggers I've ever tried on a S&W. I acquired some beautiful Rosewood, finger-groove combat grips for it.

    I sold it and made a very nice profit on it. But, if I had to do it over again....................

    BTW.....several gun shop dealers said that they've never seen one before. A couple accused me of having it customized that way. I didn't.

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    Not a gun, but a rum. Gene Hackman was sipping Havana Club in The Firm. When I found some on one of the islands, I had to buy a bottle. That wasn't one of the survey choices, so I'm guessing it doesn't count.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TurboHonda View Post
    Not a gun, but a rum. Gene Hackman was sipping Havana Club in The Firm. When I found some on one of the islands, I had to buy a bottle. That wasn't one of the survey choices, so I'm guessing it doesn't count.

    Okay, but were you by chance holding a gun while you were sipping rum?

    If you were, that would count.

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    ...Winchester '73.

    Still want one.

    Won't buy it: No use for it.
    We don't own guns we won't be using regularly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    ...Winchester '73.

    Still want one.

    Won't buy it: No use for it.
    We don't own guns we won't be using regularly.
    You need to come over to the dark side and give it a visit. You'd like it.

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    I've owned several 1911s over the years.
    They've appeared in one form or another in hundreds ? of movies.
    Often featuring in key scenes.

    Maybe ? those movies influenced me to buy one, and another, etc. ?
    Hard to say.

    Might have been like subliminal influence, or something.

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    A part of the Reason I have my 1911 is the movie Stand By Me. I have loved that movie for a long time and it made the 1911 a welcomed first pistol.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    ...Winchester '73.. . . Won't buy it: No use for it.
    We don't own guns we won't be using regularly.
    Jeez, that is REALLY scary.
    While I really respect your gun knowlege and opinions, I CAN NOT go with this concept.

    If I did, my gun safe would be damn near empty.
    To say nothing about the numerous pieces of "hardware" stashed around the house.

    Plenty of stuff is for when the

    Plenty of stuff I acquired for no good reason, I just really, REALLY wanted it.

    And I've got another one picked out for my Christmas present to myself. (one more zombie killer in 7.62 NATO ).

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    I forgot. I will admit totally that I have a PS90 100% due to Stargate SG1!

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    Shipwreck Is quite the GEEK!!!

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    Dan;
    We're just too old to buy something, the only use for which would be to leave it to one of the children or grandchildren.
    We do own several guns which we no longer use, a few of which are purely collectors' pieces (like the two muzzleloaders which hang over the fireplace).
    We also own several guns that are purely utilitarian, but which we cannot use because there's no convenient place to shoot them.

    (I wish that I had hung onto my Krag! The .30 US Army cartridge works quite well on all North American game, and the Krag has the smoothest, fastest bolt action I've ever used. But it has not been featured in any movie that I can remember.)

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    Yep, sure have. Several as a matter of fact. And I feel no shame or remorse about it.

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    My first handgun was a 1911, I still have it, the next a Model 29 still have it also, maybe I was subliminally affected by "Dirty Harry" but I really wanted to make a lot of noise, with an 8 3/8ths barrel it was too big to carry.

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    Steve M1911A1:

    ...Winchester '73.. . . Won't buy it: No use for it.
    We don't own guns we won't be using regularly.

    I have a few guns which for all intents and purposes are somewhat useless, bought 'em cause I like the looks of 'em, no other reason.

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    I think many of us that grew up as a teen in the 1980s were probably effected a bit in what sorts of guns we like in no small part due to movies... At least to some degree...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    I forgot. I will admit totally that I have a PS90 100% due to Stargate SG1!
    That show was like 1 long commercial for the gun.

    I ran the FN Forum a few years back. Once stargate went off the air, sales of the gun seem to have gone down.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shipwreck View Post
    I think many of us that grew up as a teen in the 1980s were probably effected a bit in what sorts of guns we like in no small part due to movies... At least to some degree...
    How about as a kid in the 50's and a teenager in the late 50's to mid 60's? Of course, the 1873 Colt Single Action Army revolver had an tremendous impact on so many of my generation. And the movie, "To Hell and Back" simulated my interest in the M1 .30 caliber Carbine... still think that is one of the best looking rifles ever made.

    I never bought a Single Action Army revolver but my first gun was a single action; a Ruger Super Single Six convertible in 1968. And I managed to get my hands on an M1 Carbine in 1998 that was assembled from all original WWII/Korea era parts, authenticated by an armorer. I still have the carbine but not the Super Single Six.

    There have been others to be sure, so TV and movies do have an impact on the gun buying public to this day.

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    Well, I have a boss that is into cowboy shooting - he is older than me, and he grew up watching the western movies.

    Westerns never appealed to me - Space movies and action movies were always my thing growing up. I think such things do play a factor to many people, even if they won't admit it

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    Can't say I have,but if they weren't so expensive I'd love to have a USP Match (Tomb Raider).

    As I recall Kate carried an HK in Underworld but I never really paid that much attention,damn she was hot in that movie.

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    Actually, there is a range sceen with an HK, but she used full auto Berettas and Walther P99s in Underworld.

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    Um yep, a smith and wesson 1006, wanted the 4506 because of eastwood in the rookie, and the model 29 because of, dirty harry, of course.

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