This is an excerpt from “History in a Handgun: Dirty Harry’s .44 Magnum Smith & Wesson” by Doug Wicklund, NRA Museum Senior Curator, and published by Soldier of Fortune magazine:
Sometimes you have to ask yourself if you “feel lucky” when considering certain guns in the NRA National Firearms Museum collection.
One in particular, a Smith & Wesson Model 29 revolver in .44 Magnum, was touted onscreen and in its film publicity as being the “most powerful handgun in the world.” In the early 1970s, it was a strong contender for that title in revolvers, although some single-shot pistols surpassed it at that time.
Nowadays, the .44 Magnum has been eclipsed by many more powerful cartridges in handguns, like the custom .600 Nitro Express pistol we fired at the NRA Range on NRATV this past March. We’ve come a long way, baby.
Back to the Model 29: in 1971, a young San Francisco police inspector named Harry Callahan first appeared on the silver screen in Dirty Harry. We learned early on that Inspector Callahan got his nickname from not playing nice with criminals. While other police settled for .38 Special revolvers, the N-frame Model 29 Smith & Wesson was what Inspector #2211 carried, albeit loaded with light .44 Special cartridges.
The original movie script called for Dirty Harry to carry a nickel finish Model 29, but with a four-inch barrel. Early screen tests in different lighting and actor Clint Eastwood’s own test-firing of a Model 29 revolver led to the consideration of using longer barrels. Both an 8 3/8-inch and three 6 1/2-inch Model 29s were procured for filming. The longest barrel was to be primarily showcased in posters, where with special photography, that already long barrel was made to seem even more sizable.
… Model 29 was not a popular choice in the days before Dirty Harry premiered. Obtaining a nickel 4-inch S&W .44 was not possible, and only by calling in “favors” were the three blued 6 1/2-inch .44 guns found in time for filming.
After the film debuted, interest skyrocketed, and the going price for a Model 29 revolver quickly tripled. It was said for years afterwards that any Dirty Harry marathon on television would spark an immediate run on Model 29s at local gun shops. Even today, any blued Model 29 can receive considerable interest from those “movie gun” collectors who might never travel to a shooting range and never plan to hunt with it.
… To see one of Dirty Harry’s famous Model 29 revolvers alongside thousands of other historic, rare and significant firearms, visit the NRA Museums in person or online!
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This is body camera footage of a Las Vegas police officer responding to an active shooter. The officer made hits on the offender at more than fifty yards (that’s twice the distance of our Shootindoors range) with his service pistol.
He didn’t get to be that proficient by practicing at seven yards. I’ll bet he practices regularly at long distances. The lesson that we all can take away from this is to practice at longer distances, achieve smaller groups on paper and in less time.
According to a report by National Public Radio, more than two thirds of reported school shootings NEVER HAPPENED.
The report goes on to say, “This spring the U.S. Education Department reported that in the 2015-2016 school year, “nearly 240 schools … reported at least 1 incident involving a school-related shooting.” The number is far higher than most other estimates. But NPR reached out to every one of those schools repeatedly over the course of three months and found that more than two-thirds of these reported incidents never happened. Child Trends, a nonpartisan nonprofit research organization, assisted NPR in analyzing data from the government’s Civil Rights Data Collection.
We were able to confirm just 11 reported incidents, either directly with schools or through media reports. In 161 cases, schools or districts attested that no incident took place or couldn’t confirm one. In at least four cases, we found, something did happen, but it didn’t meet the government’s parameters for a shooting. About a quarter of schools didn’t respond to our inquiries.”
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My take is that those individuals and organizations who would love to see the Second Amendment eliminated may well have fudged some facts to further their agenda.
The National Shooting Sports Foundation® (NSSF®) established this celebration to encourage you to spend trigger time at your local shooting range and share your passion for the shooting sports with others. Some 24 million Americans have a great interest in learning about recreational shooting, according to NSSF, making National Shooting Sports Month the perfect time to bring someone new to the range. Here’s just a few of many reasons why you should go shooting:
Bring someone new — There’s nothing quite like seeing the joy on someone’s face after they’ve taken their first shots.
Rediscover shooting — Haven’t shot in a while? Dust off your shooting gear and head to the range, preferably with a friend.
Practice Firearm Safety — The shooting sports are safe. Responsible gun owners safely handle their firearms and securely store when not in use when on the firing line, transporting them in vehicles and at home.
Celebrate Freedom and Tradition — In addition to passing on the great tradition of target shooting, you can educate others about the unique American freedoms that make participating possible.
Share It! — #LetsGoShootingTM is the theme of National Shooting Sports Month. Share the hashtag and your experiences on your favorite social media networks, and remind others to give target shooting a try. Stay connected by following Let’s Go Shooting on Facebook,Instagram and Twitter.
It’s nice to hear a pro gun, pro Second Amendment message from the White House:
“During National Shooting Sports Month, we celebrate the wonderful American tradition of shooting sports. Shooting sports are a terrific reminder of our constitutional liberty and the attendant benefits that accrue to a free people: active friendship within families, between peers, and among communities, and the opportunity for Americans living in small towns and large cities to experience the bounty of America’s great outdoors.
Shooting sports help reinforce many of the bedrock values of our people, such as the free exercise of the Second Amendment. Mastery of shooting sports requires rigor, discipline, and training. State and local shooting sports programs—and instruction by trained family members and mentors—affirm the role of local communities as the primary teacher of the rule of law and personal responsibility.
This month, we recognize the sportsmen and hunters who practice and teach firearm safety and exercise proper stewardship of our land. Sportsmen and hunters not only help others to understand the responsibilities of owning and using a firearm, but they also ensure that our open space and natural resources are safeguarded. Under existing Federal law, for example, a portion of Federal excise tax on the sale of firearms and ammunition is dedicated to American wildlife research and habitat conservation. That is one reason why my Administration has prioritized making it easier for Americans to participate in shooting sports on public lands. By doing so, we are enhancing Americans’ ability to experience the unsurpassed beauty of our blessed Nation and we are better protecting our national treasures for future generations.
I encourage all Americans engaged in shooting sports to continue promoting a culture of safety and to continue exercising the responsibility and duty associated with the right to keep and bear arms. “
The United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruled Tuesday that openly carrying a firearm in public is constitutional.
The ruling, issued by a three-judge panel, is a rebuttal to Hawaii’s claim that Second Amendment protections only applied to carrying a gun openly in one’s home.
Reuters reports that the case was brought by George Young, after Hawaiian official “twice [denied] him a permit to carry a gun outside.” A District Court ruled that the denial did not infringe rights protected by the Second Amendment, but the Ninth Circuit panel disagreed.
Ninth Circuit Judge Diarmuid O’Scannlain wrote, “We do not take lightly the problem of gun violence. But, for better or for worse, the Second Amendment does protect a right to carry a firearm in public for self-defense.”
NRA reports that: “Activists, including in the judiciary, had sought to convince Americans that the Second Amendment was a relic of history that had nothing to with individual rights — that it existed only to promote organized militias. These anti-freedom activists feared that if private individuals had judicially enforceable Second Amendment rights, their designs on outright firearm prohibitions would be jeopardized. Thus, they distorted law and history to promote a falsehood about the meaning of the Second Amendment.
Heller should have put an end to their politically motivated chicanery, declaring unambiguously that the Second Amendment protects an individual right to the sorts of arms in common use for lawful purposes, without regard to service in an organized militia. A decade later, however, gun control activists – still abetted by statist judges on the lower courts – continue to press for the disarmament of the American public. As long as ordinary Americans still possess firearms, the fight to keep liberal elites from taking them will continue.
It is not surprising that the same courts who once tried to write the Second Amendment’s individual right out of existence haven’t been quick to embrace the letter or spirit of Heller. To the contrary, they have been engaged in massive resistance to its holding. But it has often been shocking to see the undisguised disdain with which some judges have treated the Supreme Court’s ruling.
It began immediately, with states and localities insisting Heller had nothing to do with their gun control laws at all, given that the handgun ban at issue in that case had technically been enacted under federal authority. Lower courts were generally willing to back gun control advocates on this desperate gambit until the Supreme Court finally put it to rest in 2010 with McDonald v. Chicago.
“Our decision in Heller points unmistakably to the answer,” the McDonald court wrote, as if chastising all the lower courts that had, in fact, made that mistake over the preceding two years. It then went on to explain how the individual right articulated in Heller is “deeply rooted in this Nation’s history and tradition” and “among the foundational rights necessary to our system of Government.” The majority concluded, “We therefore hold that the Due Process Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment incorporates the Second Amendment right recognized in Heller.”
Fairfax, Va. -The National Rifle Association (NRA) applauds the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to fill Justice Anthony Kennedy’s seat on the United States Supreme Court.
During his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals, Kavanaugh wrote a strong dissenting opinion in opposition to Washington, D.C.’s ban on commonly owned semi-automatic firearms and registration requirement by applying an historical test consistent with Justice Scalia’s opinion in Heller.
“Judge Kavanaugh has demonstrated his clear belief that the Constitution should be applied as the Framers intended. To that end, he has supported the fundamental, individual right to self-defense embraced by Justice Scalia in the historic Heller decision. ”
we will be closed ALL Day on Monday, July 9th for routine maintenance.
We will open on Tuesday, July 10 at our normal time of 10 am.