Remember when Clint Eastwood tossed his .44 Magnum to the ground after encountering the villain Scorpio in Dirty Harry? Did you cringe as that beautiful piece of Smith & Wesson craftsmanship went skidding across the pavement? Well there was no need to cringe. After all, it wasn't a real gun ... it was a fake.
And that's the focus of tonight's Curator's Corner. Throughout the history of Hollywood, a number of guns placed in the hands of screen extras and heartthrobs have been of the faux variety. The most popular material utilized by the silver screen prop houses is rubber. Here at the NRA National Firearms Museum, we have three prime examples.
In addition to the Eastwood's Dirty Harry Magnum, they also have his Colt Walkers from The Outlaw Josey Wales. The rubber Walkers, at home in the recently extended Hollywood Guns exhibit, were the guns used by Clint when he performed that impressive Road Agent's Spin. According to Senior Curator Phil Schreier, performing that spin with the real Walkers could result in a significant injury ... both to the Walkers and the spinner.
To hear more about Eastwood's rubber guns, as well as the sample we have on loan from the Star Wars collection, tune in tonight at 10:40 pm EST to NRANews.com or Sirius/XM Patriot Satellite Radio.