I happened across an article this morning that got me thinking (always a dangerous thing). The article suggested that if the classic detectives like Sam Spade, Phillip Marlowe, Make Hammer, etc were set in today’s world they would carry the Ruger SP101 in .357 Magnum…
Now, we all know I love revolvers. I also happen to love classic old movies and many of my favorites starred these same characters. But I can’t say that I agree that the SP101 would be the go to firearm for any of them. Here are my thoughts on what they would carry and why.
These guys operated on a shoe string always one step ahead of the bill collectors as well as the bad guys. So, why would they carry car firearm with a list price well over $700? The Colts and Smith & Wessons they carried were the Glocks and Smith & Wessons of their day. They were reasonably priced but not cheap. They were plentiful and used the most common calibers of the time. They were the police trade in guns of that time period. They were heavy, all steel guns because, well, all the guns of that time were heavy, all steel guns.
So what would they carry today?
Glock 17/19 – chambered in the most common round in American today these are the workhorse guns of today like the Colts and Smith & Wessons of that time.
Smith & Wesson M&P 9/9c – for all the same reasons as the Glock. Relatively inexpensive, reliable and about as common as dirt.
Smith & Wesson J-Frame/Ruger LCR – Because of their light weight, ease of concealment and dependability I think snub-nosed revolvers would still play a part for modern day versions of the classic detectives. Instead of being all steel they would be lighter alloy and polymer versions of those old Detective and Cheif specials. I think they would still be chambered in .38 Special.
Those are my thoughts on what modern guns the classic detectives would have carried. What do you think?