The quintessential revolver of classic film noir detectives. John Popp and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier present the Colt Detective Special on Curators Corner to honor November Film Noir month.
Part two of the Film Noir Series featuring this classic handgun. John Popp and National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier present the 1903 Colt on a special edition of the Curators Corner. Designed to be the ultimate carry piece, this gun is very thin, has no protrusions, no hammer and a very simple safety lock.
Part three of the Film Noir Series featuring this classic handgun. On this weeks special edition of Curators Corner, John Popp joins National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier for another Phil Noir segment in honor of November Film Noir Month. Schreier offers an overview of this dark, classic movie genre and displays a rare civilian model of the 1911 Colt .45, which features heavily in such noir masterpieces as The Maltese Falcon.
The 4th edition of the Phil Noir Series featuring this famous gun. Extending November Film Noir month into December to honor more classic firearms at the National Firearms Museum, Phil Schreier and John Popp showcase the .455 Webley-Fosbery, a gun that made a notorious appearance in John Hustons 1941 version of The Maltese Falcon starring Humphrey Bogart. Schreier says that only 3,500 to 4,500 of these guns were made during the production period of 1901 to 1946, and he demonstrates the unique technology that allows this firearm to be an automatic revolver.
Part 5 of the Phil Noir Series featuring this classic firearm is viewable at www.nramuseum.org. As a continuation of November Film Noir Month, Phil Schreier, Senior Curator of the National Firearms Museum, joins John Popp to talk about the gun that made the 20s roar and the cartridge that started it all. The Thompson submachine gun, also known as the Tommy Gun or the Chicago Typewriter, was developed by Colonel John T. Thompson who helped design the .45 round in the early 20th Century. The round was an improvement on the .38 and was designed for the 1911. Thompson began producing the submachine guns, so-called because they fired pistol ammunition, in 1919, and the Tommy Gun was the first successful American design of these types of firearms. One of the most classic neo film noir scenes featuring this gun is in the Coen Brothers Millers Crossing starring Albert Finney.