Humongous Revolver

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Humongous Revolver

Postby draknoir2 » Thu Oct 04, 2007 11:53 am

Does anyone know what that revolver was that Humongous used to shoot the Mack truck?
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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby HUMVEE Driver » Thu Oct 04, 2007 4:48 pm

It was a Smith and Wesson .44.

This has been discussed quite a bit before; I'm sure others will post with more information than that.

Just an FYI, it is completely possible that a handgun like that could do the damage it did to the Mack.

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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby draknoir2 » Thu Oct 04, 2007 5:48 pm

Sorry for the redundant question.

I had a crappy VHS copy of The Road Warrior... even with freeze frame I couldn't make it out.

My first handgun was a cased Smith and Wesson Model 29 Classic Hunter .44magnum. I load my own ammo too. Wouldn't be my first choice for stopping a Mack... that's what the .50BMG is for.
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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby Spitfire » Mon Oct 08, 2007 2:51 pm

yeah but the revolver had a scope. perhaps he should have saved the ammo instead of chucking a fit by shooting the radiator.
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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby HUMVEE Driver » Mon Oct 08, 2007 7:08 pm

Well, without a radiator, the Mack won't last more than a couple of minutes, and maybe Humungus thought he could disable more than just the radiator. (He almost did) Sorry for the pun, but he thought it was worth a shot. :roll:

Oh, and no big deal about the redundant discussion. I don't think any of us mind talking the details to death.

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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby gunslinger2006 » Tue Oct 09, 2007 12:43 am

It was likely either a Smith & Wesson Model 29 in .44 mag, or a S&W model 25 in .45 long colt. I think it was likely the latter because it would have been easier to get blanks for the the .45. The .45 LC was probably the most commonly used caliber for handguns used in all those westerns of yesteryear.
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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby Checkman » Wed Jan 02, 2008 8:30 pm

Hello. New here. I just purchased the DVD version a couple of days ago and I watched the scenes where you get a look at Humongous's revolver in frame advance. I'm a Smith and Wesson revolver enthusiast. Some would call me a "Gun-nut" or Geek. :D :geek:

I suspect that it's a large frame Smith & Wesson Model 25 in caliber 45 colt or a Model 29 (44 magnum) or the Model 57(41 magnum). The rear sights appeared to have been removed to make room for the scope. The barrel is 8 3/8 inches in length. The grips are either made of Black Walnut or Galco Alves wood. The last wood is a hardwood out of South America. The style of grip is what is described as a Target Grips with an exposed backstrap. The gun has the larger Target hammer on it. Designed for ease of cockin if one is shooting single action instead of double action. The front site ,at the end of the barrel, is the Baughman red front ramp style. Named after Frank Baughman. An agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigations during the 1930's and a handgun enthusiast.

My guess is the scope is a rifle scope. During the 1980's the optics industry would develop scopes for handguns, but when MM2/RW was filmed putting optics on a handgun was still mostly an area for hobbyists and tinkers. Considering it is a prop I'm very impressed with the whole set-up. To include the case and the thirty holes for the ammo. Enough to load the revolver five times.

The large frame S&W revolver was introduced in 1907 when S&W developed the 44 special caliber. But over the last 101 years the old 44 special frame has also been made for other calibers. The caliber and the year it was introduced for the large frame Smith and Wesson revolver will follow.

44 Special (1907)
455 Webley (1915) Made for the British Army in WW1.
45 ACP (1917) The U.S. goverment armories couldn't produce the famous 1911 Goverment (Colt 45) fast enough so Smith developed a sheet metal clip (the half-moon clip. Took two for 6 rounds) that would hold the shorter round in they cylinder.So U.S. soldiers would have a handgun that didn't require different ammo. Simplify the supply situation don't you know.
38/44 High Velocity(1931)
.357 magnum(1935)
44 magnum(1956)
41 magnum(1964)

Smith also produced the large frame revolver in 45 Colt - the famous 45 round used in the famous Colt Peacemaker revolver in all the great Hollywood westerns. There are rumors of the large revolver also being chambered for 22 Long Rifle, 44/40 and 30 carbine. There are others, but lets not get bogged down in excessive detail.

Looking at the weapon I do believe it is one of the following three calibers. 45 Colt, 44 magnum or 41 magnum. If it was a .357 magnum there would be a noticable taper to the barrel. The larger caliber models have thick barrels with no taper from the forcing cone to the muzzle crown. The cartridges are large and that is also consistent with the previously described large bore calibers.

My backstory is that the revolver is a family heirloom passed down from his grandfather. The photo has the look of pre-1920's photography to it. The uniform looks to be WW1 to me as does the female's dress and hat. I can't tell about the medals and the idea that the skill and bones is from an SS Totenkopf uniform is debatable.

Whatever, I do believe the whole thing is personal/family owned. If he had killed somebody for it, looted it ,or whatever , why keep the photo and other items? Why treat the whole thing with care and even reverence? Those items are sentimental. Throw all that junk away and keep the handgun and bullets. Humongous hasn't done that.

The revolver has been modified for hunting and/or long range target shooting. The case shows that the Smith was not a duty weapon, but instead a sporting revolver. Actually the long barrel shows that it was a sporting weapon. I am a cop and no cop in his or her's right mind would carry something that big.

But in Humongous's hands it has become the equivlant of the family Claymore handed from generation to generation.

whew that's alot of typing.
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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby HUMVEE Driver » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:29 pm

Damn, that's a lot of reading, too! You really know your stuff.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby Checkman » Wed Jan 02, 2008 9:39 pm

HUMVEE Driver wrote:Damn, that's a lot of reading, too! You really know your stuff.

Thanks for sharing your knowledge.

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Re: Humongous Revolver

Postby Cueball » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:43 pm

I dont know, man..... I just got here meself!
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