Friday, August 31, 2018

Review: The .44 Magnum and Dirty Harry

By Allan B. Colombo

Sept 1972, Guns magazine
The article, “The 44 Magnum and Dirty Harry,” published in the September 1972 issue of Guns magazine, discusses the movie, the prime actor, Clint Eastwood, how the movie excited gun enthusiasts, and Eastwood’s performance so far as realistic use of the .44 Magnum revolver is concerned.
“The movie, “Dirty Harry” starring Clint Eastwood, is a good picture as far as gun enthusiasts are concerned. It has real guns--not the exotic fantasies of the James Bond series--and they are, for the most part, used in a realistic way,” says the author, Walter Rickell.
Scorpio aims from a roof in San Francisco.
According to Rickell, Eastwood received expert instructions on how to fire a real .44 Magnum. The weapon of choice, as depicted in the movie, as an honest to goodness Smith & Wesson, Model 29.
“These were not in production at the time but a little string pulling was done and Fred Miller at the plant had a couple assembled from parts,” says Rickell. “...Eastwood spent many hours on the range with Bob Sauer instructing him in the use of ‘The World’s Most Powerful Handgun.’”
Dirty Harry confronts Scorpio.
The result of the instruction that the star of the movie received was a more than realistic performance in most all respects, down to how such a powerful weapon is aimed and fired as well as the actual recoil. Toward the end of the article, Rickell asks the question: “Is ‘Dirty Harry’ pro or anti-gun?”
I guess you’ll have to wait and read this magazine article to find out the answer (click here).

Dirty Harry, played by
Clint Eastwood.

Between bites of is hotdog, Dirty Harry stops this get-away car with two rounds of his .44 Magnum. 

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Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Paiute Murder--the lingering sickness of witchcraft

By Truman L. Buff
Fort Independence Indian Reservation
as told to B.C. Dawson

The murder of several members of the Paiute Indian tribe allegedly involved the belief that those murdered were actually involved in witchcraft. The first was Two-Stick Sally, an old lady who, according to Dawson, was harmless and not deserving of her untimely death.
"Somebody insisted she was a witch and among us Paiutes of that time that was the same as a sentence of death. When she disappeared, all our family hunted for her for days but we never found her," said Dawson.
Although Paiute tribesmen treated the matter in a casual manner, the whites of that time were the opposite.
The Author, Truman Buff
"The whites made an awful fuss about it. Mr. English, Indian agent at Fort Independence, Ray Parrett, Indian superintendent at Bishop, Sheriff Logan, and District Attorney Hession held a big investigation. They grabbed a couple dozen of us. Questioned everybody," says Dawson.
According to the author, Truman Buff (see Buff's sketch), Dawson refused to give the names of the individuals that were suspected of killing several Paiutes during that time period. Dawson said, "I am not going to use the names of them guys except when they are in the newspapers and public records as they all got families and relatives and I don't want too many guys getting mad at me at the same time." 
After several more Paiute tribesmen, all suspected of practicing witchcraft, were murdered, the authorities caught two of the culprits involved in the killings as they were part of a gang, all from Black Rock, Nevada.
Belief in witchcraft continued for sometime, but over time it began to subside after the US government began sending young Paiutes to school in Riverside.  

To read the entire story, refer to page 17 in the September 1980 issue of Frontier Times magazine, partner in True West, available from Western Magazine Classifieds at

Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Welcome to Western Magazine Classifieds

A web blog officiated by Allan Colombo

Allan Colombo, TpromoCom
It's with great pleasure that I introduce this new sales blog. Our focus on this web portal is that of the historical issues relative to the Wild Wild West of Yore, along with the sale of items related to the culture and times associated with the massive push from east to west of that time period. 

We welcome anyone with a story to tell and/or an item or two to sell to subscribe to our blog. Here's how to do it: 

1. First, subscribe to the blog using the "Follow by Email" registration window to the right.    
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3. After we've confirmed your legitimacy, you will be granted access.
4. You can then create and publish your own articles as well as classified ads on our blog. 

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This is a US-based website, so please use English and when posting goods for sale, please use USD values. Thank you! 

Allan B. Colombo
Western Magazine Digest