Here's a look at some of the most famous characters that used a Smith & Wesson in "real" life, and movie stars who used them on the big screen.
Smith & Wesson guns are known world wide as reliable, trustworthy firearms, so much so that they've made their way into pop culture and current news more than most other brands of guns.
Here are some notable figures who've holstered a weapon made by Smith & Wesson.
1. Clint Eastwood
The most famous movie character who used a Smith & Wesson gun was "Dirty Harry," portrayed by legendary Hollywood actor and director Clint Eastwood. In 1971, the Dirty Harry series of movies was released, and made the Smith & Wesson model 29 in .44 caliber the most famous gun in modern history.
Clint Eastwood is an actor and public figure who to this day carries a gun, and is vocal about gun rights. While it may not be the large Model 29 he carries, he still owns and collects several different types of Smith & Wesson guns.
2. The James Brothers
Some of the most infamous carriers of Smith and Wesson guns were Frank and Jesse James.
While the movies show the James brothers using Colt pistols, historians confirm Frank and Jesse, along with fellow outlaws Cole and Jim Younger, all sported the Smith & Wesson Model 3. The Model 3 is better known to most gun enthusiasts as the Schofield.
Originally produced in 1870, the Smith & Wesson Model 3 was personally requested by Major George Schofield of the Union Army 10th Cavalry. Schofield made modifications to meet his personal perceptions of his calvary's needs, and submitted it to Smith & Wesson.
In 1875, the company incorporated these changes to the original Model 3 to create what is now so commonly referred to as the Schofield. The modifications made it a much superior gun as compared to the 1873 Colt Peacemaker, only further increasing its popularity.
Jesse James' eventual death in 1882 at the age of 34 came by the way of a Smith & Wesson .44 Cal used by the Ford brothers.
3. General George Patton
The Great General George Patton was also known to carry a Model 3 Smith & Wesson on one hip and a Colt on the other.
It was previously thought that General George Armstrong Custer also carried a Smith & Wesson. From research, I cannot personally find any evidence of this, as most pictures of his troops show the use of the Colts. But considering the effectiveness and popularity of the Smith & Wesson, I would think he might have had one. It certainly seems reasonable.
4. Other Old West Notables
Wyatt Earp and his brother Virgil Earp were two of the most recognized people in history to use Smith & Wesson guns. Because Wyatt was a marshall, and reportedly one of the fastest guns in the Old West, the use of the the Top Breach Smith & Wesson gave him a distinct advantage over his many foes.
Legendary bison hunter and showman Buffalo Bill Cody and famous Alabama Marshall Dallas Stoudenmire -- who played a huge role in the famous "Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight" -- also used Smith & Wesson.
Wells Fargo Banking and Protective Services were among one of the largest users of the Smith & Wesson in the Old West, leaving thoughts to just how many other famous individuals used Smith & Wesson guns. Wells Fargo did all they could to protect banks from marauding groups of robbers who certainly always came well armed and ready to shoot at a moment's notice.
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The list of famous folks to own or use Smith & Wesson guns is a long one, which is chock full of rumor. Heck, even names like Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp have been mentioned among the Hollywood elite who own and use these memorable, and famous guns.
There's a reason they're held so high in North American gun culture, and the Smith & Wesson should only continue its popularity streak for years to come.
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