Bullitt

by
posted on November 18, 2011
wilson2015_fs.jpg (6)

After all these years, that movie holds up pretty well and the car chase scene is still a classic. Back in the day, everyone thought that McQueen was entirely too cool, especially us young cops. We particularly liked the upside-down Safariland shoulder holster that held his 2.5-inch Colt Diamondback revolver.

Not too many years after that movie came out, I was lucky enough to be selected as a detective in our Criminal Investigation Division. Yep, you guessed it, right after I bought some suits to wear on the job, I ordered one of those Safariland shoulder rigs.

Now I never was too crazy about the Colt Diamondback, in .38 Spl.  I'd carried a Smith & Wesson Model 19 revolver in uniform, so I quickly bought a 2.5-inch Model 19 to wear as an investigator. A local gunsmith (himself a former cop) slicked up the action, bobbed the hammer spur and installed a slim, smooth trigger for me. Then, we fitted a smooth set of ivory grips to the gun. Hey, Steve McQueen wasn't the only one who could be cool!

Well, after all these years, I'm still not a big fan of shoulder holsters, except for special situations. But I am still a great fan of Smith & Wesson's K-frame revolvers. Sadly, that original 2.5-inch Model 19 got traded off in a moment of weakness, but I am currently dealing for another one. And I sure hope Steve McQueen knew how much he entertained us cops.

Latest

Sheriff Jim Wilson
Sheriff Jim Wilson

There Is No Sanctuary

Carrying a defensive pistol inside the home should be the same as carrying one outside of the home.

First Look: Federal Premium Force X2 Shorty 00 Buckshot

A new option in 1¾-inch defensive shotgun ammunition.

First Look: ZeroTech Thrive HD First Focal Plane Riflescopes

Two new ruggedized scopes from the land down under.

Review: We the People IWB Holster and Tactical Gun Belt

A kydex holster and gun belt designed for no-nonsense everyday use.

I Carry: Walther WMP 22 WMR Pistol in a PHLster Holster

Today on I Carry we have the new Walther WMP pistol chambered in 22 WMR, carried in a PHLster Floodlight holster along with an SOG Power Access Deluxe multi-tool.

First Look: Colt Combat Unit 1911 Pistols

New 1911-style pistols designed under the guidance of some of America’s toughest warriors.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.