An interesting discussion popped up in the comments of this article for Shooting Illustrated on the guns of pop culture. Gun nuts were outraged that the 1911 wasn’t on the list, because, hey, ‘Murica and guns!
The thing is, the 1911 is a popular gun in gun culture, but in pop culture? Forget it. And I’ll prove it.
Play along with me here:
Dirty Harry and his Model 29 .44 Magnum.
Martin Riggs and his Beretta 92.
James Bond and his PPK.
John Wayne and his Colt Peacemaker.
_________ and his 1911.
See the problem? Naming an iconic character from pop culture who yielded a 1911 is not an easy task. The best I could come up with is Lamont Cranston, and he’s not really a household name anymore, thanks to a mediocre movie starring Alec Baldwin. I like the 1911, and there’s no denying what it means to gun owners in the U.S., but it’s pretty much unknown outside our little world. If we want gun culture to grow (and we do, right?), we need to be able to relate to people outside our comfort zone, so when they talk about how the gun that Agent Smith used in The Matrix and how cool it was, smile politely and nod, even though you’re thinking about how much you loath the Deagle.