Dicks and Gats
Over at Chris Wong Sick Hong’s The Dick Richards page I have a guest post up about the handguns of some of the great gumshoes in fiction…and what they mean about the user.
“The handgun and the private detective go hand in hand. This has been an aspect of fictional flatfoots for more than a century and will likely continue to be so in the future. In most cases, the gun in question is a simple reflection of the man holding its grip.
The first real detectives only showed up in Edgar Allen Poe’s Murder in the Rue Morgue, and it was several decades before the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s deerstalker-clad, substance-abusing Sherlock Holmes made an appearance. While in The Hound of the Baskervilles and The Sign of the Four, Holmes came to use a revolver secreted upon his person, his weapon of choice was a Webley “Metropolitan Police” revolver, a small and compact snub-nosed piece very similar to the Chief’s Special of today. Very little gunplay takes place in Holmes career.”
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