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Old 11-24-2008, 02:17 PM
Sunset Carson Sunset Carson is offline
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Joe Friday and Dragnet




Does anyone out there know what Joe carried during the Dragnet series? I built a display for Barney Fife and found his gun on line in great condition. I now want to make another display for Srgt Friday, but need to know what he carried. Unlike Barney Fife who was wielding his gun all the time, Joe seemed to talk his perps into submission without drawing his sidearm. Any help would be appreciated for what my has deemed a sickness.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:41 PM
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I think you will need two holsters for him. I can't remember where I read it or the specifics but he carried a Colt and then a S&W (or maybe it is the other way around). The first one used was not in line with what LAPD Detectives carried so the gun was changed.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:43 PM
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Colt Dick special.
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Old 11-24-2008, 03:27 PM
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I did find this:


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In 1950 Smith & Wesson representatives attended the annual conference of the International Association of Chiefs of Police and unveiled a 2 inch barreled .38 Special 5 shot revolver manufactured on their smaller “J” frame. They surveyed the attendees to come up with a name for the new handgun and the “Chief’s Special” was born. This compact revolver became an instant hit with administrative personnel and plain clothes detectives. Eventually Dragnet’s Sgt. Joe Friday traded in his 4 inch Model 10 for a Chief’s Special. This later became the model 36 and in the late 1960’s they introduced the Chief’s Special as an all stainless steel handgun catalogued as the model 60. Airweight models made with aluminum frames were tried but unfortunately, the aluminum could not hold up to anything more than occasional use and they were eventually discontinued due to lack of consumer interest.
Hope that helps.

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Old 11-24-2008, 03:52 PM
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"Airweight models made with aluminum frames were tried but unfortunately, the aluminum could not hold up to anything more than occasional use and they were eventually discontinued due to lack of consumer interest. "

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Old 11-24-2008, 04:06 PM
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I thought he carried a Colt .38 snubbie.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:13 PM
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I thought he carried a Model 10, 2".
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:18 PM
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I thought he carried a Colt .38 snubbie.
Me too. We need to remember that there were two Dragnets Series with Joe Friday having different partners so like other TV Cops he may of carried different revolvers.
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Old 11-24-2008, 04:24 PM
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Joe started with the Colt, then switched to the Chief's Special partway through when Jack Webb was informed that more actual cops carried the S&W. He was very big on realism. They once reshot a whole scene because the phone number appearing on the phone on the desk was incorrect.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:16 PM
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Then there was that ghastly 1990's version of Dragnet starring Ed O'Neill.

In that one, as far as I could tell, "Friday" was carrying a rare 3" Colt Python.

For a really interesting contrast between today's law enforcement and "back in the Day" take a look at the 1954 movie version of Dragnet.
It features a shotgun murder that's shocking for the day, and features the days before Miranda when they "sweated" suspects in cheap hotels.

Tough and interesting.
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Old 11-24-2008, 11:56 PM
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Does anyone out there know what Joe carried during the Dragnet series? I built a display for Barney Fife and found his gun on line in great condition. I now want to make another display for Srgt Friday, but need to know what he carried. Unlike Barney Fife who was wielding his gun all the time, Joe seemed to talk his perps into submission without drawing his sidearm. Any help would be appreciated for what my has deemed a sickness.
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That's the actual gun used in the series by Don Knotts?
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Old 11-25-2008, 07:42 AM
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Brian48,

I wish. After much research I found that for most of the series Barney carried a Colt Police Positive. I found this one on GunsAmerica. The Ser# shows that is was made in 1928. It's is 99%. After a few firings, the cylinder stop would not retract. I am now on the one year waiting list for Cylinder & Slide to get it reapired.
For the other members out there whoo shared their Dragnet knowledge, I really appreciate the information. It looks like I will go with the Chief's Special. If I can find a good used one, I will go that route. Smith has their classics out and I can buy the Model 36 new, which is appealing. After I complete the display, I'll be sure to post it. Thanks again for all your help.
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Old 11-25-2008, 08:34 AM
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I would of guess an Official Police myself, but given his small frame a Police Positive may of just looked larger on him.
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Old 11-25-2008, 05:20 PM
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Model 39 ???





Don't make too much of this picture; that might be hers.



My vote: Dragnet 66 - Square butt M&P in a Lewis crossdraw. NEVER a Chief.

P.S. -- The shotgun is an Ithaca.

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Old 11-25-2008, 06:38 PM
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The middle picture is certainly a 6 shot.
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Old 11-26-2008, 09:57 AM
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2 inch, round butt Model 10/12, not sure which.
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:31 PM
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Just so everyone knows, Jack Webb was a major anti-gunner. I recall a show in the second incarnation (when the Colonel from MASH was his partner) in which he espoused the standard "if you can reach for a gun, you can reach for a phone" nonsense that the anti-gun police chiefs association endorses to this day.
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Old 11-26-2008, 04:44 PM
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Does anyone out there know what Joe carried during the Dragnet series? I built a display for Barney Fife and found his gun on line in great condition. I now want to make another display for Srgt Friday, but need to know what he carried. Unlike Barney Fife who was wielding his gun all the time, Joe seemed to talk his perps into submission without drawing his sidearm. Any help would be appreciated for what my has deemed a sickness.
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I don't know about Joe Friday's gun, but do you have a picture of the Pearl Hart display?
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Old 11-28-2008, 02:43 PM
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An M&P with this holster - tan crossdraw Lewis or Bucheimer-Clark.

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Old 11-28-2008, 04:04 PM
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Great picture of Joe Friday's shootout in the laundromat!
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Old 11-28-2008, 07:10 PM
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Odd looking back at what was presented as an onerous OIS investigation, threatening Friday's career.

Responding uniform officers cleared the call, leaving Friday alone at the scene.

The shooting team -- Pierce Brooks!! -- allowed him to go home with his weapon, then, when he reported to work the next day, the captain casually asked him to take it - himself - for the ballistics check, after which he kept it.

All of that AFTER the perp's girlfriend screamed murder!

Also neat that this was shown in the intro. Note the Farrant stocks.





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Old 11-28-2008, 07:32 PM
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Not sure?
The question is why does Brass Monkey have an avatar
of two dudes about to swap spit!
This should be a sex free zone, hetero, queer or otherwise!

For christ sake find another forum to come out of the closet on!
Or at least go break the news to mommy and daddy and
let them suffer for the rest of us!
There's probably kids viewing this site!!
Where's a moderator!
I call foul!

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Old 11-28-2008, 07:50 PM
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Hello...anyone out there!?
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Old 11-28-2008, 11:17 PM
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Not sure?
The question is why does Brass Monkey have an avatar
of two dudes about to swap spit!
This should be a sex free zone, hetero, queer or otherwise!

For christ sake find another forum to come out of the closet on!
Or at least go break the news to mommy and daddy and
let them suffer for the rest of us!
There's probably kids viewing this site!!
Where's a moderator!
I call foul!
Who's brass monkey? There are avitars on this forum? I've never seen them.

EDIT: I see what you're saying, though that wasn't the picture that was there last night, it was a picture of Joe holding an 870 at the low ready from his hip. That is some sick stuff.
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Old 11-29-2008, 03:06 AM
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Not sure?
The question is why does Brass Monkey have an avatar
of two dudes about to swap spit!
This should be a sex free zone, hetero, queer or otherwise!

For christ sake find another forum to come out of the closet on!
Or at least go break the news to mommy and daddy and
let them suffer for the rest of us!
There's probably kids viewing this site!!
Where's a moderator!
I call foul!
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