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Dirty Harry's Gun and 9 Other Famous Hollywood Weapons

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Men in Black prop gun is displayed at Julien's Auctions in Beverly Hills, California on November 7, 2012. (Joe Klamer/AFP/Getty Images, file)

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The eponymous 1971 crime drama introduced movie fans to San Francisco Police Department inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan. Nearly as famous as Clint Eastwood's iconic portrayal is the gun used in the film, a .44 Magnum Smith and Wesson Model 29.

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Here are some other famous weapons thrust through the big screen.

1. The M161-A gun which included an M-203 grenade launcher became forever known as Tony Fontana's "Little Friend" in the classic Al Pacino gangster film "Scarface." The two went down fighting together in the movie's final bloody scene.

2. James Bond has fought off many dangerous villains in exotic locales in more than 20 films, but one of the more enduring bad guys remains Francisco Scaramanga (Christopher Lee), or The Man with the Golden Gun. Scaramanga's main weapon is a single-shot, gold-plated handgun, which fires a .17-millimeter, 23-karat gold bullet. When not used as a deadly weapon, the gun can become a cigarette lighter or holder, cuff link, and fountain pen.

3. Not only did the T-800 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) mean it when it said, "I'll be back," but it also brandished a vintage shotgun for the second installment of "The Terminator" series. The reprogrammed killer robot needed the sawed-off, 12-gauge, M1887 Winchester shotgun to slow down the newer model T-1000 (Robert Patrick) that traveled back in time to murder John Connor.

4. Indiana Jones' whip. The most famous archaeology professor needs protection when searching for lost artifacts, and uses a bullwhip like a professional. The multipurpose item helped Indy escape many close calls, as he was able to swing over chasms and activate secret levers from a distance.

5. The "Aliens" films produced a M41A pulse rifle with a 99-round magazine capacity for Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley. The weapon also contained a pump-action grenade launcher attached underneath.

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6. Uma Thurman wields a custom-made Hattori Hanzo katana sword for her role as The Bride in Quentin Tarantino's much-acclaimed "Kill Bill" movies. Made for vengeance, this shiny blade eliminates an entire crew of Yakuza.

As Hanzo tells The Bride: "I am finished doing what I swore an oath to God 28 years ago to never do again. I've created something that kills people. And in that purpose, I was a success. I've done this because, philosophically, I am sympathetic to your aim. I can tell you with no ego, this is my finest sword. If on your journey, you should encounter God, God will be cut."

7. Luke Skywalker's lightsaber. The weapon of choice for Jedi Knights, Luke (Mark Hamill) utilizes a single blade lightsaber, though he later upgrades. Star Wars first hit movie screens in 1977, and the weapon with a familiar sound quickly entered popular culture.

As Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) explained, "This was the formal weapon of a Jedi Knight. Not as clumsy or random as a blaster. More skill than simple sight was required for its use. An elegant weapon. It was a symbol as well. Anyone can use a blaster or a fusion cutter, but to use a lightsaber well was a mark of someone a cut above the ordinary."

8. Fashionable and functional, the proton packs used by parapsychologists Peter Venkman, Raymond Stantz and Egon Spengler shoot a charged proton beam designed to catch ghosts. But as any "Ghostbusters" fan knows, "Don't cross the streams."

9. The Noisy Cricket from "Men in Black" proves that not every weapon has to look menacing. Agent J (Will Smith) is unimpressed at first, but soon realizes that the small gun with a pointed barrel fires powerful energy charges. The shooter is also hurled several feet backward after firing.

10. Fans of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy" know of the point-of-view gun. Made by the Intergalactic Consortium of Angry Housewives to control the endings to marital squabbles, the gun forces its target to share their thoughts to the shooter. The weapon was added to the film adaptation of the Douglas Adams' novel, and used by Zooey Deschanel's Trillian.

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The eponymous 1971 crime drama introduced movie fans to San Francisco Police Department inspector "Dirty Harry" Callahan. Nearly as famous as Clint Eastwood's iconic portrayal is the gun used in the film, a .44 Magnum Smith and Wesson Model 29.
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