Nobody is more contemptuous of Hollywood than I am. The so-called Spaghetti Westerns ruined the Colt Peacemaker hog legs for me. Those movies spoofed the actors, the genre and the movie industry itself! The Japs provided the coupe de gracie on it for me: in one of their sod-busters - all the worlds nastiest, meanest, gun slingers showed up in a remote, sun baked western town... and set up a friendly tournament of duels between the colourful characters - the same way TB and his martial artist buddies would set up matches in a tournament. Gah. I think the Italians projected their cultural perspective on The Old West the same way the Japanese did.
When Dirty Harry Callahan pulled that big S&W .44 Mag I wanted one like the dickens!!! When Quigley shot a milk bucket offhand at 800 yards offhand I wanted a Sharps rifle in some archaic calibre like .50-120 that throw a hunk a lead the size of my fist! When Jude Law starred as a Soviet sniper in Enemy At The Gates I even wanted the POS rifle he shot - a Mosin Nagant bolt gun!
I didn't buy them all but I did get a few and the retards at my gun clubs bought others. It didn't do anything for our marksmanship, having those cool guns - we all sucked with those as much or worse than with our regular guns. I was heartbroken when I actually handled one of the best Sharps recreations and discovered the gun did not fit me at all. And in these days of ludicrously powerful handgun rounds - a lot of people don't realize how much recoil a full power .44 Magnum generates. Prolonged use with them will turn all but the most dedicated shooters into flinching idiots. The seriously big cannons will do that to whoever's left over I guess, HAR HAR HAR!!!
I'd caution new shooters to stick with the tried and true calibres that all the regular schmucks are using but I won't - they won't listen to it and I won't take my own advice on that one either. Cool guns are what they are.