Steve McQueen used a Safariland Model 19 holster in this movie.
Bullitt's Colt was a short barrelled Diamondback with Detective Special grips carried in a Safariland Model 19 holster
The other 2 SFPD Inspectors carried standard Detective Specials.
It looks like the Uniforms were carrying Model 58s in 41 Mag.
The Hitter's Model 97 is a short barrled takedown version but neither the stock nor barrel was cut like I thought. The recievr is US marked so it was most probably a standard riot gun with a 20" barrel. It could have been a trench gun with the handguard/bayonet lug sleeve removed but photos don't show the front end well enough to see if there are marks from the screws which would have held the sleeve onto the barrel.
Clearly the guns pictured on the site (as examples) are not the ones used in the movie.
1. In the final scene with the holstered revolver the stocks come down below the frame (I have always found this when looking at freeze frame myself) and that one is a diamond back. The gun on the box cover (not a very good shot on the site) is almost certainly a Python and I caught other frames in the movie which I think show a full frame to the bottom of the stocks.
2. The "1911" is clearly a Star - look at the picture where he is drawing it - no grip safety and the Star shaped hammer.
3. The 1897 appears to be cut back to about 1" in front of the mag tube - Lucky could measure his and see what that is. On my Model 12 (which I also cut off about 1" in front of the mag tube) the barrel is 19".
A French Kiss with Death - Steve McQueen and the Making of Le Mans by Michael Keyser with Jonathan Williams published by Bentley , Cambridge MA. ISBN 0837023-2
Steve had been in his element in The Thomas Crown Affaire, racing across the beach in the dune buggy, but it was in his next film that he clearly managed to express his love for cars and high-speed driving.
"Bullitt started a whole series of chase scenes that people did from then on," says Ekins. "Many times we were running better than hundred miles per hour and that's the first time I know of that they were shooting real speeds." (39)
The day the scenes were shot of the Dodge and Mustang flying off the hills in San Francisco., Steve was given a 10:00 A.M. call instead of the one at 07:00 A.M. When he got to the set, they'd already sprayed Ekin's hair blond and he was in the Mustang jumping it down the hill.
Ekins recalls that Steve came up to the car and said "You've done it to me again."
What do you mean ?" Ekins asked. "Done it to you again ?"
"In the Great Escape I had to get up in the front of the whole world and tell them that I hadn't done that jump. Now you've done this car jump and the same thing's going to happen."
While Bud Ekins drove the Mustang, actor Bill Hickman, who played the hit man in the film, handled the driving chores in the Dodge during the chase scenes.
(38) Nolan, William Stars on Wheels
(39) Ekins, Bud. Steve McQueen: Man on the Edge. Wombat Productions, 1991
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