A description of The Shadow from one of the pulp magazines says, "He battles crime with thrills and chills, and smoking automatics." In this article we'll take a look at the main weapon The Shadow uses in the pulps and in the 1994 move - his "smoking automatics!"
|July 1, 1934 Issue of The Shadow|
Let me share my personal experience with the M1911 and automatics from my days in the military. I had to qualify with the M1911 when I went through Basic Armor Training at Fort Knox, KY in the early '80s. I remember the M1911 had a lot of kick to it but it was a great weapon to fire. I also spent several years as an Air Force Security Forces member and carried a revolver (.38 caliber) until the Air Force transitioned us to the automatic M9 Beretta. I have to say that I felt a lot more comfortable carrying an automatic than carrying a revolver! Reloading a revolver takes more time and the double-action trigger could lead to inaccuracies when shooting. With an automatic, reloading time is quicker and the single/double action trigger enabled more accurate shooting.
If I was The Shadow facing a mob of mobsters and their blazing gats, I would much prefer automatic pistols. They would give me an advantage in accuracy and reload speed, things The Shadow would want in his war on crime!