Talk:Taxi Driver

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Travis' grip on the model 29

The support hand thumb overlapping the strong hand like that used to be taught to police, and was very commonly taught to civilians pre-1980's. I know many older shooters who use this grip, including the one and only Les Baer. I've even seen him use this grip while firing a 1911.--James3 15:02, 1 February 2012 (CST)

How did he not get Colt thumb doing that? --Maxman (talk) 16:03, 2 April 2016 (EDT)

Travis has got some cash on him

Okay so Travis spends $815.00 on the guns and holster. That's in 1975 dollars. Adjusted for 2011 dollars you're looking at $3,420.00. Evidently Travis does very well for himself driving a Taxi. I'm not saying I doubt it. I understand that those taxi drivers can make some pretty good bank in tips alone in NYC. Wish I could walk into my favorite gunstore and plop down over $3,400 in cash. If I was careful in my selection (I like second hand guns) and haggeled with the owner I could probably walk out with five or six handguns instead of the four that Travis buys. Of course I would be buying from a legitimate business instead of some black market street dealer. But it's interesting to look at the money involved. --Jcordell 18:22, 11 January 2012 (CST)

He mentions that he takes down between $300-$350 a week sometimes more early in the film and he also says that he doesn't spend much money either. So it all really depends on how much his rent is how long it would take for him to be able to afford the guns. Plus there's no real indication of how long he's been driving the taxi before he buys the guns. --cool-breeze (talk) 05:29, 30 November 2012 (EST)
Agreeded. It is a chunk of change. --Jcordell (talk) 00:03, 19 February 2013 (EST)
Six years later. In 2017 Travis spends the equivalent of $3,635.79. --Jcordell (talk) 02:49, 15 February 2017 (EST)
Up to $4,006.05 in 2019. --Jcordell (talk) 00:38, 30 June 2019 (EDT)
In the Corona Virus Era (2020) it has dropped to $3927.15. Yeah Corona! --Jcordell (talk) 23:51, 17 May 2020 (EDT)
2021 Adjustment; $3960.01--Jcordell (talk) 00:44, 25 November 2021 (EST)

Sterling Arms ????

I belive it was not Sterling Arms, but an Italian Galesi M9. See here: http://www.pistoletik.net/galesi-m9.html

You are correct. It's an Armi-Galesi-Brescia-Brevetto, probably in .22 or .25 caliber. It's hard to tell for sure but the grips are a dead giveaway. (Votesmall (talk) 20:32, 3 August 2017 (EDT))
"Brevetto" is Italian for "patent" (in meaning "pattern" or "model"), while the manufacturer is Galesi-Brescia (formally named Industria Armi Galesi). The pistol looks more like Model 5 (503 or 505) as Model 9 has longer barrel (see here) but maybe I'm wrong. So I would call the gun jist Galesi-Brescia Pistol, for sake of simplicity. Greg-Z (talk) 00:14, 4 August 2017 (EDT)
Correct, it has been changed.

Sport's nickel Model 10?

The close-up of Sport's "nickel M10" appears to show a gun with a five-shot cylinder, as the gun described for the robber; is it the same gun?

You are correct. It appears to be a Model 36, but I have never seen that barrel on a model 36. --Winged Brick (talk) 15:20, 2 August 2014 (EDT)
Model 36s were available with 3" barrels, that said I think this gun (or at least the one in his hand when he's on the ground) has a 4" barrel, and is possibly some other kind of revolver. StanTheMan (talk) 22:49, 11 December 2015 (EST)
The shot is at a bizarre angle, but if you compare it side by side with a Model 10 from the left side, you'll see it's the same gun, it just looks like a five-round cylinder, but it's a six. I'm fairly certain that the robber's gun is also a Model 10 (possibly the same gun even) just based on zooming screenshots but it's never seen close enough to identify properly so it could also be something different like a Colt Police Positive, for instance. (Votesmall (talk) 20:23, 3 August 2017 (EDT))
A Nickel Smith and Wesson Model 30 is my guess, it's a small revolver. Black Irish Paddy (talk) 21:14, 3 August 2017 (EDT)

Left eye Dominance?

As seen in some of the pictures, Travis shoots right handed, but closes his right eye, using his left instead. Why? What effect will it have on his accuracy? --robm89 (talk) 16.51, 19 March 2013 (GMT)

That would explain his left-handed rifle in Deer Hunter. I know back in the day, lefties were forced to be righties, maybe he was born a lefty? --Funkychinaman (talk) 13:21, 19 March 2013 (EDT)

Modern Taxi Driver Arsenal

Hey, my friends! These days I have watched Taxi Driver. Extraordinary movie! Robert DeNiro really knows how to be the best in the bussines. I liked a lot the weapons he used (S&W Model 29,S&W Model 36/Colt DS,Walther PPK/Astra Constable,S&W Escort/Sterling Arms). That was a 1976-style pistol arsenal. But,what 'bout a 2015-style arsenal? Here is my idea:

S&W Model 500 - .500 S&W Magnum
S&W Bodyguard - .38 Special
Walther P99 - 9x19mm
Ruger LCP - .380 ACP

What's your suggestion?Pls reach me out.--VLAD M (talk) 14:39, 24 August 2015 (EDT)

This is an interesting concept that I like quite a bit, and there's a lot of room for variation. In terms of a revolver, the S&W 500 certainly gives the 8-inch 29 a run for its money. Another possible BFR could be the Ruger Redhawk/Super Redhawk in the .44 or .454. The snubnosed revolver and Ruger .380 are good choices too. One that didn't quite sell me was the P99, I don't know why but it doesn't seem to fit the style of the film and the character. I see a modern travis getting something like a compact Smith auto like a 6900 or a Beretta 84 --Caldwellb734 (talk) 15:20, 11 December 2015 (EST):

Ruger Super Redhawk - .44 Magnum
Ruger Super Redhawk with 9 1/2" barrel - .45 Long Colt and .454 Casull
Smith & Wesson 6906 pistol - 9x19mm.
Beretta 84F - .380 ACP

Couple years late, but I'll play. You bet. I'm sticking with the Smith & Wesson, but I'll go with the Model 629 Classic with the heavy barrel.

Smith & Wesson Model 629 Classic with ported 6" barrel - .44 Magnum

For the smaller back-up revolver I'll go with the 640 Centennial in .357 Magnum.

Smith & Wesson Model 640 Centennial - .357 Magnum

For the compact semi-auto pistol I say the Glock 43 9mm single-stack.

Glock 43 - 9mm Parabellum. Single stack

Finally I would go with the Seecamp LWS for the sleeve pistol.

Seecamp LWS-32 - .32 ACP
So that's my handgun arsenal for an updated Travis. --Jcordell (talk) 00:51, 21 November 2017 (EST)

Screenshots from the shootout

Should we include some images from Travis' shootout? --Maxman (talk) 16:03, 2 April 2016 (EDT)



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