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Death Rides a Horse

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Death Rides a Horse
Death Rides a Horse Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country ITA.jpg Italy
Directed by Giulio Petroni
Release Date 1966
Language Italian
Studio PEC
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Ryan Lee Van Cleef
Bill Meceita John Phillip Law
Walcott Luigi Pistilli
Burt Cavanaugh Anthony Dawson
Pedro José Torres
Paco Angelo Susani

Death Rides a Horse (original title Da uomo a uomo ("Man to man")) is a 1966 Italian Spaghetti Western movie directed by Giulio Petroni and starring Lee Van Cleef and John Phillip Law. Fifteen years ago Bill Meceita's (Law) family was massacred by a gang of outlaws. Bill who is now a skilled gunslinger suddenly finds a trail that leads him to the murderers. But old grizzled Ryan (Van Cleef) also hunts for the same men, and he plans to be the first.

The following weapons were used in the film Death Rides a Horse:


Single Action Army

Single Action Army revolvers are seen in hands of numerous characters, including Ryan (Lee Van Cleef), Bill (John Phillip Law), Walcott (Luigi Pistilli) and his henchmen. The revolvers are mostly of Artillery model, but some Cavalry revolvers are also used. Like in many other European western movies, the revolvers are modern replicas, most likely Uberti.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model. The most common of the SAA revolvers as it is just the right length. - .45 Long Colt
Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model.
Walcott's gang (from left to right: Cavanaugh (Anthony Dawson), Pedro (José Torres), Walcott himself, and Paco (Angelo Susani) massacres Meceita family in the opening scene.
Bill trains in quick firing.
Ryan examines his revolver.
Ryan with the revolver in hand.
Cavanaugh's henchman (Jeff Cameron) aims his revolver during the encounter in casino.
Cavanaugh's revolver on the gambling table.
Ryan surprises Walcott.
Walcott's henchman holds a revolver during the shootout in El Viento.
Walcott holds a Cavalry revolver in the climactic scene.
Bill holds his revolver in the climactic scene.


When Ryan (Lee Van Cleef) enters Burt Cavanaugh's (Anthony Dawson) apartments, the latter tries to draw a Derringer from the table, but Ryan prevents it. Cavanaugh holds his derringer in another scene. Bartender (Bruno Corazzari) in casino is also seen with a derringer.

Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. Polished Steel with yellow pearl grips
Ryan takes the derringer away from Cavanaugh.
He opens the derringer.
He aims the gun at Cavanaugh.
Bill (John Phillip Law) shoots the derringer away from the bartender's hand.


Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" rifles are widely used in the movie. They appear to be modern replicas, most likely Uberti.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF
A guard of the gold-transporting vagon holds a Winchester in the opening scene.
A Winchester Model 1866 is seen on the wall in Meceita's house.
A sheriff's deputy (Romano Puppo) in Lyndon City holds a Winchester 1866.
Bill (John Phillip Law) holds a Winchester 1866.
A pair of Walcott's henchmen carry Winchesters during the shootout in El Viento. The one at the left is armed with a Model 1866.
Walcott (Luigi Pistilli) holds a "Yellow Boy" in the climactic scene.

Winchester Model 1894

Bill (John Phillip Law), Ryan (Lee Van Cleef) and other characters also use Winchester Model 1894 rifles. They also appear to be modern replicas, most likely Uberti.

Winchester 1894 - .30-30
Bill trains with a Winchester 1894.
A close view of Bill's rifle.
Walcott's henchman holds a Winchester.
Barrels of Winchester 1894 and unidentified rifle are seen when Ryan and Bill arm Mexican peasants in in El Viento.
A peasant fires.
A pair of Walcott's henchmen carry Winchesters during the shootout in El Viento. The one at the right is armed with a Model 1894.
Ryan hits a thug with a buttstock of discharged Winchester.

1862 Richmond Carbine

During the shootout in El Viento several Mexican peasants use percussion cap muskets that can be identified as 1862 Richmond Carbines due to relatively short barrels. These guns are supposed to be modern replicas, probably by Chiappa.

Modern replica of 1862 Richmond Carbine, manufactured by Chiappa Firearms - .58
Barrels of the Winchester 1894 and the Richmond Carbine are seen when Ryan and Bill arm the peasants.
A peasant holds the rifle.
Another view of the gun.
A yound peasant fires at Walcott's henchmen. Note the distance between upper and lower barrel bands that matches the Chiappa 1862 Richmond Carbine.
A peasant with a rifle. This screenshot allows to see the barrel length.

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