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True Grit (2010)
True Grit is the second feature film adaptation of the Charles Portis novel of the same name (the first being the 1969 classic John Wayne film). The 2010 film was directed by the Coen Brothers and Jeff Bridges starred as Deputy US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn, and the cast included Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, and Josh Brolin. The film's firearms were provided by veteran film property master Keith Walters, who has provided firearms for several recent Westerns including The Missing (2003) and Appaloosa. In an interview with True West magazine, Walters mentioned that several of the weapons seen in the film were replica firearms provided by Cimarron Fire Arms and Taylor’s & Co.
The following guns were used in the film True Grit (2010):
Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) carries her late father's 2nd Model Colt Dragoon, as described in Portis' book. It was waiting for her at the boarding house with his watch, knife and other of his 'traps' that Chaney hadn't stolen. Neither the boarding house landlady nor anyone else had seen fit to unload it for safety.
The gun used in the film is an actual percussion Dragoon, while the 1969 film used a cartridge-converted Colt Walker. It can be surmised that the Walker was used in the 1969 film due to its even more imposing size in contrast to Mattie's small stature. But the adherence to the source material in this version is much appreciated.
Deputy US Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) also carries a pair of revolvers in holsters that fit over his saddle horn. According to Keith Walters, these revolvers are 2nd model Colt Dragoons as well, despite them being referred to as "Navy Sixes". He uses them both in his famous charge at the end.
In both movies the Dragoon misfires at a critical point. The book explains this; while drunk, Rooster had used it to shoot a rat. Mattie insisted he re-load the two cylinders fired, which he did using defective old caps from a box under his bed - and still drunk. Jeff Bridges doesn't shoot the rat, and John Wayne used his Peacemaker, so viewers of both movies may get the unfair impression that Dragoons were simply unreliable.
Colt Single Action Army "Peacemaker"
The primary firearm carried by Rooster is a Single Action Army Peacemaker. In the novel, it was stated that Rooster's "belt gun" was a .44-40, the same caliber as his Winchester. According to Walters, the revolver is a Colt Peacemaker with 7 1/2 inch barrel. Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon) carries a Colt Peacemaker with ornate carved ivory grips.
"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) carries a Remington 1875 revolver with custom four-leaf clover emblem ebony grips.
Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3
Harold Parmalee (Bruce Green) carries a Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 as his sidearm. He is seen with the revolver out during the final confrontation with Rooster.
Winchester Model 1873
Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) carries a Winchester Model 1873 "Short" rifle as his long arm in the film. His questionable accuracy with the rifle might be due to the fact that he is shooting it right-handed while attempting to use the sights with his remaining left eye. A better notion would be to shoot left-handed, but Rooster seems very much like a proverbial 'old dog'.
Winchester 1866 "Yellowboy"
"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) wields a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" during the famous charge at the end. This also appears to be the rifle carried by Clement "Doc" Parmalee.
True to the book, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) carries a Henry rifle. As in the original novel a length of rope is tied to both ends as a makeshift sling.
When Mattie and Rooster confront the "Bear Man" or Dr. Forrester, he appears to be carrying a Hawken rifle on his horse.
Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine
La Boeuf (Matt Damon) uses a Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine throughout the film. Mattie is later seen using the Sharps. It is a weapon of uncanny power and precision.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is carried by a passing Native American who fires it offscreen to signal that they are being followed.
Colt 1878 Coach Gun
A Colt 1878 Coach Gun is carried by Farrell Parmalee, one of the Parmalee brothers of "Lucky" Ned Pepper's gang.