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Breakheart Pass

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Breakheart Pass
Breakheart Pass Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Tom Gries
Release Date 1975
Studio Gershwin-Kastner Productions
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
John Deakin Charles Bronson
Marshal Nathan Pearce Ben Johnson
Governor Richard Fairchild Richard Crenna
Marica Scoville Jill Ireland
O'Brien Charles Durning
Maj. Claremont Ed Lauter
Levi Calhoun Robert Tessier
White Hand Eddie Little Sky
Rev. Peabody Bill McKinney
Dr. Molyneux David Huddleston

Breakheart Pass is a 1975 Western detective directed by Tom Gries and based on same name novel by Alistair MacLean (Where Eagles Dare). A US Army train with medical supplies heads through snow-covered Nevada towards plagued fort. Among its passengers are Governor Fairchild, his fiance Marica, priest, doctor and U.S. Marshal Pearce, escorting long-wanted criminal John Deakin. But not all men in the train are what they seem.

The following weapons were used in the film Breakheart Pass:


Colt 1860 Army (Cartridge Conversion)

US Army officers Maj. Claremont (Ed Lauter), Capt. Oakland (Read Morgan) and Lt. Newell (Robert Rothwell) are armed with Colt 1860 Army revolvers with cartridge conversion. The conversion seen in the movie, looks like a early version (known as Colt Long Cylinder), leaving the old loading lever in place. During the course of events Claremont gives his revolver to John Deakin (Charles Bronson) who in turn passes the gun to Pvt. Rafferty (Scott Newman).

Colt 1860 Army with Prototype Cartridge Conversion - .44 RF
Sgt. Bellew (Rayford Barnes) tries to break the locked door with his Colt.
Maj. Claremont holds the Colt.
A view from the muzzle. The cylinder appears to be empty.
Deakin holds Claremont's Colt and Single Action Army "Artillery" revolvers.
Deakin aims the revolver at Chris Banion (Roy Jenson).
Rafferty holds the revolver.

Single Action Army

Single Action Army revolvers are seen in hands of various characters, including John Deakin (Charles Bronson), Marshal Nathan Pearce (Ben Johnson), Governor Richard Fairchild (Richard Crenna) and bandit chief Levi Calhoun (Robert Tessier). Both "Quick-Draw" and "Artillery" models are seen.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
In the opening scene a card player (John Mitchum) draws his revolver on Deakin, accusing him of cheating.
Levi Calhoun threatens Army telegraph operator.
A close view of Calhoun's revolver.
Calhoun in the train.
Fairchild draws his pearl-gripped revolver.
Another closeup of Fairchild's revolver.
Colt Single Action Army with 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
Deakin holds Colt 1860 Army and Single Action Army "Artillery" revolvers.
Pearce holds his revolver during the shootout on the train.
...and Pearce in showdown.

Remington 1866 Derringer

The Remington 1866 Derringer is the personal handgun of Governor's secretary O'Brien (Charles Durning).

Remington 1866 Derringer - .41 R.F. Caliber. Polished Steel with yellow pearl grips
O'Brien holds his Derringer when Marshal Pearce arrests Deakin.


Trapdoor Springfield Rifle

US Army soldiers carry Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbines. Some of Paiutes are armed with full-length rifles.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
Soldier with Trapdoor carbine leaves the train.
Soldiers on guard.
A good view of Trapdoor carbine.
Attacking cavalrymen fire their rifles.
Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
A mounted Paiute at the right carries the full-stock Trapdoor rifle.
A Paiute next to the locomotive holds the full-stock Trapdoor rifle.
A Paiute on the foreground holds a rifle.
A Paiute at the left holds a rifle.
A man in center holds a rifle.

Winchester Model 1892

The coffins in the train boxcar appear to be loaded with Winchester Model 1892 rifles (anachronistic for 1870s when the story is set). In the original novel the rifles are described as "brand new Winchesters, stolen from the factory"; probably Model 1873 was meant. The Winchesters from the train fall in hands of Paiutes under Chief White Hand (Eddie Little Sky). Levi Calhoun's gang also use Winchesters.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20
In the opening scene Marshal Nathan Pearce has a Winchester in saddle holster. He doesn't use it later.
Levi Calhoun (Robert Tessier) takes a Winchester from his henchman.
Winchesters in coffin.
Paiutes take the rifles.
Chief White Hand (in red garment) holds the Winchester, as like as many of his warriors.

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