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Once Upon a Time in the West

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Once Upon a Time in the West
Once upon a time in the west.jpg
Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Country ITA.jpg Italy
ESP 45-77.jpg Spain
Directed by Sergio Leone
Release Date 1968
Language English
Studio Finanzia San Marco
Rafran Cinematogr√°fica
Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Harmonica Charles Bronson
Jill McBain Claudia Cardinale
Frank Henry Fonda
Manuel "Cheyenne" Gutierrez Jason Robards

The following weapons were used in the film Once Upon a Time in the West:



Colt Single Action Army

Seen in the hands of Harmonica (Charles Bronson), Frank (Henry Fonda), and Cheyenne (Jason Robards), as well as many other characters are Single Action Army revolvers in various barrel lengths and finishes.

Colt Single Action Army "Cavalry" w/ nickel finish - .45 Long Colt
Frank uses his nickel 7.5" Cavalry model Single Action Army to murder a young boy in cold blood.
Frank points his SAA at Harmonica when he attempts to sneak on the train. This revolver would shoot very high as the front sight has been lowered and rounded; factory 1873 revolvers are seen with high front sights due to the "dwell time" of heavy .44 WCF and .45 Colt bullets.
Frank fires his SAA in the town.
Frank watches the last moments of his friend Morton, who had previously betrayed him. Frank was ready to execute him, but he decided to let him bleed to death.
Frank holding his SAA during the showdown with Harmonica.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt. This is the screen-used gun used by Jason Robards in Once Upon a Time in the West.
Cheyenne orders a man at the bar to shoot his shackles with his own revolver, aiming another SAA so he doesn't shoot him instead. Finally, the man fires Cheyenne's SAA at the shackles, freeing him.
Cheyenne's henchmen enter the bar.
Cheyenne tries to wake up one of Morton's men by banging on the train windows with his SAA.‚Äč.
Cheyenne, already inside in the train, fires his Colt SAA "Cavalry" at Morton's men.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel. This is the screen-used gun used by Charles Bronson in Once Upon a Time in the West.
Snakey (Jack Elam) plays with his SAA while waiting for Harmonica's (Charles Bronson) train to arrive. Note the the brass trigger guard. While the brass trigger guard may indicate that this is not a genuine Colt, it may be that a Model 1851 grip frame and one piece grip were added for appearances.
Knuckles (Al Mulock) waits for Harmonica to leave the train to kill him.
Harmonica gets up from the ground after being shot by Stoney's rifle.
Cheyenne takes Harmonica's blued 5" Artillery SAA and rolls it to him. Harmonica declines Cheyenne's challenge. This revolver has an extremely small bore despite the large bore chambers in .44 or .45; the barrel also lacks a front sight and is probably aluminum. The gun is likely a dedicated blank-firing fast draw competition gun and, given Harmonica's method of firing it, may be modified internally to be "fanned".
"Do you only know how to play or do you know how to shoot...?"
Harmonica reveals a Colt SAA that he had hidden under his hat.
A thug on the train searches for Cheyenne with a 5" barrel SAA.
During the auction of McBain's land, Harmonica offers Cheyenne (wanted with a $5,000 reward) to win the auction. While walking down the stairs, Harmonica points his Colt SAA at Cheyenne.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel - .45 Long Colt
Cheyenne's henchmen enter the bar.


Winchester Model 1892 "Mare's Leg"

Stoney (Woody Strode) uses a sawed-down Winchester Model 1892 rifle, nicknamed "Mare's Leg", as his weapon of choice. The gun has a trigger pin attached to the lever for rapid fire, meaning he uses it more as a quick draw gun than for accuracy. Aside from dramatic effect, the automatic fire pin serves no purpose in the film because the gun is fired only once by "slipping" the hammer.

Sawed-off Winchester '92 pistol "Mare's Leg" - .44-40 WCF
Stoney (Woody Strode) loads the chamber on the "Mare's Leg". Because the automatic firing device on this gun cannot be backed-off, Stoney must short-cycle the lever and then lower the hammer with his thumb, certainly a dangerous procedure for just a short duration. In order to clear the chamber (if no gunfight occurred), he could half-cycle the action, ejecting the chambered round and simply dump out the fresh round on the lifter (the Model 1892 does not retain the fresh round if inverted and carbines used by John Wayne and Chuck Connors required additional gunsmithing to perform the popular "spin cocking" maneuver).
Stoney (Woody Strode) loads up his Winchester '92 "pistol". This gun probably held 5-6 rounds before loading the chamber. Note that Stoney intends to "slip fire" the hammer.
The hit team turns to face Harmonica (Charles Bronson) after he gets off the train.
Stoney (Woody Strode) catches one from Harmonica (Charles Bronson). Woody Strode has a rather unusual method of holding the Mare's Leg, extending his fingers around rather than through the loop lever.
Stoney (Woody Strode) is the last one to fall.

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Aside from Stoney's cut-down version, several thugs and assassin's throughout the film are armed with Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .44-40 WCF
Two assassins ready their Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines to face Harmonica.
Cheyenne with a '92 Carbine in hand. Note that Jason Robards is wearing Clint Eastwood's hat from the Dollars trilogy (the original tooled leather hatband has been removed and placed on Bronson's hat).
An assassin armed with a '92 Carbine.
The same assassin takes aim through a hole in the billboard with his '92 Carbine (the hole keeps changing location throughout the scene).
"Time sure flies, it's already past 12:00".
One of Frank's men aims his Winchester Model 1892 at his boss, but he already knows of his men's betrayal.
A '92 Carbine lays on the ground near the train wreckage as Frank investigates.

Winchester Model 1892 (Mocked-Up as a Henry 1860)

During Harmonica's flashback, one of Frank's henchmen has a Winchester Model 1892 in his back. The rifle was modified to resemble a Henry 1860, removing the forend and painting the top of the grip imitating the brass receiver of the Henry.

Winchester 1892 - .44-40 WCF. Model in the film has forend removed.
Henry 1860 - .44 Rimfire (RF)
One of Frank's henchmen is on the ground waiting for a young Harmonica to lose his balance, making his brother to die by hanging. Note the loading gate and the poorly painted grip that imitates the design of the original Henry brass receiver.


Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun

The father (Frank Wolff) is seen using a Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun to shoot quail with his son. It is noted as a black powder shotgun based on the ramrod positioned under the barrel. Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) is also seen using the side-by-side black powder muzzleloading shotgun, and uses it to fire a shot at a torch-wielding assassin in the dark.

Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun - 10 gauge
The father takes aim at some quail with the shotgun. Note underslung ramrod.
Jill fires the shotgun into the dark. Note how both the percussion cap and the muzzle are shown fired.
The shotgun mounted on Jill's wall.

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