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The White Buffalo

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The White Buffalo
The White Buffalo Poster.jpg
Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by J. Lee Thompson
Release Date 1977
Studio Dino De Laurentiis Company
Distributor MGM
Main Cast
Character Actor
Wild Bill Hickok / James Otis Charles Bronson
Charlie Zane Jack Warden
Crazy Horse / Worm Will Sampson
Poker Jenny Kim Novak
Whistling Jack Kileen Clint Walker
Capt. Tom Custer Ed Lauter
Winifred Coxy Stuart Whitman
Abel Pickney Slim Pickens

The White Buffalo is a 1977 Western thriller movie directed by J. Lee Thompson and starring Charles Bronson as Wild Bill Hickok. The movie is inspired by the famous Herman Melville's novel Moby-Dick. In Autumn 1874, Hickok is on the hunt for the mysterious white buffalo that roams the mountains of Colorado. He teams up with Sioux warrior, Crazy Horse, whose daughter was killed by the white beast.

The following weapons were used in the film The White Buffalo:


Single Action Army

Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson) uses a pair of Single Action Army "Quickdraw" revolvers fitted with stag horn grips as his main sidearm. He carries them tucked in a red sash like the real Hickok did with his two Colt 1851 Navy six-shooters. In some scenes, they switch to visually modified Colt New Service revolvers (see below) with similar stag horn grips, likely because Bronson was unable to fire a single-action revolver quick enough to meet the script's requirements for those scenes. When Hickok is ambushed by several of Capt. Tom Custer's officers and NCOs in the saloon, two of them disarm Hickok and fire his revolvers.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Capt. Caster's officer holds the SAA revolver. Tom Caster (Ed Lauter) (at the right) himself carries some revolver in holster but it isn't seen.
Two of Caster's men fire SAA revolvers, taken from Hickok.
Hickok has his revolvers back and tuck them in his red sash.
Even while resting in Poker Jenny's room, Wild Bill keeps his guns at hand.
Hickok takes cover with his revolver in hand during the shootout with Whistling Jack Kileen and his men.
He draws both revolvers.
A close view of the revolver.

Colt New Service (Visually Modified)

In some scenes, Wild Bill Hickok's (Charles Bronson) Single Action Army revolvers switch to visually modified Colt New Service revolvers, also fitted with stag horn grips.

Colt New Service Revolver - .45 ACP
Wild Bill Hickok's dreams are hounted by the monstrous white buffalo, and he fires his revolvers without releasing that he is in the train. The revolvers are visually modified Colt New Service.
Another view of the scene.
Two revolvers are hold by Hickok in the scene in the train.
Hickok draws his visually modified Colt New Service.
Hickok holds the pair of revolvers in the scene in Frozen Dog saloon.

Colt 1878 Double Action

When Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson) is ambushed in the saloon in Cheyenne and disarmed, the bartender Paddy Welsh (Bert Williams) gives him the Colt 1878 Double Action revolver.

Colt 1878 with 5.5" barrel - .44-40 WCF
Hickok fires at Tom Caster's officers.

Colt 1851 Navy

Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson) carries the Colt 1851 Navy revolver. In the climactic scene Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson) takes the revolver from Crazy Horse. During the shootout in Frozen Dog saloon Kid Jelly (David Roya), one of Whistling Jack Kileen's men, is probably armed with the Colt Navy as he refers about his revolver as .36 caliber. The revolver itself isn't seen as Kid Jelly has no chance to draw the gun quicker than Hickok.

Colt 1851 Navy with a cartridge conversion.
Crazy Horse carries the revolver tucked at his belt.
Hickok draws the revolver.
He delivers the final blow to the white buffalo.

Colt 1860 Army

Charlie Zane (Jack Warden) carries the Colt 1860 Army. He uses the holster as a kind of handguard, holding the revolver like a short rifle.

Colt 1860 Army with Prototype Cartridge Conversion - .44 RF
Charile's revolver on the table.
A view from behind.
Another view of Charile's revolver.

Remington 1875

Several of Capt. Tom Caster's officers and NCOs are armed with Remington 1875 revolvers. A Remington 1875 is also seen during the shootout in Frozen Dog saloon.

Remington 1875 - .45 Long Colt
Miles (uncredited) aims his Remington.
Another one of Caster's men holds the Remington.
The Remington revlver is seen in hands of a saloon patron at the right.


Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun

When Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson) is ambushed in the saloon in Cheyenne and disarmed, the bartender Paddy Welsh (Bert Williams) gives him the Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun in addition to the Colt 1878 Double Action revolver.

This is the actual screen used Spanish Zabala Shotgun held and used by The Skull (Geno Silva) in Scarface - 12 gauge
Hickok fires the shotgun.
He gives it back to Paddy. The pistol grip can be seen.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Aaron Pratt (Douglas Hume), the bouncer in Frozen Dog saloon, is armed with Double Barreled Shotgun.

Colt Model 1878 reproduction - 12 gauge
Pratt holds his shotgun at the background.
Another view of the shotgun.


Sharps 1874 Buffalo

When Wild Bill Hickok (Charles Bronson) goes after the white buffalo, he is armed with the Sharps 1874 Buffalo rifle. During the encounter with Crow warriors, he trades Charlie Zane's (Jack Warden) Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" for his long rifle. Charlie also uses Hickok's Sharps during the shootout with Whistling Jack Kileen's gang. Gyp Hook-Hand (Scott Walker) is also armed with the Sharps.

Sharps 1874 Buffalo - .45-70 Government
Hickok spots Crow warriors.
Hickok and Charlie exchange their rifles.
Charlie fires.
Gyp Hook-Hand (at the left) holds the Sharps 1874 Buffalo while Jack Kileen (in center) and Ben Corbett (at the right) are armed with Remington Rolling Blocks.
Gyp fires his rifle.
Gyp reloads. It must be a very slow process with his hook-hand.
Hickok tries to fire at the white buffalo but finds out that the rifle malfunctions due to being covered with snow.

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

Charlie Zane's (Jack Warden) rifle is the Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy". During the encounter with Crow warriors, he trades it for Hickok's Sharps 1874 Buffalo.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Rifle - .44 RF
Hickok and Charlie exchange their rifles.
Hickok aims.
Hickok fires at Crow warriors.
Another view of the Winchester.
Charlie holds the Winchester in the final scene.

Winchester Model 1892 (visually modified as Henry 1860)

Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson) is armed with the Winchester Model 1892, visually modified as Henry 1860. Such rifles are also seen in hands of other Sioux warriors.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Henry 1860 brass-frame - .44 Rimfire (RF)
Sioux warriors fire at the white buffalo. Note the side loading gate that doesn't exist on genuine Henry rifle.
Crazy Horse holds the rifle.
Crazy Horse fires.

Remington Rolling Block

Remington Rolling Block rifles are used by Whistling Jack Kileen (Clint Walker) and his henchman Ben Corbett (Ed Bakey). Some of Fetterman townspersons also carry Remington Rolling Block rifles.

Remington Model 1867 Rolling Block Carbine - .50-45
Jack Kileen (in center) and Ben Corbett (at the right) hold Rolling Block rifles while Gyp Hook-Hand (Scott Walker) is armed with the Sharps 1874 Buffalo rifle.
Whistling Jack Kileen ambushes Hickok.
Another view of the rifle.
A close view of the barrel and the cartridge in Jack's hands.
Chief Crazy Horse (Will Sampson) takes Jack's rifle and hands it to Charlie Zane (Jack Warden).
Charlie holds the Remington Rolling Block.

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