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Unforgiven (1992)

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Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Clint Eastwood
Release Date 1992
Language English
Studio Malpaso Productions
Distributor Warner Brothers
Main Cast
Character Actor
William Munny Clint Eastwood
"Little" Bill Daggett Gene Hackman
Ned Logan Morgan Freeman
English Bob Richard Harris
The Schofield Kid Jaimz Woolvett
W. W. Beauchamp Saul Rubinek
Strawberry Alice Frances Fisher
Deputy Russell Jeremy Ratchford
Charley Hecker John Pyper-Ferguson
Clyde Ledbetter Ron White

Unforgiven is the 1992 classic Western directed by and starring Clint Eastwood, who also stars in the film as William Munny, a former gunslinger who is recruited to hunt down the men who were involved in the mutilation of a prostitute. He then has to face the reputation of his past as he clashes with the sheriff of the town (Gene Hackman). The film's cast included Morgan Freeman and Richard Harris. Unforgiven would subsequently be nominated for nine Academy Awards and would receive four, including the Awards for Best Picture, Best Director for Eastwood, and Best Supporting Actor for Hackman. A Japanese language feature film remake starring Ken Watanabe was released in 2013.

The following weapons were used in the film Unforgiven (1992):



Colt 1860 Army

At the beginning of the film when Quick Mike (David Mucci) cuts up Delilah Fitzgerald (Anna Levine), Skinny Dubois (Anthony James) holds a Colt 1860 Army to his head in order to stop his assault.

Colt 1860 Army - .44 Caliber.
Skinny (Anthony James) holds his Colt 1860 Army to Quick Mike's head.

Remington 1875

Clyde Ledbetter (Ron White) uses a Remington 1875 to threaten English Bob (Richard Harris).

Remington 1875 - .44 Remington.
Clyde Ledbetter (Ron White) with his Remington 1875.
Clyde points his Remington 1875 at English Bob.
Clyde cocks the hammer on his Remington 1875 when Beauchamp reaches in his bag.

Single Action Army

Several characters in the film are seen using Single Action Army revolvers, including Sheriff Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman) and English Bob (Richard Harris). In one of the more notable scenes, Little Bill gives Bob's biographer, W.W. Beauchamp (Saul Rubinek), a loaded Peacemaker and claims all he has to do is shoot him and he can bust Bob out of jail. Both afraid and inexperienced, Beauchamp decides to give the gun to Bob instead. Bob declines, which proves to be a smart choice because Bill had the gun loaded with the next chamber empty(this, however, may not be the case and this point is subject to debate given that 1873 revolvers were generally carried with only five rounds loaded). Another point to be made is that Colt 1873 revolvers did not have recessed chambers, even for the .44 rimfire models, thus it is pretty easy to see whether you have an empty chamber under the hammer; you can watch Little Bill return his revolver to carry position after cocking it, simply by looking for the empty chamber and lining it up to turn up under the hammer(no need to engage in any of that "load one and skip one" routine).

Colt Single Action Army 5 1/2" barrel Artillery model - .45 Colt.
Colt Single Action Army 7 1/2" barrel Cavalry model - .45 Colt.
English Bob (Richard Harris) drops the empty shells out of his nickel plated Artillery SAA after shooting pheasants in mid-flight.
Dep. Andy notices Bob's SAA in his holster, despite the fact that Bob said he was unarmed. Note that Bob is wearing an authentic double loop holster and not a metal lined fast draw competition holster popularized in the 1960s.
Little Bill (Gene Hackman) tosses an Artillery SAA on the desk in front of Beauchamp(Saul Rubinek).
Beauchamp(Saul Rubinek) points the SAA at Little Bill (Gene Hackman), completely clueless on how to hold a gun.
Instead, he offers the gun to Bob (Richard Harris), who declines.
Little Bill (Gene Hackman) gives Bob back his SAA, the barrel bent beyond use.
Clyde Ledbetter points his Cavalry SAA at Will in the bar.
Fatty with a Cavalry SAA.
Fatty cocks the hammer on his SAA.
One of the men with Davey with a nickel plated Cavalry SAA.
Fatty rushes outside with a Cavalry SAA in hand as The Kid shoots Quick Mike.
Little Bill tries to shoot Will with his SAA but misses when Will ducks. Note blank flame.
Clyde tries to fire his SAA at Will before being shot. Earlier in the film, Fatty notes that Clyde carries at least three pistols, in spite of having only one arm, to which Clyde responds, "I don't want to be killed for lack of shootin' back."
The wounded Bill tries to ready his SAA before Will stops him.

Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3

The Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) carries a Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 throughout the film. After he kills Quick Mike (David Mucci), he gives the gun to Will, claiming he doesn't want to kill anyone else. Will then uses it when he takes on all the deputies in the whorehouse at the film's end. One would expect Will to obtain some ammunition from the Kid given that the Schofield could only chamber .45 Schofield ammunition which might not be available nearby in a small town; Will appears to ride off with six rounds in the gun.

Smith & Wesson Schofield - .45 Schofield.
The Kid shows off his Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 revolver to Will.
The Kid points his Schofield at Ned when he says he's poor sighted.
Close up on The Kid's Schofield. Notice that it isn't cocked.
The Kid sneaks over to the outhouse Quick Mike is using.
The Kid kills Quick Mike in the outhouse.
The Kid gives Will his Schofield.
Will shoots Clyde with the Schofield. Note how the flash comes out of both the muzzle and the cylinder gap.
Will shoots Dep. Andy with the Schofield.
Will holds his Schofield on Beauchamp.

Starr 1858 Army

William Munny (Clint Eastwood) takes out a Starr 1858 Army percussion revolver from its case where it had been stored away for many years when joining The Kid on his manhunt. He tries to shoot a can on a wooden post for target practice, only to find that his aim was lost with his age. Notice the actual sear release at the rear of the trigger guard--this may be used for single action fire as the large forward trigger serves to cock the hammer and index the cylinder. There is a sliding tab on the rear of the self-cocking trigger that prevents it from activating the sear trigger if desired. Reportedly, thumb cocking the hammer lead to mechanical problems and the Union Army prevailed upon Ebeneezer Starr in 1863 to manufacture his revolver with traditional single action lockwork.

Starr 1858 Army - .44 Caliber.
Will takes his Starr 1858 Army out from storage.
Will fires his Starr 1858 at a can. Here he shows the unique self-cocking trigger and uses it the proper way when target shooting. Slow and steady. A quick trigger pull leads to a missed shot.
Close up on Will's Starr 1858.
Will becomes shocked to learn he's lost his ability to shoot.
Bill takes Will's Starr 1858 out after he orders him to surrender his firearm.

Webley Bulldog

English Bob (Richard Harris) keeps a Webley Bulldog in a shoulder holster as a backup gun for self defense. Little Bill (Gene Hackman) describes the pistol as a ".32" and forces Bob to surrender it before beating him for talking about the Queen on Independence Day.

Webley Bulldog - .32 caliber.
Little Bill takes a Webley Bulldog from English Bob.


Spencer 1860 Saddle Ring Carbine

Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) uses a Spencer 1860 Carbine as his weapon in the film, and claims he has and still can shoot a flying bird in the eye. He later gives it to William Munny (Clint Eastwood) to shoot one of the outlaws when he can't. When confronting Sheriff Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman), Will grabs the rifle and uses it in the bar shootout.

Spencer 1860 Carbine - .56-56 RF.
Ned keeps his Spencer 1860 Carbine hung on his door-frame.
Note the saddle ring.
Ned aims down his Spencer rifle.
Will takes Ned's rifle to shoot at Davey Bunting (Rob Campbell).
Will fires the Spencer rifle at Davey. While not frequently appearing in Westerns, the Spencer was previously utilized by Eastwood in The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly,
Will gives Ned back his Spencer rifle when Ned decides to go home.
Little Bill examines Ned's Spencer rifle after his men capture him on his way home.
After dispatching everyone in the whorehouse, Will takes the Spencer rifle and pulls the magazine tube out of the butt to reload.
"Deserve's got nothin' to do with it."
Will finishes off Little Bill with the Spencer rifle.
As Will walks out of the whorehouse, he shoots Clyde, the last man still alive. This looks like a full powered blank so the actor must have been wearing some type of protective clothing.
Will warns the people outside that if they shoot, he'll kill everyone they love and then them.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" (mocked up as Henry 1860)

Deputy Andy Russell (Jeremy Ratchford) is seen using a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" with the forend removed to resemble a Henry 1860 rifle to point at English Bob (Richard Harris) when he first enters the town and does not surrender his firearms.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" - .44 Henry RF.
Dep. Andy works the lever on his mocked up Winchester 1866 Yellow Boy. Note how in the gun case, a regular '66 rifle is seen.
Andy with his mock Yellow Boy.
Andy furthest right points his mock Yellow Boy at English Bob.
Andy points his mock Yellow Boy at English Bob. Note the lack of a spring follower and the slit it follows in the magazine tube. Also note the lack of a break open barrel. These are signs revealing the gun is not a Henry.
Andy chambers his mock Yellow Boy when Beauchamp reaches in his bag.
Note the loading gate, another feature not on a genuine Henry.

Winchester 1892

Despite how anachronistic it is (since the film takes place in 1881), several deputies are seen armed with Winchester 1892 rifle. The Schofield Kid (Jaimz Woolvett) is also seen with a '92 rifle and uses it to shoot at Will and Ned before they reveal who they are. Due to his poor eyesight, the kid fires the gun all over the place and Ned asks to check the rifle to see if it is bent. Film studios and gun rental companies frequently used the anachronistic Model 1892 because it was actually being manufactured when the Hollywood studio system collapsed and a shift was made toward outdoor Western movies; in addition the Model 1892 handled the popular 5 in 1 Remington blank. One very anachronistic reference in the movie occurs when a posseman laments his inability to purchase .30-30 ammo, such cartridge not appearing until 1895.

Winchester 1892 - .44-40 WCF.
Charley Hecker (John Pyper-Ferguson) examines a Winchester 1892 rifle in the sheriff's office.
Fatty Rossiter (Jefferson Mappin) points his Winchester 1892 at English Bob.
Fatty with a '92 rifle.
The Kid fires his '92 rifle at Will and Ned.
The Kid squints his eyes, unable to see out in the field.
"Get your damn hands off my rifle mister." When Ned tries to inspect The Kid's rifle, he puts his hand on his Schofield.


J. Stevens & Company 1878

Charley Hecker (John Pyper-Ferguson) uses a J. Stevens & Company 1878 shotgun throughout the film.

J. Stevens & Company 1878 - 12 Gauge.
Hecker prepares his shotgun.
Hecker points his shotgun at English Bob.
Hecker points his shotgun at Bob.
Hecker readies his shotgun as he walks up to Will in the bar.
Hecker points his shotgun at Will.
At the end of the film, Hecker is seen aiming his shotgun at Will as he leaves the bar, too afraid to shoot at him.

W. Richards 10 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

William Munny uses a 10 Gauge Double Barreled shotgun with most of the finish worn off as his long arm in the film. He most notably uses it at the end to shoot Skinny Dubois (Anthony James) in his saloon for displaying Ned's dead body outside. He attempts to shoot Little Bill with the gun, but it misfires, likely from getting wet in the rain, so he throws it at Bill, giving him enough time to draw his Schofield.

W. Richards - 10 Gauge. This was the actual shotgun used on the film.
After Will realizes he can't shoot with a pistol anymore, he takes out his 10 Gauge shotgun and blows the can off the wooden post.
Ned's wife Sally Two Trees (Cherrilene Cardinal) notices that Will has his 10 Gauge wrapped in his bedroll.
Will fires his 10 Gauge at Fatty.
Will fires his 10 Gauge.
The Kid covers Will with the shotgun as he gets on his horse.
The Kid fires the shotgun.
As Little Bill and his men discuss hunting down Will, as he walks into the bar with his shotgun in hand.
"Who's the fellow owns this shithole?"
After Skinny reveals himself to be the owner of the saloon, Will shoots him with no hesitation. He is inaccurately launched off his feet, although not as ridiculously as with some other films.
Will cocks the hammer on the shotgun's second barrel after he shoots Skinny.
"Well, sir, you are a cowardly son of a bitch! You just shot an unarmed man!"
"Well, he should have armed himself if he's going to decorate his saloon with my friend."


Though not seen in the film, the Colt Walker is described when Little Bill tells Beauchamp the true story of a famous gunfight between English Bob and a cowboy named Corky "Two-Gun" Corcoran. In reality, Bob missed twice (because he was drunk), while Corky hastily fired one round and shot his own toe off, then aimed his second shot carefully, but his "Walker Colt blew up in his hand, which was a failing common to that model." This is a true statement, as the cylinder walls of the Colt Walker were thinner than other models to accommodate the large .44 caliber balls and powder. An over-generous loading of powder could lead to a "chain fire", in which all of the chambers would fire at once if a cylinder wall ruptured.

Little Bill also informs Beauchamp that Corky was nicknamed "Two-Gun" not because he carried two pistols (if he had, he might not have been unarmed and helpless when Bob finally succeeded in hitting him), but because his Colt's barrel was actually shorter than his male endowment.

Colt Walker 1847 - .44 caliber.

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