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The Wild Bunch

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The Wild Bunch
American Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Sam Peckinpah
Release Date 1969
Language English
Studio Warner Brothers - Seven Arts
Main Cast
Character Actor
Pike Bishop William Holden
Dutch Engstrom Ernest Borgnine
Deke Thorton Robert Ryan
Lyle Gorch Warren Oates
Angel Jaime Sanchez
Coffer Strother Martin
T.C. L.Q. Jones
Clarence "Crazy" Lee Bo Hopkins
Fred Sykes Edmond O'Brien
Pat Harrigan Albert Dekker

The Wild Bunch is the 1969 Western starring William Holden as the leader of an aging outlaw gang at the beginning of the 20th century who make one last score and are pursued into Mexico by a posse led by a former ally. The film is considered director Sam Peckinpah's finest film, but was highly controversial at the time due to its extreme violence and themes. In 2006, the restored version of the film was released on DVD under the title The Wild Bunch: The Original Director's Cut. The film's influence can be seen in the works of director John Woo and Walter Hill as well.

The following weapons were used in the film The Wild Bunch:



Colt M1911/Star Model B

The members of the "Wild Bunch", most notably Pike Bishop, Dutch Engstrom, Lyle Gorch, and Angel, use Colt M1911 pistols. As with many other films made during this time, 9mm Star Model B pistols were used instead as they were more reliable with blanks. The German government official with Gen. Mapache notes that the "Wild Bunch" are carrying them, noting to tell them that they cannot be acquired legally by private citizens. In the film, you can see that they use both M1911's and Star Model B's as well, the pictures from the film below you can tell the difference from a M1911 to Star Model B, just by looking at the diameter of the barrel and size.

Original Colt M1911 (dated 1913) - .45 ACP
Star Model B - 9x19mm
Blued Star Model B - 9x19mm pistol. The very distinct external extractor is visible.
Dutch stands in the payroll office with his M1911 drawn.
The external extractor on Pike's M1911 clearly identifies it as a Star Model B.
Lee draws his M1911 on the hostages.
Pike puts a wounded gang member out of his misery with a M1911 during their escape .
Angel shoots his ex-fiancee with a M1911 when he sees her with Gen. Mapache.
Lyle and Tector shoot barrels of alcohol when out partying with prostitutes from Agua Verde.
Angel's Model B sits in his holster as he tells the Wild Bunch that his villagers are going to take a crate of rifles and ammunition. In the screencap it appears to be two-toned, it could the lighting or the finish is well worn.
After shooting Gen. Mapache, Pike spins around with his Star Model B and Winchester '97 in hand.
Pike shoots a German military advisor.
Lyle fires his M1911 during the final shootout, double-wielding with his Winchester shotgun.
Pike reloads when he and Dutch are cornered during the final shootout.

Single Action Army

Of the "Wild Bunch", Pike Bishop, Dutch Engstrom, and Tector Gorch keep a Single Action Army as a secondary sidearm. Deke Thornton and the rest of his posse pack SAAs and they seem to be the standard sidearm of the Mexican Army, including Major Zamorra (Jorge Russick). Other anonymous characters use them as well.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
One of the vigilantes with Rev. Wainscoat (Dub Taylor) carries a Single Action Army.
A Mexican soldier holds his own New Service and Dutch's SAA after Angel shoots his ex-fiancee Teresa.
Maj. Zamorra holds a Single Action Army.
Pike with his SAA drawn during the train robbery.
Tector fires his SAA at the Thornton posse.
One of Gen. Mapache's men fires an SAA during the military battle.
A Mexican soldier is shot while firing his Single Action Army.
Dutch, SAA in hand, rushes to Pike's side.
Pike's unfired Single Action Army sits in his holster after the final shootout.

Colt New Service

Some of the Mexican soldiers carry Colt New Service revolvers. In both flashbacks, a lawman arresting Thornton and a jealous husband who wounds Pike each use a New Service. Pat Harrigan also keeps one in his waistband.

Colt New Service M1917 - .45 ACP (in moon clips).
Pat Harrigan (Albert Dekker) reaches in his pocket, revealing a New Service.
A lawman shoots Deke in the shoulder before arresting him.
The lawman looks for Pike, who escaped.
A Mexican soldier holds his own New Service and Dutch's SAA after Angel shoots his ex-fiancee Teresa.
The jealous husband kills his wife and shoots Pike in the leg.

Smith & Wesson Model 10

One of Mapache's soldiers holds a Smith & Wesson Model 10 on Angel during the gang's first night in Agua Verde.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 - .38 Special
The soldier guards Angel.

Enfield No.2 Mk.I*

Some of the Mexican soldiers are armed with British Enfield No.2 revolvers.

Enfield No.2 Mk.1* - .38 S&W
Mid action shot of a Mexican officer taking a hit while drawing his Enfield revolver.
The officer in the middle has a Enfield revolver.

Luger P08

The Mexican prostitute that shoots Pike in the back during the final shootout uses a Luger P08. Commander Mohr (German actor Fernando Wagner) is also seen with a luger.

Luger P08 - 9x19mm
The prostitute draws her Luger.
She drops her Luger when Pike fires a round from his Winchester '97 shotgun into her.
Commander Mohr is killed with his Luger in his hand.

Rifles & Carbines

Springfield M1903A3

The Springfield M1903A3 rifle is widely used in the movie. Tector (Ben Johnson) uses one while dressed as an Army corporal and in some scenes after. Coffer (Strother Martin), a member of Thornton's posse, uses one as well, at one point telling T.C. to dig a bullet out of a corpse to see if it is one of his .30-06 rounds. Coffer's M1903A3 is the World War II variant, making it anachronistic for a film taking place between 1913 and 1916. The rifles used on the film were made by National Ordnance.

Springfield M1903A3 - .30-06 Springfield
Coffer, with his Springfield M1903, and T.C..
Coffer kisses his 03A3 when preparing for a shootout.
Tector fires at the posse on the rooftops.
Coffer aims his Springfield at the Wild Bunch. This Springfield is an M1903A3, identifiable via the rear aperture sight. This Springfield also has a hooded sight.
Gen. Mapache (Emilio Fernandez) looks over the Springfield rifles the Wild Bunch stole for him.
Coffer fires his Springfield M1903A3.
A Mexican child soldier shoots Pike during the finale.

Springfield M1903

Some of the U.S. Army and Mexican Army soldiers in the film use M1903 Springfield rifles

Springfield M1903 Mk 1 - .30-06.
U.S. Army soldiers on the weapons train armed with Springfields.
A soldier fires his Springfield just as he takes an accidental bullet from one of Thornton's posse.
A Mexican soldier's M1903 flies up into the air when he is shot.
Mexican soldiers aim their rifles at the Wild Bunch during the shootout in Agua Verde.

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Characters on both sides of the law use Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine rifles. Of the "Wild Bunch" itself, Pike, Dutch, Tector, Angel, and Freddie Sykes (Edmond O'Brien) can all be seen using Winchester '92s. Deke Thornton (Robert Ryan) leads his posse with a Model 1892. Some members of the posse, including T.C. (L.Q. Jones) use '92s as well.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40.
T.C. prepares for the rooftop ambush with his Winchester '92.
Deke, T.C., and another posse member fire their Model '92s down on the Wild Bunch bandits.
Deke fires his Winchester Model 1892.
T.C. aims his Winchester '92.
Deke tries to aim his Winchester through the smoke on the rooftop.
Dutch taps his Winchester '92 against the crates of rifles to alert the soldiers on the train that he is holding a gun on them.
Pike fires at Thornton's posse.
T.C.'s Winchester '92.
Deke aims his Winchester just before the bridge is blown up.
Angel during the weapons trade with the Mexicans.

Winchester Model 1892

Pat Harrigan (Albert Dekker) fires a Winchester Model 1892 (not a Saddle Ring Carbine like the other characters carry) when he sits on the rooftop with the posse he hired.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Harrigan fires at the Wild Bunch.

Sharps 1874 Rifle

Freddy Sykes (Edmond O'Brien) carries a Sharps 1874 Rifle with him throughout the movie.

Sharps 1874 - .45-70.

Mauser Model 1936

Some of Mapache's soldiers use M1936 Mexican Mauser, which are substitutes to correct M1910 and M1912 Mausers.

Mexican M1936 Mauser - 7x57mm Mauser
Mexican soldiers march with some Mausers.
A Mexican soldier shoots another Mexican soldier for instigating a fight when the Wild Bunch reveals the Browning M1917.


Winchester Model 1897

Many of the "Wild Bunch" use Winchester Model 1897 riot shotguns, most notably Pike Bishop (William Holden), Dutch Engstrom (Ernest Borgnine), Lyle Gorch (Warren Oates), and Angel (Jaime Sanchez).

Winchester 1897 Riot Shotgun (non-takedown version which is the version seen in the movie) - 12 gauge. This particular weapon is an IAC imported clone.
Dressed as U.S. Army soldiers, the gang prepares to rob a Texas railroad payroll office. Lyle Gorch holds a Winchester '97.
A gang member fires a round from a Winchester '97 at the rooftop posse.
Winchester 1897 muzzle flash
Gang member shooting the 1897 shotgun
Angel literally rolls onto the train with his Model 1897.
Angel aims his Winchester '97 at an engineer.
Lyle rides on the front of the train with his 1897.
Dutch nervously trades guns with the Mexican soldiers.
During the gang's memorable march towards their final confrontation, Pike, Dutch, and Lyle carry Winchester '97 shotguns while Tector handles a Winchester '92 rifle.
Dutch fires his 1897 during the Agua Verde fight.
Lyle fires his Winchester Model 1897 during the final shootout in Agua Verde.

Winchester Model 1912

Clarence "Crazy" Lee (Bo Hopkins) uses a Winchester Model 1912 during the opening payroll robbery.

Winchester Model 1912 Riot Gun - 12 gauge.
Lee waits with his Model '12, anxiously asking if he can kill the hostages.
Lee with the hostages.
Lee shoots his hostages when they try and run away.

Single Barrel Shotgun

A single barrel shotgun is used by a town resident to shoot one of Pikes gang members in the face. The shotgun has a very long barrel giving the impression that this citizen grabbed his duck gun and tried to help fight the gang.

It is possible the gun is a "Harrington & Richardson Topper M48 Shotgun" 20 gauge. The gun seen in the movie has a hammer and a small switch to break open the weapon for reload. The barrel also appears to be larger than a more usual 12 gauge shotgun.

Harrington & Richardson Topper Shotgun - 12 gauge. With a few details this gun is nearly identical to the M48 20 gauge version.
Aiming the single barrel shotgun.
Killed by gang member. Note the hammer and the switch to break open the shotgun to reload.

Double-Barreled Shotgun

One of the Wild Bunch's anonymous gang members fires a sawed off 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun during the opening robbery.

J. Stevens and Company 1878 - 12 gauge.
A bandit fires at the rooftop posse.

Machine Gun

Browning M1917

The Wild Bunch steals a .30-06 water-cooled Browning M1917 machine gun and gives it to Mapache "as a gift". Mapache (Emilio Fernandez) fires it wildly when trying to find out how to use it. Later in the film, Pike, Lyle, and Tector each fire it at the Mexicans during the final shootout. This gun is most likely an anachronism as the film takes place during Pershing's time in Mexico, which was before the M1917's development.

Browning M1917 - .30-06 Springfield‎
Tector and Lyle show the gang the M1917 they find.
Lyle rides through Mexico with the Browning mounted on the wagon.
Tector and Lyle prepare the M1917 for presentation to the Mexicans, confusing them and causing one to fire at it.
The Mexicans try to load ammunition.
The gun fires wildly in the hands of the Mexicans as everyone in Agua Verde runs for cover.
Mapache loses control of the Browning M1917.
The German military advisor "Ernst" (Jorge Rado) prepares to fire at the Wild Bunch during the final shootout.
Tector wipes out some of the Mexicans.
Lyle turns the machine gun towards Mapache's men.
Good rear shot of the M1917.


Mk 2 hand grenade (probable)

Dutch (Ernest Borgnine) throws a few hand grenades at the end. Though very few details are visible, the grenades are the American Mk2/MKII due to it's long availability in US made movies. Due to safety concerns the movie version of the grenade is most likely a training grenade that has been painted green to look like a live grenade.

Mk 2 training grenade (the blue training color has been painted to look like a live Mk 2).
"Dutch" preparing to throw his hand grenade. Note the revealing "pineapple" type design.

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