Bite The Bullet

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Bite The Bullet (1975)

Bite The Bullet is a 1975 Western that focuses on contestants who take part in an endurance horse race covering 700 miles. The film is set in 1909, allowing for more modern firearms to make an appearance as well as motorcycles and automobiles. The film was directed by Richard Brooks (The Professionals & In Cold Blood) and the cast includes Gene Hackman, James Coburn, Jan-Michael Vincent, Ben Johnson, Ian Bannen, and Candice Bergen.


The following weapons were used in the film Bite The Bullet:

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Handguns

Colt New Service

Sam Clayton (Gene Hackman) carries a Colt New Service revolver. This actually works since the story takes place in 1909 and the New Service was introduced by Colt in 1898.

Model 1909 Colt Army Revolver - .45 LC. This model is stamped "Property of U.S. Government" under barrel and "M1909" on front bottom of grip strap. Grips not original - US issue bore plain uncheckered walnut.
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Smith & Wesson 44 Hand Ejector 2ND Model

Carbo (Jan-Michael Vincent) carries what appears to be a S&W 44 Hand Ejector. 2ND Model as his revolver of choice. Unlike the Colt New Service this weapon choice is anachronistic. The S&W 44 Hand Ejector "Triple Lock" was introduced in 1907, but until 1915 it was manufactured with a protective housing for the ejector rod. It wasn't until 1915 that S&W eliminated the lug. Since the story is set in 1909 Carbo (Jan-Michael Vincent) would not have the 2ND Model of the .44 Hand Ejector.

S&W 44 Hand Ejector. 2ND Model. Military.
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Colt SAA

Luke Matthew's (James Coburn) revolver of choice is what appears to be the "Quick Draw" SAA Revolver.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model.
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Remington Model 1866 Derringer

Sir Harry Norfolk (Ian Bannen), one of the participants in the race, has a bad fall and his horse breaks it's leg. Luke Matthews (James Coburn) comes along and lends him his Remington 1866 Derringer so that he can put the horse out of it's misery.

Remington 1866 Derringer
Matthews (James Coburn) hands Norfolk (Ian Bannen) the Remington.
Norfolk (Ian Bannen) prepares to put the horse out of it's misery, but he isn't happy about it.

Rifle

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

The Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine is carried by both Luke Matthews (James Coburn) and Sam Clayton (Gene Hackman) both carry and use the compact little carbine when taking on a band of horse thieves. Unlike many other westerns made in the fifties and sixties the use of the Winchester 1892 is actually period correct for the time that the story takes place.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Luke Matthews (James Coburn) with a Winchester Model 1892.
Sam Clayton (Gene Hackman) takes aim with his Winchester Model 1892.
Sam Clayton and Luke Matthews aim at a fleeing enemy.

Shotgun

12 Gauge Double Barrel Shotgun

A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is used by a would-be rapist to get Miss Jones (Candice Bergen) to comply with his orders. It is then turned against him by Miss Jones (Candice Bergen).

Charles Parker 1878 Side by Side Shotgun - 12 Gauge. The Parker Gun Company was absorbed into Remington in 1934.
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