Fort Apache is a 1948 Western directed by John Ford and stars John Wayne, Henry Fonda, former child star Shirley Temple and many members of the so-called "John Ford Stock Company," including Ward Bond, Victor McLaglen and George O'Brien. John Agar (who was married to Shirley Temple at the time) makes his motion picture debut in this film. This was the first of John Ford's "Cavalry Trilogy," three films that feature the US Cavalry with many of the same actors and character names, but not connected in any way, all based on the writing of author James Warner Bellah. Fort Apache would be followed by 1949's She Wore a Yellow Ribbon and 1950's Rio Grande.
Many of the weapons in the film are anachronistic. While the film doesn't give any firm dates, history states that Cochise, the supposed antagonist in the film, made peace and retired in 1872 before passing away in 1874.
The following weapons are used in Fort Apache:
Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine
The main weapon of the cavalry is the Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine.
Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"
Colt Single Action Army
Few cavalrymen draw their sidearms, but when they do, they're Colt Single Action Army revolvers.
Winchester Model 1876
Some of the Apache are armed with Winchester Model 1876 musket carbines.
Winchester Model 1892
Some of the Apache are seen with Winchester Model 1892 rifles.
Trapdoor Springfield Rifle
One of the Apaches appears to be armed with a full sized Trapdoor Springfield Rifle.
Double Barreled Shotgun
Double Barreled Shotguns are used in the film.