Fort Apache

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Fort Apache (1948)

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:

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Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine

The main weapon of the cavalry is the Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
A Southern Recruit (Hank Worden) (left) with his Cavalry Carbine.
A sergeant fires at the pursing Apache.
SGT Beaufort (Pedro Armendáriz) with his stowed carbine.
Captain Collingwood (George O'Brien), SGM O'Rourke, SGT Beaufort and the others make their final stand with their carbines.
The remaining men await the Apache assault.

Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy"

Captain Kirby York (John Wayne) carries a Winchester Model 1866 "Yellow Boy" at one point.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Carbine - .44 RF.
FA 1866 01.jpg
Captain York calls for Indian agent Silas Meacham.
LTC Thursday discovers the illegal cache of rifles. He orders them destroyed.

Colt Single Action Army

Few cavalrymen draw their sidearms, but when they do, they're Colt Single Action Army revolvers.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model.
SGM O'Rourke hands LTC Owen Thursday (Henry Fonda) an SAA so they can make their final stand together.
LTC Thursday with his SAA.

Winchester Model 1876

Some of the Apache are armed with Winchester Model 1876 musket carbines.

Winchester Model 1876 musket-carbine
The Apache in the middle with the Winchester 1876.
The one on the right with the Winchester 1876.
(foreground)

Winchester Model 1892

Some of the Apache are seen with Winchester Model 1892 rifles.

Winchester 1892 -.32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Captain York and SGT Beaufort ride to meet Cochise (Miguel Inclán).
FA 1892 02.jpg
FA 1892 03.jpg
FA 1892 04.jpg
FA 1892 05.jpg

Trapdoor Springfield Rifle

One of the Apaches appears to be armed with a full sized Trapdoor Springfield Rifle.

Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
FA 1873R 01.jpg

Double Barreled Shotgun

Double Barreled Shotguns are used in the film.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 Gauge
Fen the Stage Guard, played by director John Ford's brother Francis Ford, with the double barreled shotgun. This is one of thirty two films that Francis and John Ford made together.
Silas Meacham (Grant Withers) with a double barreled shotgun.



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