Hell On Wheels
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The following weapons were used in the television series Hell On Wheels:
Griswold & Gunnison
Former Confederate soldier Cullen Bohannon (Anson Mount) carries a Confederate-made Griswold & Gunnison Revolver, by which he is recognized in "Pilot" (S1E01). The correct Griswold & Gunnison is visible for a split second at 34:20 in Episode 3, "A New Birth of Freedom." In some scenes, he uses a brass-framed copy of the 1860 Colt Army revolver, a weapon which did not exist until the Italians started making them during the 1960s. The rebated cylinder and 1860-type loading lever can be seen in several episodes, especially the one where he lends it to the ex-slave and teaches him to shoot.
Colt 1860 ArmyDuring the opening credits sequence, Bohannon is seen with a Colt 1860 Army instead of his usual Griswold & Gunnison. The 1860 was the most common handgun in the United States at the time, most had a brass trigger guard (see photo), they were not manufactured with a brass frame like the Griswold above. The brass framed pistol Bohannon uses in the opening episode is neither an 1860 nor a Griswold but is an amalgam reproduction that was likely used as a stop gap piece for filming.
Remington 1858 New Model Army
Former Union soldier Daniel Johnson (Ted Levine) carries a Remington 1858 New Army in "Pilot" (S1E01). This gun appears to be a modern and unauthentic replica, known as "Texas Model", because brass-framed Remingtons were never manufactured.
In "Scabs" (S2E04), Bohannon uses a a "long rifle" to shoot a railroad worker tortured by the Sioux. The rifle seen appears to be a Sharps 1874 fitted with a Malcolm-style scope, which is again a problem of dating since the railroad was completed in 1869 and the 1874 model came . . . well . . . later.
Winchester 1866 "Yellowboy"
The Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" rifle is prevalent in many episodes, especially in "Timshel" (S1E09). The rifle, while period correct, would not have been issued to the US Cavalry as portrayed in the series.
In "Scabs" (S2E04), a Henry rifle is seen used.