Hell On Wheels

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Hell On Wheels (2011-present)


The following weapons were used in the television series Hell On Wheels:

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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.

Griswold & Gunnison revolver - .36 Percussion.
In "Pilot" (S1E01), Bohannon holds his "Griswold & Gunnison" after murdering a Union soldier who raped his wife.
In "The Railroad Job" (S2E05), fallen gunmen still holding their revolvers. These are brass-framed copies of the 1851 Colt Navy revolver, which did not exist until the Italians started making them during the 1960s.

Colt 1860 Army

During 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.
Colt 1860 Army - .44 Percussion.
Bohannon holds a Colt 1860 in the opening credits.
In "Pilot" (S1E01), Bohannon holds his "Griswold & Gunnison" (obviously a Colt 1860 Army).
Bohannon holds the revolver in "A New Birth of Freedom" (S1E03).
(S2E01).

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. Later on in the show when Cullen loses his Griswold he switches to a Remington.

Remington 1858 New Model Army - .44 Percussion
"That is my Remington pointed at your gut". 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.

Colt 1872 Open Top

This is the main sidearm used by the freedman Elam.

Sharps 1874

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.

Uberti Sharps 1874 Special - .45-70 caliber
In "Scabs" (S2E04), Bohannon takes aim with what appears to be a Sharps 1874 long rifle with Malcolm-style model scope.
In "Scabs" (S2E04), a closer look at the sight.

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.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Rifle - .44 RF.
US Cavalry soldiers with the Yellowboy rifle in "Timshel" (S1E09). The rifle, while period correct, would not have been issued to the US Cavalry.
The Yellowboy rifle in "Timshel" (S1E09).

Henry 1860

In "Scabs" (S2E04), a Henry rifle is seen used.

Henry 1860 - .44RF
In "Scabs" (S2E04), the rifle is used.

Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun

What appears to be a sawed-off Double Barreled Cartridge Shotgun and is seen pulled by Thor "The Swede" Gundersen (Christopher Heyerdahl) in (S1E02).

This is the wrong Shotgun - 10 Gauge
What appears to be a sawed-off Double Barreled Cartridge Shotgun and is seen pulled by Thor "The Swede" Gundersen (Christopher Heyerdahl) in "Immoral Mathematics" (S1E02).
Closeup of the shotgun in "Immoral Mathematics" (S1E02).

Gatling Gun

A Gatling gun is used to defend the bridge in "Blood Moon rising" (S2E10)

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