How the West Was Won
The following weapons were used in the film How the West Was Won:
Kentucky Flintlock Rifle
Linus Rawlings (Jimmy Stewart), the beaver felt trader and "mountain man", carries a Kentucky Flintlock Rifle when he is seen riding his horse while among the Native Americans before meeting up with the Prescott family in present-day Ohio in 1839. Colin Harvey (Mark Allen) takes his father Alec's flintlock rifle when Linus first arrives at their camp. "Colonel" Jeb Hawkins' band of river pirates also carry flintlock rifles when they accost the Prescotts and Harveys. During the 1850s sequence, men riding in the wagon train west to California fire flintlock rifles at the attacking Cheyenne Indians. Some of the Indians seen during the 1860s railroad sequence also carry flintlock rifles, including one that fires at Zeb Rawlings.
Smith & Wesson Model 2
Cleve Van Valen (Gregory Peck), a St. Louis gambler, plays in a poker game on the wagon trip to California and bets a Smith & Wesson Model 2 he pulls from his belt which he calls "a fine pistol... London-made (inaccurate) and loaded for bear". The pistol was rented to MGM Sept 5, 1961, in Culver City, from Stembridge Gun rentals, recorded as the only one and by serial number. It was used for this process /rear projection shot of the poker game and the later sequence of Peck mounting the team to stop the runaway wagon, now seen in his waist band. In the framing shots, done on location at Lone Pine, Peck has no pistol. They rented the pistol for just a day. A later shot of him running after the toppled wagon shows a larger pistol.
Springfield Model 1861
The Union soldiers during the Civil War battles seen between 1862 and 1865 carry Springfield Model 1861 and 1863 rifles. Zeb Rawlings (George Peppard) has one as well, but it broke during an April 1862 battle at Shiloh, leaving only his bayonet as a useful combat weapon.
A young Confederate soldier, "The Reb" (Russ Tamblyn), shows Zeb a Colt 1851 Navy that he took from a dead officer and uses to try and shoot General Grant (Harry Morgan) and General Sherman (John Wayne). This is also possibly the revolver used by Cleve (Gregory Peck) to shoot a couple Cheyennes.
Buffalo hunter Jethro Stuart (Henry Fonda) carries a Henry 1860 as his main weapon during the 1860s railroad sequence. Mike King (Richard Widmark) and Lt. Zeb Rawlings (George Peppard) also arm themselves with Henry rifles when the Indians attack the railroad with buffalo. An Indian who shoots at Zeb also carries a Henry rifle.
Remington 1858 New Army
Several buffalo hunters that arrive by train, breaking Zeb's treaty with the Indians, carry rifles.
One of the buffalo hunters getting off the train carries a Sharps Rifle.
Single Action Army
When Charlie Gant (Eli Wallach) joins his outlaw gang in Gold City, Arizona in 1889, he carries a Single Action Army with a 4.75" "Quickdraw" barrel. His gang members, including one played by Harry Dean Stanton, also carry Single Action Army revolvers. The Gold City town marshal Lou Ramsey (Lee J. Cobb) uses a Single Action Army, as does Marshal Zeb Rawlings (George Peppard).
Winchester Model 1873
Zeb Rawlings (George Peppard) takes a Winchester Model 1873 during the 1889 sequence when he leaves Gold City to pursue Gant's gang on the train. Town marshal Lou Ramsey (Lee J. Cobb) also carries one, using it as his primary weapon during the fight aboard the train, shooting the ropes holding up a generator to allow Zeb a clean shot at Gant. Some of Gant's outlaws also carry Winchesters.