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Lonesome Dove is the groundbreaking 1989 television Western miniseries that was based on the novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry. The miniseries, which was directed by Simon Wincer, starred Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall. The miniseries would spawn several additional sequels, including 1993's Return To Lonesome Dove.
The following weapons were used in the miniseries Lonesome Dove:
Colt Walker 1847
A Colt Walker 1847 with a cartridge conversion kit is carried by Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) throughout the four part film.
During Part 1 of 4, Gus' (Robert Duvall
) Colt Walker rarely leaves his holster, and he only fires it twice in the air to alert the group of his position.
Gus holds his Colt Walker on the bartender in part 2 when he is disrespectful to him and Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones
Note how the Colt Walker has been cartridge converted. Cartridge converted guns are typically used in place of percussion revolvers, as it is far safer to fire blank cartridges than percussion.
Gus holsters his Colt Walker.
Gus approaches July Johnson's (Chris Cooper
) camp with his Colt Walker drawn.
In Part 3, Gus holds his Colt Walker in the friendly position as he drags Call off the Union soldier attacking Newt (Rick Schroder
Gus prepares to fire his Colt Walker at an Indian running for Deets (Danny Glover
In Part 4, Gus fires his Colt Walker at attacking Indians.
Both Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) and Woodrow F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones) carry Henry 1860 rifles, and use them in all four parts of the film.
Henry 1860 - .44 Rimfire.
Call guards the house armed with his Henry 1860 in Part 1.
Call confronts the Irish brothers armed with his Henry.
Gus fends off Blue Duck's (Frederic Forrest
) hired Kiowa (and two white bandit) thugs while taking cover behind his dead horse in Part 2.
One of the thugs tries to charge Gus' ad-hoc bunker (He kills his own horse at the edge of a ditch to give him a firing position with full cover to fend off the mercenary Kiowa bandits on the bare Southern Plains) with a War Lance while on horseback but Gus just chuckles as he stands up from behind his cover and knocks the young brave off his horse with a single shot at medium-close range, firing a single shot from the hip!
Gus firing his Henry at the thugs.
One of the thugs, having taken shelter just beyond reach of the Henry's maximum range of 200 yards for any "normal" marksman, stands up to "give the old man a better target". When the Thug does stand and starts doing a chicken dance and singing like a rooster, Gus flips up the ladder sights and shoots him in the gut with a beautiful shot-especially easy to appreciate if you have the experience of firing the Henry, knowledge of the trajectory on 19th century black powder weapons or have been in combat).
Gus jumps out to get the drop with his Henry on the horse thieves in Part 3.
Call holds the horse thieves with his Henry.
Gus takes a charging Kiowa warrior with his Henry in Part 4.
A good side shot of the Henry.
Colt 1860 Army
Several characters keep Colt 1860 Army revolvers as their sidearms, including Woodrow Call (Tommy Lee Jones), Newt Dobbs (Rick Schroder), and Joshua Deets (Danny Glover).
Colt 1860 Army - .44 caliber.
Deets with a Colt 1860 Army in his holster in Part 1.
Newt approaches the Irish brothers armed with his Colt 1860 Army.
Newt holding his Colt 1860 Army on the Irish brothers.
A nickel plated Colt Army with Ivory grips (and cartridge conversion) is seen stuck in a hunter's pants on the raft when he is stabbed and stripped of his possessions in Part 1.
Gus with a Colt 1860 Army.
Gus dispatches five of Blue Duck's thugs with the Colt Army.
Call shoots an Indian wielding a spear as he charges Deets in Part 3.
Colt 1860 Cartridge Conversion
Pea Eye (Timothy Scott), carries a Colt 1860 Cartridge Conversion. It's difficult to tell if it's a Richards Conversion or not.
Colt 1860 Army with Richards conversion.
A better shot of the whole gun.
Single Action Army
Many characters in the film carry Single Action Army revolvers including July Johnson (Chris Cooper) and Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest)
Colt Single Action Army 7-1/2" Cavalry - .45 Long Colt.
A Mexican bandit fires his Cavalry Single Action Army at the gang when they stampede horses past him in Part 1.
July (Chris Cooper
) holds his Cavalry SAA on two robbers in Part 2.
Like most actors in Hollywood, he doesn't know how to use the ejector rod and shakes the gun until the shells fall out.
In Part 2, one of the robbers is seen using the 10" "Buntline Special" Single Action Army with a nickel finish when he and his partner try to rob Rosco Brown (Barry Corbin).
Single Action Army 12" "Buntline Special" - .45 Long Colt.
The robber points his Buntline Special at Rosco (Barry Corbin
A good shot of the barrel length on the Buntline Special.
The robber with his Buntline Special.
10 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
One of the robbers who goes by Hutto (Jordan Lund) who holds up Rosco Brown (Barry Corbin) is armed with a 10 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun. He even claims it is a 10 Gauge and asks his partner to shoot him so he won't tear up his clothes with the shotgun blast.
Holland & Holland Paradox - 10 Gauge.
The robber fires his shotgun at July. A 10 Gauge in one hand is brutal, but not when firing blanks.
Chamelot-Delvigne Mle. 1873
Hutto (Jordan Lund) also has a Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 revolver on a lanyard loop, worn on his neck like a necklace.
Chamelot-Delvigne Model 1873 - 11 x 17mmR
Colt Paterson 1836
Rosco Brown (Barry Corbin) carries a Colt Paterson 1836 revolver in Part 1 and 2.
Colt Paterson 1836 - .36 Caliber.
Rosco keeps his Colt Paterson 1836 in an awkwardly placed cross draw holster, and never draws it in Part 1.
Rosco with his Colt Paterson drawn in Part 2.
Here we see in the cylinder that the gun is not primed, meaning it is unloaded and not ready to fire.
Rosco looks at his Colt Paterson while talking to Janey (Nina Siemaszko
) before holstering it. Again we see it is not loaded.
Jake Spoon (Robert Urich) carries a brass framed Remington 1875 with pearl grips as his sidearm in Part 1, 2, and 3.
Remington 1875 - .45 Long Colt.
Jake's Remington 1875 in his holster as he talks to Newt in Part 1. The pearl grips are evident in this scene.
Jake drunkenly fires his Remington 1875 at Bolivar for ringing the bell.
In yet another drunken act, Jake fires his Remington 1875 at Lori (Diane Lane
) in Part 1 while she bathes in the river.
Jake's Remington 1875 at his side.
Remington 1875 Carbine
The leader of the bank robbers Dan Suggs (Gavan O'Herlihy) in part three carries a Remington 1875 with a 16" barrel and a full stock, making it heavily resemble a Remington 1858 "Cattleman's Carbine".
Remington 1858 "Cattleman's Carbine" - .44 caliber.
The lead robber with his Remington 1875 Carbine.
Wearing gloves is a good idea when firing a revolver with your hand in front of the cylinder.
It would appear this guy actually knows how to fire a gun.
The leader with his Remington 1875 Carbine.
A good side shot of the Carbine.
Colt Lightning 1877
Dan Suggs (Gavan O'Herlihy) also carries a Colt Lightning 1877 revolver, which he uses to finish off Frog Lip (Julius Tennon) after he is wounded trying to steal horses and then uses it to kill two farmers they come across.
Colt Lightning 1877 Cavalry - .38 Long Colt.
Best shot I could get. Note double action trigger.
Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine
Blue Duck (Frederic Forrest) and some of the Indians who travel with him carry Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbines.
Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine - .45-70.
Blue Duck ominously standing in the rain holding his Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine in Part 1.
Blue Duck with his Sharps Carbine in Part 2.
Blue Duck with his Sharps Carbine.
An Indian fires his Sharps at Gus in Part 4.
Sharps 1874 Long Range
One of Blue Duck's thugs fires shots at Gus (Robert Duvall) while he takes cover behind his horse in Part 2, using a Sharps 1874 Long Range rifle fitted with a telescopic sight.
Sharps 1874 Long Range - .45-70.
The thug slides his Sharps sniper rifle from its case.
Grabbing a shell for the gun.
The thug firing his Sharps.
Several characters in the film carry Winchester 1873 rifles, most notably Woodrow F. Call (Tommy Lee Jones) in Part 4.
Winchester 1873 - .44-40.
When Deets (Danny Glover
) enters the house in Part 1, he places his Winchester 1873 on the rifle rack.
Jake's Winchester 1873 is seen resting against his gear in Part 1.
One of Blue Duck's thugs with a Winchester 1873.
Rosco Brown (Barry Corbin
) with a Winchester 1873 in Part 2.
One of the robbers in Part 3 (who looks a lot like Kevin Gage
) fires a Winchester 1873 with "bunny ear" rear sights.
A better side shot of the robber's Winchester '73.
The Winchester '73 lying next to the robber.
Call with a Winchester '73 rifle in Part 4.
Some of the guards escorting Blue Duck to his hanging are armed with Winchester '73s in Part 4.
Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy"
Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" rifles are seen often in the film.
Winchester 1866 "Yellow boy" - .44 Rimfire.
A Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" is seen on the rifle rack in the house in Part 1.
Two Kiowa Indians armed with Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" rifles pursue Gus in Part 2.
One of Blue Duck's thugs with a Winchester 1866.
Pea Eye (Timothy Scott
) fires his Winchester 1866 at Kiowa Indians.
Colt New Service
One of Blue Duck's thugs firing at Gus McGrae (Robert Duvall) in Part 2 is seen using a Colt New Service revolver, which is extremely anachronistic for the time, but is typically used by actors who cannot fire a single action gun fast enough for film standards.
Colt New Service - .41 Colt.
A thug firing his Colt New Service.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
The first Mexican cook of the group, Bolivar, carries a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun in Part 1 and 2. Guards outside Blue Duck's (Frederic Forrest) jail cell in Part 4 also carry shotguns.
Charles Parker 1878 - 12 Gauge.
The cook leaves the group in Part 2.
One of the group members, Pea Eye (Timothy Scott
), draws his shotgun when Gus talks about the Indians.
A prison guard with a shotgun.
Trapdoor Springfield 1873 Cavalry Carbine
One of the bank robbers in Part 3 uses a Trapdoor Springfield 1873 Cavalry Carbine, and hands it to Jake Spoon (Robert Urich) to use during a robbery, but he never fires a shot.
Trapdoor Springfield 1873 Cavalry Carbine - .45-70.
Jake far back in the bushes armed with the Trapdoor Springfield Carbine.
Jake holding the Trapdoor Springfield.
The robber with his Trapdoor Springfield.
The robber's Trapdoor Springfield at his side.
Remington Rolling Block
Augustus McCrae (Robert Duvall) uses a militarized Remington Rolling Block as a crutch to walk on when his leg is shot up with poisoned arrows in Part 4.
Remington Rolling Block - .45 caliber.
Gus gets up from his hole with his Remington Rolling Block in hand.
Gus using the Remington Rolling Block as a crutch.
The doctor who saves Gus goes back to get his Rolling Block.
In Part 3, Big Zwey (Frederick Coffin) uses an unknown rifle to hunt buffalo, before returning to beat Luke (Steve Buscemi) for making advances on "his woman".
This shot indicates it could be a Hawkins Plains Rifle, anachronistic for the time.
Special: "Uva Uvam Vivendo Varia Fit"
Famous to all who have seen the film, Gus comically added this Latin phrase to his sign without any idea as to what it says. Call asks "What if it's an invitation to rob you?" and he replies, "If any man can read that, he's welcome to." While the translation is impossible to translate exactly, the basic translation most people agree on is "A grape changes color (ripens) when it sees another grape."
I won't explain the scene but it is hard not to spoil the ending with this shot. Sorry.