McQ is a 1974 American made police crime drama. The first police drama set in the modern era that John Wayne ever made. After turning down Dirty Harry Wayne witnessed the movie go onto enjoy unexpected box-office success. As a result Wayne would make two modern police dramas back to back. McQ was first followed by Brannigan (1975). In addition to Wayne "McQ" also starred Eddie Albert, Clu Gulager, Al Lettieri, Roger E. Mosley and Colleen Dewhurst. It was directed by John Sturges (The Magnificent Seven, The Great Escape, The Eagle Has Landed, Ice Station Zebra, Joe Kidd). "McQ" was filmed on location in Seattle in the summer of 1973.
The following weapons were used in the film McQ:
During the climactic car chase on the beach one of the gangsters chasing McQ (John Wayne) is using a Colt Python with a six inch barrel. It also appears that McQ (John Wayne) uses a four inch Python at the beginning of the movie and later a Python "snubbie" with a 2.5 inch barrel. McQ's partner Stan Boyle (William Bryant) is shown carrying what appears to be a Python in a holster just before he is killed. In addition, Franklyn Toms (Clu Gulager) can be seen using a Python with a 4 inch barrel when he attempts to take out McQ on the beach.
Smith & Wesson Model 10
Star Model B
At the beginning of the movie McQ's (John Wayne) corrupt partner Stan Boyle (William Bryant) kills two other corrupt police officers (his partner in crime) with a silenced pistol. This previously unidentified pistol is a Star Model B. The Spanish 9mm Star Model B was a frequent substitute for the Government 1911s in the older days of cinema. Mainly because there were problems (that have since been solved) with getting .45ACP blanks to cycle in pistols.
Remington 870 Shotgun
Winchester Model 1897 Shotgun
A large amount of confiscated narcotics is stolen from the Seattle police as it it is being shipped to an incinerator to be destroyed. McQ (John Wayne) attempts to stop the thieves and one of them open fire on McQ (John Wayne) with what appears to be a Winchester Model 1897 "Trench Gun".
Double Barreled "Coach" Shotgun
At the end of the film the drug dealer Santiago (Al Lettieri) attempts to kill McQ (John Wayne) with a short barreled "Coach" shotgun. Not surprisingly he fails and McQ takes him down with his MAC-10 submachine gun.