Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
The following weapons were used in the film Once Upon a Time in the West:
Single Action Army
Seen in the hands of Harmonica (Charles Bronson), Frank (Henry Fonda), and Cheyenne (Jason Robards), as well as many other characters are Single Action Army revolvers in various barrel lengths and finishes.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 5" barrel. (Used by Jason Robards and Charles Bronson in film, with blued finish.)
Cheyenne takes Harmonica's blued 5" Artillery SAA and rolls it to him. Harmonica declines Cheyenne's challenge. This revolver has an extremely small bore despite the large bore chambers in .44 or .45; the barrel also lacks a front sight and is probably aluminum. The gun is likely a dedicated blank-firing fast draw competition gun and, given Harmonica's method of firing it, may be modified internally to be "fanned."
Snakey (Jack Elam
) plays with his SAA while waiting for Harmonica's (Charles Bronson
) train to arrive. Note the the brass trigger guard. While the brass trigger guard may indicate that this is not a genuine Colt, it may be that a Model 1851 grip frame and one piece grip were added for appearances.
A thug on the train searches for Cheyenne with a 5" SAA.
Colt Single Action Army w/ 7.5" barrel. (Used by Henry Fonda in film, with nickel finish.)
Frank uses his nickel 7.5" Cavalry model Single Action Army to murder a young boy in cold blood.
Frank points his SAA at at Harmonica when he attempts to sneak on the train. This revolver would shoot very high as the front sight has been lowered and rounded; factory 1873 revolvers are seen with high front sights due to the "dwell time" of heavy .44WCF and .45 Colt bullets.
Frank fires his SAA in the town.
Frank holding his SAA during the showdown with Harmonica.
Winchester Model 1892 "Mare's Leg"
Stoney (Woody Strode) uses a sawed down Winchester Model 1892 rifle, nicknamed "Mare's Leg" as his weapon of choice. The gun has a trigger pin attached to the lever for rapid fire, meaning he uses it more as a quick draw gun than for accuracy. Aside from dramatic effect, the automatic fire pin serves no purpose in the film because the gun is fired only once by "slipping" the hammer.
Sawed-off Winchester '92 pistol "Mare's Leg" - .44-40.
Stoney (Woody Strode
) loads the chamber on "Mare's Leg". Because the automatic firing device on this gun cannot be backed-off, Stoney must short-cycle the lever and then lower the hammer with his thumb, certainly a dangerous procedure for just a short duration. In order to clear the chamber(if no gunfight occurred), he could half-cycle the action, ejecting the chambered round and simply dump out the fresh round on the lifter(the Model 1892 does not retain the fresh round if inverted and carbines used by John Wayne and Chuck Connors required additional gunsmithing to perform the popular "spin cocking" maneuver.
Stoney (Woody Strode
) loads up his Winchester '92 pistol. This gun probably held 5-6 rounds before loading the chamber. Note that Stoney intends to "slip fire" the hammer.
The hit team turns to face Harmonica (Charles Bronson
) after he gets off the train.
Stoney (Woody Strode
) catches one from Harmonica (Charles Bronson
). Woody Strode has a rather unusual method of holding the Mare's Leg, extending his fingers around rather than through the loop lever.
Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine
Aside from Stoney's pistol version, several thugs and assassin's throughout the film are armed with Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines.
Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine.
Two assassins ready their Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine rifles to face Harmonica.
Cheyenne with a '92 Carbine in hand.
An assassin armed with a '92 Carbine.
The same assassin takes aim through a hole in the billboard with his '92 carbine. (the hole keeps changing location throughout the scene.
A '92 carbine lays on the ground near the train wreckage as Frank investigates.
Double Barreled Black-Powder Shotgun
The father (Frank Wolff) is seen using a Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun to shoot quail with his son. It is noted as a black powder shotgun based on the ram rod positioned under the barrel. Jill McBain (Claudia Cardinale) is also seen using the Side-by-side black-powder, and uses it to fire a shot a torch wielding assassin in the dark.
Double Barreled Percussion Shotgun - 10 gauge
The father takes aim at some quail with the shotgun. Note underslung ram-rod.
Jill fires the shotgun into the dark. Note how both the percussion cap and the muzzle are shown fired.
The shotgun mounted on Jill's wall.