Rio Lobo

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Rio Lobo (1970)

Rio Lobo is the 1970 Western that was the final film directed by Howard Hawks. This was also the final film of his John Wayne "trilogy" of Westerns (which includes Rio Bravo and El Dorado) that featured a sheriff and his allies defending his office against an aggressive outlaw element in the town. In this film, John Wayne stars as Cord McNally, a sheriff and former Union Army colonel, who reunites with former Confederate officers after the Civil War to seek out a Union traitor who helped the Confederacy ambush train shipments during the conflict. The film co-starred Christopher Mitchum, Jack Elam and future movie studio executive Sherry Lansing.


The following weapons were used in the film Rio Lobo:

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Colt 1860 Army

During the Civil War, Col. Cord McNally (John Wayne) draws his Colt 1860 Army while approaching a Confederate camp but never fires it as he is captured and the gun is taken from him.

Colt 1860 Army - .44 caliber.
Col. Cord McNally (John Wayne) draws his Colt 1860 Army.

Remington Revolver (mocked up Single Action Army)

During the scenes set during the Civil War, Confederate officers including Capt. Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) and Sgt Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum) are seen holding what are supposed to be Remington 1858 New Army revolvers, but in reality appear to be Colt Single Action Army revolvers with a mock cylinder rod to make it resemble the Remington. Similar mockups appear to have been used in John Wayne's 1959 Civil War film The Horse Soldiers.

Remington 1858 New Army
Single Action Army
Capt. Pierre Cordona (Jorge Rivero) holds what appears to be a Single Action Army revolver mocked up to resemble a Remington 1858. Note the fluted cylinder, more in line with an SAA than a Civil War-era Remington.
Another mocked up revolver.

Springfield 1873 "Trapdoor" Carbine

Union Cavalry soldiers riding on the train as well as Confederate soldiers are seen carrying the Springfield 1873 "Trapdoor" Carbine. During the Civil War, when McNally is captured, he sees some carbines stacked together. McNally approaches the rifles, but Tuscarora Phillips (Christopher Mitchum), one of the Confederates, stops him by saying, "stay away from those rifles".

Replica Springfield Model 1873 Cavalry Carbine "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
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Colt Single Action Army

Following the war, every character including McNally (John Wayne) is seen carrying the Colt Single Action Army as their sidearm, which is anachronistic as most of the movie is set a year after the American Civil War (which lasted from 1861-1865), and the Colt SAA did not appear until 1873.

Colt Single Action Army w/ 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
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Colt Model 1878 Double Barreled Shotgun

Old Man Phillips (Jack Elam) is seen using a Colt 1878 shotgun throughout the film. Phillips shows that he's wired the triggers back and is thumb-holding the hammers back so the weapon will fire if he's shot.

Colt Model 1878 reproduction - 12 Gauge
Old Man Phillips (Jack Elam) is seen using a Colt 1878.
Phillips shows that he's wired the triggers back so the weapon will fire if his thumb slips off the cocked hammers.

Winchester Model 1892

The Winchester Model 1892 (anachronistic due to the fact that the setting shortly after the end of the Civil War) is used by several characters including McNally and Old Man Phillips (Jack Elam).

Winchester Model 1892 carbine
Old Man Phillips (Jack Elam) holds the anachronistic Winchester 1892.
The Winchesters are seen.
Rio Lobo Sheriff "Blue Tom" Hendricks (Mike Henry) tries to fire the Winchester, but doesn't see that it's clogged.
holding their Winchesters.

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

Upon returning to the sheriff's office, Cord McNally (John Wayne) switches over to a Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine with a large lever loop for the remainder of the final shootout.

The Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine with large lever loop used by John Wayne in the film True Grit, similar to the one he used in Rio Bravo. Serial #501892. Pictured with .44-40 shells. (Source: Photocopied from book "The Peacemakers: Arms and Adventure in the American West" written by R.L. Wilson.)
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