Single Barreled Shotgun

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Harrington & Richardson Topper Shotgun - 12 gauge. This is a common single barreled breach loading top break shotgun.
Harrington & Richardson Topper Model 158 Shotgun with case hardened receiver - 12 gauge
Montgomery Ward Texas Ranger - 16 gauge. This model was also available in 12 gauge, 20 gauge and 410 gauge.
Vintage Iver Johnson "Champion" top break single shot shotgun - 410 gauge
Centauro Single Barrel Shotgun - 16 gauge
Izhmekh IZh-17 single barreled shotgun - 16 gauge

The 12 gauge single shot shotgun has been available to the public for many years. The Single shot breach loading shotgun was an instrumental weapon for hunting in 1880s America. Its light weight and cheap cost (relative to other firearms) made it very popular for hunting fowl and other light game. 12 gauge single shot breach loading shotguns have been made by Ithaca, Stevens, Savage, Remington, Winchester, Harrington & Richardson and other manufacturers. Many shotguns between the 1880s and the 1950s were sold through the major 'mail order' companies of the time, Sears Roebuck, Montgomery Ward and several others. The Guns marked Sears or Montgomery Ward were contract guns which were actually built by Stevens or Savage Arms.

For the sake of simplicity, the title of this page is 12 gauge Single shot Shotgun, since the majority of the single barreled top break shotguns seen in film are 12 gauge versions, however, the single shot shotguns were offered in 16, 20 and 410 gauge.

The 12 gauge single shot shotgun has appeared in the following:


Title Actor Character Note Date
Will Penny Donald Pleasence Preacher Quint 1968
To Kill a Mockingbird Vigilante 1962
Vampires: Los Muertos Enrique Munoz Monastery Guard 2002
Dawn of the Dead Henchman 1978
Dawn of the Dead Rednecks 1978
The Long Good Friday Gangster 1980
The Long Riders David Carradine Cole Younger 1980
The Evil Dead Bruce Campbell Ash 1981
Death Hunt Charles Bronson Albert Johnson 1981
Razorback Arkie Whiteley Sarah Cameron Modified as a Tranquilizer gun 1984
Thunderheart Val Kilmer Agent Ray Levoi 1992
Thunderheart Fred Ward Jack Milton 1992
Thunderheart Julius Drum Richard Yellow Hawk 1992
Thunderheart GOONs (Guardians of the Oglala Nation) 1992
The Postman James Russo Idaho 1997
Fierce Creatures Michael Percival Ant Keeper 1997
Fierce Creatures Carey Lowell Cub Felines 1997
The Green Mile Member of Possee 1999
Tremors 4: The Legend Begins Seen on store wall 2004
Napoleon Dynamite Dale Critchlow Lyle 2004
Wild Field (Dikoe pole) militiaman 2008
Pig Hunt Luis Saguar TJ sawed down barrel 2008
Fugitives (Begleci) Valeriy Grishko Vasiliy Izhmekh IZhK-17 2014
Fugitives (Begleci) Convicts Izhmekh IZhK-17 2014


Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Primeval James Murray Stephen Hart Impersonating tranquilizer gun 2007 - ????

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