Support Your Local Sheriff!

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Support Your Local Sheriff!
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Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Burt Kennedy
Release Date 1969
Language English
Studio Cherokee Productions
Distributor United Artists
Main Cast
Character Actor
Jason McCullough James Garner
Prudy Perkins Joan Hackett
"Pa Danby" Walter Brennan
Olly Perkins Harry Morgan
Jake Jack Elam
Henry Jackson Henry Jones
Joe Danby Bruce Dern
Thomas Devery Willis Bouchey


Support Your Local Sheriff! is a 1969 Western comedy starring James Garner and produced by his own Cherokee Productions, parodying the familiar trope of a lone lawman facing a gang out outlaws with little support from his town. Garner riffs on his Bret Maverick persona as the sharpshooting but risk-averse Jason McCullough, who takes on the thankless job of taming the gold-rich city of Calendar, Colorado Territory.

The following firearms were used in the film Support Your Local Sheriff!:

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Single Action Army

Nearly everyone in the town of Calendar carries a Single Action Army in their gunbelt, mostly with the 5½" "Artillery" barrel. Users include the new sheriff Jason McCullough (James Garner), his rowdy and reluctant new deputy Jake (Jack Elam), local toughs Joe Danby (Bruce Dern), Luke Danby (Dick Peabody), and Tom Danby (Gene Evans), and their cantankerous father "Pa" Danby (Walter Brennan).

Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel aka "Artillery" model with wooden grips - .45 Long Colt (this is a Cimarron reproduction - and an actual movie gun) Note lack of 4th screw on revolver frame in front of cylinder. The Colts all have this.
Jake draws his Single Action Army on a Danby sympathizer who was aiming for Jason.
Jake holds Joe Danby under arrest.
Jason teaches Jake how to get a tighter grouping of shots with his Single Action Army.
Jason unloads Joe's Single Action Army after having told him it was already unloaded.
"How dare you pull a gun on me," Jason challenges "Pa" Danby.
"Pa" aims at Prudy Perkins during the final gun battle.

Double Barreled Shotgun

Jason's office gun rack also includes a long double-barreled shotgun with exposed hammers, which Jake grabs when confronting Pa Danby outside the jail.

J. Stevens and Company Side by Side Shotgun (Circa 1878) exposed hammers and designed to fire Black Powder shotgun shells - 12 gauge
Jake catches "Pa" trying to break Joe out of jail.

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

In addition to the shotgun, Jason inherits five Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbines with his new sheriff's office, which he, Jake, and Prudy Perkins (Joan Hackett) take into battle against the similarly armed Danby gang. These are anachronistic given the film's presumed setting in the 1870s prior to Colorado's statehood in August 1876.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine - .32WCF/.38-40/.44-40/.25-20.
Jason looks over a Winchester prior to the climactic gunfight. Note the second Winchester on his desk, consistent with two missing from his gun rack.
Jason holds his Winchester, finger on the trigger.
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Jason arms Prudy with a Winchester and box of shells prior to the confrontation.
Members of the Danby clan confront Jason with Single Action Army revolvers and Winchester carbines.
Jake takes aim with his Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine.
"I only know one way to shoot, and that's to kill!" Prudy assures Jason after effectively wielding her Winchester in combat.
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