Walking Tall (1973)

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Walking Tall
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Theatrical Release Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Phil Karlson
Release Date 1973
Studio Bing Crosby Productions
Distributor Cinerama Releasing Corporation
Main Cast
Character Actor
Buford Pusser Joe Don Baker
Pauline Pusser Elizabeth Hartman
Mike Pusser Leif Garrett
Dwana Pusser Dawn Lyn
Grady Coker Bruce Glover
Obrah Eaker Felton Perry
Sheriff Al Thurman Gene Evans
Callie Hacker Rosemary Murphy

Walking Tall is a 1973 action drama directed by Phil Karlson and stars Joe Don Baker as Buford Pusser, a former marine and professional wrestler who returned to his hometown in Tennessee only to find that it has been corrupted by gambling and prostitution. Angered by the authorities' nonaction, Pusser decides to run for sheriff and upon his win, proceeds to clean the town up, usually with an array of wooden clubs. Inspired by a true story, the film met box office success, leading to two direct sequels: Walking Tall Part 2 (1975) and Walking Tall: Final Chapter (1977), both starring Bo Svenson as Pusser. A feature film remake starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson was released in 2004 and also was followed by sequels: Walking Tall: The Payback and Walking Tall: Lone Justice (both 2007), both of these sequels starring Kevin Sorbo.

The following weapons were used in the film Walking Tall:



Smith & Wesson Model 10

Most sheriff deputies, including Grady Coker (Bruce Glover) and Obra Eaker (Felton Perry), carry Smith & Wesson Model 10 revolvers.

Smith & Wesson Model 10 Revolver - .38 Special
Grady Coker draws his revolver during the conflict in "The Lucky Spot".
Buford hands a revolver to Obra Eaker, promoting him to sheriff deputy.
Obra Eaker holds his revolver during the arrest of Purdy's gang.
Grady Coker shows his revolver to Pauline Pusser. It has custom grips.

Colt Trooper Mk III

A Colt Trooper Mk III is Sheriff Buford Pusser's (Joe Don Baker) personal handgun.

Colt Mk Trooper with 4" barrel - .357 Magnum
Buford's revolver in holster.
Buford fires his revolver during the attack on his house.
Buford holds the revolver.

Smith & Wesson Model 15

In one scene Sheriff Buford Pusser holds a Smith & Wesson Model 15 instead of his usual Colt Trooper.

Smith & Wesson Model 15 - .38 Special
Buford holds a Smith & Wesson Model 15.

Smith & Wesson N-frame revolver

Sheriff Al Thurman (Gene Evans) carries a revolver with ivory grips. It is seen only in holster. The revolver is possibly a large N-frame S&W.

An example of N-frame revolver: Smith & Wesson Registered Magnum with ivory grips - .357 Magnum. This particular S&W was ordered and carried by Lt. Col. Gen. Staff. George S. Patton.
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Smith & Wesson Model 36

In one scene Callie Hacker (Rosemary Murphy) holds a snub nose revolver. It is seen very briefly and unclear. Smith & Wesson Model 36 is a possible guess but the frame seems too large.

Smith & Wesson Model 36 - .38 Special
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Callie takes the revolver from safe and puts into her purse.

Star Model B

In one scene a female assassin fires a pair of pistols at Buford Pusser. Due to darkness, lit only by muzzle flashes, one of the pistols is seen only marginally, and another one appears to be a Star Model B, identified by the external extractor.

Star Model B Pistol, blued finish - 9x19mm. This is a screen used Star Model B from the 1987 film The Untouchables.
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The assassin fires at point blank.

Submachine Guns

Smith & Wesson 76

During the attack on Buford Pusser's car on the road the attackers use Smith & Wesson 76 SMGs.

Smith & Wesson M76 - 9x19mm?
Augie McCullah (Kenneth Tobey) and Buel Jaggers (Arch Johnson) fires their SMGs.
A closer view of Jagger's SMG.


Ithaca 37

An Ithaca 37 is seen in the office in "The Lucky Spot". An Ithaca 37 is also seen in hands of a sheriff deputy.

Ithaca 37 Deer Slayer Police Special (note the rifle sights and riot-length barrel) - 12 gauge
Ithaca 37 is seen at the background.
A closeup of the barrel and pump. Note the rifle sights.
A deputy holds Ithaca 37 while arresting moonshiners.

Remington Model 870

In one scene a hitman uses a Remington Model 870 with 28" barrel.

Remington 870 Wingmaster AP - 12 gauge
The hitman sneaks up to Pusser's house.
Another view of the shotgun.

Nine-years-old Buford's son Mike (Leif Garrett) sits at the bed of his wounded father with a shotgun that also appears to be a Remington 870 but in a smaller chambering (the gun is Buford's Christmas gift to Mike).

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Double Barreled Shotgun

Buford Pusser (Joe Don Baker) uses a double barreled shotgun for skeet shooting.

1960s Era Commercial Stevens hammerless side by side shotgun - 12 gauge
Buford holds a shotgun.
Buford surrenders his shotgun to Sheriff Thurman.

Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun

Callie Hacker (Rosemary Murphy) uses a Sawed-Off Double Barrel Shotgun in the assassination attempt.

Stevens 311R (sawed-off) - 12 gauge
Callie readies the shotgun.
Callie fires her concealed weapon.


Winchester Model 70

A pair of Winchester Model 70 rifles is seen in Pusser's house.

Pre-1964 Winchester Model 70 - .30-06
Buford Pusser (Joe Don Baker) holds one of his rifles.
He shows the rifle to his son Mike.
Another rifle, fitted with sniper scope, is seen on the wall.

Assault Rifles


In the final scene Buel Jaggers (Arch Johnson) holds some version of M16, most likely M16/SP1.

M16 aka SP1 (flat "slab side receiver") with an A1 "birdcage" Flash hider, used to resemble the M16A1 in many Vietnam era movies. This version has a 20 round magazine - 5.56x45mm
Jaggers runs to the doors with M16 in hands.
Jaggers is hit by Buford's car.

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