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True Grit (2010)

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True Grit (2010)
Movie poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg United States
Directed by Coen Brothers
Release Date 2010
Language English
Studio Paramount Pictures
Skydance Productions
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Rooster Cogburn Jeff Bridges
La Boeuf Matt Damon
Mattie Ross Hailee Steinfeld
Tom Chaney Josh Brolin
Ned Pepper Barry Pepper
Moon Domhnall Gleeson
Harold Parmalee Bruce Green
Sheriff Leon Russom

True Grit is the second feature film adaptation of the Charles Portis novel of the same name (the first being the 1969 classic John Wayne film). The 2010 film was directed by the Coen Brothers and Jeff Bridges starred as Deputy US Marshal "Rooster" Cogburn, and the cast included Matt Damon, Hailee Steinfeld, and Josh Brolin. The film's firearms were provided by veteran film property master Keith Walters, who has provided firearms for several recent Westerns including The Missing (2003) and Appaloosa. In an interview with True West magazine, Walters mentioned that several of the weapons seen in the film were replica firearms provided by Cimarron Fire Arms and Taylor’s & Co.

The following guns were used in the film True Grit (2010):


Colt Dragoon

Mattie Ross (Hailee Steinfeld) carries her late father's 2nd Model Colt Dragoon, as described in Portis' book. It was waiting for her at the boarding house with his watch, knife and other of his 'traps' that Chaney hadn't stolen. Neither the boarding house landlady nor anyone else had seen fit to unload it for safety.

The gun used in the film is an actual percussion Dragoon, while the 1969 film used a cartridge-converted Colt Walker. It can be surmised that the Walker was used in the 1969 film due to its even more imposing size in contrast to Mattie's small stature. But the adherence to the source material in this version is much appreciated.

Deputy US Marshal Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) also carries a pair of revolvers in holsters that fit over his saddle horn. According to Keith Walters, these revolvers are 2nd model Colt Dragoons as well, despite them being referred to as "Navy Sixes". He uses them both in his famous charge at the end.

In both movies the Dragoon misfires at a critical point. The book explains this; while drunk, Rooster had used it to shoot a rat. Mattie insisted he re-load the two cylinders fired, which he did using defective old caps from a box under his bed - and still drunk. Jeff Bridges doesn't shoot the rat, and John Wayne used his Peacemaker, so viewers of both movies may get the unfair impression that Dragoons were simply unreliable.

Original Colt Dragoon 1st Model - .44 Cal. Designed to address some of the problems encountered with the Colt Walker.
Mattie's Dragoon. Her father had of course carried it loaded and capped - "If it ain't loaded.... it will not shoot".
Mattie holding her Dragoon.
Rooster with what appears to be a Colt Dragoon.
A production image of Mattie aiming her father's Dragoon.
Mattie pulls the Dragoon.
The pair of Colt Dragoons carried by Cogburn in the film. (From the Blu-ray Special Features).
Rooster with one of his "Navy sixes."
Rooster, reins in teeth, charges while dual-wielding his revolvers.
Rooster firing his revolvers with the reins in his teeth.
Rooster uses his dual pistols.

Colt Single Action Army "Peacemaker"

The primary firearm carried by Rooster is a Single Action Army Peacemaker. In the novel, it was stated that Rooster's "belt gun" was a .44-40, the same caliber as his Winchester. According to Walters, the revolver is a Colt Peacemaker with 7 1/2 inch barrel. Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon) carries a Colt Peacemaker with ornate carved ivory grips.

Colt Single Action Army "Cavalry" model with 7.5" barrel - .45 Long Colt
Rooster draws his Peacemaker.
A production image of Rooster with his SAA, (note the missing cigarette).
The "Peacemaker" used by Matt Damon in the film. (From the Blu-Ray special features).
Texas Ranger La Boeuf (Matt Damon) fires his SAA at some cornbread tossed by Rooster.
A view of La Boeuf's pretty ivory grips.

Remington 1875

"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) carries a Remington 1875 revolver with custom four-leaf clover emblem ebony grips.

Remington 1875 - .45 Long Colt.
The Remington 1875 used by "Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) in the film. (From the Blu-ray Special Features).
"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) draws his Remington 1875 revolver.
"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) reloads his Remington 1875 revolver with custom four-leaf clover emblem grips.

Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3

Harold Parmalee (Bruce Green) carries a Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 as his sidearm. He is seen with the revolver out during the final confrontation with Rooster.

Smith & Wesson Schofield - .45 Schofield.
Harold Parmalee (Bruce Green) is seen with the Smith & Wesson Schofield Model 3 during the final confrontation with Rooster.


Winchester Model 1873

Rooster Cogburn (Jeff Bridges) carries a Winchester Model 1873 "Short" rifle as his long arm in the film. His questionable accuracy with the rifle might be due to the fact that he is shooting it right-handed while attempting to use the sights with his remaining left eye. A better notion would be to shoot left-handed, but Rooster seems very much like a proverbial 'old dog'.

Winchester Model 1873 "Short" rifle with octagonal barrel. - .44-40.
Rooster takes aim with his Winchester 1873 "Short" rifle.
Rooster fires on Ned Pepper's gang.
"Well, that didn't pan out."

Winchester 1866 "Yellowboy"

"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) wields a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" during the famous charge at the end. This also appears to be the rifle carried by Clement "Doc" Parmalee.

Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" - .44RF.
"Lucky" Ned Pepper (Barry Pepper) wields a Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" during the famous charge at the end.
Lucky Ned with the rifle.

Henry 1860

True to the book, Tom Chaney (Josh Brolin) carries a Henry rifle. As in the original novel a length of rope is tied to both ends as a makeshift sling.

Henry 1860 - .44RF
Chaney with the Henry slung over his shoulder.
As in the original novel a length of rope is tied to both ends as a makeshift sling.

Hawken Rifle

When Mattie and Rooster confront the "Bear Man" or Dr. Forrester, he appears to be carrying a Hawken rifle on his horse.

Hawken Plains Rifle - .50 cal rifled
The rifle on the doctor's horse.

Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine

La Boeuf (Matt Damon) uses a Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine throughout the film. Mattie is later seen using the Sharps. It is a weapon of uncanny power and precision.

Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine - .45-70.
The Sharps 1874 used by Le Boeuf in the film.
Le Boeuf holds his Sharps 1874 Cavalry Carbine.
Le Boeuf drawing a bead on "Lucky" Ned Pepper with his Sharps.
Le Boeuf swinging his Sharps.
Le Boeuf setting up with his Sharps as Mattie looks on.


12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun

A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is carried by a passing Native American who fires it offscreen to signal that they are being followed.

Charles Parker 1878 shotgun - 12 Gauge.
A 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun is carried by a passing Native American who fires it off screen to signal that they are being followed.

Colt 1878 Coach Gun

A Colt 1878 Coach Gun is carried by Farrell Parmalee, one of the Parmalee brothers of "Lucky" Ned Pepper's gang.

Colt 1878 coach gun - 12 Gauge.
Farrell Parmalee (Mike Watson) carries a shotgun holstered in his saddle sheath.
Parmalee fires the shotgun.

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