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Long Riders, The
The Long Riders is a 1980 Western film that dramatizes the exploits of the James-Younger Gang. Directed by Walter Hill, the film is notable for the casting of 4 families of actors including the Carradines (David Carradine, Keith Carradine, and Robert Carradine), the Quaids (Randy Quaid and Dennis Quaid), the Keaches (James Keach and Stacy Keach), and the Guests (Nicholas Guest and Christopher Guest). Also of interest is the amount of period weapons seen in the film besides the typical Colt Single Action Army.
The following weapons were used in the film The Long Riders:
Merwin and Hulbert revolver
Clell Miller (Randy Quaid) carries a Merwin and Hulbert revolver as his main handgun. This revolver was not available to the public until 1876, the same year that Clell Miller helped robb the bank in Minnesota as depicted in the movie.
Cole Younger (David Carradine) is seen with a Remington 1875.
Sharps Model 1C Pepperbox
Four-barreled Sharps Model 1C Pepperbox is also seen in the film held by Bella Starr (Pamela Reed).
Smith and Wesson Schofield
Frank James (Stacy Keach) is seen with a Smith & Wesson Schofield.
Harrington & Richardson Premier
A top-break, .38 Harrington & Richardson Premier revolver is the weapon of Vernon Biggs (Chris Mulkey). Frank is seen with one as well.
Jim Younger (Keith Carradine) is seen with what appears to be a .44 caliber Colt Walker revolver when they rob the coach. Despite the presence of a loading lever latch, this is a Walker and not a Dragoon or '51 Navy. (See Discussion page for detailed argument.)
Movie prop Colt Police Positive
A Colt revolver is seen held by Ed Miller (Dennis Quaid) during the bank robbery. It is also seen used by Bob Younger (Robert Carradine). This double-action, modern revolver (it looks like a Colt 1917) has been modified to look like a Colt Single Action Army, installing a fake extractor rod housing on the right side of the barrel. This kind of props were frequently used in the 50's Western movies (see the Police Positive below), when an actor wasn't able to use a Single Action Army with the speed required by the script. It is somewhat surprising to find one in this movie, which uses such a variety of antique handguns. Another possibility is that it was a representation of a Colt 1878 Double Action Revolver.
Single Action Army
Various models of the Colt Single Action Army are used by several characters in the film.
Winchester Model 1873
The Winchester Model 1873 is used by several of the outlaws in the film.
Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Rifle
A Winchester 1866 "Yellow Boy" Rifle is also a prominent rifle used in the film, notably by Bob Younger (Robert Carradine).
The Winchester Model 1892 also is used.
Frank James uses a stainless steel Winchester 1892 that has been modified to look like a Henry Rifle.
12 Gauge Harrington & Richardson Topper Single Shot Shotgun
Both Cole Younger (David Carradine) and John Younger (Kevin Brophy) carry 12 Gauge Single Shot Shotguns .
Colt 1878 Double Barreled Shotgun (Sawed Off)
A Colt 1878 double barreled shotgun with the barrel sawed down to short length is carried by guard riding shotgun on the wagon.
12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun
At least one citizen is seen blasting away with what appears to be a 12 Gauge Double Barreled Shotgun at the robbers during the "Great Northfield Minnesota Raid".