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Shane Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by George Stevens
Release Date 1953
Studio Paramount Pictures
Distributor Paramount Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Shane Alan Ladd
Marian Starrett Jean Arthur
Joe Starrett Van Heflin
Joey Starrett Brandon De Wilde
Jack Wilson Jack Palance
Chris Calloway Ben Johnson
Fred Lewis Edgar Buchanan
Rufus Ryker Emile Meyer

Shane is a 1953 Western movie directed by George Stevens and based on the 1949 novel Jack Schaefer. The film stars Alan Ladd as the title character, a mysterious gunfighter who befriends a homesteader and his family and subsequently finds himself facing down a evil land baron and his band of gunslingers. The film would later be nominated for 7 Academy Awards, winning the award for Best Cinematography. Shane would later be referenced in such media as 1998's The Negotiator, the series Everybody Hates Chris as well as 2017's Logan.

The following weapons were used in the film Shane:


Single Action Army

Single Action Army Cavalry Model

Shane (Alan Ladd) carries a 7 1/2" Single Action Army Cavalry Model with a nickel finish and ivory (actually plastic) grips with engraved horse heads. In the climactic scene the SAA revolver is replaced with a Colt Police Positive (see below) in order to show the classic gunslinger fast shooting in Hollywood fashion.

2nd Generation Colt Single Action Army with 7.5" barrel known as the "Cavalry" model - Nickel plated model - .45 Long Colt
Shane's revolver in holster.
Shane draws his revolver.
Shane shows his marksmanship to young Joey Starrett.
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Shane puts the revolver back in holster.
Good side shot of the SAA. Note front sight is missing.
Shane's revolver in holster in the scene in saloon. In next moment it is replaced with an equally nickel plated Colt Police Positive revolver.
After the shootout Shane's revolver switches back to an SAA.
Shane (Alan Ladd) fires his revolver on a promotional image.
A promotional image shows Shane using the revolver to pistol-whip Joe Starrett (Van Heflin).

Single Action Army Civilian Model

Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) carries two Single Action Army Civilian Model revolvers with deep blue finish and faux mother-of-pearl grips. Like with Shane's revolver, one of Wilson's guns was replaced with a Colt Police Positive revolver in the climactic scene.

Colt Single Action Army with 4.75" barrel, case colored and blued, referred to as "Quick-Draw" or "Civilian" model - .45 Long Colt
Jack Wilson's revolvers in holsters.
Wilson fires at Stonewall Torey.
A frontal view of Wilson's revolver.
A side view of Wilson's revolver.
Jack Wilson (Jack Palance) holds his revolver on promotional images.

Various Single Action Army revolvers

Chris Calloway (Ben Johnson), one of Rufus Ryker's henchmen, carries an SAA revolver in holster. While this is an 1873 model, the shape of the grip frame defines it as being a Bisley model, first available in 1894 and, therefore, rather anachronistic.

Calloway carries a revolver in holster. The stag horn grip is seen.
Another view of Calloway's holstered revolver.

Rufus' young brother Morgan Ryker (John Dierkes) carries a revolver in holster. It is most likely a Single Action Army.

Morgan Ryker's revolver in holster hangs on the pillar in the scene of the brawl in the saloon. The grip length readily identifies the revolver as having an 1860 Army grip frame. It may be a conversion of an 1860 revolver or it may be a Model 1873 fitted with the longer grip frame(Hollywood actors with large hands sometimes had the longer grip substituted as it was more or less interchangeable. The 1872 revolver featured below was actually produced with both 1851 and 1860 style grip frames.
Morgan carries his revolver in holster.

One more of Rufus Ryker's henchmen (uncredited) carries a Single Action Army with deep blue finish and white grips.


Colt Police Positive

A Colt Police Positive with 6" barrel and same finish and grips as Shane's Cavalry SAA revolver is used as a "stunt double" in the climactic scene. In same scene Jack Wilson's revolver is substitued with a blued version of Police Positive with more common 4" or 5" barrel.

Nickel Colt Police Positive - .38 Special
Shane's Single Action Army is replaced with a more modern double action Colt when the gunslinger shows a feat of fast shooting.
Another view of the revolver when Shane fires at Jack Wilson.
Shane turns to Rufus Ryker. It can be seen that the revolver is a modern Colt.
Another view of the gun.
Shane shoots at Ryker.
The revolver in Shane's hand. In next moment it switches back to a Single Action Army.
Colt Police Positive with 4" Barrel - .38 Special
Wilson's Single Action Army is replaced with a blued Colt Police Positive.
Another view of the scene.

Colt 1877 Double Action (Cowboy Ranger version)

Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) takes out an ivory handled Colt double-action when he's about to go after Ryker. The revolver Joe appears to be a Colt 1877 DA Lightning. Most likely it is not a genuine Colt but one of its clones, like Belgian produced version known as Cowboy Ranger: the revolver has a slide safety below the hammer that doesn't exist on original Colts; also the wide grip in SAA style is uncommon for Colt 1877 DA. These Belgian revolvers were sold in the US by sellers like Sears and Montgomery Ward up until the mid 1920s.

Belgian Cowboy Ranger revolver based on Colt 1877 DA - .38 Long Colt/.38 S&W
For comparison: 1877 Colt Lightning in .38 Long Colt with 6" barrel
Joe takes a revolver in holster. Note the wide grip in SAA style, uncommon for Colt 1877 DA revolvers.
Joe Starrett loads up his revolver. The safety below the hammer is seen.
Another view of the scene.
The cartridge can be identifed as .38 that fits both Colt Lightning and "Cowboy Ranger" revolver.
Shane takes the revolver from Joe after the brawl.
Shane hands the gun to Marian Starrett (Jean Arthur).
A colorized promotional image shows Shane (Alan Ladd) and Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) with their revolvers.

Colt 1860 Army (Richards Conversion)

In the climactic scene Rufus Ryker (Emile Meyer) draws a revolver. It is seen very briefly but what is seen allows to make a guess that the revolver is a Colt 1860 Army with Richards Conversion.

Colt 1860 Army with Richards conversion.
Rufus Ryker draws his revolver but is gunned by Shane.

Colt 1872 Open Top Revolver .44 Caliber

During a confrontation with Jack Wilson, Stonewall Torrey (Elisha Cook Jr.) pulls out a revolver that appears to be a nickel plated Colt 1872 Open Top.

Colt 1872 Open Top - .44 RF
Stonewall Torrey pulls out a revolver that appears to be a Colt 1872 Open Top revolver.
Stonewall with his revolver during his confrontation with Jack.

Smith & Wesson Schofield

Townsman Yank Potts (Howard Negley) carries a nickel plated revolver in holster. The shape of the grip allows to identify it as a Smith & Wesson Schofield, and due to the size of the holster, the revolver is short-barreled.

Smith & Wesson "Wells Fargo" Schofield with nickel plating


Winchester Model 1892 (Mocked Up as Henry 1860)

When Morgan Ryker (John Dierkes) is seen walking upstairs to stay hidden, he is armed with a rifle that looks like Henry 1860 but actually is a visually modified Winchester Model 1892, with removed handguard. Such props are common in Western movies due to the lack of genuine Henry rifles.

Winchester 1892 - .38-40
Henry 1860 - .44 Rimfire (RF)
The rifle is seen in darkness but close enough for identification.
Morgan Ryker holds his rifle.

Stevens Crackshot

Joey Starrett (Brandon De Wilde) carries a .22 rimfire Stevens Crackshot around to play with, but his father won't give him any rounds for it because he is too young. When Joey works the lever while Shane is there, he whips around, ready to draw his pistol before realizing the situation.

Stevens Crackshot Rifle - .22LR
Joey aims his Stevens Crackshot rifle at a deer.
Joey with the rifle.
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Joey works the lever.
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Good view of the rifle.
Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) with Joey's rifle.
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Joe shows to Shane that the rifle isn't loaded.
Joey Starrett (Brandon De Wilde) holds a Stevens Crackshot rifle on a promotional image.

Springfield Model 1861

Two Springfield 1861 rifles (or some variant) are seen on the wall in Sam Grafton's saloon.

Springfield Model 1861 - .58 caliber Minie ball. Note curved hammer and conventional priming.
Two rifles are seen on the wall.
Another view of these rifles.
Another view of one of these rifles.
One more view of the rifles.
One more view of one of these rifles.

Unidentified rifle

One more long gun in the saloon is possibly a Trapdoor Springfield Rifle but this is a vague guess.

For comparison: Replica Springfield Model 1873 "Trapdoor Springfield" built by Uberti Arms - .45-70
The rifle is seen on the wall over the painting.

Percussion Cap Musket

A percussion cap musket or rifled musket of unidentified model is also seen in the wall in Sam Grafton's saloon.

The gun is seen on the wall over Shane's head.
Another view of the gun.

Flintlock (?) Musket

A long hunting musket, supposedly a flintlock gun, is also seen in the saloon.



Double Barreled Shotgun

When Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) talks to Morgan Ryker about meeting his brother Rufus he is seen carrying a Double Barreled Shotgun with exposed hammers.

Colt Model 1878 - 12 Gauge. An example of double barreled shotgun with exposed hammers.
Joe takes the shotgun from the wall.
Another view of the shotgun.
The business end of the shotgun is seen.
Joe loads the gun.
Joe Starrett (Van Heflin) holds a shotgun on a promotional image.
Marian Starrett (Jean Arthur) holds a double barreled shotgun on a promotional image. She doesn't hold this weapon in the movie.

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