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The Rare Breed

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The Rare Breed
The Rare Breed Poster.jpg
Original Theatrical Poster
Country Flag of the United States.jpg USA
Directed by Andrew V. McLaglen
Release Date 1966
Studio Universal Pictures
Distributor Universal Pictures
Main Cast
Character Actor
Sam Burnett James Stewart
Martha Evans Maureen O'Hara
Alexander Bowen Brian Keith
Hilary Evans Juliet Mills
Jamie Bowen Don Galloway
Charles Ellsworth David Brian
Deke Simons Jack Elam
John Taylor Alan Caillou

The Rare Breed is a 1966 comedy Western film directed by Andrew V. McLaglen and starring James Stewart, Maureen O'Hara and Brian Keith. Martha Evans (O'Hara), the widow of a British cattle breeder, brings a prized bull of the Hereford breed to the United States, planning to introduce the breed on the American West. The bull is purchased by Texas rancher Alexander Bowen (Keith), and wrangler Sam Burnett (Stewart) is hired to transport the bull to Bowen's ranch. Martha and her daughter Hilary plan to accompany Burnett on the trip.

The following weapons were used in the film The Rare Breed:


Single Action Army

Sam Burnett (James Stewart), Deke Simons (Jack Elam), Jamie Bowen (Don Galloway), Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) and Ed Mabry (Harry Carey Jr.) carry Single Action Army revolvers, mostly "Artillery" model.

Colt Single Action Army with 5.5" barrel known as the "Artillery" model - .45 Long Colt
Simons draws his revolver during the brawl between him and Sam Burnett in the saloon.
Marby's revolver in seen in holster.
Simons draws his revolver during the conflict with his companion.
Simons fires.
Sam holds his revolver.
Jamie Bowen holds his revolver after he falls from the horse.
Alex Bowen carries his revolver tucked into the belt. The barrel isn't seen so the exact model is unclear.
A good view of Sam's holstered revolver. Judging by the brown grip, decorated with a small silver horseshoe, this must be the same prop that James Stewart also carries in Bandolero!.


Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

When Deke Simons (Jack Elam) confronts his companion Ed Mabry, he holds a Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine, anachronistic for 1884 when the plot is set. Later Simons uses a Winchester 1892 rifle instead of the carbine, but when his rifle falls in hands of Sam Burnett (James Stewart), it switches back to a carbine. Jamie Bowen (Don Galloway) and Alexander Bowen (Brian Keith) are also seen with 1892 carbines.

Winchester 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine
Simons threatens Mabry.
Simons' Winchester 1892 rifle switches to a carbine in Sam's hands.
Sam fires his carbine to repel the wolf pack from the cows.
The receiver of Sam's Winchester is seen.
Alex Bowen holds a carbine when he, Jamie and wranglers go to search for Sam.
Sam, nearly buried by the snow, holds a carbine.
Jamie shoots to finish off a dying cow.
Another view of Jamie's carbine.

Winchester Model 1892 Rifle

When Deke Simons (Jack Elam) threatens Martha and Hilary Evans, he is armed with a Winchester Model 1892 Rifle instead of previously seen carbine. During the ensuing fight between Simons and Sam Burnett (James Stewart), Martha Evans (Maureen O'Hara) picks up the rifle, and then she hands it to Sam. Jamie Bowen's (Don Galloway) 1892 carbine switches to a 1892 rifle in one scene.

Winchester 1892 Rifle
Simons aims his Winchester 1892 rifle at Sam who has to surrender the revolver.
Another view of the same scene.
The barrel is seen at the left.
Another view of the rifle in Simons' hands.
Martha Evans with Simon's rifle.
Martha hands the rifle to Sam. During the subsequent chase after Simons, Sam holds a carbine instead of a rifle.
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Jamie Bowen holds a rifle in a winter scene instead of a carbine that he uses in other scenes.

Unidentified rifles

A number of rifles (or a mix of rifles and shotguns) is seen in Alexander Bowen's gun rack.

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The long gun at the far right may be a shotgun while others are supposed to be lever action rifles.

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