Thunder at the Border
Thunder at the Border (original German title Winnetou und sein Freund Old Firehand, alternative English title Winnetou and Old Firehand) is a 1966 Eurowestern directed by Alfred Vohrer. It is the tenth movie in Winnetou film series, based on the novels by Karl May (though in chronological order it preceeds the first film, Treasure of Silver Lake). In Thunder at the Border a group of Apache, lead by Winnetou (Pierre Brice), is attacked by Silers (Harald Leipnitz)) and his brigands near the Mexican border, but the hunter Jason Waade known as "Old Firehand" (Rod Cameron) and his friends help Winnetou against the gang. Winnetou and Old Firehand go to the Mexican town of Miramonte where they find out that Sgt. Mendoza (Rik Battaglia) recently arrested Silers' brother, and the town is under threat. Old Firehand, his friends Tom and Caleb, and Winnetou with his sister Nscho-tschi deside to help the townsmen.
The following weapons were used in the film Thunder at the Border:
Single Action Army Revolver
Single Action Army "Artillery" revolvers (probably modern European replicas) are used by Silers (Harald Leipnitz), his lieutenants Derks (Aleksandar Gavric) and Vince (Milan Bosiljcic), the chieftan of Mexican gang Luis Sanchez Quilvera (Miha Baloh) and some of their men. Sgt. Mendoza (Rik Battaglia) and bartender German-Joe (Aleksandar Stojkovic) also use SAA revolvers.
Arminius HW-1S Revolver
Many of Silers' and Quilvera's brigands are armed with 5-shot Arminius revolvers with 6" barrels. It appear to be the long barreled version of HW-1S signal revolver. Due to continuity errors, Silers (Harald Leipnitz) and Quilvera (Miha Baloh) themselves are sometimes seen with Arminius revolvers instead of most often used Single Action Army revolvers. Some Mexican soldiers also carry Arminius revolvers. During the attack on the town Winnetou (Pierre Brice), Tom (Todd Armstrong) and Jace Mercier (Jörg Marquardt) arm themselves with Arminius revolvers, taken from slain brigands.
Percussion Cap Pistol
Moses (Ilija Ivezic), one of Old Firehand's friends, carries the handgun that looks lile enormous four-barreled pepperbox revolver. After Moses is killed in action, Caleb (Vladimir Medar) takes his gun. The weapon isn't a real pepperbox as the barrel doesn't rotate, and only the top muzzle fires. The general shape and size of the weapon allows to make a guess that this is possibly a flare pistol, visually modified by adding a barrel cover with three fake muzzles. Supposedly same prop is used in the crime film Zombie Walks of Rialto-Edgar Wallace film series, made by same studio two years later.
Double Barreled Shotgun
Old Firehand (Rod Cameron) and his friends Tom (Todd Armstrong), Caleb (Vladimir Medar) and Moses (Ilija Ivezic), carry Double Barreled Shotguns with exposed hammers. Winnetou (Pierre Brice) also use a double barreled shotgun (this movie is set in time before Winnetou obtained his signature weapon, "The Silver Gun", from his father Intschu-tschuna). Bandits and townspersons also use double barreled shotguns.
Unlike other shotguns, the one, used by Sir Robert Ravenhurst (Viktor de Kowa), is hammerless.
Winchester Model 1894
Kipplaufbuchse Single Shot Rifle
Single shot top-break hunting rifles are widely used by various characters, including hunters Caleb (Vladimir Medar) and Tom (Todd Armstrong), many townspersons, notably Jace Mercier (Jörg Marquardt), Leon Mercier (Dusan Antonijevic) and old Puglia (Emil Kutijaro), bandits and Mexican soldiers. Such rifles were (and still are) produced by various manufacturers in Europe and America, often referred by the German term Kipplaufbuchse.