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Old 12-31-2018, 11:44 AM   #1
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Wrong TV Westerns

Just did some reading about bad Western guns. Bonanza took place in 1859-73. But just about everybody carried Colt SAAs and Winchester 92s. Gun belts didn't have cartridge loops, though. Ben Cartwright was different, he carried a Remington 1875 Army, and a Winchester 73 that had a big silver "C" inlaid in the stock. Supposedly in the first season you did see some correct cap and ball revolvers, which would have been right for loopless belts (?)

The Rifleman took place in the 1880s. He carried a Winchester 92 in 44-40, modified with a set screw that pushed the trigger when the loop closed. Kept him from squashing his finger doing rapid fire.

Wanted Dead Or Alive took place right after the Civil War, but Josh Randall's Mare's Leg was a shortened 92. His belt carried 45-70 ammo, which wouldn't fit a 92, but it looked better.......

At least in Gunsmoke, 1870's Matt Dillon didn't carry a 1911.......just a full-auto Colt

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-VvMtYJ_is

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Speaking of Matt Dillon, I'm sure this has been shown before, but it's always a fun watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-VvMtYJ_is
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Speaking of Matt Dillon, I'm sure this has been shown before, but it's always a fun watch:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e-VvMtYJ_is
I added that as you were typing. Great minds think alike.... Here's another fun one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncgs7JfW_7k

He set it up as a gag on the rest of the cast. Scared 'em half to death...
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I remember Robert Horton on Wagon Train was in jail and he was smoking a filtered cigarette.

What always got me about the westerns is they would get into a gun fight and shoot 20 rounds out of their SAA's without a reload or some guy would be shooting at them with a rifle from 50-75 yards and miss and they would whip out a handgun and center punch him with one shot.
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I remember one Hopalong Cassidy film. Several bad guys were in a cabin at the top of a hill, blasting away at Hopalong. Hopalong marched up the hill with his huge white hat and sixgun, and got a bad guy with each shot. Great shot, and rotten lumber? He never got a scratch, of course.
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Lucas McCain also wore Wrangler jeans, which didn't come along till 1947.
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With about 30 years as an antique dealer, it's easier for me to notice the incorrect china and glassware. Many Westerns used Blue Willow china, because it COULD have been period correct, but they usually used what was available in the department stores when the shows were made. Bonanza and Rifleman both used Made in Japan Blue Willow circa 1960's. Bonanza always had Kings Crown ruby stained goblets. Those didn't come along til 1890, and the ones they used were from the 1960's or 70's.
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I'm lookin for one of costner's 20 rnd revolvers. Hope to get one bought before they're banned.

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I recall a chase scene where the bad guys were chasing the stage coach, bullets flying, and as they rounded the rocks, there was a 1957 Chevy. (Really, I saw it.)
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I added that as you were typing. Great minds think alike.... Here's another fun one:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncgs7JfW_7k

He set it up as a gag on the rest of the cast. Scared 'em half to death...
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I'm lookin for one of costner's 20 rnd revolvers. Hope to get one bought before they're banned.

https://youtu.be/EK0LAKTTvxA
Awesome shootout.
As a kid I would go outside to play and tell my mother "let me know when the cowboys be on." I miss good westerns.
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At 4:00 I would come in and listen to the radio as they had 15 minute programs on and I would lay on the floor and listen to them. "The Shadow", "Sky King", "Sgt Preston and King the wonder dog" and of course "The Lone Ranger". Two of the 4 made it to TV shows.
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At 4:00 I would come in and listen to the radio as they had 15 minute programs on and I would lay on the floor and listen to them. "The Shadow", "Sky King", "Sgt Preston and King the wonder dog" and of course "The Lone Ranger". Two of the 4 made it to TV shows.
And William Conrad as Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke! He played Connon on TV, was too wide to play Dillon on TV, couldn't fit in a chair with guns on!
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And William Conrad as Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke! He played Connon on TV, was too wide to play Dillon on TV, couldn't fit in a chair with guns on!
I got a couple of CDs, set up as mp3, on Ebay last year that are the Gunsmoke radio shows. They hold about 10 hours each, and they were only about $4. Helps the time pass on a road trip.
Floyd, from Andy Griffith, is Doc. I think he got his 1st Barbering gig a few years later on The Real McCoys.

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And William Conrad as Marshall Dillon on Gunsmoke! He played Connon on TV, was too wide to play Dillon on TV, couldn't fit in a chair with guns on!
Cannon was a good show. I forgot Superman, another radio show. It was great for a kid as it stimulated the imagination listening to them. I always had a hard time with the shadow and mostly just listened to the laugh.

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Cannon was a good show. I forgot Superman, another radio show. It was great for a kid as it stimulated the imagination listening to them. I always had a hard time with the shadow and mostly just listened to the laugh.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uMlRpN8ANrU
My brother and I spent many hours laying in front of our big Philco console radio listening to those shows. My son has it now, a great conversation piece! Still works but needs a new power cord Grand kids didn't know what it was at first.

We have a hundred or so old time shows on cassettes, find a player today!
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Always liked the Mexican bandit cartridge belts crisscrossing their chest loaded with 30 06 ammo for their lever action Winchesters.
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I wish somebody could modify the film of Reagan getting shot. He gets fired on then swings around with his own pistol and guns down John Hinckley. Or maybe he uses the Secret Service's Uzi that was seen. Go Ronnie!
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I wish somebody could modify the film of Reagan getting shot. He gets fired on then swings around with his own pistol and guns down John Hinckley. Or maybe he uses the Secret Service's Uzi that was seen. Go Ronnie!
Reagan carried a 38 SPL snubnosed revolver probably a Smith and Wesson while he was president. He carried when he was in Hollywood as well. That's back when actors weren't screaming liberals.

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I read somewhere that he had a nice but small collection, I think mostly vintage Colt SAAs and Winchesters, but don't quote me on it...I can't find a description now. Several mentions of a .38 in his briefcase while in office.

We have to remember that Reagan supported the Mulford Act that banned open carry in California, the Brady Bill that started background checks, and the original assault rifle ban. I think open carry is usually a bad idea, and have no issue with background checks (that aren't kept on file), but the AR ban seemed pointless since other rifles are equally capable of the same performance.
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