NRA National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier (as well as a number of firearms from the Hollywood Guns collection) was the subject of a Phil Spangenberger
article in April's edition of True West Magazine:
Now Playing: Hollywood Guns
New NRA exhibit features weapons from classic Westerns that include The Wild Bunch and True Grit.
“Why, by God girl, that’s a Colt’s Dragoon!”
Walker Colt - .44 caliber used by John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn in True Grit
, Courtesy of the NRA National Firearms Museum.
These words, uttered by none other than John Wayne, in his Oscar-winning performance as Marshal Rooster Cogburn in 1969’s True Grit, brought star status to the Italian replica Colt Walker revolver, which was originally intended to simply be a prop that saw sporadic use throughout the movie.
This and many other firearms used throughout movie history have become more than mere props or backdrops to the actors. Many became somewhat stellar themselves.
When you think of motion pictures like 1969’s The Wild Bunch, you can’t help but recall the 1917-A1 Browning machine gun used in the exciting final shoot-out scenes. In John Wayne’s 1939 classic Stagecoach, or in many of the Duke’s films, his large loop 1892 Winchester comes to mind. Thanks to the National Rifle Association’s (NRA) National Firearms Museum, in Fairfax, Virginia, 105 unforgettable movie guns are on display through July 2012 in a special exhibit titled “Hollywood Guns.”
Curator Phil Schreier assembled this impressive collection of firearms used in films from as early as 1929 on up through the latest hit movies of today. The exhibit displays guns from Westerns, film noir, war movies, fantasy films and epic adventures, as well as firearms commonly used by many of Hollywood’s top actors.
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