By Lars Dalseide | March 11 2013 15:41

Curator's Corner segment of NRANews highlights Single Action Army from Peckinpah classic

Colt first generation single action revolver used by actor William Holden in The Wild Bunch

Fairfax, Virginia - Nobody made Westerns like Sam Peckinpah. And none of his movies were more controversial then his 1969 epic The Wild Bunch. The tale of aging outlaws trying for one last score, the group is led by Pike Bishop. Played by William Holden, Bishop spends the film fighting for his life with a Colt Single Action Army in hand.

That is the revolver you will see this afternoon on the Sportsman Channel's NRANews.

"The Wild Bunch, one of my favorite Sam Peckinpah Westerns," said Phil Schreier, Senior Curator for the NRA National Firearms Museum.

Colt 1st gen. single action army revolver used by actor William Holden in The Wild Bunch

The Colt, on loan from a friend of the museum, comes at an especially poignant time for the Curators. It's arrival eases plans for the transfer of firearms from Fairfax, Virginia to Springfield, Missouri.

"This revolver will be taking the place of some of the other firearms that are currently in our Hollywood Guns exhibit," said Schreier. "Later this year, they are making the move to our new museum at Bass ProShops headquarters in Missouri."

That move, schedule to commence in early July, will see more than 1,000 sporting arms arrive in Springfield. Included in the package will be a selection of Hollywood favorites. But remember ... you won't see this pistol there.

Colt Single Action revolver used by actor William Holden

To see the Single Action Army for yourself, and you're not coming to Fairfax, then be sure to tune in around 5:40pm this afternoon for the Curator's Corner segment on the Sportsman Channel. If you can't watch at 5, or if you don't have Sportsman Channel on your regular cable package (like me), then you can always catch it later this week in the Featured Segment section of


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