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Shawn's—Ringo's large loop lever—John Wayne page
This is a publicity still from
Stage Coach, 1939. I had seen this photo a number of years ago, but that print was fairly small.
This image clearly shows Ringo's large loop lever.
...and a well-used butt stock, too! The Duke sure looks young!
Thanks Shawn for this great piece of info!
Guns & Ammo article from 2005
On the tube, it's best known in the hands of Chuck Connors as
The Rifleman and Steve McQueen in Wanted Dead or Alive. But unquestionably, the most familiar ... Keep It Rollin'
Known to generations of Western movie fans, the legendary Winchester Model 92 is having a career rerun.
But that all changed one week, when my friend the late Chuck
The Rifleman Connors invited my wife and me up to watch over his ranch in Tehachapi while he was
... Unlikely Home Defense Guns
You wanna chit chat about the rifle ~ maybe The Rifleman.....
just drop Shawn a line!
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a life long John Wayne fan and avid shooter,I've been doing quite a bit of
research on "The Duke's Winchesters"....the large loop versions. The
original two 1892 large loops were the brainchild of Yakama Kanut and John
Wayne. It sounds like there were two modified for the film. Then they appear
in several other films in the 1940s. If we skip up to the 1950s we see a
model 1892 with a standard 20 inch barrel with the more traditional egg
shaped large loop used in Hondo and Rio Bravo. Go ahead to 1969 and in True
Grit the Duke uses a Trapper Model 1892 throughout most of the film.
However, if you look close in the scene where they attack Ned Peppers
cabin....the 20 inch version shows up briefly....but that's the only scene
the standard size model appears. When Cogburn confronts Ned in the end...he
snaps around the Trapper (which can be seen in the NRA Museum Book in full
color). The Trapper shows up again in Rooster Cogburn, Big Jake and the
Shootist. The full size version shows up in El Dorado with Robert Mitchum
using a standard size Rifleman loop compared to John Wayne's standard large
loop. So, he actually had a Trapper version....standard 20 inch version and
the original Stagecoach version. Thanks Robert Griffin!
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