Firearms

Firearms of 2012

Upcoming Hardin biopic pays attention to Hardin’s “real guns” presented in True West.

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“We’ve long held a fascination for the gunmen of the Wild West, and firearms enthusiasts have been especially interested in the hardware used by them,” wrote Phil Spangenberger, as he introduced our readers to the firearms owned or used by notorious desperado John Wesley Hardin.

After the publication of “Hardin’s Deadly Tools” in our April 2012 issue, we heard from Miguel Corona, the associate producer of an upcoming Hardin biopic, which will be shot in Texas this spring. “We are going for complete authenticity,” he said, assuring us all the correct pieces presented in Spangenberger’s article are in the inventory. Larry Zeug and his wife, Linda, wrote the screenplay and are the film’s executive producers. Larry, who has been a weapon’s specialist for over 50 years and appeared in 1993’s Tombstone, will be supplying the period firearms and gunleather for the film.

Before you know it, you may have the chance to see examples of Hardin’s firearms on the silver screen, such as the .41 Colt “Thunderer,” the .38 Colt “Lightning,” the 12-gauge W.C. Scott & Son English shotgun, the Smith &  Wesson .44-40...

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