June 2010

Wild Bunch Pistols Not 45s?

Reader Kimball points out that we had Stars in our eyes instead of Colts. Reader Howard shares an expert’s shooting technique. Reader Jackson moves on down the road—Godspeed to him.

Loved the article. However, you stated that the M1911 figured heavily in the 1969 production of Sam Peckinpah’s The Wild Bunch. This is incorrect, to a certain extent. Within the storyline, these were the pistols carried by many of the Bunch—but the pistol actually used for filming were Star Model B’s in 9mm. Stars were often used in place of 1911s by prop masters because the Star 9mm pistol was much easier to adapt for blanks than the 45 and was very similar in appearance. Thank you and keep up the good work.

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