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(Courtesy of Minard Coons)
Gunbelt Trivia
... or who was wearin' what rig?


For those who pay close attention to the range costumes of the B western heroes and supporting players, you might notice that some folks appear to be wearing 'borrowed' gunbelts ... or the same ol' gunbelt seemed to pop up in movie after movie.

There were also some rather unique/different gunbelts. A good example is the one worn by Dennis 'Denny' 'Smoky' Moore (on the left).

If you're into B western trivia, this may be of interest.


The Gunbelts



Gun and gunbelt weblinks

The Autry National Center museum has six-guns, holsters and other memorabilia from Ken Maynard, Buck Jones, Monte Hale, others: http://theautry.org/the-colt-revolver-in-the-american-west/western-entertainers
and they also have many articles and photos highlighting "The Colt Revolver in the American West": http://theautry.org/the-colt-revolver-in-the-american-west/overview

Nudie Cohn was one of the more famous designers of western wear used by the Hollywood cowboys. Skilled craftsmen such as Edward H. Bohlin and Bob Brown fashioned gunbelts and saddles used by many of the B western personalities. You can read more about them at:

Handgun expert John Taffin has a nice article on the Colt single action sixgun, along with clones such as the Great Western models and Ruger designs ... some of the movie and TV cowboys are mentioned: http://www.sixguns.com/range/colt.htm

Jim Lockwood's 'Legends In Leather' website has photos and descriptions of his gunbelt and holster designs that are based on those worn by Clayton Moore as the Lone Ranger, Roy Rogers, William 'Hoppy' Boyd, Gene Autry, Charles 'Durango Kid' Starrett, and more. In some of the descriptions, the original maker of the rig is identified. Go to: http://www.legendsinleather.com/thumbnails.html

Many of the firearms (and blank cartridges) used in films came from Stembridge Gun Rentals, a company that was formed circa 1916 by James Stembridge and Cecil B. DeMille. There's some info on Stembridge at: http://www.stembridge.us/2004/10/25/stembridge-gun-rental/



(Courtesy of Walt Grigg)
Walt Grigg's collection includes this box of "5 in 1" flash powder blank cartridges produced by the Stembridge Gun Rental company.

These could be used in various calibers of the Colt single action and Colt lookalikes. This box of blanks has a 1948 date on it.


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