John Wayne’s Single Action Army from Rio Lobo on NRA’s Curator’s Corner

By Lars Dalseide

John Wayne's Single Action Army Revolver from Rio Lobo
John Wayne’s Single Action Army Revolver from Rio Lobo
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Fairfax, Virginia --(Ammoland.com)- When an NRANews crew shows up at NRA Headquarters, there’s usually a member of the staff or two who watch the interview being filmed. When they come to film an episode of Curator’s Corner, there’s usually a crowd.

This time was no exception as Senior Curator Philip Schreier brought out a new gun on loan to our Hollywood Gun Collection. Another John Wayne original. This one, a Colt Single Action, found its fame after appearing alongside the Duke in classics like Rio Lobo.

There’s a gentleman up in New Jersey who is one of the premier John Wayne collectors,” said Schreier at the National Firearms Museum. “He brought us this first generation Single Action Colt the Hollywood Guns display. One of the revolvers John Wayne used for a number of appearances including Rio Lobo.”

Staring as Sheriff Cord McNally (a former Union Colonel), Wayne teams up with former Confederate officers in Rio Lobo to track down a Union traitor. You can learn more about the 1970 film Rio Lobo on IMDB. And for you history buffs out there … you’re correct. The Single Action Army wasn’t yet in production during the movie’s post Civil War timeline.

In addition to Rio Lobo, records from the prop house previously holding the piece indicate that Wayne also used this Colt in True Grit in addition to a number of television Westerns.

The Single Action Army, designed in 1872 by William Mason and Charles Richards, was Colt’s answer to Rollin White’s defection to Smith & Wesson. Also known as the Peacemaker, it has been dubbed by the Blue Book of Gun Values as “the most copied revolver with over fifteen clones currently in production.”

John Wayne's Single Action Army Revolver from Rio Lobo
John Wayne’s Single Action Army Revolver from Rio Lobo

If you’d like to catch a close up view of this Single Action Army, tune for the Curator’s Corner segment later this afternoon (around 5:40) to the Sportsman Channel. Or, if you can wait, then check out Curator’s Corner in the Featured Segment section of NRANews.com.

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