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    Gunsmoke opening showing SSA up close & shooting?

    I seem to remember that many, many, many years ago the opening "shots" for the beginning of the episodes were actually close ups of a SSA being cocked and fired.

    Am I crazy? Does anyone else remember that?

    I suppose that would never fly nowadays but it was sure cool 60(?) years ago.
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    That was "Have gun will travel"

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    Mandela effect in action ....

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    You may be confusing "Have Gun Will Travel" with "Gunsmoke". However in the original opening of Gunsmoke the camera was behind Matt's right hand looking over his Colt's grips down the street at Arvo O'jala, who was the actual adversary in the opening. Then he drew and fired. In "Have Gun Will Travel" the camera focused on the side of Paladin's holster and the Colt was drawn and then turned to point at the camera while he delivered his opening line. But you don't really see him.
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    "Gunsmoke" used to open with Matt Dillon doing the facedown on the streets of Dodge City. However, he was using a Great Western revolver, not a Colt.
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    I do remember the side shot of Paladin's holster, and wasn't there a chess piece on it?

    But I thought I remembered a colt being cocked, the cylinder rotating and the gun firing, all from different angles.
    Maybe some other western series?

    Oh well...............old memories and all!
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    Gentlemen: Paladin did not carry a Colt. It was a "hand made Hamilton, with a 2 oz. trigger." That was his story and he was sticking to it!
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    I "think" (remember) (?) also the start of a western with the single action being fired. Not Have Gun Will Travel - he just drew and cocked the gun. I also thought it was Gunsmoke in the very first season - about 100 years ago.. maybe we're just getting old. I do know Matt went from standard stocks to stags later on. And also adopted more slicked up holster. And Kitty was a knock-out!
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    JohnB is correct, I too remember the opening of Gunsmoke with closeups of a SAA being cocked and fired repeatedly, and this was before the face off between Matt and Arvo. I believe these were mid 1'st season but I distinctly remember them.
    Last edited by mag318; 04-07-2019 at 09:02 AM.
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