I think your guns are excellent, beautiful guns!
Boy o boy! What a tribute, and very well done, Dane!
Always admired and then lusted over that pair of fully engraved and blued GWs used in "The Shootist".But also no doubt in my mind JW wouldn't have built them the way they were delivered given a choice. This particular pair were a gift from Great Western to Wayne. He liked them enough to use them in the movie...which he likely suspected would be his last. But I'd also bet he preferred a Colt given the chance.
The originals now at the National Cowboy Museum, in OKC.
In 1976 John Wayne played his last role in "The Shootist". The story line was simple. "A dying gunfighter spends his last days looking for a way to die with a minimum of pain and a maximum of dignity."
Glendon Swarthout - The Shootist
John Wayne: one last shot before the final farewell - Telegraph
The film is based on the 1975 novel of the same name by Glendon Swarthout with a screenplay by Miles Hood Swarthout (the son of the author) and Scott Hale, and featuring Lauren Bacall, Ron Howard, Harry Morgan, Richard Boone and James Stewart among other well know character actors.
"The aging Books (John Wayne) and the Old West are dying. Arriving in Carson City, Nevada on January 22, 1901, reading reports of the death of Great Britain's Queen Victoria in the newspaper, Books is insulted by a stranger who calls him an "old man" and barks at him to get out of the way. Books seeks a medical opinion from someone he trusts, E. W. "Doc" Hostetler (James Stewart). Hostetler confirms a Colorado doctor's prognosis of a painful and undignified death from cancer, so Books rents a room from the widow Bond Rogers (Lauren Bacall) and her teenage son Gillom (Ron Howard) to contemplate his fate."
The Shootist - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
It is a story that has been played out many times in real life in one form or another. I find much to admire and ponder in the film. I liked it 30 years ago (for different reasons) and for more obvious reasons now.
Down but not out!
And my new pair below which took 2 years to get sorted out . Long Hunter's full action/ trigger jobs, rear sight cuts with bulleye ejectors added. Guns were shot a bunch before heading off to the engravers. Both guns are signed. The upper gun is by past Colt, master level engraver, John Adams Sr. and has slightly more cover than the lower gun. Lower gun was done by Darrick Smalley. The design for the pair mimics a specific, 1890's Cuno Helfricht pattern. Finish was done in an antiqued full blue. Beautiful colors and heavy grain in the matching bookend, one piece ivory by Gene @ Gunner Products which I then hand fitted. Only the lower gun is really showing the ivory very well in the less that stellar photo.
Two guns that shot well enough from the get go to deserve the extra cosmetic enhancements imo.
Infact Ive used 2400 powder in my 92 44wcf rile for neally 40yrs, yep its hot but it packs a hell of a punch, have rolled 100s of roos with this setup.Yahoody, speaking of H.V. .44WCF ammo, I saw a handload for it in "Cartridges of the World" using, I believe, Hercules, (it was from an old edition) 2400 powder, can't remember the charge, a 200GR bullet, supposedly giving about 1800FPS, IIRC, with a warning to use it only in 1892 actions in good condition.
TBone, I was saddened to see another good actor dieing right before my eyes in that movie besides JW. Who, you might ask? Richard Boone, jd45