What was the make of revolver used by Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider?

What was the make of revolver used by Clint Eastwood in Pale Rider?

Arthur Wagner

Kerrville, Texas

Our firearms expert and Field Editor Phil Spangenberger tells us: “The gun used in Pale Rider was a New Model 1861 (not an 1863) Remington revolver. These are commonly misnamed as the 1858 Remington—of which there is no such animal. Navy Arms founder Val Forgett Sr. called his replica of the ’61 Remington the 1858 to avoid problems with patent rights.

“I know Clint used the 1861 model because I made his holster for the gun. He pulled the lever down to slide out the cylinder base pin (there is no barrel wedge on a Remington) and removed the cylinder. With the cylinder removed, he replaced it with a fully loaded cylinder, held in a cylindrical pouch attached to his gunbelt (I didn’t make the pouch).

“This was a very accurate re-creation of how the early Remington cartridge conversion revolvers could be reloaded.”

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Marshall Trimble

Marshall Trimble is Arizona’s official historian, board president of the Arizona Historical Society and vice president of the Wild West History Association. His latest book is Arizona’s Outlaws and Lawmen; History Press, 2015. If you have a question, write: Ask the Marshall, P.O. Box 8008, Cave Creek, AZ 85327 or e-mail him at marshall.trimble@scottsdalecc.edu