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A great deal of effort went into selecting the correct weapons for the people of Rejection Nevada to use in their 1889 struggle against Dirt Dragons. In making one of the few monster movie westerns we had a unique opportunity to showcase the legendary weapons of the old West in a new and exciting way. We went for historical accuracy and you'll see it followed through when you play our exciting Tremors 4 game Dirt Dragons. We made every effort to correctly represent the actual effective ranges and reload times of the weapons so you can really get a feel for what it would be like to face off against Dirt Dragons in the old West.
In 1860 Winchester plant superintendent Benjamin Tyler Henry patented this lever-action rifle which used self-contained metallic cartridges of his design. The tubular magazine mounted under the 24 inch barrel held fifteen cartridges but if a round was chambered before loading the magazine the Henry held 16 rounds and was aptly referred to with its common nickname of "sixteen-shooter". In practiced hands the Henry could fire one shot per second because working the lever loaded a fresh cartridge and cocked the rifle in one operation. The Henry was viewed as being difficult to load under battle conditions and susceptible to chambering problems when dirt got into the mechanism. If the user needed more than 15 shots quickly, other weapons were often recommended. In Tremors 4 Christine uses this weapon in the final battle.
And Wesson Model No. 3 top break
Gun maker Christian Sharps
patented the basic design for the Sharps Pepperbox in 1859. It used
4 barrels arranged in a square pattern. The barrels slid forward on
the frame for loading and were then locked into place for firing. The
gun is unusual in that the barrels did not rotate. Instead, the firing
pin on the hammer face was rotates by the use of a pawl on the side
of the hammer, firing a different barrel each time the gun is cocked..
This design was somewhat more reliable than conventional revolvers of
the era and gave rise to many imitations. Hiram fires the smallest Sharps,
a .22 caliber, in the muling station sequence.
For more information on the Sharps Pepperbox please visit this site.
Tecopa's handguns are Remington 1875 Single Action Army revolvers. They are six shot, 45 caliber, with 7.5" barrels. Remington intended this weapon to compete with the Colt Single Action Army but it was never widely used by any branch of the military.
This handgun was first issued to the U.S. cavalry in 1873 with a 7.5" barrel chambered for a 45 caliber cartage. The civilian version of the weapon was released in the mid 1870's as the Peacemaker and quickly became the sidearm of choice in the west. The cylinder held six rounds but one chamber was typically left empty because there was no safety. If the gun were dropped, or anything (like a tree branch) accidentally struck the hammer, the pistol easily could go off, even in its holster! Leaving an empty chamber under the hammer was the safest alternative.
Many of the most
famous/infamous characters of the era used the Colt SA, including Wyatt
Earp, Doc Holliday and the Dalton gang. Later issues of the gun offered
different barrel lengths and several smaller calibers. The single action
design of this gun limited the firing speed compared to some other weapons
of the era but it delivered rounds with deadly accuracy and a hefty punch.
Otherwise referred to as a "Frontier," "Equalizer",
"Six Shooter," or "Hogleg" this weapon is arguably
the most popular handgun ever made. In our movie, it's Black Hand Kelly's
weapon of choice, and he gives one to Hiram for target practice. Juan
also packs the Peacemaker in the film.
John Moses Browning (of machine gun and auto-pistol fame) designed this highly improved and powerful weapon. Unlike the weak toggle-link actions of preceding Winchesters, the '86 incorporated two solid steel locking lugs that slid up on either side of the bolt when the lever was closed, thus making a rock-solid arrangement for the longer-cased big-bore cartridges that were gaining in popularity, specifically the .45-70 Government. An added benefit of Browning's design was the action, said to be, "smooth as warm butter and faster to cycle than any other Winchester before it". The 86's admirers included such people as Admiral Perry (who took one to the South Pole), William Chandler (who took one to Africa), and Theodore Roosevelt (who took one everywhere). Juan and Black Hand both fire this big bore rifle in the muling station.
Our L.C. Smith stub twist 10 gauge coach gun (photo approximate), is one of many short, big bore, double-barreled guns favored by the men who job was to protect passengers and cargo on the West's overland stagecoaches (hence the term, "riding shotgun.") This heavy-hitter is used by Tecopa in the final battle.
Sharps 1874 Buffalo Gun
Before the advent of the Sharps rifle, buffalo hunting often meant riding along side a running buffalo and firing repeatedly at the animal until it dropped. This was not only dangerous but also stampeded the herd, which greatly limited the number of kills. The great accuracy and stopping power of the Sharps allowed hunters to quietly drop buffalo at a distance of hundreds of yards without alarming the herd. Skilled hunters could often kill 50 or more animals before wounding one and causing a stampede.
This is the rifle
Juan uses in the final battle. In reality it was 45-70 caliber but we
called it .52 caliber in the film because it sounded cooler, and could
still have been a custom loading.
Remington No. 1 Rolling block
The Remington Rolling Block was made to compete with the likes of the Sharps 1874. This rifle came in several different calibers and configurations including Sporting No 1. (pictured), Long Range Creedmoor and Mid-range Target. This is the gun Pyong Chang fires from the back of the steam traction engine during the final battle. It fired 45-70 blanks, but we called it a 45-120 in the film, which was another Western era big bore cartridge for which the rifle could have been made.
and Richards single shot
Colt Gatling gun.