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Cowboy (James Arness at 88) who used the Great Western revolver.

Discussion in 'General Gun Discussions' started by Red Cent, Jun 4, 2011.

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  1. Red Cent

    Red Cent Well-Known Member

    James Arness, who used a Great Western sixgun to (was going to say outdraw but he really doesn't) shoot Arvo Ojala. They comfronted ech other every week and Arvo never won.

    Matt Dillon joins Miss Kitty, Chester, and Doc. He was 88. He passed in his sleep.
  2. David E

    David E Well-Known Member

    I read that James Arness used an actual Colt made in 1895.

    Everything I read about the man was he's as good as they come.

    I'm glad I got an autographed picture when I did!
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  3. Smokey Joe

    Smokey Joe Well-Known Member

    The real deal...

    James Arness was "rather" familiar with the use of firearms fired in anger, his acting career quite aside. I suppose he carried an M1 in Italy, though perhaps because of his physical size he might have been a BAR man. From Wikipedia:

    Arness wanted to be a naval fighter pilot, but he felt his poor eyesight would bar him. His height of 6 feet 7 inches (2.01 m) ended his hopes, since 6 feet 2 inches (1.88 m) was the limit for aviators. Instead, he was called for the Army and reported to Fort Snelling, Minnesota in March 1943.[4]
    Arness served as a rifleman with the U.S. 3rd Infantry Division, and was severely wounded during Operation Shingle, at Anzio, Italy.[6]
    According to James Arness – An Autobiography, he landed on Anzio Beachhead on January 21, 1944 as a rifleman with 2nd Platoon, E Company, 2nd Battalion, 7th Regiment of the 3rd Infantry Division. Due to his height, he was the first ordered off his landing craft to determine the depth of the water; it came up to his waist.[4]
    On January 29, 1945, having undergone surgery several times, Arness was honorably discharged. His wounds continued to bother him, and in later years Arness suffered from acute leg pain,[1] which sometimes hurt when mounting a horse.
    His decorations include the Bronze Star Medal, Purple Heart;[1] the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with three bronze battle stars, the World War II Victory Medal and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

    I knew he was a combat vet, and even as a youngster watching "Gunsmoke" on B&W TV, appreciated that.

    Adieu, old friend.
  4. 22-rimfire

    22-rimfire Well-Known Member

    RIP sir. You will be remembered by thousands.
  5. threefeathers

    threefeathers Well-Known Member

    I've been watching the reruns on the western channel lately. Got to admit I was a fan.
  6. RogueLeader

    RogueLeader Active Member

    Had a chance to buy one of the Colts he used in his Gunsmoke series. It was in a store in Palmdale, CA. They wanted $18,000 and this was in 1987. I got to handle it, but no way was I able to afford it.
  7. silversport

    silversport Well-Known Member

    ...and he is Peter Graves' brother...RIP Mr. Arness...
  8. rio nueces

    rio nueces Well-Known Member

  9. JerryM

    JerryM Well-Known Member

    I had thought the guy he faced was Thell Reed. However, I do not know with any confidence. But the other guy was faster.
  10. 76shuvlinoff

    76shuvlinoff Well-Known Member

    When I was just more than knee high my dad told me the doc came every Sunday night and fixed up the loser in the opening gunfight so he'd be ready for next week.

    No wonder I'm like I am....

  11. windjammer

    windjammer Well-Known Member

    I guess I've seen most all the shows at least once. Has anyone ever seen Matt kiss Miss Kitty?
  12. rbernie

    rbernie Well-Known Member

    Not gun related.
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