40th Anniversary of the The Shootist

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John Wayne’s last film is remembered as one of his five all-time best Westerns

As worn by John Wayne as J.B. Books in The Shootist the pair of limited edition hand engraved Colt/Umarex Single Actions are a perfect fit for Jim Lockwood’s copy of the holster and cartridge belt worn in the film by Wayne.

As worn by John Wayne as J.B. Books in The Shootist the pair of limited edition hand engraved Colt/Umarex Single Actions are a perfect fit for Jim Lockwood’s copy of the holster and cartridge belt worn by Wayne.

John Wayne became a major film star playing the Ringo Kid in John Ford’s 1939 western Stagecoach. From the moment Ford zoomed in on Wayne spin cocking his Winchester Model 1892, his place in film history was established. His career spanned more than three generations, from 1930 when he starred in Raoul Walsh’s The Big Trail until 1976 when he made his last film, The Shootist. Released 40 years ago this August, the film did not do well at the box office, but has since come to be regarded as one of The Duke’s five greatest westerns. read more