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May 23, 2022 - 8:26 pm
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The 1873 Winchester used by Paul Newman in the 1967 Western film, Hombre, has two countersunk holes in the trigger. They were there when the rifle was used in the film. My theory is it may have been to add an attachment to allow rapid firing of the rifle using only the lever, but I could be totally wrong. Has anyone ever seen this done before to any rifle? I would appreciate any answers or suggestions.

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That would be my guess as well. I have seen 2 73’s modified to fire upon closing. This one would would need a piece of metal bend a little sharper than 90 degrees screwed to the back side of the trigger and would be activated when the lever was close to closed. The trigger block safety would have to be removed for it to work.

I can’t make it to Cody because of the time of year its held.


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Glad we agree. In one scene in the movie Newman’s character rapid fires the rifle rapidly while it’s laying atop a mud wagon (type of stagecoach). I know it can be done by keeping your finger positioned near the trigger but shooters run the risk of harpooning their finger tip with the bottom edge of the trigger. I assume they didn’t want Newman to risk hurting his finger.

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Once again, thanks so much for the reply! Sorry you can’t make Cody.


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