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Tombstone - Fast Reloading
In the scene where Curly Bill is high on opium and shooing up he town, he fires 12 shots rapidly in succession. Then, about 30 seconds later, he begins firing again. If you look at his guns closely, you can tell they are a single-action six-shooter that must be reloaded one bullet at a time. Not only that, but in order to remove the cylinder, you must remove a screw first. There's no way he could have popped in fresh cylinders. I'd like to see ANYONE reload two guns, one bullet at a time in under 30 seconds while high on opium.
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'Ol Gabe writes:
Curly Bill's Opium sequence has him shooting off 19 rounds at the moon, windows, lanterns and the moon again. Curly's final and 20th shot is the one that hits and kills the character played by Harry Carey, Jr. During the scene inside the tavern where Behan urges him to take care of the shooting, we hear a pause in the outside barrage, it is actually long enough for an accomplished shooter to reload both empty sixguns! However, it can only be done by somebody that does it all the time and whose life dependeds on it. A competent, accomplished handgunner can empty and reload a single action sixgun of that variety in a short amount of time, under 30 seconds if he is really good! Yes, Ive seen it done many times and yes I can do it myself, although it takes a bit more than 30 seconds. It all depends on several factors: how and where you are standing, where you position the fresh cartridges, how you hold your sixgun when you empty it, etc., etc. It does not require the removal of a screw on the cylinder as suggested, that was the modus operandi in the Clint Eastwood movie PALE RIDER. In that situation, a different type of single action revolver was used, the process was started by dropping the loading lever, adjusting the cylinder wedge, removing the just-shot cylinder and replacing it with a fresh and pre-loaded one, realigning the wedge and closing the loading lever. Again, a competent shooter can do this in a short amount of time with much practice. Of course, Clint did it extremely well and practiced in order to accomplish it with finesse. We are led to believe that being on opium gives Curly Bill an edge as he traversed the street and 'shot the moon'. Neurologists will tell you that speeding up the activity of nerve endings, dendrites, etc., and the synopsis factors will cause an effect of getting things done a little, or in some cases, a lot faster than normal. Think about how slow you are in the morning before your first cup of coffee or can of cola and how much more efficient you are after 3? Yes, its possible to get off 20 rounds in that amount of time if you are really good and practice an awful lot. Would Curly have done this and been that good? Presumably yes, after all he was a killer by trade not a farmer, his trade demanded that he be fast and reload fast or he'd be dead!
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