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Developed jointly between Samuel Colt and Captain Samuel Walker, the Colt Walker (also known as the Walker Colt) was intended to be a sidearm that was extremely powerful at close range and capable of killing horses as well as men. In fact, prior to the introduction of the .357 Magnum, it was the most powerful handgun in the world and had an effective range of around 100 yards. However, it had two major drawbacks. The first being that it was fucking huge and generally had to be holstered in the saddleit is possible to carry one in a belt-mounted holster, but it will get in the way of pretty much everything, and good luck drawing in any manner other than slow, awkward, and potentially unsafe. The other being that the barrels had a tendency to rupture should proper care not be taken in maintaining the weapon. Overfilling it with powder was a common way to destroy a Walker, since the weapon couldn't handle the pressures of a full load of powder. As a result, only around 1100 of them were ever made, though modern replicas are widely available (and are invariably what you'll actually see in films). It was quickly superceded by the Colt Dragoon, which was less powerful, but fixed many of the issues of the Walker, including its size and tendency to rupture.
- Colt Walker is the weapon of choice for the Saint of Killers in Preacher. As he gains the title he gets a new pair, which are forged from the sword of the previous saint in hellfire. The resulting weapons never miss, apparently never run out of ammunition, can shoot through anything (like, say, the armor of an M1 Abrams tank) and kill just about anything in the entire creation. Including God.
Films — Live-Action
- Josey Wales carries a pair of them (along with two smaller pistols).
- Mentioned in Unforgiven. Part of the real story of the death of "Two Gun" Corcoran mentions that he carried one of these weapons and it exploded on him, allowing English Bob to finish him off.
- In The Last Stand The Dragon uses this gun for no good reason, other than Rule of Cool.
- In the original True Grit, this is the gun Mattie Ross used...incorrectly called a Dragoon. The remake however, gives her an actual Dragoon.
- Pops up in the Destroyermen series, as the standard-issue sidearm of Captain Samuel Anson, a spy who helps captured US Navy aviators Fred Reynolds and Kari-Faask escape from the Holy Dominion. Reynolds initially figures him to be from the Empire of the New Britain Isles, based on his rather British-like accent. turns out that he's actually from the previously-unknown New United States, founded by the Sailors and Marines aboard a US fleet bound for Veracruz that crossed into the altEarth during the Mexican-American War, and have been at war with the Dominion ever since. Considering some of the beasties found in this world, it makes perfect sense to carry such a Hand Cannon for your sidearm.
In fiction, expect a scene where the Gun Goes Click, only for the user to fire the second barrel at the surprised antagonist. Modern reproductions are available from the Pietta company of Brescia, Italy. After the Civil War was over, Jean LeMat attempted to adapt the concept metallic cartridges, but the resulting revolvers were even bulkier and incredibly ugly. Since cartridge revolvers could be reloaded much faster than cap-and-ball revolvers, the advantages of a nine-round cylinder and shotgun barrel weren't as significant and the added bulk was no longer really worth it, resulting in these post-war LeMats being a commercial flop and even rarer than the wartime models, yet at the same time less valuable to collectors, since they lack the Civil War connection. Further killing sales was the fact that unlike Colt and Remington percussion revolvers, the original LeMat design wasnt capable of conversion for cartridges due to the muzzleloading shotgun barrel being integral to the frame and the .42-caliber chambers being too closely spaced to allow cartridge rims to clear eachother. A cartridge-firing LeMat, redesigned as such from the ground-up, was easily one of the most Steam Punk-looking and godawful-ugly weapons ever made by human hands, and needless to say was even less successful than its cap & ball predecessor.
- Cool Action: As mentioned, firing the middle barrel when it appears you've run out of ammunition.
- Carried by Allan Quartermain in the first volume of The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen.
Films — Live Action
- Swede Gutzon in the Quick Draw film The Quick and the Dead.
- Cold Mountain. Carried by the male protagonist Inman.
- Firefly. Jayne Cobb uses a handgun based on the LeMat.
- Carried by the title character in Johnny Ringo, a short-lived TV Western airing 1959-60.
- Bruce Willis is handed one at the airport so he can assassinate the bioterrorist at the climax of 12 Monkeys.
- A cartridge-firing model is used by the Man in Black on the Westworld TV series as his Weapon of Choice. He puts the shotgun barrel to good use in the episode "Chestnut", using it to blast through a piece of cover that a gunman is hiding behind. It has to be disassembled in order to reload (which is why the real LeMat was never adapted for cartridges), but the park's robots are unable to actually harm the human guests, so it averts Awesome, but Impractical. Given that the titular Westworld is a theme park where all of the guns were specially made for use there, rarity was no object, and it bears no resemblance whatsoever to the historical LeMat cartridge model. Given that the Man in Black has been going to the park for thirty years and has learned all of its ins and outs, it makes sense that he'd use a flashy, unique revolver.
- Dr. Theophilus Algernon Tanner in the the Deathlands novels, has carried two different LeMat revolvers.
- Used by Ezra Justice in the novel The Justice Riders, written by Chuck Norris.
- The title character utilizes a borrowed one during the final battle in the Dirk Pitt Adventures chapter Deep Six. The second barrel, naturally, happens to be Chekhov's Gun.
- The LeMat becomes available to the player late in Red Dead Redemption, but due to the game engine not supporting alternate firing modes, the developers neglected to include the secondary buckshot feature.
- In The sequel it is added for Red Dead Online, and this time they add the shotgun feature.
- The Unreal Tournament 2004 mod "Ballistic Weapons" features a modernized variant of the LeMat as the "Wilson 41-DB", as the second revolver available after the Anaconda-inspired D49. It deals less damage per shot, but competes with a faster reload, less recoil, and a nearly-doubled capacity (9 rounds plus a shell in the shotgun barrel).
- Appears in both Call of Juarez and its prequel, Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood. Like the Red Dead Redemption example above, it only acts as a nine shot revolver and the shotgun barrel isn't useable.
The Reichsrevolver M1879 was a single action revolver introduced to the Imperial German Army as their sidearm in 1879. It was chambered in the unique 10.6x25mmR cartridge, which is often thought of to be based on the .44 Russian cartridge in terms of size, and power. Reloading the weapon was similar to the Colt Single Action or the Nagant Revolver by ejecting the spent cartridges on the right side of the weapon, then inserting a new round. Reloading by removing the cylinder altogether and then change the cartridges was also an option. The weapon was already considered to be outdated when it was introduced, with the Smith and Wesson Model 3 having a break-top action that allows the spent cartridges to be ejected all at once with an extractor, and later revolvers like the Webley had a double action, where the hammer does not need to be cocked between shots. The gun even lacked an ejector rod to push out the spent cartridges, requiring the user to carry one with them. The manufacturers simply went to design a crude, yet robust and reliable weapon that can easily be produced in large numbers. Ultimately, the Germany army kept the Reichsrevolver until 1908, where it was replaced by the famous Luger P08. Despite being an older weapon, it did see some action in World War One, where the robust design allowed it to endure the conditions of trench warfare in contrast to its semi-automatic contemporaries. The revolver even saw some service in World War 2 as a sidearm for the Luftwaffe.
A later variant, the M1883 was the same in almost every way, except for a shorter barrel that made the gun lighter and more easier to wield.
Films — Live Action
- The German spies that confront Diana and Steve Trevor in London in Wonder Woman wield Reichsrevolvers.
- The Reichsrevolver appears in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Doctor Watson, as Inspector Lestrade's sidearm.
Strongly resembling a giant Single Action Army, and like it, fires in single action and uses a loading gate, though it also uses the transfer bar system used by the Ruger Blackhawk and other modern single action revolvers. It's generally used as a showoff piece for those who think the Smith & Wesson 500 isn't enough of a Hand Cannon for their liking, though with some of the smaller calibres, the recoil is almost negligible due to the sheer size of the thing.
Films — Live Action
- Appears in Looper, used by both Joe and Old Joe as well as Abe and his Gat Men.
- Available in Fallout: New Vegas as the "Hunting Revolver" chambered in .45-70 Gov't. It's powerful and has a mean kick, meaning a slow rate of fire. Veteran NCR Rangers carry an ornately decorated version with gold bear grips known as the "Ranger Sequoia" as a reward for honourable service. Chief Hanlon has one and can use it to kill himself if the Courier requests that he turn himself in. The Gun Runners' Arsenal DLC adds a moddable version of the standard hunting revolver, allowing the Courier to add a scope, a six shot cylinder, and a match barrel to improve the gun's stats.
A very rare semi-automatic revolver that uses the force of the previous shot to revolve the cylinder and cock the hammer; the Mateba is one of only a handful of attempts to create such a weapon, and the first well-known example since the Webley-Fosbery about a century earlier. It's also notable for having the barrel at the 6-o-clock chamber as opposed to the 12-o-clock as most guns are, in an effort to reduce muzzle flip and felt recoil (a lifelong obsession of Emilio Ghisoni, the designer of the Mateba and several other unconventional revolvers). It comes in .357 Magnum, .44 Magnum, and .454 Casull, with each respective variation also able to load and fire .38 and .44 Special and .45 Colt. Barrel lengths generally range from four to eight inches, though there was also a revolver rifle variation called the "Grifone" with an eighteen-inch barrel, handguard, and stock. Was made by a single company in Italy, and discontinued after a few years; it turned out semi-auto revolvers are rare for a good reason, since they lack the inherent simplicity that is the chief advantage of using a revolver rather than a semi-auto in the first place (such as, for instance, requiring replacing of the recoil springs in its automatic mechanism for it to properly cycle with .38/.44 Special and .45 Colt). That said, as of early 2018 the weapon appears to have made a return to limited production. Emilio Ghisoni eventually went on to create the similar Chiappa Rhino (which also has an entry on Cool Guns), which shares the 6-o-clock barrel position but is otherwise a traditional double-action revolver, which entered production shortly after his death in 2008.
Anime & Manga
- Trigun — Vash the Stampede's gun (and his brother Knives' identical gun) visually resembles the Mateba (it has the same 6-o-clock barrel arrangement), though it's otherwise a regular break-open, double-action revolver.
- One of the episodes of Magical Shopping Arcade Abenobashi has Sacci using one of these.
- Togusa's weapon of choice in all of the Ghost in the Shell series. His Mateba isn't a real world production model, but a combination of two different Mateba variants. There's also a chance that his is actually a traditional double-action revolver, as the Major comments on how he refuses to carry an automatic.
- The tech manual refers to Togusa's revolver as the "Mateba 2008M" and it apparently take design cues from both the Unica Six and its immediate predecessor, the Mateba 2006M, a visually very similar (and even rarer) revolver that's a conventional double-action but has the same 6-o-clock barrel configuration.
- Ithaqua from Demonbane is patterned after a seriously-upscaled Mateba revolver.
Films — Live-Action
- The main character in Gamer uses what appears to be a Mateba model 6 during a shootout while escaping from the alternate-reality game Society. The ammo limitation doesn't seem to affect him at all.
- Wash has one in the movie Serenity, it is shown being held by River in the poster, but it is only seen used by Jayne and Zoe.
- Used by Joe during the Shanghai scene in Looper.
- Give 'Em Hell, Malone: Malone's Weapon of Choice is a Mateba Model 6 Unica.
- The Mateba appears prominently in Insurgent along with the Chiappa Rhino.
- Battlefield 4 has it make an appearance in the Dragon's Teeth map pack, as the "Unica 6".
- PAYDAY 2 doubles-down on the rarity with the Alesso Heist DLC by adding the 2006M, the Unica 6's rarer non-automatic predecessor, including alternate barrel lengths such as a "Pesante (heavy) Barrel" based on a long barrel for it that's even rarer than the 2006M itself. It's referred to as the "Matever .357", named after the mistranslation of its name from Ghost in the Shell. It's the most accurate of the revolvers (able to reach perfect accuracy just with skills to boost it), and it's the only one other than the Judge that can accept gadgets like lasers and flashlights, but it can't be concealed as much as the Bronco or Peacemaker, and it can't accept sights or barrel extensions.
- Shows up in Watch_Dogs. Completing ten Crime Detection events unlocks a special variant called the Chrome, which fires in three-round bursts.
- Nathan Drake gets to use one in Uncharted 4: A Thief's End, named the "Barok .44". It's a Hand Cannon, capable of plugging any unarmored foe in a single round.
- Amanda Ripley's revolver in Alien: Isolation is based off the Unica. It notably differs in that it features a a more traditional (and slower) reloading mechanism.
A Russian top-break revolver designed in the early post-Soviet days, the REX was designed primarily for the export market (hence its name: "REX" stands for Revolver for EXport). However, it failed to find a market; the US and Russia reached an agreement at the time that Russian handguns wouldn't be exported to the US, which cut off what would have been its primary market, and Russians themselves had little interest in revolvers like it. Still, it has recently seen a fair amount of use in modern video games and such, due to its sleek, futuristic design. It also features a top-break design with an automatic extractor that ejects spent casings as soon as the cylinder is opened. For some reason, this is very rarely seen in any kind of media.
Normally, top-break revolvers fire relatively slow, low-pressure rounds, due to their being inherently weaker than solid-frame designs: instead of the stress being distributed across the entire frame, it's concentrated into a single relatively small point: the latch holding the barrel and frame together. This is why, despite being even more convenient to reload than swing-open cylinders, the top-break configuration slid into disuse over the first half of the 20th century. The REX was the first time anybody attempted to make a top-break firing a high-powered Magnum round. Uncertainty about whether it was up to the task might have contributed to its inability to find a market, though superior modern metallurgy probably made it strong enough.
- Battlefield: Bad Company was probably one of the first games to prominently feature the REX; here, it was shown as the Middle Eastern Coalition's standard handgun. It reappeared in Bad Company 2, but was made available to all factions. In both games, it's the most powerful pistol available, but also the slowest to fire and load.
- It came back in Battlefield 3 as well, in spite of the generally more realistic selection of weapons in that game. Notably, this is probably the only game in which the automatic extractor is actually used.
- It comes back again in Battlefield 4 as the standard secondary weapon in the campaign, given to Recker by the former squad leader before his death in the first mission and unlocked for multiplayer upon completing that mission. You can switch it out for a different gun when you find a weapons crate, but there are a few moments in the campaign where you lose your gun and Recker draws an MP-412 from nowhere, presuming that he keeps it on him at all times for a sort of sentimental value... and also as a backup for those occasions when he loses his guns.
- Perhaps following on Battlefield's heels, Modern Warfare introduced it in its third installment. It's the starting weapon on some of the harder Survival Mode maps, and features an incredibly slow and over-wrought reloading animation (nearly identical to the one from Bad Company, incidentally) to balance out having identical power per shot to the later-unlocked .44 Magnum.
- Counter-Strike Online has a weirdly dressed-up version called the "Skull-1", which is apparently chambered in .50 cal and using some kind of dedicated anti-zombie ammo.
- Red Steel features it as a pretty run-of-the-mill Hand Cannon.
- Brink features it as the "Caesar Revolver," another skin for the game's rather overbuilt .357 revolver.
- Ghost Recon: Future Soldier features the REX as a sidearm for the Bodark faction; originally it was an unlockable bonus for playing a Facebook game, before that game was removed and an update added it to everyone's arsenal. Also notable in that, while hard to tell from the fact that it's a third-person shooter that doesn't focus on the reloads, the automatic extractor is perhaps being used for the first time since the above Battlefield 3.
The hand cannon of hand cannons, the Model 500 is a double-action, five-round revolver firing the largest caliber production revolver cartridge available for public sale today. Designed to function as a serious handgun hunter's weapon, or a personal defense weapon against grizzly bears, the .500 S&W Magnum round the revolver fires can take down even large African game such as cape buffalo, rhino and elephant. When Smith & Wesson created the .500 S&W Magnum, they had no weapon that could handle the muzzle energy and pressure generated by the round, so they built a whole new gun around their largest revolver frame, the X Frame. Later, the Model 460 variant was introduced, chambering the also-new .460 S&W Magnum (an even more powerful version of the already very powerful .454 Casull), which is the highest-velocity production handgun cartridge.
After it debuted, it generated a fair amount of controversy in a number of state and national governments over the possibility of criminals utilizing a handgun with this much firepower. Said controversy quickly died down when legislators realized nobody in their right mind would use this thing in a shootout, the price of the weapon and its ammunition further adding to its impracticality. Firing the weapon requires a fair amount of body strength and training, as an untrained or unfit shooter could find the recoil sending the gun into their face or the expelled gasses giving them severe burns. Thusly, the weapon is largely restricted to fit, wealthy people who want an expensive, high caliber shooting range gun or big-game handgun hunters.
That said, this has not stopped writers of fiction from giving their heroes and villains from all walks of life this massively overpowered weapon. It may well be on the way to being the next Model 29 or Auto Mag, the iconic weapon the hero uses when they really want to kill someone or something dead.
Anime & Manga
- Red Shield Agent David uses one in Blood+ as an appropriate choice of caliber against the incredibly tough Chiropterans.
- South American dictator Leopoldo Luna from The Punisher Max mini series carries one with him. At one point even espousing his fondness for the revolver.Luna: This 500 magnum from our mutual friends at Smith and Wesson makes Dirty Harry's revolver look like a weasel's cock!
- The Punisher uses two, appropriately enough, in Punisher: War Zone. One with an 8-inch barrel, another with a 4-inch barrel and a low magnification scope, tactical light, muzzle break and laser sight.
Films — Live Action
- The Octopus in The Spirit uses a pair of modified 4-inch Model 500 revolvers, the barrels and chambers modified to look even bigger than the real thing.
- Shows up twice in Machete. A 4-inch model used by the title character and a 8-inch barrel version used by Lindsay Lohan's character, April Booth.
- Appears in Ride Along when James takes Ben to a gun shop to acquaint him with firearms. James tells Ben to pick out a gun to try out on the range and Ben picks up a Model 500. Turns out that it's too heavy for him to lift, let alone fire, so James picks out a Glock instead.
- Harry Dresden gets one of these in Skin Game. Given the power and size of some of his opponents, he really needs it. Plus, the Winter Mantle lets him fire it one handed without much issue.
- One of the handguns of choice for an outlaw motorcycle gang in the game Hitman: Contracts. Agent 47 can use this, and even dual wield them without obliterating his wrists.
- First showing up in Resident Evil 4 as an unlockable weapon after you beat the game, it has also appeared in Resident Evil 5, Resident Evil: The Umbrella Chronicles and Resident Evil: The Mercenaries 3D. Unsurprisingly, it can kill most enemies in one shot, but it either costs a lot of cash or comes with very little ammo. Or both. It also appears in Resident Evil 6, the magnum of choice for Jake Muller. Notably, in the final chapter of Jake's campaign, it is used to kill Ustanak once and for all.Jake: This shit ends... Now!
- The Blue Sun mod for 7.62 High Caliber adds the gun, though it's quite rare and expensive (as is the ammo) and the realistic impracticality of such a massive and overpowered sidearm makes it a matter of style more than effectiveness. The mod even includes a copy of the Resident Evil 4 gun with the embedded laser pointer.
- In Just Cause 2, Rico Rodriguez runs into and uses a Model 500 with a modified barrel, based off of a Taurus Tracker, which makes it look even more ridiculously large than it already is. Like Agent 47, he too can go Guns Akimbo with them without consequence to himself. It starts out carrying 7 shots per cylinder, and it can be upgraded until it holds an impossible 12 rounds. As expected it's ridiculously powerful, even without upgrades generally killing people in two shots maximum, and even able to shoot through the cockpit glass of a helicopter if you don't have the time or patience for the hijacking QTE.
- In Persona 3, Takaya Sakaki uses a large caliber revolver that the Persona 3 official art book identifies as a Model 500.
- Appears in the video game version of Quantum of Solace as the "LTK Super Magnum".
- In Killing Floor 2, a "Bone Collector" model (an extremely limited production run of a thousand revolvers, including a compensator and barrel-top rail) is the top tier weapon for The Gunslinger class. Its in-game description outright calls it "hand artillery". Again, it can be used akimbo with next to no penalty beyond looking ridiculous, which isn't exactly a "penalty" - the player characters even manage the impressive feat of reloading the two guns without ever taking more than two fingers off of either grip.
- Nero's personal sidearm Blue Rose from Devil May Cry 4 onwards, is basically a double-barrelled Model 500 loaded with two different cartriges like a [LeMat] revolver which, surprisingly, has two shooting modes: the first uses regular bullets which he never reloads while shooting (though one cutscene in 4 has him reloading it in such a ridiculous way, the in-game animation shows that he will reload it after he finished shooting. Oh, and both barrels shoot simultaneously too, with the under-barrel spouts what appears to be either a hollow point projectile or saboted slug), and the second is a charged shot, where Nero will charge the round for greater damage to enemies.
A predecessor of the Mateba Autorevolver mentioned above, and rather more conventional in appearance; at a distance it's almost indistinguishable from a regular revolver. Designed in the 1890s, it came about during a time when semi-automatic pistols weren't that popular or good yet. It was based on the then-standard issue sidearm of the British Army, and about five thousand were made between 1901 and 1915, in both .455 and .38ACP. The action sounds like pure Clock Punk, with the entire barrel and cylinder moving backwards in the same manner as the slide of a semi-auto pistol in order to turn the cylinder (via a system of zig-zag grooves in the cylinder and complex set of internal springs to ratchet along those grooves); firing one has been described as "an interesting experience". It achieved some success as a target pistol but was never adopted as a service weapon, and the handful of officers who took privately purchased Webley-Fosberys into combat generally regretted it; it was heavy (even moreso than the already hefty regular Webleys), generated a lot more felt recoil than a regular Webley and had a very low tolerance for mud and dirt. It does, however, allow for rather quick yet still accurate shooting, in the hands of a skilled marksman who's experienced with the gun.
- Ange, and more rarely some of her fellow spies, make use of these in Princess Principal. Some flashbacks to Ange's training at The Farm make it appear that this gun is the standard-issue sidearm of all the spies in her group.
- Used to kill Miles Archer in The Maltese Falcon, both book and film versions. The film gets the calibre wrong, describing it as ".455, eight shots." In reality, and in the novel, the .38 version had eight chambers while the .455 version had the usual six.
- Tobacco Stained Mountain Goat, in direct homage to the above.
Films — Live-Action
- In Van Helsing, the title character's custom revolvers are vaguely based off the Webley-Fosbery revolvers due to their the serrations on the cylinders and fully automatic nature.
- Wielded by Sean Connery's character in Zardoz. Connery had to manually cock the gun after each firing, because the blanks didn't generate sufficient recoil to cycle the action.
Live Action TV
- A Webley-Fosbery chambered in .455 appears in the Murder, She Wrote episode "Powder Keg" in the hands of a bar owner. His showing off of the weapon early in the episode indicates that it will end up being the murder weapon and its unique ammunition is mistaken for stab wounds on the victim.
- Appears in Battlefield 1 as a sidearm. It stands in for the more reliable and popular Webley Mk VI actually used by many British officers, but the latter gun was eventually added into the game in its very last update in mid-2018.