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Sometimes it sucks being both a (well researched) Civil War reenactor and a history nut.  Movies like the Good the Bad and the Ugly get hard for me to watch when I see confederate soldiers in grey blanket wool with clean branch of service piping and union soldiers wearing 1870's wool undershirts.  It gets even worse when I see Clint Eastwood (and everyone else) using the pistol I use in reenacting, an 1861 Navy Colt but loading them with brass cartridges.  The brass cartridge conversion for the Colt wasn't available until 1868, the movie is set in 1862.  Still, this is the only movie that contains Sibley's New Mexico campaign, even though it's a total fantasy version of it. 

Oh Crap, Clint is about to use a Henry repeater.  I guess that's not TOO awful, they were available in 1862 for private purchase, but there were only 900 of them and they were all in the north.  

Does any of this make The Good the Bad and the Ugly a bad film?  Nope.  Will these things bother anyone else?  Nope.  Do they bother me?  Yep. 

Oh well, what do you expect from an Italian director making an American western.  Still one of the best movies ever.
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