Guns of Justified, Part 2
Boyd Crowder • Ava Crowder • Dewey Crowe • Wynn Duffy • Robert Quarles • Boon
For Part 1 of Guns of Justified, click here
On the other side of the coin, there are a number of antagonists and criminals Raylan faces off against throughout the series, and some that are just around for one season. Some of those, like Robert Quarles have gimmicky firearms, other like Mags Bennet, prefers to use poisoned glasses and some of her famous apple pie moonshine as her weapon of choice instead of a gun. Lets take a look at the various guns of the bad guys of Justified.
Boyd Crowder (Walton Goggins) is a Harlan native that grew up with Raylan, though their paths sharply diverge after their time working in the coal mines together after high school.
Raylan goes off to college on his way to the U.S. Marshals Service and Boyd joins the Army, doing a tour in Kuwait during Operation Desert Storm. From there his path really begins to wind. When the series opens, Boyd is the leader of a group of white supremacists that rob banks.
He gets shot at the end of the pilot, by Raylan, and finds religion after recovering from the near-fatal wound—and helps others find his own brand of “enlightenment.” Like Raylan, he has a complicated relationship with his criminal father.
As a former military man, Boyd has a certain fondness for the Berretta 92FS, which he carries through most of the series in his waistband.
The U.S. military adopted the 92SF in 1985, replacing the M1911A1 in most units, likely making it Boyd’s service weapon during Desert Storm, though it’s never made clear if he uses the same gun or just a number of different Berettas. He uses the 92FS throughout the series, sometimes using two at a time when necessary.
In the pilot episode, the fact that Boyd is the villain of the show is driven home when he pulls out an M72 LAW rocket launcher and blows up a church in front of multiple witnesses. LAW stands for Light Anti-Tank Weapon, and the armament fires 66mm projectile launched via solid propellant. Boyd tells his crew that he did so for ideological reasons, but later Raylan (who always suspects the white supremecist ideals are simply something Boyd adopted to stay safe in prison and to gain followers after) surmises that it may have more pragmatic reason: the preacher was a rival marijuana distributor.
Raylan has a concise description of Boyd that he uses more than once: “Boyd likes to steal and blow shit up.” In fact, that was Boyd’s job when they worked in the mines, he was the one who set the Emulex charges to blow big holes in rocks.
Boyd continues his fascination with explosives with the purchase of an RPG-7 later in the series from an arms dealer. When it is first revealed to him, he remarks that it is a “Chinese-made” model, but it is actually an original Russian make judging by the two handles. He uses the rocket-propelled grenade to blow up one of his father’s drug shipments in Fathers and Sons in the first season.
Like all the other characters, Boyd had a different choice of handgun in the pilot. He uses a full-size nickel-plated .45 ACP 1911, which can be clearly seen in the final scene, after using a Glock 19 to execute a fellow white supremacist he suspected of being an informant or an undercover cop.
We later see him brandish a silver .45 later in season three.
Bulletville, the season one finale, lives up to name with an epic shootout in the end. Boyd, growing up in rural Kentucky, was no doubt familiar with workings of Ruger’s iconic deer rifle, the M77, which he picks up from a dead gun thug. He uses the rifle to save Raylan, before using the gun to “convince” the Deputy to let him drive away.
Also in the season one finale, Boyd ends up with a Smith & Wesson Model 586 that went from his father, to Arlo, and ultimately to him. The S&W 586 resumed production in 2012, so you can get your hands on a new one of these classics chambered in .357 Magnum.
Season two finds Boyd trying to live a wholesome life after the shock of loosing all of his followers to his now dead father’s vengeance.
Back working at the mine, he is approached by a former associate that wants to rob the mine’s payroll. Boyd is nothing if not cunning, and he ascertains that will kill him in the course of the robbery. He goes along with it, but turns the tables on the would-be robbers.
Even the shows that do exceptionally well making sure their firearms are realistic get lazy every now and then. In season three, we see an EKOL Grizzly Special, a blank-only semi-auto, making the rounds with various characters. With a generic look, it makes a good stand in for a compact semi.
Here is another example of the prop department substituting a blank-firing pistol for the real thing. In S5E5 Boyd is supposedly holding a Smith & Wesson Model 60 that had belonged to a corrupt businessman. In actuality, the black hammer and cylinder release reveal this to be a Umarex Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special, a blank-only replica of the S&W Model 36.
Ava (Joelle Carter) has called Harlan home her entire life, at one point vowing to die there. She goes through a series of ill-fated relationships, murdering her abusive husband Bowman, who happens to be Boyd Crowder’s older brother. She briefly takes up with Raylan, he high school crush, after her husband’s untimely death. She later falls for Boyd’s charms, and eventually takes up a life of crime at his side, ratcheting up the tension between the two men.
In the pilot, Boyd shows up at Ava’s with the intent of picking a fight with Raylan. Ava calls Raylan to let him know the meal she’s cooking for him is nearly ready. Raylan shows up, knowing full well Boyd will be there. Boyd sends Ava for some bourbon, but she returns with a shotgun, echoing the circumstances under which she shot Boyd’s brother with a deer rifle. Boyd is even sitting in the same chair. On closer inspection, it appears that the gun is actually a non-working replica of short-barreled 870 with a pistol grip.
Boyd pays Ava late-night visit in the beginning of the season one finale. Not wanting to take any risks, Ava cocks a pistol-gripped Mossberg 500AT before answering the door. Boyd apologizes for all the ills he’s visited upon her and goes off into the night.
At this point in the story line, the bad men in her life are still using Ava as a pawn. She refuses to sit idly by, however, as seen here. The Heckler & Koch P2000 is a modular, polymer-framed pistol introduced in 2001. It is available chambered in 9mm, .40 S&W, and .357 SIG.
Season two once again finds Ava manning a scattergun. Twice in the season she is seen wielding the 870 she keeps in her home. The pump first makes an appearance in The Spoil and later in Bloody Harlan, the season finale. Bo Crowder and his men take her hostage and Bo uses the shotgun to severely wound Johnny Crowder, Boyd’s cousin, for betraying him.
An organized crime syndicate out of Detroit is one of the reoccurring players in the series. One of the underbosses of that outfit, Nicky Augustine, saw fit to harass her. Ava responds by pouring booze on him and threatening to set on fire. She takes his gun, a Berretta PX4 Storm and keeps it for the rest of the episode. This polymer Beretta is a double-action/single-action pistol available in 9mm, .40, .40 S&W, and .45 ACP.
Ava is once again seen waving a prop gun in season four, episode 12. This time it’s a blank-only replica of the S&W Model 36, the Umarex Smith & Wesson Chief’s Special.
Dewey Crowe is a born loser of questionable intelligence. Though he may be a bit of an idiot, he is loyal, following Boyd Crowder since his stint as a white supremacist. Among the dumber stunts he pulls is impersonating Raylan to get a stash of drugs back, an action that isn’t looked upon favorably by the Marshal and is often used as a pawn and punching bag.
Dewey appears to be a bit of an opportunist when it comes to guns, though he shows a preference for small semi-autos.
The first time we see Dewey with a gun in his hand it’s a Mossberg 500 with a pistol grip and a sidesaddle shell carrier in the series premier. He retrieves it from his trunk to threaten Raylan, who warns him that he only draws down if he’s going to shoot to kill. He then asks if Dewey thinks he can rack a shell before Raylan puts a hole in him. Raylan empties the pump and sends Dewey away, but not before smashing his face against his own steering wheel.
The next time we see Dewey appear with a firearm it’s a revolver—a Smith & Wesson Model 10 to be exact. He dresses up like Raylan and tries to get a stash of drugs back that was taken in a highjacking. There’s likely plenty of Model 10s floating around Harlan, they’ve been in production (as the Model 1899) since 1899.
Not being the sharpest tool in the shed, Dewey is convinced that his kidneys have been forcibly removed from him in S5E5.
The bad news? He’ll die without them. The good news? The perpetrators will put them back in for only $20K. Dewey embarks on a string of armed robberies to raise the cash with what appears to be a Berretta Cougar, but the prop department actually used an air soft replica, the HFC M800, as a stand in. Eventually Dewey surrenders, after Raylan convinces him he most likely still has both of his kidneys right where they’re supposed to be.
Dewey is caught with a handgun in the season five premier, a violation of his probation. He tries to convince Raylan the pistol isn’t his, but the custom grips with his name engraved on them tell a different story. At first glance, the pistol appears to be a Smith & Wesson Model 36, but closer inspection reveals that it’s actually a Zoraki R1 blank-firing revolver.
A few smaller semis make an appearance in the show. In Over the Mountain, the fourth episode of the fifth season, Dewey attempts to trick a man into digging his own grave, but fails because, well, that’s what Dewey does. He shoots the man when he lunges at him with Colt Mustang, but the .380 round doesn’t finish the job and the two are left to fight with an entrenching tool.
Another airsoft finds its way into a scene with Dewey. This time the prop department thought a TSD Silver Caspian WE Hi-Capa airsoft pistol would make a good body double for a full-size automatic. In S5E12, Dewey shows his true colors as a born loser, accidentally copping to a number of crimes on tape.
Dewey seems fond of .380s, brandishing a Walther PPK/S in Kill the Messenger in season five. The PPK was too small to bring into America due to the Gun Control Act, so Walther put a PPK slide on a PP and created the PPK/S and skirted the import restrictions in the process. Since, the PPK/S has become popular in its own right, since it offers a pinky rest on its slightly longer magazine, which also holds an additional round.
Wynn Duffy (Jere Burns) is first portrayed as a ranking member of the Dixie Mafia, a crime syndicate that controls drugs, gambling, and other illicit racquets in the South, he is gradually revealed to be more of a mercenary criminal, offering his services and loyalty to whoever is in a position of power at any given time. One of his strong suits is collections, not hesitating to inflicting violence on loved ones to get his point across.
Eventually he enters an ill-fated partnership with Boyd Crowder to sell heroin. He even has a habit of turning state’s witness when he needs to.
In Hatless (season one), Wynn Duffy is seen with a nickel-plated 1911. It makes sense that someone that utilizes intimation in their trade would opt for a full-size .45. The silver full-size semi-auto is pretty convincing clone of a nickel-plated 1911, but a seam bisecting on the piece reveals it to be a fake, likely an airsoft gun.
Wynn is seen handling a Smith & Wesson Model 30 during a conversation. This is the same revolver that Raylan would later take from him, and play “Harlan Roulette” with. The S&W 30 seen here is at least 36 years old, Smith & Wesson ceased production in 1976.
In the second episode of the fourth season, Wynn and his goons confront the Crowder gang. Duffy appears to be holding a Walther PPK, but the pistol in question is probably a Kimar Lady K, a replica that only “shoots” 8mm blanks.
Things get a little bloody for Wynn Duffy in the fifth season premier. A trip to Detroit with Boyd Crowder brings him to an apartment on the wrong side of town, replete with a man being rendered with a chainsaw. Suffice to say, Wynn finds occasion to pull his pistol; this time the nickel-plated 1911 is not a replica.
In season 6, when Mikey knock Duffy out in his trailer and disarms him, it seems Wynn carries two small pistols on him, one of which looks to be another Walther PPK, along with an automatic knife and a leather sap.
Robert Quarles, played by Neal McDonough, is a lieutenant in an organized crime outfit out of Detroit. He is also a deeply disturbed man, having an unbelievably rough upbringing until he was 14, when the Detroit mob boss killed his father at his request. Quarles has a habit of beating and torturing male prostitutes, sometimes to death. This led to his exile to Harlan County, where he was given the task of setting up a pill mill to feed the new Oxy epidemic as a sort of penance.
To send a message to Raylan, Quarles guns down his ex-wife’s ex-husband in cold blood in S3E8. He plans to frame Raylan by using a round with his prints on it to do the deed. Later, he removes the suppressor from the two-tone Glock 17 and hides it in Raylan’s ex-wife’s house.
Robert’s signature weapon is a unique rig that conceals a pistol in his sleeve. He says it was inspired by Taxi Driver but reminds me of the one worn by Jim West in Wild Wild West. Whatever the origin it allows him to instantly expose a small semi-auto whenever he deems it necessary.
The gun looks to be an FIE Titan, but according to imfdb.org, the gun lacks a side-mounted external extractor, ribbed barrel, and ports, which indicate that the gun is actually a blank-firing EKOL “Tuna” pistol. In S3E12 he specifically mentions the pistol is chambered in .32 ACP and that he loads it with hollow points. Even if the gun was a real FIE Titan, it would be chambered in .25 ACP.
The first time he deploys and fires the little pistol, he has his hand covering the slide, which would be a very dangerous way to fire a semi-auto.
Toward the end of the season, during a drug-fueled bender, Quarles does an impression of a scene in Platoon utilizing a Remington 870 to literally shotgun a hit of smoked Oxy to a prostitute. This is the beginning of the end for Robert.
Boon didn’t get a lot of screen time in the series, only introduced in the final season and used sparsely in that—but that doesn’t mean he didn’t play a big role. He’s a cocky gunfighter with a big mouth seeking to make a name for himself by taking on the fastest draw in the land: Raylan Givens. Boon’s story arc ends just as it should, in a showdown with the gunslinging Deputy.
Beware the man with one gun, for he knows it well. Boon is a one-gun man, and that gun is a Single Action Army. Is there any pistol more fitting for a Western?
In a lot of ways, he’s Raylan’s foil. Whereas the Deputy has a reserved yet obvious style of his own, with his brown leather holster and cowboy hat, not to mention his swagger and unique way of making a point, Boon is almost a reflection of what a younger Raylan might have been like if he’d taken Boyd’s life path instead of his own. A gaudy, cocky gunslinger with very little in the way of morals.
Boon carries his Colt SAA in a full western belt rig, apparently not caring much if anyone, even law enforcement, sees he’s carrying openly. Inspired by his first confrontation with Raylan, Boon buys a hat of his own, which is closer to a federa than a cowboy hat…something some might call a Businessman’s Stetson, which Raylan ends up appropriating after his final gunfight of the show when his own hat gets a little, ventilated.
The new hat is much closer to what Elmore Leonard described atop Raylan’s head in his books (the author reportedly hated the hat that was chosen for Raylan in the show), likely in tribute to the author, who passed away before the show ended.
For Part 1 of Guns of Justified, click here
The show that turned an Elmore Leonard character into likely the coolest modern gunfighter on the small screen.