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Anachronisms 

Set soon after the Lawrence, Ks. massacre of 1863, the weapons used are the Colt 1873 Peacemaker, Remington 1875 revolver, and Winchester 1892 rifle.
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The saloon doors are plywood. The plywood industry wasn't born until 1907.
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The Arizona Rangers weren't actually formed until 1901.
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US Army troops escort a gold train of horses carrying large wooden boxes prominently marked 'U.S. Mint Washington D.C.' advertising the contents in hostile territory to any malefactor who might be interested. All though the U.S. Mint is headquartered in Washington D.C. it is not a production facility for either gold coins or gold bullion. The boxes are much too large to be carried by horses if they actually contained gold but are obviously empty the way they bounce up and down on the horses when they are run off in the ambush.
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Continuity 

In the final fight scene between Clint and Brady, Brady is restrained by the Indians and the shot shows his left hand is in front of him. However, in the next shot from behind, both of his hands are tied behind his back. When the shot returns to the front view he has a rope wrapped around his chest which was not seen from the rear view.
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Part of the raiders fall back to guard the entrance to the canyon whilst the rest remove the brush blocking their path. When the posse arrives, one raider is shot and falls behind the prone raiders. He has a pink shirt, black jacket and cowboy hat. The same raider gets up and is shot again later in the sequence after the lead raiders are shown.
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In the final fight scene between Clint and Brady, Brady is shown with blood on both sides of his face. After he receives a couple of punches, he is shown with no blood.
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Crew or equipment visible 

When the film opens up, with horses being ridden down a road, there are so many fresh large truck tire imprints.
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Rangers and soldiers are chasing the raiders down a dirt road after the gold robbery, fresh tire tracks left by the camera car preceding the chase group are clearly visible under the hooves of the galloping horses.
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Factual errors 

William Quantrill was killed in June of 1865, age 27. The actor who played him was in his late fifties at the time of production.
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The film moves from Texas to Arizona in 1866. The first town mentioned is Tombstone. Tombstone wasn't founded until 1879, two years after Ed Scheifflin made the silver strike that named the town and 13 years after the period in which the film is set.
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A 'devil's drink' purported to be 'peyote' in liquid form is consumed from a circa early 1960's Lancer's Rose ceramic wine bottle from Portugal.
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Quantrell never went anywhere near Arizona.
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Revealing mistakes 

Shortly after Audie Murphy's character is induced to join the Arizona Rangers he meets up with his kid brother at a watering hole where several very obviously plastic or fiberglass saguaros are uncharacteristically 'growing' at the water's edge. Only 6 feet tall they are multi-branched, something that would not happen until the cactus was much older and many times that size. Shot at Old Tucson Studios just outside of boundaries of Saguaro National Park West, Tucson Mountains rising in the background there are many real saguaros in the immediate vicinity which dwarf the bright green fakes.
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