Dead Man’s Burden: Clare Bowen and the Left-Handed Gun

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When I saw Philip DeJong’s photograph of Clare Bowen, I assumed it was a mistake because her left hand is on the trigger and her right hand is supporting the stock. But no. She is apparently left-handed.

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For comparison, here is an unidentified African American Civil War soldier holding a similar rifle, obviously right-handed. (Right hand on the trigger, left hand supporting the stock).

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But the poster for “Dead Man’s Burden” shows her holding the rifle left-handed. Notice that the hammer is on the right side of the rifle. This will be important later.

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She also holds a pistol left-handed.

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Because here’s an image from the trailer. Notice that the hammer has jumped to the left side of the rifle.

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Oh dear! The image is flopped!

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And she is actually holding the rifle like this.

About lmharnisch

I am retired from the Los Angeles Times
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