Guns of Yellowstone: Beth, Rip, and More

The television show “Yellowstone” has quite a fan base, from the viewers addicted to following Beth and Rip, to the people wishing they’d been cowboys and those who enjoy the vengeful nature of the plot lines. But there are also some of us who enjoy getting a look at the wide array of guns wielded by the cast. Check out our top five list of guns from “Yellowstone.” To be fair, it’s impossible to choose only five from the entire series, but we tried.

Marlin 336A

ranch hand with lever action rifle
A ranch hand on the Dutton ranch is seen early on aiming a Marlin 336A. (Photo credit:

It probably shouldn’t be surprising that the creators of the show decided to include a lot of older firearms platforms, but somehow it is. The Marlin 336A made an appearance in the series premiere (the same episode where Kevin Costner’s character had a revolver). Marlins are fantastic lever-action rifles and the 336A is no exception. This one’s most likely chambered in 30-30 Winchester, meaning it gets the job done at closer distances but doesn’t have stellar reach-out-and-touch-something capabilities. It’s a nice lever, and fun to run. Would a ranch hand choose it to defend against whatever they find in the fields and mountains? You tell us.

Although the Marlin 336 line has been in and out of production with a lot of variants for nearly a century, the 336A entered production in 1948. The odds are in favor of the rifle on “Yellowstone” being chambered in 30-30 Win, but that isn’t a definite thing. There were so many variations of the guns, with different magazine lengths, varying barrel lengths, and quite a few rather random possible chamberings. One thing’s for sure: The lever action fits right in with the old cowboy feel of the show.

Heckler and Koch HK416D

HK used by livestock agent
An HK416D? Yes, please! The gun sees serious firefight use by Kayce Dutton. (Photo credit:

Yes, there are some cool guns in the television show. One great example is the Heckler and Koch HK416D used by Kayce Dutton in a few firefights. It made its 1st appearance in the 1st episode of Season 4 but has also shown up in flashbacks and other scenes. This is apparently Kayce’s truck gun (or at least he has it stashed in a duffel in his truck in a scene). That’s a pretty awesome gun to have on hand in your truck.

With its 5.56 NATO chambering, 10.39-inch barrel, and selector switch, safe to say this is an NFA item. Heckler and Koch designed the gun for US Special Operations forces and has made a number of variants over the years. In the television show, Kayce Dutton has a red dot mounted to the Picatinny rail. In perhaps the gun’s most infamous appearance, Kayce uses it to chase after the men who shot John Dutton, Kevin Costner’s character.

Kimber Custom II

livestock agent with Kimber Custom II handgun
In “Yellowstone,” the Livestock Agents all appear to use Kimbers as their duty weapons. (Photo credit:

Livestock Agents in the show carry Kimber Custom IIs as their duty weapons. You might be wondering if Livestock Agents are even a thing, and the answer is yes, they’re real. Livestock Agents work to facilitate the sales and purchases of livestock (generally speaking). The specifics of their jobs depend on the location. Yes, they’re technically law enforcement, and as such they can and do carry guns while on duty. Although their portrayal in “Yellowstone” isn’t precise, it’s close enough for horseshoes and hand grenades.

Both the stainless steel and the two-tone Kimbers are seen in the show. Although we can’t really confirm the caliber, it’s likely the guns used by the agents are 45 ACPs (this model is also available in 9mm and 10mm). It’s a Government 1911, meaning it has a five-inch barrel and a full-size frame, and it is a classic single-stack, of course. Interesting choice for the agents to all carry Kimbers. What do you think? Would their duty weapon be a Kimber or something else? Would it be a 1911 at all?

Parker Bros 1878 (maybe)

Beth Dutton with a double barreled shotgun in Yellowstone
Beth Dutton armed herself with a double-barreled shotgun in the aftermath of a deadly attack on her family. (Photo credit:

This is up for a little debate. Following a rather impressive attempted killing spree by an untold number of hitmen, Beth Dutton is among the last standing (no major characters died, but comas and drama happened). Months later, she’s still sitting on the front porch of the Dutton homestead holding a side-by-side shotgun. It looks like a Charles Parker 1878, and that would certainly be appropriate for the gun theme the show seems to follow. Whatever it is, it’s a beautiful gun and does seem to fit the persona of Beth Dutton (although we suspect she’d use anything and everything for a weapon).

It’s not impossible that the shotgun Beth Dutton is seen gripping is a Parker Bros model, but there are some discrepancies. After way too much time spent peering at the screen attempting to make things out, we’ve decided to leave it up to you all. What do you think her side-by-side shotgun was in Season 4? Remember, if it’s a Parker Bros, it could have quite a few hammer and safety variations, not to mention finish, trigger/s, and 12 or 10 gauge. Give it your best shot in the comments.

Heckler and Koch USP

Rip uses a Heckler and Koch USP in a heated standoff in season two of Yellowstone.
Rip uses a Heckler and Koch USP in a heated standoff in season two. (Photo credit:

The Heckler and Koch USP makes a few appearances throughout “Yellowstone,” but a particular scene that stands out involves Rip. In the scene in question, Rip is involved in a standoff with a Beck Brothers bodyguard, and apparently, both he and the bodyguard have USPs. The same model is used by others in the same episode including Dan Jenkins, who is played by Danny Huston, and Kayce Dutton. Does this indicate a shortage of prop guns or the recognition of a seriously cool pistol? Hard to say.

Interestingly, the Heckler and Koch USP was originally chambered in 40 Smith & Wesson, although a 9mm version was released simultaneously. There are also variants chambered in 357 Sig and 45 ACP. Most likely the gun used in “Yellowstone was a 9mm.” This isn’t exactly the company’s best handgun of all the models they make, but it’s certainly a solid pistol. And hey, it’s nice to see some higher-end gun love in the movies that even we mere mortals can afford.

What’s your favorite gun scene in “Yellowstone”? Tell us about it in the comments section.

Kat Ainsworth Stevens is a long-time outdoor writer, official OGC (Original Gun Cognoscenti), and author of Handgun Hunting: a Comprehensive Guide to Choosing and Using the Right Firearms for Big and Small Game. Der Teufel Katze has written for a number of industry publications (print and online) and edited some of the others, so chances are you've seen or read her work before, somewhere. A woman of eclectic background and habits, Kat has been carrying concealed for over two decades, used to be a farrier, and worked for a long time in emergency veterinary medicine. She prefers big bores, enjoys K9 Search & Rescue, and has a Master's Degree in Pitiless Snarkastic Delivery.

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