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Guns of the Old West

Guns of the Old West Summer 2019

Guns of the Old West is for the tens of thousands of Americans involved in our fastest growing shooting sport, Cowboy Action Shooting, the Old West is as alive today as it ever was, and especially so in any number of competition shooting matches East and West,

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United States
Athlon Media Group
USD 9.97
4 Números

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3 min.
building a legacy

If there is one handgun that literally changed the future of weapons in America, it is the Colt 1847 Holster Model, better known as the Walker, which put Samuel Colt back in the arms-making business. But had it not been for Texas Ranger Captain Samuel Walker and his passionate belief in a large-caliber revolver as “the most perfect weapon in the World for light mounted troops,” Colt would have never received a government contract to build 1,000 guns for the U.S. Mounted Rifles. His history might have ended with the bankruptcy and closure of his Paterson, New Jersey, factory in 1842. And without Walker’s changes to Colt’s original design, such as adding a loading lever and reshaping the grips, the gun we know today would have been very different. Had there…

7 min.
eli whitney’s revolvers

In 1847, Samuel Colt had a U.S. government order in his hand for 1,000 new .44-caliber revolvers, which would restore life to his career as an arms-maker. But he no longer had a factory or the tooling to build the firearms. His design for the massive, six-shot holster pistol—later christened the Walker Colt in honor of the revolver’s co-designer, Texas Ranger Captain Samuel Walker—required an experienced arms manufacturer to tool up and build. And it had to be done quickly to fulfill the terms of Colt’s contract. The urgency came from the fact that the country was engaged in war with Mexico, and the demand for the new revolver came from the U.S. Mounted Rifles fighting along the Texas border and into Mexico. Samuel Colt turned to Eli Whitney Jr., the…

5 min.
built for speed

There were three Hollywood fast-draw holster-makers: Arvo Ojala, Andy Anderson and Alfonso Pineda. The Ed Bohlin saddle shop, famous for producing the fanciest Rose Bowl Parade silver-mounted saddles, also produced a few fast-draw rigs, though I have never seen one used in competition. While I like the products from all of these shops, I tend to favor those from Anderson’s Gunfighter shop. Only Alfonso’s shop is still open today, operated by his son Omar. While Andy passed away in 1991, his associate, Victor Perez, continued to produce the Gunfighter line of fast-draw rigs until recently, when ill health forced him into retirement. The late Gordon Davis produced excellent copies of the Anderson rigs. And until recently, Spaghetti Western Replicas produced high-quality copies of Andy’s rigs. With all of these out of…

6 min.
some tlc for the saa

Once you get your hands on a Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army, or Peacemaker, you’ll need a holster for it. Why not do like John Wesley Hardin, the Old West’s deadliest gunfighter, and go to El Paso Saddlery for it? The company is still in business today making all of the holsters that it made for frontiersman of the Wild West. You don’t have to wait for a special time machine to do your shopping. Instead, you can deal with a company that was there all those years ago, a company that still makes the same products. And if the leather was good enough for John Wesley Hardin, it’s good enough for me. El Paso Saddlery Hardin bought a Slim Jim holster from El Paso Saddlery, but he had cartridge loops…

7 min.
digital deliverance

Western-style video games aren’t exactly new. The genre has been a staple for a long time, along with sports, racing and military simulations, for much of the history of this form of electronic entertainment. But most Westerns have been niche titles that were overshadowed by the latest Madden NFL or Call of Duty, so it says something about the quality of Red Dead Redemption 2 that it became one of the bestselling titles of 2018—and one of the most critically acclaimed video games of all time. Part of it is undoubtedly the ever-changing demographics of video games. While there is a common misconception that video games are just the domain of teenage boys, the average gamer nowadays is well into their 30s. The days of quick distractions with a game…

1 min.
a little gaming history

As noted by its name, Red Dead Redemption 2 isn’t the first video game in the series. It is the companion piece to the 2010 hit Red Dead Redemption, and the third entry in the Red Dead series, which began with one of the first story-driven Western games, 2004’s Red Dead Revolver. Previous video games, including Gun.Smoke, were limited by the technology but still captured the general theme of the Old West. In fact, the first Western games dated back to the 1970s, and included such basic arcade games as Western Gun, Wild Gunman, Outlaw, Sheriff and Boot Hill. Improvements in graphics technology in the 1980s allowed arcade games like Bank Panic and Badlands (the latter was also released as an early LaserDisc game) to begin to have a story. A decade…