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Guns of the Old West

Guns of the Old West Summer 2017

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
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3 min.
gunmen, & lawmen outlaws

There is a moment in every encounter between gunmen, lawmen and outlaws when instinct takes over—the moment before your thumb tenses on the hammer, before you raise your head to stare into the face of the unknown, a silently eternal pause within a heartbeat that will decide the next moment before it happens—and then all hell breaks loose. There were men whose instincts kept them alive in the Old West far longer than many, including famous lawman Wild Bill Hickok and outlaw John Wesley Hardin. Both were murdered by men who could not face them, for if they had, they certainly would have died instead. In this issue, writer Larry Ford explores the tale of how Hickok and Hardin allegedly met in Abilene, Kansas, in the summer of 1871 and shared…

5 min.
full speed ahead

The Cowboy Fast Draw Association (CFDA) celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. Founded in Deadwood, South Dakota, which is famous for being the end of the trail for Wild Bill Hickok, the 2017 National Championship shoot will return to Deadwood during the Wild Bill Hickok Days celebration. Possibly the fastest-growing shooting sport today, CFD currently has 25 major shooting matches scheduled for this year, ending with the Fastest Gun Alive World Championship in Fallon, Nevada, in early October. I’ve competed in CFD since the early days of the sport, and I am always looking for a way to get a litte bit faster. Currently, I am trying a new CFD rig designed and made by master holster-maker and fellow CFD competitor Bob Mernickle. My sample CFD15 rig is constructed of top-grade cowhide…

8 min.
fitz specials

John Henry FitzGerald was a colorful, charismatic late 19th and early 20th century gunsmith and marksman who found fame as one of Colt’s most celebrated personalities. I have to classify FitzGerald as such, since his reputation was nearly as legendary as the company he went to work for in 1918. By then, the Old West of FitzGerald’s youth was winding down, although in many parts of the Southwest and the Oklahoma oil fields, it remained rough and tumble well into the 1920s. By the time he went to work for Colt, FitzGerald was already in his early forties. Born in Manchester, New Hampshire, in 1876, he had grown up in the last great decades of the American West and was infatuated with the tales of famous gunfighters. A big, strapping Irishman,…

8 min.
secrets of the gunfighters

If you want to duplicate the feats of the legendary gunfighters of history, you must learn to shoot the way they did. It was quite different from the way modern target shooters shoot today, and gunfighters weren’t interested in passing along the tricks that gave them their edge. To begin with, they held the Colt Model 1873 Single Action Army entirely differently from the way today’s shooters do, and the gunfighters’ secret grip was the key to the effectiveness of this gun. This is part of how they were able to shoot a Colt SAA held in one hand and hit right alongside a Winchester Model 1873 or Model 1892 at all ranges. When they said the SAA was as good as a rifle, it truly was in their hands. Point Shooting You…

7 min.
peacemaker vs. schofield

While most men preferred or could only afford to carry one handgun or rifle, others chose to wear a brace of pistols around their waist. Outlaw Jesse James famously wore a pair of S&W topbreaks while his brother Frank preferred two .44-40 Remington Model 1875s. Legendary pistolero and lawman James Butler “Wild Bill” Hickok always sported a pair of Colt Model 1851 Navy revolvers around his waist. And El Paso, Texas, lawman and Deputy U.S. Marshal Dallas Stoudenmire favored a .44-caliber S&W Model 3 American top-break and a Colt Richards-Mason conversion with the barrel cut down to 2-5/8 inches. He carried the latter in his left-front pocket butt-forward. Throughout the late 19th and early 20th centuries, many Western lawmen, outlaws and cowboys showed a preference for wearing a brace of pistols…

8 min.
doubling down

ONE might regard the handgun as the easiest and most practical self-defense weapon of choice in the Old West, but for a great majority of men, especially ranchers, farmers and lawmen who often had to face down a rowdy group of liquored-up cowboys, a 12-gauge shotgun was the most practical, most intimidating and easiestto- handle firearm on the American frontier. Either for self-defense or hunting, the double-barreled shotgun has many purposes that pistols alone could not equal. A simple shotgun in the hands of a farmer, his wife, son or daughter, defending their property or home, was far more menacing. Even frontier town lawmen and outlaws reached for a shotgun when the numbers were not in their favor. A double-hammer gun might not have been as glamorous as a shiny Colt…