Skip to comments.Real Life Gun Slingers of the Wild West
Posted on 01/14/2020 7:31:10 AM PST by w1n1
Gunfighters range from different occupations including lawman, outlaw, cowboy, exhibitionists and duelist, but are more commonly synonymous to a hired gun who made a living with his weapons in the Old West. Here are some of the top real-life deadly gunslingers from the wild west era.
Wyatt Earp - was an American Old West gambler, a deputy sheriff in Pima County, and deputy town marshal in Tombstone, Arizona Territory, who took part in the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, during which lawmen killed three outlaw cowboys. Considered one of the most famous lawman of all time and an accomplished gunslinger.
Billy the Kid - was an American Old West gunfighter who participated in the New Mexico Territorys Lincoln County War of 1878. He is known to have killed eight men. He was portrayed as a cold-blooded killer, history shows that he actually entered a life of crime out of necessity, not meanness.
According to historians people who knew him called him brave, resourceful, loyal, and possessing a remarkable sense of humor.
"Wild Bill" Hickock - was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. Also, considered most skilled gunfighter of his time. Hickok gained a reputation for being handy with a gun after he killed outlaw David McCanles with a single bullet from 75 yards away. More accurately called a shootist, Hickok was one of the very few gunslingers who participated in actual, out-in-the-street "Western-style" quick-draw duels.
Curly Bill Brocius - was a gunman, rustler and an outlaw Cowboy in the Cochise County area of the Arizona Territory during the early 1880s. Brocius had a number of conflicts with the lawmen of the Earp family, and he was named as one of the individuals who participated in Morgan Earps assassination. Deputy U.S. Marshal Wyatt Earp and a group of deputies including his brother Warren Earp pursued those they believed responsible for Morgans death.
Dan Bogan - Bogan seemed to have a quick temper, and he was always on the lookout for a fight, which earned him a reputation as a troublemaker. It is believed that by 1886 this cowboy had taken the lives of three men. Whats more, Bogans rabblerousing didnt end there, and on January 15, 1887 he murdered Constable Charles S. Gunn, shooting the onetime Texas Ranger with a revolver. While Bogan is not as well known as some of his contemporaries, author Robert K. DeArment considers him among the Old West's most underestimated gunslingers. Read the rest of gunslingers of the wild west.
“Deputies” Bill Tilghman and Heck Thomas need to be in this list. Killed Doolins and Daltons in Indian Territory and Kansas. Bad dudes to mess with. They will hunt you down and kill you.
I don’t know who some of those were but Tom Horn was a killer and was probably guilty of killing the 14 year old kid and deserved to be hanged.
They didn’t even mention the most efficient gunman of them all, John Wesley Hardin.
I forgot about Tom Horn.
The worst feud in the history of this nation happened in AZ. The Pleasant Valley war resulted in the killing of over 50 people. It got so bad that if anyone who was simply passing through AZ would be hanged for no reason other than they couldnt answer which side they supported.
Tom Horn got involved in that one as did several others. The result was that it held up AZ statehood.
I think it was Clay Allison who said, “I didn’t want to send a man to hell on an empty stomach.”
“...anyone who was simply passing through XX would be hanged for no reason other than they couldn’t answer which side they supported.”
Sounds like Philly, Chicago, Ferguson, Baltimore, Camden and a few dozen other libtard-run crapholes.
Hardin was a ruthless killer but he shot a lot of people who couldn’t fight back.
Did he ever kill some one face to face without help.
They reinact the gunfight at the OK Corral, Tombstone Az, daily. It is worth the trip if you are out that way.
Bass Reeves belongs on that list - the first black U.S. Marshal to serve west of the Mississippi River. A former slave, illiterate but able to speak several Indian dialects made over 3000 arrests and killed 14 men resisting arrest. Once he had to arrest his own son for murder - if ever a movie role was made for Denzel Washington, it would be the story of Bass Reeves.
Hardin killed many face to face tho I don’t doubt he would give himself the edge in any way he could.
His first four were Union soldiers sent to kill him.
What about Porter Rockwell? Killed more men than Earp or Hitchcock put together.
I saw a documentary on tv last night called Shane.
He was quick! : )
I wouldn't call him a "gunslinger". He generally killed from ambush with a rifle.
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