Know Your Weapons: The Cap and Ball Revolvers Prior to the Peacemaker

Prior to the Peacemaker

The Revolvers that ‘Really’ Won the West

 

Before the Colt Peacemaker? Before the Colt Peacemaker there was a whole boatload of other Colt single action revolvers. And in truth they had a lot more influence in the Old West than did the Peacemaker because the wildest and woolliest times had passed by the time Colt got around to developing the Single Action Army.

 

 

 

Surviving Winter: A Mountain Man Pictorial Tribute

Surviving Winter

 

As a writer I very often rely on True West Magazine to supply me with both information and inspiration for my short stories and novels.

This pictorial tribute of Surviving Winter went a long way in helping me get started on a follow up to my “Red Tail” Jack Patterson Mountain Man series.

You can read the first installment of this series titled “Medicine Gun” HERE.

 

 

Bustamonte, I Hate You

Bustamonte, I Hate You

 

I can remember as a kid reading through my dad’s stack of Shooting Magazine and always looking forward to Skeeter Skelton’s articles.

Those articles were like western short stories…stories that briefly transported you to a simpler, honest and more rugged time.

Enjoy the ride, I know I did.

 

 

The Return Of The Gunslinger

The Return Of The Gunslinger

Spot on assessment by my friend NC Scout.

Be Self-Sufficient and Prepare Accordingly.

 

 

¿Quien es, Pete?

¿Quien es, Pete?

 

As far as Old West History goes, no other person or story had a more profound impact on me as a writer than Billy the Kid.

When I was fifteen years old, my parents took me on a three-week summer RV trip to New Mexico, Colorado and Utah.

While in New Mexico we spent three days touring Fort Sumner and Lincoln to include the Lincoln County Courthouse and Jail from which Billy broke out of in 1881 (the bullet hole from where he shot Deputy J.W. Bell is still in the wall).

I think the jail scene from Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973) nails it:

 

 

I have read over half a dozen books about Billy the Kid and his demise at the hands of Pat Garrett, his long time friend and although it is fanciful to entertain the notion that Pat allowed Billy to escape that night (as proffered in the recent western Old Henry) the historical record is clear: Billy the Kid was shot down like a dog in the middle of the night by a man he loved and trusted.

If you have not seen Old Henry yet, check it out and read my review HERE.