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Guns

Spencer Repeating Rifle: The Seven-Shooter That Changed the Civil War

The Spencer repeating rifle was one of the first successful repeating rifles in the world, and ultimately changed…

sharps rifle old west
Guns

How the Sharps Rifle Became A Legendary Sharpshooter of the West

“…being armed with breech-loaders they [the Sharpshooters] could lie low, and without changing position reload and fire ten…

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Arts & Entertainment

74 Western Tattoo Ideas, from Cowboy Skulls to Scorpions

Traditional American tattoos may be rooted in the open seas of the 1800s, but vast Western landscapes inspired…

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Lawmen

Frank Hamer: The Tough Texas Ranger Who Brought Down Bonnie & Clyde

In the early hours of May 23, 1934, Frank Hamer, a tough-as-nails Texas Ranger with a deep, authoritative…

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Places

How the Chisholm Trail Became the West’s Greatest Cattle Route

The Chisholm Trail is renowned for cattle, cowboys, chuck wagons, and nearly everything iconic about the Old West.…

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Life in the West

How Barbed Wire Tamed the West’s “Wild” Era

On November 28, 1965, a local television station in North Texas aired a special about a discovery outside…

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Guns

Colt Peacemaker: How the Colt Single Action Army Won the West

When the smoke cleared from the side lot of C. S. Fly’s photography studio, just six doors down…

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Lawmen

Judge Roy Bean: The Controversial “Law West of the Pecos”

Judge Roy Bean was the worst and most colorful dispenser of justice of the Old West. To fall…

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People

8 of the Most Famous Cowboys & Figures in Wild West History

The American cowboy occupies a revered position in history, folklore, and popular culture. The most famous figures of…

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Arts & Entertainment

The ‘Tombstone’ Cast: Where Are They Now?

Thirty years after the release of Tombstone, the film’s remarkable cast continues to showcase their creative talents. In…

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People

Did Davy Crockett Really Die a Hero’s Death at the Alamo?

Remember the Alamo? That’s not a battle cry. It’s a legitimate question. If you dozed off during high…

John Browning
People

10 Facts About John Moses Browning, the “Father of Modern Firearms”

The Old West wouldn’t have been the Old West without John Browning — or at least without his…