Joyce Aros
Silva found an example...
Thu Apr 22, 6:20

Mr. Staley,
It is not my intention to give the impression everyone carried their guns with only five cartridges in them. I am merely showing for some conditions it was not unusual and was indeed practical, especially for a man on horseback traveling any distance, such as the McLaurys and young Clanton. Under their circumstances it would have been practical.

The example you give is that of a town man in an entirely different environment. Perhaps he chose to change his method and perhaps he didn't. But in the case of the ranchers, it makes sense and it matches up with the accounts referring to the number of shots performed and the balance of cartridges left in the guns.


    • Silva found it in the Jan. 12, 1876 edition of theDL Staley, Wed Apr 21 21:30
      Wichita Beacon. It read, “Last Sunday night, while policeman Earp was sitting with two or three others in the back room of the Custom House Saloon, his revolver slipped from its holster, and falling t... more
      • Recommended readMike Mihaljevich, Thu Apr 22 21:23
        If you haven't found any contemporary accounts of people carrying five chambered Colts, then read Charles G. Worman's "Gunsmoke and Saddle Leather: Firearms in the Nineteenth-Century American West". ... more
      • Thanks DL Stanley.K.t.K., Thu Apr 22 16:13
        I did the background on this Custom House Saloon which was a fairy recent addition at Wichita. Proprietor Charles Schattner had moved the joint over from Kansas City, practically piece by piece. The S... more
      • Silva found an example... — Joyce Aros, Thu Apr 22 6:20
        • I think you'll find, Joyce...DL Staley, Thu Apr 22 7:35
          that the majority of actual working "cowboys" carried their revolvers in their saddlebags.
          • the majority....Joyce Aros, Thu Apr 22 8:22
            ...of working cowboys didn't carry revolvers at all. Most were kept in the wagons or later the trucks if possibly needed. Unless traveling, saddlebags were just added weight and in the way. I was w... more
    • hearsay?...Joyce Aros, Wed Apr 21 14:19
      To whom it may concern; As I have been informed I am not to contact KtK anymore, let me just drop a little of my 'hearsay' on the board for whomever it might interest regarding the immediate post.... more
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