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.
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
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
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
...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
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