Tom Gaumer
Wyatt Earp told Stuart Lake at least Lake
Sun Apr 25, 11:59


claimed that carrying just five cartridges was common on the frontier.

Wyatt may have learned this as he nearly blew his own head off when his gun loaded with the hammer on the 6th cartridge went off when it fell to the floor.

Experience was a good teacher
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  • Frank's gun as opposed to Tom's gun?...Joyce Aros, Wed Apr 21 8:23
    Matthews, the county coroner was asked about the pistols presented in court. He said "...he picked one up from beside the-lying close-to the body of Frank McLaury. The other was given to him the next... more
    • Wyatt Earp told Stuart Lake at least Lake — Tom Gaumer, Sun Apr 25 11:59
    • You speak again with no research, but hearsayK.t.K., Wed Apr 21 10:02
      Try to find contemporary, primary source evidence, for carrying five loads. There is always modern-day talk about it. Where is the "beef?" I found the "beef" myself, being a 19th Century gunfighter re... more
      • 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
          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 prac... more
          • 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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