Texas Gunslingers (Images of America series)

by O’Neal, Bill

$21.99

Images of America: Texas Gunslingers presents the concept of Texas as the Gunfighter Capital of the West. Indeed, after the cowboy – a Texas creation – the most colorful and romanticized frontier figure is the gunfighter. Nothing is more dramatic than life and death conflict, and the image of men in big hats and boots brandishing six-shooters and Winchesters has been portrayed in countless Western novels, movies, and television shows.


Texas made an enormous contribution to gunfighter lore. Texas Rangers were responsible for the evolution of Sam Colts revolving pistol, key weapon of gunfighters. More shoot-outs occurred in Texas than in any other state or territory. More gunfighters were from Texas, including kill-crazy Wes Hardin and Killin Jim Miller, the Wests premier assassin. There were more blood feuds in Texas than in any other state. Frequently, gunplay erupted in towns such as Tascosa, El Paso, Fort Worth, and Lampasas, where four lawmen were killed in an 1873 saloon battle.


Archival photographs and entertaining stories about Texas gun lore make for an entertaining and informative addition to the Images of America series.


2014

Arcadia Publishing SC, 128 pages

Available in softcover



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