Top 10 Deadliest Gunslingers

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There’s no more iconic scene in Western movies than the good old-fashioned pistol duel, where the lawman and the outlaw meet at high noon to see who’s faster on the draw. In actuality, this kind of thing very rarely occurred, and the true life Western stories—like Wild Bill Hickok being shot in the back while playing cards—tell a much more gruesome and less gallant tale. Still, there’s no denying that among the bandits and lawmen of the day there were a number of larger-than-life gunfighters whose exploits helped pave a bloody path for the characters that would later populate Western movies and dime novels. The following are ten of the most famous—and downright deadly—of these Old West gunslingers.

10. Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson

Ben Thompson was a gambler, gunfighter, and sometimes lawman who rubbed shoulders with some of the most famous figures of the Old West. He started his criminal career at the age of 17, when he stabbed and killed a fellow gambler whom he had accused of cheating him at cards. Thompson was known for being lightning fast on the draw, and gained a reputation as a gunfighter after killing two men in a shootout on Christmas Eve of 1876. Wanting to escape this reputation, he took a job as the City Marshall of Austin, Texas, but he was forced to resign when he killed a local theater owner named Jack Harris during an argument. Thompson was himself killed in 1884, along with gunfighter King Fisher, when friends of Harris ambushed the two and gunned them down while they were watching a performance at an opera house.

9. Wyatt Earp

Wyatt Earp

Famed lawman Wyatt Earp is perhaps the most storied figure of the Old West, but he was also an accomplished gunslinger who was greatly feared by the bandits of the time. Earp had a varied career that saw him travel to boomtowns like Wichita, Dodge City and the lawless town of Tombstone to serve as sheriff, and he participated in some of the most legendary gunfights of the 1800s. The most famous of these is undoubtedly the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, which occurred in 1881 when Earp, his brothers Morgan and Virgil, and friend Doc Holliday confronted a group of cowboys who had recently been arrested for robbing a stagecoach. Three of the cowboys were killed in the fight, and everyone except Wyatt was wounded. The gunfight caused a huge scandal, and friends of the cowboys soon retaliated, wounding Wyatt’s brother Virgil and killing Morgan. Earp and Holliday then led a team of gunfighters on what has become known as their “Vendetta Ride,” and they eventually killed several men connected with the murders before fleeing the territory. All told, Earp participated in numerous gunfights in his life, killing anywhere from 8 to 30 outlaws (depending on the source), and his exploits remain some of the most famous stories of the Old West.

8. King Fisher

John King Fisher

One the lesser-known but more notoriously violent gunslingers of the Old West was John King Fisher, who was in and out of prison from the age of sixteen. In the early 1870s, Fisher became known as a bandit when he started running with a group of outlaws who raided ranches in Mexico. Fisher was known both for his flamboyant style, which saw him wear brightly colored clothes and carry twin ivory-handled pistols, as well as for his propensity for violence. He famously gunned down three members of his own gang when a dispute arose of money, and then killed seven Mexican pistoleros shortly after that. In his most famous gunfight, Fisher is said to have taken on four Mexican cowboys single-handedly. After hitting one with a branding iron, he supposedly outdrew another and shot him. In his typical brutal style, he then shot two of the man’s unarmed accomplices. In 1884, Fisher was ambushed and killed, along with Ben Thompson, by friends of a man whom Thompson had previously killed in a gun battle.

7. Dallas Stoudenmire

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Although not as well known as someone like Wild Bill Hickok or Wyatt Earp, Dallas Stoudenmire was a feared lawman in his day, and is known for participating in more gunfights than most of his contemporaries. After being wounded several times while fighting in the Civil War, Stoudenmire moved to the lawless city of El Paso, Texas to serve as sheriff. Only three days into his tenure, he became involved in one of the West’s most legendary battles, what is common known as the “Four Dead in Five Seconds Gunfight,” in which he shot three men. A few days after the fight, friends of the men Stoudenmire had shot hired the town drunk to assassinate him. But Dallas was able to get the drop on him and supposedly shot the man eight times, killing him. This only marked the beginning of what would be a bloody campaign for Stoudenmire as sheriff. Less than a year after these incidents, he would kill as many as six more men in gunfights while in the line of duty, eventually gaining a reputation as one of the most feared lawmen in Texas. Stoudenmire’s luck would not last forever, though, and in 1882 he was killed when a discussion between he and a group of his enemies escalated into a gunfight in which he was shot three times.

6. Billy The Kid

Billy the Kid

Henry McCarty, a.k.a. William H. Bonney or just “Billy the Kid,” started his life of crime with petty theft and horse thievery, but is said to have first killed a man at the age of eighteen. In 1877, he was deputized during the so-called “Lincoln County War” and rode with lawmen who were seeking to arrest a group of corrupt businessman responsible for the murder of an innocent rancher. Billy’s group, called “the Regulators,” became known for their wanton violence, and were themselves soon regarded as outlaws. The group was unfazed by their new classification as bandits, and proceeded to go on a killing spree, gunning down three people in the course of just three days, including a sheriff and his deputy. The group was eventually broken up by law enforcement, but the Kid managed to elude capture. He formed a gang, and increased his notoriety after shooting down a gambler in a New Mexico saloon. After a number of run-ins with the law, the Kid was again captured and sentenced to death, but he managed to escape after he got a hold of a weapon and gunned down the two men guarding him. After three months on the run, he was killed when Sheriff Pat Garrett and two deputies shot him to death in 1881. All told, Billy the Kid is said to have killed a total of 21 men, one for each of the years of his life, though this number is often regarded as inaccurate and exaggerated.

5. Wild Bill Hickok

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One of the most legendary figures of the Old West, Wild Bill Hickok was an actor, gambler, lawman, and gunfighter who was regarded as one of the most skilled gunslingers of his day. Hickok got his start as a constable and rider for the Pony Express, but he gained a reputation for being handy with a gun after he killed outlaw David McCanles with a single bullet from 75 yards away. Hickok has the distinction of being one of the few gunfighters to ever participate in a real “Western-style” quick-draw duel, when he killed a man named Davis Tutt, Jr. over a dispute concerning gambling debts. In 1869, Hickok was elected sheriff of Ellis County Kansas, and is said to have killed two men in his first month on the job. Although many of his exploits are legendary, probably the most famous aspect of Wild Bill’s life is his death, which occurred in Deadwood, South Dakota in 1876. Hickok was playing poker when he was shot in the back of the head by a gambler named Jack McCall, supposedly in retaliation for a prior insult. Hickok was supposedly holding a pair of Aces and Eights at the time, a combination now known as the “Dead Man’s Hand.”

4. Clay Allison

Clay Allison

Known for his mercurial personality and violent temper, Clay Allison was a gunfighter who is remembered as one of the most notorious and downright deranged outlaws of the Old West. Allison fought for the Confederacy in the Civil War, but was discharged after a blow to the head started causing erratic behavior in him. It is this ailment that many historians have said explains his shockingly brutal actions, which included once beheading a man he suspected of murder and carrying the head into his favorite bar. After this, which cemented his reputation as one of the most murderous figures of his day, Allison went on to participate in a number of gunfights against fellow gunslingers. The most famous of these was against outlaw Chunk Colbert, whom Allison shot in the head when the other drew his gun on him following a meal they had shared. When asked why he had eaten with a man who wanted to kill him, Allison replied, “I wouldn’t want to send a man to hell on an empty stomach.” For a man who led such a dangerous lifestyle, Allison met a rather ironic and unimpressive death in 1887, when he fell off a wagon and broke his neck. His gravestone is said to read: ”Clay Allison. Gentleman. Gun Fighter. He never killed a man that did not need killing.”

3. Jim “Killer” Miller

'Killer' Jim Miller, far left, wearing black hat, hangs from a livery stable rafter after lynching in Ada, Oklahoma, 1909

‘Killer’ Jim Miller, far left, wearing black hat, hangs from a livery stable rafter after lynching in Ada, Oklahoma, 1909

One of the most downright murderous figures of the Old West, Jim “Killer” Miller was an assassin and gunfighter who is credited with killing at least 14 people, though legend has it that the number is somewhere closer to 50. One of the most famous stories about him involves a confrontation he had with a sheriff named Bud Frazer over Miller’s alleged involvement in the murder of a cattle rancher. Miller pulled his gun on Frazer, who proceeded to shoot him six times. Killer’s friends managed to escape with him, only to find that he had been wearing a metal plate under his shirt, which had blocked all of Frazer’s bullets. Two years later, Miller tracked the Sheriff down and killed him with a shotgun. Described as being cold to the core, Miller famously declared that he would kill anyone for money, and is rumored to have gunned down everyone from political figures to famed sheriff Pat Garrett. His days of bloodshed finally came to an end in 1909, when he was arrested for the murder of a U.S. Marshall.  After a mob of some forty people broke into the prison, Miller and three other outlaws were dragged to a nearby barn and lynched. In his typical maniacal fashion, prior to being hanged Miller is said to have shouted, “Let ‘er rip!” and voluntarily jumped off the box to his death.

2. Tom Horn

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Tom Horn spent a good portion of his life legitimately employed both as a lawman and a detective, but in actuality he was one of the most cold-blooded killers of the Old West. In the 1880s, Horn made a name for himself as a scout and tracker, and was responsible for the arrest of many feared criminals. This caught the attention of the famed Pinkerton Detective Agency, and Horn worked for them for several years as a tracker and bounty hunter. Though known as being eerily cool under pressure, Horn was considered to have a dangerous capacity for violence, and in 1894 he was forced to resign his post as a detective after he became linked to the murders of 17 people. Following his resignation, he developed a reputation as a killer for hire, and is said to have been responsible for the deaths of some 20 cattle rustlers over the course of several years. Horn was finally caught and hanged in 1901 after being linked to the murder of a 14-year-old boy. Ironically, some modern historians have claimed that on this particular occasion Horn was actually innocent. Still, there is no denying that he was responsible for a great many other killings. Some historians have reasoned that he may have had a hand in as many as 50 murders.

1. John Wesley Hardin

John Wesley Hardin

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In a relatively short life, famed outlaw and gunslinger John Wesley Hardin established himself as easily the most bloodthirsty figure of the Old West, and is credited with the deaths of no less than 42 people. The son of a Methodist preacher, Hardin displayed a capacity for violence early on in life when he stabbed a fellow student in the schoolyard at the age of 14. At 15, he gunned down an ex-slave, and then proceeded to kill three Union soldiers before going on the run. He was known for carrying two pistols in holsters strapped to his chest, which he claimed facilitated the quick draw, and he used them to gun down three more people in various gunfights soon after his flight. Hardin was eventually arrested at age 17 for the murder of a Texas City Marshal, but he was able to procure a gun while in jail, and when transferred he killed one of his guards and again went on the lam. Now a celebrated gunfighter, he made his way to Abilene and fell under the tutelage of Wild Bill Hickok. But Hardin was forced to flee the city soon after his arrival when he is said to shot and killed a fellow guest at his hotel because the man’s snoring was keeping him awake.  At 25, Hardin was finally arrested by a team of Texas Rangers, and eventually served a total of 16 years in prison before being released at the age of 41. Reformed form his years behind bars, Hardin began studying law and even passed the bar, but his old reputation eventually caught up with him. In 1895, he was killed after being shot in the back by a lawman in El Paso, Texas.


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    • My grand father was one of the mob who drug Miller out of the and hung him.
      This site is not completely correct. Miller and the others were in the city jail not a prison. The men that hired Miller and were hung with him were local businessmen and ranchers not outlaws. The mob formed in front of the Free Masons hall and walked to the jail two blocks away. If you look very closely at the photo on the right side of the crowd, behind the fence you will see the comedy team Laurel and Hardy who were waiting on a train. The mob passed the train station where laurel and Hardy were waiting for a train. They followed them to the horse barn and witnessed the hanging.

        • I do find this hard to believe. Laurel was born in England and didn’t arrive in the USA until much later (not sure in the date but around 1919). Laurel first met Hardy in 1927. Millers hanging was in 1909. Doesn’t add up so your story cant be true.

  1. Sorry, Doc Holiday needs to be up there too, eleven confirmed kills and twenty-two more suspected or rumored. He once told someone that the only times he wasn't nervous was when he was working on teeth or killing somebody.

    • Sept. 30, 2013

      There is no clear evidence that Doc Holiday ever killed anyone before Tom McClaury at the
      “O.K.Corral” ( with a shotgun) granted he was involved in many gunfights, but since he was
      obviously the worst shot in the west very few(If any ) fatalities. In Docs profession ( Gambling,
      not dentistry) a hard reputation was a definite benefit.

      Doc was not just a dentist, he was a licensed Oral surgeon.

      I like Doc!

      • Actually,
        in a rare book in my library, written by Sheriff Pat Garret who killed Billy the Kid and was a personal friend of Wyatt Earp, he claimed that Doc Holliday started killing as a teen. He killed a black child for swimming in the wrong swimming hole. I live in Colorado where Doc is reportedly buried and he knifed a man to death in Denver over a card game (knife instead of gun because there were no guns allowed in Denver at the time.) I think Doc’s reputation was well justified. In the book, Garret claimed that Doc was a hard man with no moral compass (made him sound like a psychopath) and didn’t understand how Wyatt was his friend.

        • So what’s the title of the book and when was it published (and by whom)? I like the psychoanalytical approach which takes intellect – clearly Garrett was smart if indeed he wrote this book (or even had it ghosted). The bit about not understanding how an honest straight up man like Wyatt was his friend is very interesting.

    • Just because Wyatt Earp was a lawman doesn't mean he wasn't involved in a lot of gunfights. A lot of the guys on this list worked as sheriffs at some point or another. As for Johnny Ringo, there is almost no evidence that he ever participated in a real gunfight. He would get drunk and shoot unarmed men in bars, but outside of that his reputation is almost entirely myth. The same could be said for Holliday. He's rumored to have been in a lot of gunfights, but outside of the OK Corral there's only a few that are actually confirmed by historians.

      • The list is missing Kid Curry/Harvey Logan. There’s no question about him being in gunfights and being fast. There is a story too, that he could put a coin on the back of his hand, then draw and fire twice before the coin hit the ground.

    • Wyatt Earp was famous mostly because he said, himself, that he was famous. Earp was on the police force of Wichita until he was released over a dispute . He ten went to Dodge City for a while. Some of his time in Dodge he was on the police force there.
      He was never the chief of police or head marshal in Dodge or any other town where he served, just one of the crew. Most of the time he did satisfactory at his job. He never “cleaned up” any town where he served either. In fact , in Dodge the city leaders wanted to keep a fine a balance between wild and tame in order to keep the attraction of the Texas Cattle drives.

      He came to Dodge first in the spring of 1876 and left or good in fall of ’79. While there he left for periods while he went to Deadwood and another time to Texas. These were on personal reasons not while he was on the police force but as a civilian. While a deputy in Dodge he and another deputy shot at a retreating criminal. Both claimed to have fired the shot which killed him.
      While in Dodge he was on the posse which apprehended the murderer of singer, Dora Hand. This garnered nation wide news.

      In fall of 79 he want to Tombstone where his older brother, Virgil was policemen. He ran or sherif I the county there but was defeated. During the dust up there with the Clantons he was deputized for the incident. After the murder of his brother Morgan, he went on that vengeance ride where killed at least one person.

      After that, he was just a gambler and knockabout. When in the 1920’s he was approached by Author Sturat Lake who wrote the ficionalized book, Wyatt Earp, Frontier Marshal. The book was mostly made up by Lake from embellishments of Earp, himself and his wife.
      There were many better career policemen than Wyatt Earp. Of his long life he was a policeman a total of about 35 months. He was not a killer in the ranks of Clay Alison. As to Clay Allison, Earp had aleged that he had confronted Allison in Dodge and that Allison had backed down. It didnt happen. Earp wasn’t even on the street when this occurred.

  2. Doc Holliday only killed one man and that was at the Gunfight at the O. K. Corral. He was involved in several gunfights, mostly just maiming opponents, so he was a gunfighter because he did fight armed opponents. A gunfighter was someone who was good with a gun and willing to use this skill in a dispute, not exactly the best shot in the world like a sniper, but just someone willing to standup and fight a foe.

    Jesse James was not a gunfighter. The James – Younger gang was just a gang of cowards, not "revolver fighters". The James boys ran for there lives when a bunch of townspeople started shooting, and the Youngers did fight back but were shot to pieces.

    Wes Hardin was no doubt a killer, but he probably didn't kill 44 men. He probably embellished in his book, just to make things sound interesting. The deadliest gunfighter was probably someone who is not very famous today, and perhaps obsure back then.

    • Joe williams on

      The James younger gang were a band of men who fought ANd killed over A Hundred men in northfield they were attacked by an entire town of people armed with Various small arms, many of the townsmen were ex union soldiers, , the youngerS were shot during the raid n then again on the chase, , Cole was shot 12 times, shoot Any man on the abovE list 12 tImes n see who surrenders

  3. I have always been fascinated with Billy The Kid, Although i dont want to glamorize what these men did in their time it certainly was a time to die with their Cowboy Boots on.

  4. What a great website. I truly enjoyed the background information on each man. It was very interesting and informative. A+.

    • Wiliam H. Bonney on

      Depending on who you ask.

      Some say 4, Some say 9, and some say 20+ (21 or 22 ish)

      Bottom line is nobody can confirm all these guys kills. After all most of these guys lived over a century ago.

      • To imply that Wyatt Earp backed down Clay Allison ( And before that Ben Thompson) both\
        bonafied man killers) is ridiculous!

  5. James E Pettitt on

    I love the site…but wish to heaven I could correct it's many SPELLING errors. (As a kid wearing my own Bill Hickock gunset on, every Saturday morning I'd await "Gunsmoke" to come on TV; then I would wait for Marshall Matt Dillon (actor James Arness) to start his draw at the show's intro. I would outdraw him everytime and take much pride in myself. Years later, I found out that Arness was known to be horribly slow at drawing a gun– and was filmed many times before he could "beat" the gunslinger to the draw. How embarrassed I was!)

    • Kid Curry should be there. It is widely believed that the name “Kid” caused his exploits to be attributed to the Sundance Kid (who wasn’t much of a gunfighter). Curry was known to be faster.

  6. The body count of 44 for John Wesley Hardin was all from the recorded names of lawmen and two individuals he was actually convicted of killing — not the uinknown total of others who stood in his way.

    Neither King Fisher or KIller MIller should be on this list —they might as well have added Jessie James.

    Wyatt Earp has no business on this list whatsoever.

  7. Yes, by all means King Fisher , definitely top ten, from his statements and other witnesses, an argument between Fisher and four Mexican vaqueros erupted. Fisher is alleged to have clubbed the nearest one to him with a branding iron, then as a second drew a pistol Fisher drew his own pistol and shot the man, killing him. He then spun around and shot the other two, who evidently had not produced weapons and both of whom were merely sitting on the fence the entire time.

    Jim “Killer Milller ( supposed killer of Pat Garrett), no I don’t believe he should be among the ranks. Most of these 10 ranks are already scrambled, by someone’s bot suggestions.

    Where the frack is Mr. dandy Doc Holliday?!

    No kidding John Wesley Hardin made 40 or more counts, although, some of it is just hearsay.

    Wild Bill Hickok should be straight to # 01. There’s more to his biography than meets the iris. Even J.W.H., admired most of his gunshow marksmanship yadyadayda.

    Wyatt Earp should be #03, actually, he’s had a rough life as a teamster against raiding parties, comancheros, and outlaws as a teamster, saloon, of course, Marshal.

    No business my buddie eyeball?! No kidding, most famous gunslingers and outlaws, worked as lawmen, vigilantes, or regulators. According to Bat Masterson

    “Wyatt Earp was one of the few men I personally knew in the West in the early days whom I regarded as absolutely destitute of physical fear. I have often remarked, and I am not alone in my conclusions, that what goes for courage in a man is generally fear of what others will think of him – in other words, personal bravery is largely made up of self-respect, egotism, and apprehension of the opinions of others. Wyatt Earp’s daring and apparent recklessness in time of danger is wholly characteristic; personal fear doesn’t enter into the equation, and when everything is said and done, I believe he values his own opinion of himself more than that of others, and it is his own good report he seeks to preserve… He never at any time in his career resorted to the pistol excepting cases where such a course was absolutely necessary. Wyatt could scrap with his fists, and had often taken all the fight out of bad men, as they were called, with no other weapons than those provided by nature.”

    He was both more or less friendly and viciously, lethal if tempted.

  8. Where is Elfego Baca. He killed some six people in two days and then wounded eight more. Finally, he shot many more. I guess that a good-olde Hispanic gunfighter cannot make this list.

  9. Haha! This list is absolutely terrible.. king fisher was hardly a gunfighter but more of a cowboy type figure who for int’l a few scrapes with ranch hands..btk was not a gunfighter …he was a cattle rustler/hired hand who handled himself well and used a gun when he had to(only 4 kills). Jim miller?? Bank robber…tom horn was an indian hunter and bounty hunter?? Haha. Wyatt warp wasn’t even a gunfighter to be honest. Doc hollidy, kid curry, Luke short and dave matter should be on there before half those guys. Hickhock should be second or first.

  10. how about Jesse James? 16 individual kills and involved in the death of over 180 others! I think he deserves a place here.

  11. I’ve enjoyed the info and discussion. Hollywood has warped us to the point where somebody has to go full Rambo before we are impressed. I’d say anybody who’s ever stared down an armed man face to face and drawn his weapon win or lose is a badass to me.

    P S. I’ve got dibs on the porn name “John Wesley Hardon”!

  12. Ridiculous not to have Jesse James in the top 3 or 4. He killed at least 17 and was credited or at least partially credited with up to 180 from his bushwacking days – correct this error or your list is meaningless

  13. E otherThere were many gunfighters missing from this list and a good bit of rumors floating about but saying any of these men didn’t belong is bull maybe not top ten but when you kill another human in a fight where ether could die and u come out on top your a gunfighter there is two things that happen when u have to draw and take a life ether you look at it as me or them and put no more thought in it or you spend the rest of your life in regret but never felt more than the recoil of my weapon mainly when you have to take a life ether you are numb or scared or a combination of the two but to not back down and meet it head on muzzle to muzzle and come out on top even one or two confirmed you are a gunfighter
    back shootin murders who were to scared to face there target definitely shouldn’t make any list except for top ten p#$$?$ my opinion sure someone can argue my point but challenge u drop a hammer with lead flying at you and be steady and unflinching enough to fire one round and groundcheck your opponent thats where you weed out people willing to survive and (sorry for the expression pun or whatever) cowboy up and the people who ether get run over or who shoot you in your sleep unarmed or in the back

  14. No Jesse James in your list?! How can you not include the most famous outlaw of all? He killed at least 16 or 17 men and perhaps many, many more. Your list is worthless without him in the top 3 at least!

  15. Wow great info. Who can say what is truly accurate here? I watched Unforgiven tonite for the 15th time (give or take) and you may cringe but when Clint rides past Ned on the porch it is just surreal to me…. These guys are all legends for different reasons but let’s face it Kid Curry and Jesse James not on this list is a shame. Overall great info though thanks!

  16. Just one example of Jesse James’s skill was when he shot one of his gang who had fired at him while they were riding at speed. The dumb guy fired and hit Jesse’s hat and then paid the ultimate price for missing! Straight out of “For A Few Dollars More” ha! Get Jesse on this list!

  17. Cullen Baker should be on this list. He was rumored to have killed hundreds but more likely killed 50 or 60. Louis L’amour credited him for inventing the fast draw.

  18. Historian, Western World on

    The most famed gun slinger was actually a slow draw. Went by the name of no names, that is to say he never attended to a single identity. It is proven that he participated in single handedly killing over 1132 and gave the United States a tactical advantage unintentionally in it’s original formation.
    His name which is thoroughly documented to be the most well known identity was John Rambo.

  19. john Sutterfield on

    Alll this info is interesting. Opinions very, however I guess there will never be any way to document w who was really the fastest and then the most accurate.

  20. Scott Cooley, a pal of John Ringo’s from the Mason County War, Cochise County Sherriff, John Slaughter and Will Carver of Butch Cassidy’s Wild Bunch are all more deserving to be on this list than Wyatt Earp. Murdering unarmed homesteaders from hiding was Tom Horn’s style. Harvey “Kid Curry” Logan should be 2nd to Wes Hardin, yet he wasn’t even mentioned.

  21. Ive been in several gunfights, people have no idea how scary it is when your trading rounds with someone trying to kill you. Movies and books glorify gun battles, trust me there is no glory in killing someone. Its kill or be killed. Most of those guys back then were trying to make a name for themselves in lawless lands drunk on wisky. Theres a big difference between a gunfighter and a killer, most of those guys were killers.

  22. From what I have gathered, many of the gunfighters were violent racists, and a significant number of their victims were former slaves who wanted to vote.

  23. Tom Horn died by hanging in Cheyenne,Wyoming after the wealthy ranchers of the day deserted him. Read Chip Carlson’s book, Blood on the Moon, for the facts of Horn’s life.

  24. Orrin Porter Rockwell killed more people than any of these guys, he is not as well known because of being in the far west. But he killed all the way from back east to the west coast. He was a real tough person.

    • Agreed, nobody ever mentions Porter Rockwell but he has the best backstory of any of them and killed more men then all of them. Though it’s hard to know for sure but he killed at least 50 men and some estimates go as high as 200. Most experts believe the real number is right around 100 men.

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