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Old March 14th, 2010, 11:27 AM   #1
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Cowboy shootout weapons


You are sheriff of a Wild West town after your predecessor was gunned down by Clay Allison. You face many challenges: rowdy drunk cowboys with six-guns, gamblers who won't pay, bank robbers like the James-Younger gang, young gunslingers seeking to gain a reputation, hostile Indians with Winchesters, and a gang of bandidos looking for revenge after you killed one of their men.

What sort of sheriff would you be? A man who upholds the law, stands up for the victim and leads by example? A peacemaker who seeks to avoid trouble? A tough guy ready to take on the gangs? Or a brutal tyrant on the payroll of the mining company and cattle barons who extorts money from the ranchers and small businesses?

You have an extensive collection of confiscated guns in your jailhouse. Which one would you carry?

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Colt Navy - A common, widely available gun in .36 caliber used extensively during the War of Northern Aggression
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Colt Army - A Yankee weapon sold as surplus by the government
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Colt Peacemaker - A new gun in service with the cavalry. Your predecessor owned an engraved one with ivory grips
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Colt Dragoon - The very site of this .44 monster would cause most bandits to crap their pants and skedaddle
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Colt Pocket revolver - A miniature .31 caliber Colt Navy that can fit in your vest pocket
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Remington revolver - A .36 revolver said by many to be worth 10 Colts. It has a better designed frame and cylinders that can be quickly removed and changed
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Schofield revolver - A double action .44 revolver made by Smith and Wesson
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Sawed off shotgun - Two barrels of buckshot are guaranteed to hit something
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Mare's Leg - A cut-down Winchester used by a certain bounty hunter
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Volcanic pistol - An early lever action gun in .44 caliber
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Lemat Revolver - Nine cartridges plus a 12 gauge shotgun shell
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Adams Revolver - Handcrafted in England, this fine double action weapon was purchased by many US army officers
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Derringer - The preferred weapon of gamblers at it's easily concealed but inaccurate except at close range. This is often concealed in the coat sleeve: with one flick of the wrist it's in your hand
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Lemon squeezer pistol - Similar to a derringer but with 8 shots. Easily concealed but again useless at long range. Its .22 caliber bullets have little stopping power.
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Lancaster pistol - An unusual gun to find out West. This 4 barreled .577 pepperbox is normally used to hunt big game in Africa
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Colt Buntline - A long-barreled Peacemaker used by Wyatt Earp. It is deadly accurate at long range and well balanced, despite its unwieldy appearance
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Old March 14th, 2010, 11:34 AM   #2

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I would carry them all. But I would rather have the Peacemaker.

If I was an old West sherrif (which I am not mean enough to be one) and a victim of that roughneck culture, I would be just like any other sherrif of that day.

I would round up the roughest sorts of thugs I could find and deputize them. I would then hire some spies to find out where the bad guys in town were hanging out.

I would then wait until them "Old dark nights of October". I would take my band of deputy thugs and burn out the bad guys roost, and just shoot them down as they tried to come out. Any survivors would be shot until they stopped wigglin. And Id shoot thier dogs too, just for meanness.

I might then set up some ambushes out on the public range lands along the way to catch the occasional rustler. After all, a sherrif needs to have a good public hanging every once in a while to keep the good citizens happy.

I wouldnt have so much trouble with the next gang, as reputation would go along.

As far as some idiots standing in the street calling me out to a duel...pft.
Id sneak around and shoot him from out the window.

And then I would bully the sissies on the town council to giving me a raise.

But all this isnt new to the American West. Its pretty much the same old formula from mideaval Europe.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 11:35 AM   #3

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Lemat Revolver - Nine cartridges plus a 12 gauge shotgun shell.

I had a chance to buy a modern, functioning reproduction one time and passed it up. I have always regretted this!

You have weapons from different eras, cap and ball and cartridge weapons here, which is realistic as they did coexist for awhile.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 11:42 AM   #4

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I think Jeb Stuart carried a LeMatt, didnt he?
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Old March 14th, 2010, 11:45 AM   #5

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I think Jeb Stuart carried a LeMatt, didnt he?
Actually LeMat was not a cartridge gun but cap and ball
In addition to General Beauregard and Colonel LeMat, LeMat’s revolver was used by such famous Confederate officers as Major Generals Braxton Bragg, J.E.B. Stuart and Richard H. Anderson, and Major Henry Wirz.
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Old March 14th, 2010, 11:55 AM   #6

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I thought I remembered that about Stuart.
You know, a lot of those old cap and ball guns got converted to cartridge use after the war. I dont know how good they were though.
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Remington Revol & the double-barrel shotgun.
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You are sheriff of a Wild West town after your predecessor was gunned down by Clay Allison. You face many challenges: rowdy drunk cowboys with six-guns, gamblers who won't pay, bank robbers like the James-Younger gang, young gunslingers seeking to gain a reputation, hostile Indians with Winchesters, and a gang of bandidos looking for revenge after you killed one of their men.
I suspect I wouldn't last two minutes myself, but in the unlikely event that I did I would try and brings as many sides together and say something like "We are at the frontiers of this great nation, I am not a fortune teller but I have this gut feeling that just fifty years from now, this country will stretch from coast to coast and be hailed as the greatest country in the world!" (to which some one would shout "In that case, limey, get back to England!")
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Old March 15th, 2010, 04:54 PM   #9

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I've owned a Colt Navy and Army. The thinking was .36 caliber Navy you could get more shot out of a lb. of lead; where the Army was supposedly less encumbered by weight and could carry the lead for the big .44.

I'd choose these pistols only because I'm familiar with them and the Remington sight picture looks weird to me.

While the scatter gun would have a big deterrent effect, if we were guaranteed to be in a shoot-out, I'll take the ol' Winchester 1873 .44-40 repeater please...
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Old March 15th, 2010, 07:49 PM   #10

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I also have a Navy Colt, and I love it. What concerns me is, what kind of lawman would have that box from Hellraiser?
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