Famous Guns of the Old West

Guns of the Old West

Here is an excellent Youtube video about guns of the Old West.  There is a brief portion that talks about the Gatling gun and The Little Big Horn, and the role that well armed Indians played in the defeat of Custer.

Indians were sometimes better armed

Ironically, Indians were sometimes better armed than the whites they were fighting. Once the Indian learned the power of the gun, they were diligent about trying to acquire weapons. Rifles became a prized possession. It became more important to capture the rifle of an enemy than to life his hair.

Guns in the Old West were used and abused

Most of the guns of the Old West were used and in constant state of needed repair. The dust and the rugged conditions was hard on weapons, especially the soldiers’ weapons. You’ll like this brief interlude.

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