Life in the Old West

True stories, tall tales, memorabilia of the American West

Western Firearms

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Firearms were a vital part of America’s Old West. From derringers to Winchester rifles, in the “Western Firearms” Category, you’ll read about the firearms that won the West – or at least helped a lot of people settle there. People went across the continent, often trekking into unknown country with unimaginable dangers, with their meager belongings, their families, and the protection their guns afforded against at least some of those unknown dangers. In very practical ways, firearms made survival in the West possible — they were the era’s “high-tech” solution to hunting for the food Westerners needed to support themselves and their families!

So click on any of the article links below (there will be more coming) in this ever-growing category of firearms and how they helped shape life in the Old West.