Andrew “Buckshot” Roberts

Illustration by Bob Boze Bell
Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

Andrew Roberts is one of those legendary characters of the Old West, a tough as nails guy who took on Billy the Kid and some of the Regulators at a shootout at Blazer’s Mill on April 4, 1878.

Roberts is known to history as “Buckshot,” supposedly because of a shotgun wound to his right arm that hampered him much of his adult life. But there’s no evidence that he was called that during his lifetime. It appears the nickname was first used in Emerson Hough’s 1905 historical novel “The Outlaw.”

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