The Deadly Dozen

arizona-guns_colt-single-action_john-slaughter-ranch_cowhandsOh, it’s old Arizona again,

It’s old Arizona again;

With its greasers and bad, bad men,
They don’t do the Boston dip
But they shoot you from the hip
Down in old Arizona again.”

These are the words from one verse of the old Fourth Cavalry song that give an idea of the rugged conditions in the untamed Territory of Arizona during the frontier years, when the law of the gun prevailed. Indeed, Arizona was a rough and tumble land, and firearms were much needed, not only for protection, but also for hunting and for keeping law and order in this sparsely settled region of the Southwest. True West offers a look at 12 of the deadly firearms that made Arizona a hot place to be (not only for the climate), as well as aided in bringing peace and civility to this tumultuous land, thus allowing it entry as the 48th state in the Union.

 

Phil Spangenberger writes for Guns & Ammo, appears on the History Channel and other documentary networks, produces Wild West shows, is a Hollywood gun coach and character actor, and is True West’s Firearms Editor.

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