atm-logoWhat made John Wesley Hardin such an effective gunfighter?

Kerry Creech
Lake City, Florida

John Wesley Hardin was apparently fearless in the face of death and did not hesitate when it came time to pull the trigger. Just as important, most of Hardin’s victims were slower on the draw and never had a chance to go for their guns. He may have been a gambler in trade, but not when it came to his life.

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