Gun expert Jim Dunham wrote in the April 2014 Wild West History Association Journal that Arvo Ojala was the man gunned down weekly by James Arness’s Matt Dillon. The fast-draw expert taught many Hollywood stars—including Arness.
Ojala came to Hollywood in the early 1950s, opened a leather shop and patented the first real “fast-draw” holster. He utilized the buscadero design, where the holster hangs from a slot in the gunbelt, that we see in most of those Westerns of the 1950s-60s.
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