Why were some shotguns called “Greeners” by cowboys in the Old West?

Why were some shotguns called “Greeners” by cowboys in the Old West?

Jack A. Graves

Turlock, California

The term “Greener” comes from a family of popular weapon makers. Founded by William Greener in 1829 in England, the company has been producing fine shotguns and rifles for five generations.

Greener was the author of three of the most influential books written on the subject of shooting: The Gun (1835), The Science of Gunnery (1842) and Gunnery in 1858. His son, also named William, wrote the classic, Gun and its Development.

Visit wwgreener.com to learn more about the company and its guns.

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