Guns of the Gunfighters at OK Corral

Gunfight at OK Corral

Are the guns used by the participants at the Gunfight Near the OK Corral in Museums or in the hands of private collectors?

There have been many guns touted as being “authentic” over the years but thus far none have been confirmed.  Jeff Morey and Casey Tefertiller are two of the most noted experts on the Gunfight Behind the OK Corral. Morey, says “Frank McLaury’s and Billy Clanton’s six shooters were identified by their serial numbers at the Spicer Hearing but neither weapon has surfaced. Weapons belonging to the Earp’s and Doc Holiday were not identified at the time.  That means any particular collector’s or museum display weapon claiming to be used by them really can’t be validated. There are several phony guns which have been touted as being ‘authentic’ over the years. Unfortunately, making loud claims doesn’t make something so.”

Casey Tefertiller agrees and adds, “It did not seem like a big deal at the time. Nobody thought folks would be talking about it nearly a century and a half later.”

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