It’s Hamer Time!

TWM-Hamer_scaled-4BnBLong vilified as a treacherous lawman, Texas Ranger Frank Hamer survived 52 gunfights, was wounded 23 times in the line of duty and, he was declared dead, not once, but twice. Think about this: if you added up all the gunfights that Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Wild Bill Hickok participated in, you would come out with perhaps 21 fights. I say “perhaps,” because some of these historic fights are controversial, to say the least. At any rate, Hamer had more gunfights than three of the Wild West’s most famous characters had—combined!

What do you think?

Bob Boze Bell

In 1999, Bob Boze Bell and partners bought True West magazine (published since 1953) and moved the editorial offices to Cave Creek, Arizona. Bell has published and illustrated books on Billy the Kid, Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday, as well as Classic Gunfights, an Old West gunfight book series. His latest books are The 66 Kid and True West Moments.