Abilene, Kansas Marshal Tom “Bear River” Smith gained a reputation for using fists instead of guns. According to one story, he earned that rep. Sometime in 1870, a group of Texas cowboys disobeyed the local ordinance against carrying guns in town. Smith ordered them to disarm; they refused. Smith walked up to the leader, who tried to pull his pistol. Before he could do so, the marshal—who’d been a champion boxer– decked the Texan with one punch. The other cowboys, amazed, proceeded to check their weapons at the lawman’s office.