So Much for Holsters

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Illustration by Bob Boze Bell

At the so-called O.K. Corral fight, we have this popular image of Doc Holliday and the Earp boys strapping on holsters, but here is an eyewitness account from October 26, 1881: “I saw Holliday put [a six-shooter] in his coat pocket. I saw one in Morgan Earp’s pocket, on the right side of his coat. Wyatt had his right back here, (indicating) stuck in his pants. I think a little on the right side. . .
I was about 10 or 12 feet from Holliday, Morg and Virg.”

—Wesley Fuller, testifying at the Spicer Hearing

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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.