10 Infamous Deadly Real-Life Gun Slingers of the Wild West

americanshootingjournal.com | 1/14/2020 | Staff
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Gunslinger and gunfighter historically refers to men in the American Old West who had gained a reputation of being dangerous with a gun and had participated in gunfights and shootouts.

Gunfighters range from different occupations including lawman, outlaw, cowboy, exhibitionists and duelist, but are more commonly synonymous to a hired gun who made a living with his weapons in the Old West. Here are the top 10 real-life deadly gunslingers from the wild west era.

Tom - Horn - Jr

Tom Horn Jr.

was a scout, cowboy, soldier, range detective, and Pinkerton agent in the 19th-century American Old West. Believed to have committed 17 killings as a hired gunman throughout the West.

Horn - Man - Duel - Lieutenant - Army

Horn allegedly killed his first man in a duel — a second lieutenant in the Mexican Army, whom he killed as a result of a dispute with a prostitute.

Horn was convicted in 1902 of the murder of 14-year-old Willie Nickell near Iron Mountain, Wyoming.

Life - Horn - Reputation - Killer-for-hire - Murders

Later in life Horn quickly developed a reputation as a killer-for-hire, and is said to have been responsible for as many as 50 murders in his 43 years of life.

was an American Old West gunfighter who participated in the New Mexico Territory’s Lincoln County War of 1878. He is known to have killed eight men.

Killer - History - Shows - Life - Crime

He was portrayed as a cold-blooded killer, history shows that he actually entered a life of crime out of necessity, not meanness.

According to historians people who knew him called him brave, resourceful, loyal, and possessing a remarkable sense of humor.

Figure - Region - Regulators - Part - Lincoln

He became a well-known figure in the region when he joined the Regulators and took part in the Lincoln County War. In April 1878, the Regulators killed three men, including Lincoln County Sheriff William J. Brady and one of his deputies.

Billy was killed in 1881 by the equally famous, Sheriff Pat Garrett. All told, Billy the Kid is said to have...
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