Triggernometry: A Gallery of Gunfighters

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In this now classic volume, Eugene Cunningham collects—in his “gallery” —biographies of nearly a score of master gunfighters, including such notables as John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, Dallas Stoudenmire, Sam Bass, Wild Bill Hickok, Butch Cassidy, and Tom Horn. Himself a Westerner familiar with the feel of pistol and rifle, Cunningham knew firsthand several of the Texas gunfighters featured in his book, the product of more than thirty-five years of research, interviews, and ...

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Overview

In this now classic volume, Eugene Cunningham collects—in his “gallery” —biographies of nearly a score of master gunfighters, including such notables as John Wesley Hardin, Billy the Kid, Dallas Stoudenmire, Sam Bass, Wild Bill Hickok, Butch Cassidy, and Tom Horn. Himself a Westerner familiar with the feel of pistol and rifle, Cunningham knew firsthand several of the Texas gunfighters featured in his book, the product of more than thirty-five years of research, interviews, and writing.

Cunningham examines the evidence and breaks down the myths surrounding the exploits of Wild Bill Hickok, for example, preferring instead to find the living, breathing human behind the legend. His final chapter, "Triggernometry," remains a fascinating discussion of the gunfighters' expertise with the fast draw, the “road-agent's spin,” pistol fanning, the "border shift," “rolling” and “pinwheeling,” and the use of various holsters and harnesses. This new edition includes an extensive introduction and updated bibliography by Joseph G. Rosa. Discussing in detail the types of pistols used by the gunfighters, their speed and accuracy in gunfights, and the qualities of a deadly gunfighter, Rosa also provides new information on many of the more prominent gunfighters in Cunningham's gallery.

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Editorial Reviews

E. Douglas Branch
For many of the 'gunfighter' here included, no better short narrative exists… A final chapter on 'trigger-nometry,' embellished with diagrams on the manipulation of revolvers and including a catalogue of holsters, would, if studied by the authors east of Poughkeepsie and west of Bitter Root who write the overwhelming bulk of western fiction, introduce a dangerous accuracy into their writings.
The Mississippi Valley Historical Review
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Stories about the gunfighters of the old West--particularly legends like Wild Bill Hickok, Billy the Kid, and Wyatt Earp--tend to be filled with colorful exaggerations. Eugene Cunningham's stories are a different matter altogether. A Western man himself, Cunningham stands apart from other chroniclers in that he wrote from firsthand knowledge. Some of these men were his friends; others were intimates of men he knew well. In addition, he had access to contemporary records, which he used with the skill of a born researcher. Thirty years in the making and originally published in 1941, this book presents dramatic profiles of nearly a score of master gunfighters, from Ranger Bill McDonald to Pat Garrett and Wes Hardin--men whose exploits helped shape and mold the American West. Cunningham places each man in the context of his time, creating profiles of credible human beings who performed near-incredible feats.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780806128375
  • Publisher: University of Oklahoma Press
  • Publication date: 3/28/1996
  • Pages: 446
  • Sales rank: 413,225
  • Product dimensions: 5.47 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.11 (d)

Meet the Author

Eugene Cunningham was the author of over fifteen works of fiction and nonfiction on the American West.

Eugene Manlove Rhodes is the author of numerous works of western fiction.

Joseph G. Rosa, who makes his home in Ruislip, Middlesex, England, is the author of the definitive biography of Wild Bill Hickok, They Called Him Wild Bill: The Life and Adventures of James Butler Hickok, as well as The Gunfighter: Man or Myth? And (with Waldo E. Koop) Rowdy Joe Lowe: Gambler with a Gun, all published by the University of Oklahoma Press.

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Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword
Introduction
Preface
The Gunman 1
I Breed of the Border: Bill Longley 12
II Forty Notches: John Wesley Hardin 38
III One Night in San Anton: Ben Thompson 66
IV Tombstone's Deputy: "Billy" Breakenridge 90
V Sure-Thing Killer: Billy the Kid 129
VI Two-Gun Marshal: Dallas Stoudenmire 171
VII Behind the Star: "Jim" Gillett 189
VIII The" Hammer Thumb": Long-haired Jim Courtright 203
IX "Bayard of the Chaparral": Ranger Captain John R. Hughes 218
X The Little Wolf: Bass Outlaw 236
XI "The Magnificent": Wild Bill Hickok 249
XII "He Was Born in Indiana -": Sam Bass 274
XIII Sheriff of Cochise: John Slaughter 298
XIV "Rush one Ranger!": Captain Bill McDonald 315
XV Boss of the Wild Bunch: Butch Cassidy 332
XVI "Railroaded"? - : Tom Horn 350
XVII One Man Army Corps: General Lee Christmas 389
XVIII Triggernometry: Random Testimony of the Experts, With Criticisms and Comparisons, Hoglegs and Homicides, Diagrams and Disagreements 414
Bibliography 441
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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 26, 2008

    First Hand accounts

    I have read and re-read this book many times. I have found it a fair and facinating account of real people who lived by the gun. The author uses many witnesses of the actual events he describes, and includes the theories and stories associated with each character. When a book is written by an author who has access to the people involved in his book the book has a high liklihood of being factual. A must have for any historian of the American Frontier.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 20, 2001

    A REAL LOOK AT THE WESTERN GUNFIGHTER

    THIS BOOK PUT A DIFFRENT PERSPECTIVE OF THE GREAT GUN SLINGER. FOR ONCE SOME WROTE ABOUT FACTS NOT STORIES. SOME TIMES FACTS ARE MORE INTRESTING.I RATED A 5 BECAUSE IT WAS A BOOK YOU JUST ANT PUT DOWN.

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