Own a Western Gun and Feel Like a Western Cowboy
Posted on October 22, 2012
Popular Western Gun Selections Used in the Wild West
Old western gun selections have a certain nostalgic component, as they remind the owner of a time in American history filled with adventure, danger, and the thrill of exploration. Anyone who wants to start a new collection or add to an existing collection of fine weapons can get their hands on some attractive and historically accurate replica western guns. Cowboy replica guns are great for reenactments, movie props, and plays as well.
The "Peacemaker" Western Gun
One of the most common kinds of weapons wielded by cowboys and pioneers of old was the Peacemaker, otherwise called the "M1873," "Colt 45," "Model P," "Colt Single Action Army," or the "SSA" handgun. This weapon was originally designed by Charles Brinckerhoff Richards and William Mason in the early 1870s and mass produced by the manufacturing company known as the Colt's Patent Firearms company.
The Peacemaker is a revolving, single action, six cylinder weapon used, not only in the Old West frontier, but in the American Indian, Spanish American War, the Mexican Revolution, and in World War I. In all, from the time the weapon was first produced until it was finally retired, there were more than 400K units manufactured. This type of gun was owned by Billy the Kid and Doc Holliday relied on an 1851 Colt revolver.
Replica Western Guns and Famous Old West Weapons
Wyatt Earp is another famous figure from the Old West who carried a Colt Single Action Army gun. Wild Bill, otherwise identified as James Butler Hickock, used to tote around an 1851 Colt Navy Single Action revolver. One thing is for certain, the original Old West weapons carried by these famed individuals or those weapons that may have killed a famous person from the Old West can sell for thousands of dollars.
In fact, the .44-caliber Smith & Wesson that was at one time used to kill the outlaw Jesse James sold for well over $300,000 in 2003 at an auction. Thankfully, anyone who wants to own an Old West weapon can get one at a fraction of the cost by investing in a quality reproduction.
Look online for your western gun selections that are replicas that are far more affordable and attainable than real weapons from the era.