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Outlaws – The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

In spite of all the major changes which took place in Western America during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, stories about outlaws seem to be the ones that we remember the most. The actions of these bandits have been the inspiration for many books and films, along with the relationships they had with… Continue reading Outlaws – The Greatest Surviving Legends of the Old West

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Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 2

Plots While many westerns maintain simple plots, which are boosted by the elevated levels of violence they contain, the plots in weird west novels, however, tend to be complex with lots of action, intrigue and adventure. This combination keeps readers on the edge of their seat, as well as the customary violence from the western… Continue reading Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 2

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Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 1

A relatively new sub-genre, weird west combines elements of a western with those of another genre, usually horror, fantasy or sci-fi. It is even more distinct than other combination genres because authors are usually able to incorporate both sets of elements, without having to deviate from either. The western is a very distinct genre, as… Continue reading Weird West – A Creative Combination of Genres – Part 1

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Jack Dunlop

Starting in 1846, the war between the United States and Mexican sowed the seeds of hatred in the hearts of people belonging to both countries. This Mexican American war ended up with the U.S. being victorious taking a large portion of Mexican land due to which Mexicans lost their homes and conditions changed on both… Continue reading Jack Dunlop

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Joaquin Murrieta

Joaquin Murrieta otherwise known as the Robin Hood of the West was a miner that emigrated from the Mexican village of Sonora to America in the pursuit of the Californian gold rush in 1849. Much like other gold miners migrating from far away lands to make a living and provide for their families, Joaquin was… Continue reading Joaquin Murrieta

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California Rangers

The Need for Rangers Back in the 1850s, California was swept with a gust of crime and killings perpetrated by not only the infamous “Five Joaquins” gang, but also other bandits following the newly discovered gold-mining potential in California. People from around the globe were immigrating and settling down in California to try their luck… Continue reading California Rangers

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Wyatt Earp – Legendary Gunslinger and Lawman

Wyatt Berry Stapp Earp has remained one of the most well-known lawmen from the Wild West. During his career, Earp served as Pima County Deputy Sheriff and Deputy Town Marshal in Tombstone, Arizona. He also played a key role in one of the most famous gunfights of all time, the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral,… Continue reading Wyatt Earp – Legendary Gunslinger and Lawman

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Colt Guns

COLT DRAGOON Remember the two huge pistols that Clint Eastwood brandished magnificently in the movie The Outlaw (1976)? Well, it they were two Colt Dragoons. This revolver was manufactured for the cavalry of the United States and entered into service in the war against Mexico. However, it was during the Secession war when its use… Continue reading Colt Guns

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The Donner Party

In the middle of the 18th century, America witnessed one of the greatest numbers of migrations from East/Midwest to the Californian territory. Fascinated by the western economy and the catholic culture of California, it became a place where families from the East and Midwest saw fit to lead their lives and flourish. The journey by… Continue reading The Donner Party

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Smith & Wesson

Founded more than 162 years ago, Smith & Wesson is an American firearm and ammunition manufacturer that provides its customers with a variety of weapons. Ranging from small caliber pistols to high caliber assault rifles, the options at Smith & Wesson are virtually limitless but one thing that sets apart Smith & Wesson from other… Continue reading Smith & Wesson