Complete List of Old West Gunfights


Only 16?

Though movies and television would like us to believe otherwise, it was very rare when gunfights occurred with the two gunfighters squarely facing each other from a distance in a dusty street. This romanticized image of the Old West gunfight was born in the dime novels of the late 19th century and perpetuated in the film era, to such a point that this fictional version is the what our mind’s eye quickly conjures up when we hear the word “ gunfight.” In actuality, the “real” gunfights of the Old West were rarely that “civilized.”

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  1. There were far more than sixteen, those were just some well known examples. The Sandbar fight, for instance did not occur in 1887 since Jim Bowie was killed at the Alamo in 1836. As well non of the gunfights in the “Lincoln County War” were mentions that involved Billy the Kid.

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