“SHOWDOWN AT BLAZER’S MILL”

BUCKSHOT ROBERTS

— BUCKSHOT ROBERTS’ LAST STAND — Buffalo hunter Andrew L. “Buckshot” Roberts rode his mule into Blazer’s Mill in Lincoln County, New Mexico, on a Thursday afternoon and made his way to the post office to pick up a check for the sale of his ranch.

Earlier the same day,  a heavily armed band of gunmen known as Regulators arrived in town and stopped to eat at a local restaurant.

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“GUNMAN’S DANCE”

— TO LIVE AND DIE BY THE GUN — Two men eyed each other with respectful caution, staging a sort of methodical gunman’s dance, circling the town square, waiting for the perfect split second to draw down on the other.

In reality, scenes like this were rare in the Old West—mostly a figment of Hollywood’s imagination. Face-to-face gun battles were far from common. 

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