http://www.mexiadailynews.com/variety/local_story_362100727.html?keyword=topstory Guns of the Gunfighters By Jerry Turner-Special to The News Two steely-eyed men walk out in a dusty street as the frightened town folk run for cover. We see the determination in the men’s faces, their fingers twitching as they reassuring touch the hammer of their six-shooter. Suddenly the guns leave their leather holsters and one of the men drops to the ground- dead because his draw was tad slower than his adversary. This has been the scene of hundreds of western movies, novels, and even biographies of real gunfighters. We know the characters, but know very little about these weapons of death. The Guns of the Gunfighter Lawmen, Outlaws, and Hollywood Cowboys written by Doc O’Meara published by Krause Publications tells just about everything, one would want to know about these guns. The author takes the reader on a most interesting trip from the world of fact to the world of the entertainment industry. He explains how gunfighters of the West used their guns and along the way, O’Meara debunks some of the myths associated with them. Guns of the Gunfighters is divided into two parts - The Real Gunfighter and The “Reel” Gunfighters. There are twenty-one real gunfighters discussed including those who were not outlaws, but merely outstanding with a gun. Such would be Ed McGovern, an exceptional fast draw and trick shot artist as well as President Theodore Roosevelt. Teddy carried a .44-40 colt Single Action Army revolver and was said to be a good shot. A section of colored pictures depicting various guns with notes about their owners add a great deal to this book. Closeups photos with their descriptions gives the readers a real understanding of what the author may have said in the text. It is a real highlight and a most interesting and valuable part of this great book. O’Meara gives good detail about these gun fighting characters of whom we have heard so much. But, alas, much of it was pure fiction. He discusses Billy The Kid, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, John Wesley Hardin, Jesse James and a host of other gun totin’ hard shootin’ western folk who used a gun for their living. Of even more interest to me was the section devoted to heroes of the silver screen. From the first western star, William S. Hart to John Wayne, the author covers many of the “B” western stars and their guns. One may be surprised that many fancy dressed stars shot guns considered poor quality weapons, although portrayed to be very special. Many had cheap plastic grips with poor quality finishes. The holsters, however, were often very elaborate and decorative. The actors would often carry rubber guns since they wouldn’t hurt as much as the real ones in fights or falling off horses. The Lone Ranger looked so impressive in his beautifully tooled black, double rigged holsters and guns. The guns, however, were purchased in a pawnshop, amateurishly altered and a cheap set of plastic stocks dyed to look like ivory were added. Gene Autry refused to carry real guns when making personal appearances, fearing one might accidentally fire, hurting someone. If you have an interest at all in the real West and its characters or in the “reel” world of make-believe gunfighters, get a copy of The Guns of the Gunfighters, you will enjoy the dickens out of it. When you watch an old cowboy, shoot-em-up movies, have a copy of this dandy book nearby, you will be surprised how much more you will enjoy the movie.