Text & Drawings by Floyd D.P. Oydegaard

Famous Quotes of Gunmen

Just prior to his hanging, Bill Longley was asked how he had managed for so long to avoid death and capture and said, "Because I never had any confidence in nobody." He saw a "good many enemies around and mighty few friends." After 32 killings he wrote a last note to a girl that said, "Hanging is my favorite way of dying." He died at 27 years of age in Texas, 1877.

Clay Allison once said after killing a man whom he had taken to dinner with the intention of making him his 8th victim, "I didn't want to send a man to hell on an empty stomach." A man with a colorful career at being a fast gun, he met an inglorious end when a wagon wheel rolled over and broke his neck in Pecos, Texas July 1, 1887.

Wyatt Earp stated that trick shooting didn't decide a gunfight. It was an axiom among gunfighters that a man who won a shoot-out was the man who took his time. "Shooting at a man who is returning the compliment means going into action with the greatest speed of which a man's muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge to hurry or the need for complicated nervous and muscular actions which trick shooting involves." He died a healthy 81 in Los Angeles, California, January 13, 1929.

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