Western Fiction

History of the American Western Novel

A good story is one that can transport the reader to a different place, another time period or both. American Westerns were written to depict life and adventures in the ‘Wild West.’ The writers often based the novels on real people, exaggerating hardships and violence to make the story more interesting.  The desert landscapes where… Continue reading History of the American Western Novel

Western Life

Guns that won the West

It is a fact that the taming of the Wild West was done with the use of guns. This was the time period when the West was young, wild and restless. But the questions we have are - what was so great about the weapons of the Wild West? Was it the quantity in which… Continue reading Guns that won the West

Western Life

Weapons of the Wild West

“Guns That Won the West” is a famous topic that interests many Old West aficionados and firearms enthusiasts. The debate usually comes down to whether the West-winning gun was given the title due to the high quantity of its production, or for the work it mastered? Or simply related to who used it during the… Continue reading Weapons of the Wild West

Western Life

Wild Bill Hickok

The American soldier who is more famously known as the hero from the Old West and the greatest gunfighter of his time -- Wild Bill Hickok. If you find yourself searching for the greatest gunslingers of the Old West, Wild Bill’s name will be at the top the list. Although he was in the city… Continue reading Wild Bill Hickok

Western Life

Annie Oakley

Annie Oakley was a famous American exhibition shooter and sharpshooter, born in August 13, 1860.  She’s known by many names, such as "Phoebe Anne Oakley", "Little Sure Shot", "Watanya Cicilla", "Mrs. Annie Butler” and more. She defeated traveling-show marksman, Frank E. Butler (who she later married), in a shooting match. That is when her talent… Continue reading Annie Oakley