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The Truth About Guns In The Wild West

In this detail of a diorama showing the gunfight at the O.K. Corral, a man doubles over in pain, apparently shot by a distant gunman.
Flickr/Ross Griff

The "wild west" may have an undeserved reputation. If you believe what you see in old movies, you'd think gunslingers routinely shot each over for the slightest offenses. But according to historians, shoot-outs like the famous one at the O.K. Corral were rare, and towns like Tombstone, Ariz., and Dodge City, Kan., had some of the toughest gun control laws in the nation.

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