Wyatt Earp Gun Up For Auction

by
posted on March 27, 2014
ubertioldwest_f.jpg

I was born and raised in Arizona, and with that comes a passion for all things Old West, including the Gunfight at O.K. Corral. Things have changed a lot in Tombstone since I first visited its streets from the comfort of a stroller in the early ’60s, but the stories remain largely the same.

If you’d like to own a part of that history and your tax refund is somewhere in the range of a quarter million dollars, I have a deal for you. On April 17, up to 6,000 people will be bidding on a pair of guns, including Wyatt Earp’s lever-action Winchester shotgun and a Colt .45 he may have used during the West’s most famous gunfight.

There’s no lack of controversy, though. The serial number is missing on the revolver, although the Arizona Republic is reporting X-rays have revealed the numbers match one owned by Earp.

The firearms are part of author Glenn Boyer’s estate, which further clouds the issue. Some historians claim all three of Boyer’s books are more fiction than fact, despite the decades of research he’d done and volumes of documents he accumulated on the west’s most famous lawman.

But then again, even the accounts of what happened at the O.K. Corral are conflicting. We’re pretty sure the first shots rang out when both sides were about 6 feet apart and the fighting lasted for about 30 seconds. Who were the real bad guys? Was everyone armed when the fight broke out? Did the “Cowboys” have their hands up when the first shots were taken? The debate continues to rage.

One thing is certain, however. I can’t bid on something this expensive. It’s a shame, because I’ve always wanted a Colt .45 in my hand when I subject my friends at the range to a variety of quotes from the movie Tombstone.

Fortunately, there is a solution. The Uberti Old West replica seen in the photo costs only $659, comes with intact serial numbers and the last one I tested shot incredibly well. It may not be Earp’s gun, but it’s close enough until I hit the lottery. And, if my wife complains about yet another gun in the safe, I’ll work her shopping math to prove $250,000 minus $659 translates to my frugal purchase actually saving our family $249,341.

I feel better already.

Latest

The Armed Citizen
The Armed Citizen

The Armed Citizen® Jan. 27, 2023

Read today's "The Armed Citizen" entry for real stories of law-abiding citizens, past and present, who used their firearms to save lives.

NRA Gun Of The Week: Browning Citori Hunter Grade II

Follow American Rifleman staff on this “Gun Of The Week” with the Browning Firearms Citori Hunter Grade II, a field-ready, 16-gauge shotgun that sure doesn’t disappoint. In fact, this boxlock shotgun has everything you need and nothing that you don’t.

Rifleman Q&A: U.S. Model Of 1928 Thompson Variants

I was reading an auction catalog, and a reference was made to an American military Thompson submachine gun. It stated it was a “1928 Colt Navy overstamp, not a Savage.” The catalog made that verbiage seem important. What’s the significance of the “overstamp,” and were there other military 1928 Thompsons besides the Navy guns?

New For 2023: Benelli Montefeltro

Benelli’s Montefeltro, a go-to favorite for many discerning shotgunners, has been redesigned for 2023, making the sporting classic an even more rigid backbone of the company’s upland and clay-target shotgun lineup.

Buy A Trijicon Thermal Optic, Get A Free Tenmile Riflescope

Purchase a new Trijicon REAP-IR 3 or IR-HUNTER 2 scope through one of the company’s Electro Optics retailers before February 1, and you qualify to receive a select model of a Trijicon Tenmile riflescope.

5 Hot New Airguns For 2023

This year at SHOT Show 2023, there is an exciting corner of the marketplace that, given the economic downturn, should be one of the most appealing. Here are some of this year’s hottest airguns.

Interests



Get the best of American Rifleman delivered to your inbox.