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Elenderil04 Aug 2023 4:37 p.m. PST

Well actually it's the gunfight just down Fremont Street from the back entrance to the OK Corral, but that doesn't have the same ring to it really! Over the last few months I have been on a bit of an OK Corral theme over at my blog. I have posted entries on the location, the weapons, recreating the terrain, the people and in my latest post refighting the famous shootout. You can find the after action report here:

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From there you can backtrack onto other posts covering the infamous shootout. Hopefully you will find something to interest you.

advocate04 Aug 2023 11:19 p.m. PST

This great, many memories of the rules from way back when.

Gray Bear05 Aug 2023 10:19 a.m. PST

The best and most highly authentic video reconstruction of the OK Corral gunfight was the version from the original Star Trek series. Study it closely and you will see what actually happened (one of the benefits of time travel).

Personal logo Parzival Supporting Member of TMP06 Aug 2023 4:32 p.m. PST

Re: Star Trek. Cue eyeroll. (Great episode, but that's as far as that goes.)

However, as Doc's third cousin (maternal side), I approve of this replay.

The one flaw with most portrayals of Doc is that he was actually a very small man— about 5'6", and very, very gaunt due to the TB which eventually killed him. (Most actors cast in the role are instead 6' tall or more.) Supposedly, he dropped the coach gun after firing it because it was too powerful for him to handle, and switched to at least one pistol (possibly two; he was ambidextrous and an equally good shot with either hand, or both at the same time). The coach gun supposedly belonged to Virgil, who loaned it to Doc for the fight.

I don't think he owned a Colt Army— he did, however, own an 1851 single-action Colt Navy, converted from ball-and-powder to cartridge. Wyatt's accounts assign him the Colt Lightning as well, though it was a finicky gun. He also owned a double-barreled derringer, engraved as a gift from his paramour "Big Nose Kate," though it's unlikely he used it in this fight.

Of course, the whole thing is caught up in legend, and who knows what accounts are actually the truth… the line from Sunset certainly fits!

Elenderil07 Aug 2023 6:40 a.m. PST

And of course'Bones' Mcoy had previous for that gunfight. Deforest Kelly played one of the Earp boys in the 1950's movie.

Cavcmdr09 Aug 2023 7:47 p.m. PST

Thanks for the info and anecdotes.

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