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The famous, and only known, photo of William Bonney/Billy Antrim/William McCartney, better known as “Billy the Kid”. While according to legend he killed his first man at 17 and killed 21 by the age of 21, he was described by friends and acquaintances as a polite, charming, handsome and generous man who had only every killed men in self-defense. He earned a reputation as a skilled rifleman and horseman during the Lincoln County War as part of the “Regulators”, during which he met a local bartender and former buffalo hunter named Pat Garrett.  Garrett was elected sheriff of Lincoln County after his predecessor resigned due to the ongoing “war”, and would hound Billy after the outlaw’s escape from jail. In 1881, Billy would be shot dead by Garret in the dark, casting a shadow over the sheriff’s reputation.

Garret spent the rest of his life coasting on the success of his “authentic” book on Billy the Kid, which gave rise to the common portrayal of him as a fast-shooting maniac and Garret as a professional, honorable lawman. The outcry against the obvious lies being told was such that president Theodore Roosevelt, although a friend of Garret’s, refused to acknowledge their friendship in public speeches or appearances, even going so far as to bar Garret from appearing in photographs with him. Garret himself would be killed by a rival rancher during a dispute over a grazing rights on the road outside of Las Cruces, New Mexico, 1908.


October 26th 1881: Gunfight at the O.K. Corral

On this day in 1881 the famous ‘Gunfight at the O.K. Corral’ took place in Tombstone, Arizona at around 3pm. The fight was between the outlaw cowboys Billy Claiborne, Ike & Billy Clanton and Frank & Tom McLaury and lawmen Virgil, Morgan & Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday. Billy Clanton and the McLaurys were killed in the fight, but the other outlaws escaped. The event has become symbolic of the Wild West and was the feature of a 1957 film starring Burt Lancaster and Kirk Douglas.

BCM is proud to present Episode 6 of our original series, American Gunfighter. Episode 6 features Northern Red Instructor Staff and US Army Special Operations Combat Veterans Chris Kovacik and Zach Harrison, discussing the importance of accuracy and discipline in gunfights.

Directed and produced by Jon Chang, American Gunfighter is an ongoing series produced by BCM featuring elite law enforcement and military personnel sharing their thoughts and stories about their profession and craft.

Northern Red is a Private Military Firm specializing in training elite military and law enforcement units for counter terrorism, hostage rescue and close quarter battle missions. The Instructor Staff consists entirely of US Army Special Operations combat veterans with multiple deployments to Iraq and Afghanistan.

BCM (Bravo Company Manufacturing) was founded in 2005 by a veteran United States Marine in Hartland, Wisconsin, where the company maintains its HQ today. BCM builds weapon systems that are manufactured, reinforced and tested to meet the unforgiving needs of law enforcement, military, security and peace keeping professionals in some of the most high stress environments and situations in the world.

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John Selman, a “man of stealth and violence”, during his time as a lawman in North Texas. Drifting between lawman and outlaw throughout his life, ending with his death in a gunfight with US Marshal George Scarborough, he is best remembered as the leader of “Selman’s Scouts” during the Lincoln County War and as the man who shot legendary gunfighter John Wesley Hardin.