The Wild West - bang! - was a region of violence and most of it centered around the six gun. That weapon is simply a "six shooter" carried in a holster on a man's hip, or sometimes tied lower for quicker draw. It was used by the outlaws to rob the banks and stage coaches, and by sheriffs to bring those outlaws in. It was used by gamblers who palmed an extra ace, by cowboys who fought rustlers and Indians, by men in all walks of life and often by women as well. The picture above shows Ray Grisold of the 7 Up Ranch demonstrating quick shooting from the hip. Notice his left hand place so as to help protect his abdomen from the other man's bullets. The revolver is still a favored weapon out West. Civilization has made life a bit quieter, but the tradition of decency and goodness is still enforced by the Westerner's six gun. Beware, you cheap modern crooks; sons of the pioneers are still quick on the draw!