I’m a woman. I’ve never fired a gun (other than a BB gun when I was twelve). I read a lot of western historical romance and I write it too. When writing The Marshal’s Surrender (the most gun-intense book so far), I still had to do a lot of research to make sure my story stood on an accurate historical platform. Where did gunmen stash their Colt revolvers? What did their holsters look like? Did they wear a belt? What about a hidden, back-up gun (like gamblers always seem to have)? In this article, I share vintage photographs and an 1877 patent image, showing those of us unfamiliar with nineteenth century firearms what they looked like.
Shanna Hatfield supports the Justin Cowboy Crisis Fund, both by spreading the word and with a significant financial donation–and you can help! Shanna explains the true-to-history setting of her Hardman Holiday Series. This ghost town was once a thriving city, and Shanna’s research provides her fiction with a solid setting readers can ‘see’. Shanna Hatfield is a USA Today Bestselling Author of sweet romance.
Every cowboy knew how to whittle a toothpick from a stick–and did so regularly. But when (and how) did toothpicks become commercialized? What was the earliest dental floss made of?