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Keith was born in Missouri in His family moved to Montana six years later, where he grew up around former outlaws, lawmen, buffalo hunters, and Indian fighters as his life spanned the time from the Civil War veterans and gunfighters of the Frontier to the more modern age of hand guns. His teachers had survived the bloodiest war in our nation's history and had seen the great herds of buffaloes and the cow towns that helped build the West. Keith's writings had great influence on firearms in general and especially on single action six guns.

Keith's knowledge of every facet of handguns in general and six shooters in particular is truly remarkable. He covers it all, from history to game shooting to gun fighting and much more. Although this book was written before the advent of the. Keith's knowledge and experience are invaluable, with his game shooting and long range abilities most impressive of all. Keith also covers slip shooting with the Colt SAA, a fascinating and surprisingly effective technique generally ignored by modern writers.

But most importantly, Elmer's honesty and integrity are his greatest attributes to those who knew him. If you love good old six shooters, you must have this book. This title remains an important and classic work on the subject.

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Sixguns: 1961 Edition

When it comes to handguns, few can match Elmer Keith's depth of experience and knowledge. Informed by a long life of shooting, hunting, and experimenting with gun and bullet design, Sixguns is the definitive work on the history, design, and use of revolvers. Inside you'll find: Detailed photographs and descriptions of old and rare guns and ammunition Advice and information about long range shooting, game shooting, and double action shooting Lessons on trick shooting, quick draws, and hip shooting Chapters on bullets, cartridge selection, and cartridge reloading Guides for revolver repairs as well as general care and cleaning and much more A truly one-of-a-kind book from a bonafide legend of the American west, Elmer Keith's Sixguns is the leading gun resource available. This book is required reading for target shooters, hunters, sportsmen, and anyone who loves a good handgun.


Elmer Keith

In the 's, a young cowpoke decided to celebrate the Fourth of July by firing his. When I turned the next one loose I was almost deafened by the report and saw a little flash of flame. My hand automatically cocked gun and snapped again but no report. I stopped then knowing something was wrong. The upper half of three chambers was gone. Also one cartridge and half of another case.


Sixguns by Keith : The Standard Reference Work [illustrated Edition]

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Elmer Merrifield Keith March 8, — February 14, [1] was an Idaho rancher , firearms enthusiast, and author. Keith was instrumental in the development of the first magnum revolver cartridge, the. Jinks as "the father of big bore handgunning. Keith's trademarks were his cigars, his Stetson , and his outspoken opinions.

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