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    "Gun Notches" Capt Rynning Arizona Ranger.

    I got a copy of the book "Gun Notches" by Capt Thomas Rynning the famous Arizona Ranger a couple of weeks ago- its first rate old west reading, but some what hard to understand- its like having a conversation with a old veteran in the post NCO club after you hoisted a few to many "Life Savers" (to use a phrase of Ranger Rynning). The lingo is turn of the century cowboy, trooper, lawman- slang and cant. You try hard to get the story, what the hell did he say? takes some thinking and getting into it to savvy it- hang with it- you will be rewarded with a hell of a story- a lot of them. I read it chapter by chapter- twice. Still polishing it off.




    The life this Cowboy-Soldier-Ranger had was amazing, his book is chock full of old west lore and stories about people such as T.R. Bucky O'Neil, Leonard Wood. Harry Wheeler, Jeff Kidder, Billy Olds, Texas John Slaughter, Buzzard Head Jacobson, Timberline Sparks and other folks that Rynning knew well and worked with. A lot of realistic gun play and hardcore action and - "If they move kill 'um" senarios, but for real.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_H._Rynning

    The Thomas Rynning era Arizona Rangers were only around for about 9 years- tell politics got the best of them and they were disbanded but that was sure as hell a action packed decade
    Highly recommend this book- you can get it reasonable and have a conversation with a Arizona Ranger.

    https://eccentriccowboy.blogspot.com...f-arizona.html

    "Bueno To Hell"!!

    Thomas Rynning
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    I love finding these old, first hand accounts from the guy there. While often written as you say in period language, it is not polished or “PCed”. Will be on the look out for this one. Only nine years for the Rangers, but they established a belt style I love. Have a Ranger belt that holds 20 32/40s for the Winchester and 20 32/20s for the Colt. Both made in 1917.
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    Well, you just cost me another $20. I had to order this book to go with my other quaint and period journals. Thanks for posting.
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    I will look for that one. Another good AZ book is about the two Powers brothers that were told they didn't have to register for the WWI draft because they were running a gold mine. But not long after, they awoke at their cabin to find it surrounded by "the law" (familiar scenario even to this day). Their of father was shot standing in the door (still familiar) as he woke and stepped to the door in the dawn light. A gunfight ensued then they went on the run. The largest manhunt in history eventually caught them, and they spent their lives in prison, eventually being pardoned in their 70s. It smells of a political land grab... But this is an overview if you've never heard of the Powers Cabin gunfight. I've ridden mules and camped in the Galiuros, pretty rough country.

    By one of the brothers that lived it: https://www.amazon.com/Shoot-Out-At-.../dp/0914778374

    https://www.historynet.com/lawmen-tr...t-gunfight.htm
    https://truewestmagazine.com/gunfight-galiuros/
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    Not period written, but a really good read was Black Gun, Silver Star by Art Burton. About Marshall Bass Reeves, a former slave who became a US Marshall.
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    Well, I found a copy of Three Notches and ordered it. Thanks for the heads up!
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    It reminds me a bit of Emmett Dalton's books "When The Daltons Rode" etc.

    First hand relay of old west adventure- first rate reading.

    I will check out the Powers cabin fight book- and Bass Reeves book- Thanks!

    Deacon its "Gun Notches" hope that's what you got.
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    Yup, it is Gun Notches! Thanks!
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