American Rifleman and NRA Museum provide background for Discovery Channel debut - video below
Fairfax, Virginia - Late last month, a crew from Discovery's American Heroes Channel (AHC) descended upon the National Firearm Museum for an afternoon of education. Education from our experts on the guns that made the Old West - that made the Gunslingers.
An effort by AHC to profile the major gunfights and gunfighters from the Old West, Gunslingers debuts tonight at 10:00pm eastern with "The Tombstone Vendetta". Here's a quick description from the AHC website:
Exposing little-known facts about America’s first villains and heroes, the six-part series features the stories of Wyatt Earp, Billy the Kid, Jesse James, Wild Bill Hickok, John Wesley Hardin and Tom Horn. Juxtaposed with vivid reenactments, expert commentary is layered throughout each episode to ensure the authenticity and historical accuracy of each story. Contributors include: David Milch, the creator of Deadwood; Bob Boze Bell, the executive editor of True West Magazine; and actor Kurt Russell (Tombstone).
Serving as experts for the day were American Rifleman Editor in Chief Mark Keefe and NRA Museums Director Jim Supica. But don't get too carried away - you're not going to see them on the show.
"We're producing videos of the top ten guns from that period to appear on the Gunslingers webpage," said Producer Julien McNab. "These videos will help educate our viewers on the firearms used by these famous men and the infamous fights. We were lucky to have Mark and Jim help us with the project."
With a new video coming out every Sunday of the 10-week Gunslingers run, the twosome make their AHC video debut today with the Colt Single Action Army revolver.
"What the 1873, the Single Action Army, the Peacemaker had was power," Keefe explains. "This was a full-sized gun firing a man’s cartridge. A 250 grain led bullet at over 800 feet per second.
"The Single Action Army in the hand, when you shoot it, I mean it's almost magical. There are very few guns that handle as well as the Single Action Army."
To see what our dynamic duo had to say about the Colt Peacemaker, checkout the video below.