Despite popular myth, not everyone in possession of a firearm in the various American Western territories during the 19th century was an expert marksman. Just as today, many gun owners are novice marksmen and gun handlers. With greater access to information in the form of organized shooting events and competitions, and published educational resources such as books, videos, and other outlets, gun owners have more opportunities to learn than ever before. Contrast this to a person traveling along the frontier with no access to shooting clubs, libraries or book stores, or the Internet.

Marksmanship in the Old West with free historical book download, “How I Became a Crack Shot”. Click to read.