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Famous Male Gunslingers

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List of famous male gunslingers, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male gunslingers list contains the most prominent and top males known for being gunslingers. There are thousand of males working as gunslingers in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic gunslingers have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a male aspiring to be a gunslinger then the people below should give you inspiration.

A list made up of people like John Wesley Hardin and Doc Holliday.

While this isn't a list of all male gunslingers, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male gunslingers?" and "Who are the best male gunslingers?"
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    John Wesley Hardin (May 26, 1853 – August 19, 1895) was an American Old West outlaw, gunfighter, and controversial folk icon. The son of a Methodist preacher, Hardin got into trouble with the law from an early age. He killed his first man at age 14; he claimed it was in self-defense. Pursued by lawmen for most of his life, he was sentenced in 1877 at age 23 to 24 years in prison for murder. When he was sentenced, Hardin claimed to have killed 42 men but contemporary newspaper accounts attributed only 27 deaths to him. While in prison, Hardin studied law and wrote an autobiography. He was well known for wildly exaggerating or completely making up stories about his life. He claimed credit for...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 42 (1853-1895)
    • Birthplace: Bonham, Texas
    • Gender: Male

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  • William Matthew Tilghman Jr. (July 4, 1854 – November 1, 1924) was a career lawman, gunfighter, and politician in Kansas and Oklahoma during the late 19th century. Tilghman was a Dodge City city marshal in the early 1880s and played a role in the Kansas County Seat Wars. In 1889 he moved to Oklahoma where he acquired several properties during a series of land rushes. While serving as a Deputy U.S. Marshal in Oklahoma, he gained recognition for capturing the notorious outlaw Bill Doolin and helping to track and kill the other members of Doolin's gang, which made him famous as one of Oklahoma's "Three Guardsmen". Tilghman never achieved the household-word status of his close friends Wyatt...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 70 (1854-1924)
    • Birthplace: Fort Dodge, Iowa, United States of America
    • Gender: Male
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    John Henry "Doc" Holliday (August 14, 1851 – November 8, 1887) was an American gambler, gunfighter, and dentist. A close friend and associate of lawman Wyatt Earp, Holliday is best known for his role in the events leading up to and following the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral. He developed a reputation as having killed more than a dozen men in various altercations, but modern researchers have concluded that, contrary to popular myth-making, Holliday killed only one or two men. Holliday's colorful life and character have been depicted in many books and portrayed by well-known actors in numerous movies and television series.At age 21, Holliday earned a degree in dentistry from the Pennsylvania...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 36 (1851-1887)
    • Birthplace: Griffin, Georgia
    • Gender: Male

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  • James Butler Hickok (May 27, 1837 – August 2, 1876), better known as "Wild Bill" Hickok, was a folk hero of the American Old West known for his work across the frontier as a drover, wagon master, soldier, spy, scout, lawman, gunfighter, gambler, showman, and actor. He earned a great deal of notoriety in his own time, much of it bolstered by the many outlandish and often fabricated tales that he told about his life. Some contemporaneous reports of his exploits are known to be fictitious, but they remain the basis of much of his fame and reputation, along with his own stories. Hickok was born and raised on a farm in northern Illinois at a time when lawlessness and vigilante activity were...  more
    • Age: Dec. at 39 (1837-1876)
    • Birthplace: Troy Grove, Illinois
    • Gender: Male