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Old West EDC

Discussion in 'General EDC Discussion' started by Bubba, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Bubba

    Bubba Loaded Pockets

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    So you are in the Old West (Cowboys & Indians)

    What would your EDC be..

    if you had to use technology of the day?
    and / or
    if you could bring todays EDC gear back in time with you?



    I'm watching a western movie and reading the chat.. ;)
     
  2. DB

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    Good 'ol Colt 45, wide brimmed hat, poncho, and a midnight black horse. ;D


    (...what chat are you reading?)
     
  3. Bubba

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    here, I guess it's a board..
     
  4. jackknife

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    Make mine a Smith and Wesson number 1 American, a Winchester '73, a gen-u-ine Russell's Barlow with two blades and saw cut bone scales, hammered silver flask with some nice brandy, nickled waterproof case for my "lusifers" . Another match case can hold some basic apothicary supplies. If I'm going by horse, I gotta have one of those duster coats like the ones in Long Riders.
     
  5. Bubba

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    good choices
     
  6. Brickout

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    I addition to guns, knives and clothing.

    -Canteen(s)
    -Beef jerky
    -Matches
     
  7. moonshinematt

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    I would need BEEF JERKY[good one BUBBA], a Bear bowie knife, a real fire steel, copper cup, and a Henry .22 MAG level action.. In addition I would need a box of condoms and a bottle of your 1800 please..
     
  8. RGNY

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    and,

    leather repair kit: strap blanks, hole punch, Sailor's Palm, two glover's needles w/ waxed linen thread.

    whiskey: for coughs, colds, snakebite and as a disinfectant.
     
  9. bigkahuna

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    I'm an Indian, just point out the Buffalo ;D
     
  10. fishwolf

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    A chaw of tobbaca. :giddyup:
     
  11. Stutoffee

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    Oh to be able to go back in time with some of todays technology.

    I wouldnt be toting twin sixguns. How about twin H&K MP5 Kurz Machine Pistols with Laser sights?
    For a shotgun, something nice in an auto like a Franchi SPAS12 & for long range work, another German beauty, the HK PSG1 Sniper.
     
  12. Mister Scribble

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    Definitely a Bowie knife on my belt; a sixgun in a belt holster--but not
    one that looks so fancy that folks would think I'm a gunfighter.
    A repeater rifle--Winchester?--like the one the Rifleman used--
    stored on the buckboard wagon. Maybe a large pocket knife.
    Would have to be an equestrian type with the hook for
    dealing with horseshoes, something to remove things stuck
    in the horse's hoof, etc.

    I think I'd also keep a shotgun on the buckboard for emergencies.

    Would probably need some matches or some other way to start
    a fire. Funny, I've never seen mention of people carrying firestarter
    materials in Westerns, but they must have.

    Oiled cloth tarpaulin folded in the buckboard to cover things
    I'm toting in the wagon when it rains. Cord to tie down the
    tarpaulin.

    And for real emergencies...A CELL PHONE :idiot2:
     
  13. Corporal Punishment

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    I think my concept of how I'd EDC in the Old West is heavily influenced by Clint Eastwood (particularly Josey Wales), and maybe a little John Mosby. In other words, I believe they had the right idea given the limitations of the technology of that time.

    First the shootin' irons (this would be my "war" rig, maybe I'd tone it down a bit as a "civilian"... LOL):
    Pair of Colt 3rd Model Dragoons (.44) in pommel holsters.
    A Le Mat revolver (.44), right side flap holster butt forward.
    Colt Pocket Police (.36), belt holster, front center.
    Colt Pocket Police (.36), boot holster, right exterior.
    Colt Pocket Police (.36), shoulder holster, leftside.
    Colt Pocket Police, Snub-nose (.36), in my saddlebag.
    Henry Rifle, Model 1860 "Yellow Boy" (.44 rimfire), rifle scabbard.

    Then add on an 8" Bowie knife in a sheath (at belt, rear), hat, sunglasses (spectacles with dark purple lenses), bandana, a poncho-serape thing to cover over everything (Clint style), saddlebags, bedroll, gum blanket, coil of rope, saddle blanket, McClellan saddle, a small shovel, an axe, sack of beans, sack of coffee, salt pork, a bottle of Tennessee Whiskey, and a box of fine cigars.

    And one more thing... dynamite.

    I don't think I would have lingered in the Old West. Arid environments don't agree with me. I probably would have liquidated my assets (cash and gold), bought 3 horses to ride and rotate as pack animals, perhaps try to find a like-minded individual or two as travel companions, and try to cross into California as soon as possible (riding from Fort to Fort, trying to avoid "trouble").
     
  14. Valerian

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    Can opener, anyone? So you can get at them beans.

    I think you missed one thing. ;D

    Don't cowboys always strike matches on their boot heels? I think strike-anywhere (literally) matches were around back then. Maybe good old flint & tinder was cheaper, and not even all that difficult to use in arid conditions.
     
  15. Mister Scribble

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    You're right, I had forgotten about that. Most of my Western watching was when they were at the peak of their popularity,
    in the 1950s.

    For some reason the Western has declined in popularity. Not exactly sure why. I suppose that way of life simply looks more
    and more distant from the modern life we know today. Maybe the values have changed, also.
     
  16. Corporal Punishment

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    So-called "Lucifer" matches were around since well before the American Civil War. There is literary evidence to show that the old buckskinners and mountain used them also (along with tinder boxes). Lucifers can be struck on any hard surface (hence the old gag about lighting one off of someone's beard stubble). These were the first friction matches.

    I believe some of the decline in popularity of the Western in recent years is that the less romanticized truth is being learned about how things really were and how things actually happened. Most of what we envision about the Old West (i.e. cowboys, two gun rigs, gunfights, saloons, stagecoaches, and the legendary "code" of behaviour) was shaped by Hollywood movies and TV shows, who were in turn influenced by sensationalistic pulp rags from that time and the relative cost-effectiveness of filming in the "Western" genre. In 100+ years of movie making (since The Great Train Robbery of 1903) perhaps we've tapped out this particular vein of fantasy, and the truth is not nearly as fun or honourable as it first seemed.
     
  17. archer

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    nobody mentioned toilet paper, without washing facilities i would bet things got rancid in no time.
    The truth is that cowboys were just that, boys. If they survived past thirty, they probably suffered from some real serious ailments. Life was tough and growing old was uncommon.
     
  18. bigkahuna

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    WHO ARE YOU GONNA CALL??IT'S 1880 :lolhammer:
     
  19. Mister Scribble

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    Just joking...or maybe not....E.T. to phone home!!!

    :woohoo:
     
  20. Mister Scribble

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    Very insightful. I'm also thinking that we have lost higher ideals (or maybe we just became less naive) as we moved from Roy Rogers
    in the 1950s to Clint Eastwood's The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly twenty or thirty years or so later. It's like moving from Dragnet in the 1950s to the
    gritty reality of Kojak years later. When I've looked at authentic cowboy songs, letters, and so on I've always been struck with how Victorian and even
    literate they sounded. But maybe that was romaticized as well.

    I think lots of the people who moved West did want to be "cultured" like the folks Back East. I remember reading about archeologists or historians
    finding the remains of an old saloon that served elegant food and champagne...was that Judge Roy Bean's place? Not sure.

    Lots of them EDC'd stuff that no one in their right mind would use today, like Laudanum <spelling?>. I think it had mercury in it. Really toxic, nasty
    stuff. They thought it was good medicine.

    :brickwall: