Quiz: How Much Do You Know About Gunfighters of the Wild West?
How Much Do You Know About Gunfighters of the Wild West?
By: John Miller
Image: Wild West History

About This Quiz

The Old West wasn’t the violent bloodbath that Hollywood movies would have you believe. Law enforcement was sparse, though, meaning that many men and women armed themselves for self-protection. Once in a while, simmering feuds boiled over into fights that could only be settled with gunpowder, and lawmen stepped into the fray in hopes of keeping anarchy and mob rule at bay. What do you know about the gunfighters of the Wild West in this quiz?

It’s almost impossible to mention gunfighters without mentioning the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, a fight so famous that it gets capital letters in the same format as a battle or a war. There, four (sort of) law-abiding men confronted a group of outlaw cowboys … and that half a minute of gunfire still echoes around the world’s popular culture. Do you know the men who shot each other up that fateful day?

Unlike the movies, men who lived by the gun did — quite literally — die by the gun, too. For every killing of vengeance, or even justice, it seems that there was always another bullet to balance the scales. Do you know how the most famous lawmen and outlaws met their ends?

From the tragedy of Morgan Earp to the treachery of Robert Ford and the supposed heroics of Jesse James, guns and their bloody consequences created legends and lore unique to American (and world) history. Take our famous gunfighter quiz now!

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Butch Cassidy was an outlaw and the head of which gang?
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Doc Holliday was a famous gunfighter and _____.
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Billy the Kid was part of which outlaw gang?
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After the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, what happened to the four lawmen who shot the outlaws?
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Jesse James was a Wild West outlaw who gained infamy for which crime?
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Outlaw Billy the Kid killed many of his victims with which sort of weapon?
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In 1869, what act did Jesse James execute during the robbery of a bank in Gallatin, Missouri?
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What was Billy the Kid’s real first name?
9.0 of 30
Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid fled America and were supposedly killed in a shootout in which area?
10.0 of 30
In 1871, John Wesley Hardin was arrested for killing which person?
11.0 of 30
Jim Miller was a deadly gunman in the Old West. What lifestyle habit made him a bit unusual?
12.0 of 30
Wyatt Earp was famous gunman and also renowned for his ____ habit.
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Pat Garrett was a lawman best known for putting down which outlaw?
15.0 of 30
Harry Longabaugh was better known by which name?
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"Black Jack" was a cowboy who turned into a train robber, and his life ended in which manner?
17.0 of 30
In 1899, Pearl Hart gained notoriety as an outlaw when she helped rob a stagecoach using a ______.
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Who was the famous gunfighter who led the lawmen at the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral?
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What was Billy the Kid’s first alias?
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In retribution for the Gunfight at the O.K. Corral, outlaws ambushed Virgil Earp. What happened to him?
21.0 of 30
James Butler Hickok was better known as _____.
22.0 of 30
"Deacon" Jim Miller was a vicious and deadly gunman. How did he die?
23.0 of 30
What was William Cody’s nickname?
24.0 of 30
Jim Miller may have been the bloodiest outlaw of the Old West. He may have shot and killed how many people?
25.0 of 30
Frank Loving was a gunman who had which memorable nickname?
26.0 of 30
In 1877, gunman John Wesley Hardin was sentenced to prison for which crime?
27.0 of 30
In 1889, Butch Cassidy robbed a bank in Telluride, Colorado, taking roughly $20,000 in cash. That money would be about how much today?
28.0 of 30
Burt Alvord was a gunfighter outlaw. Before he turned to a life of crime, he was _____.
29.0 of 30
Jim Courtright was a lawman in Fort Worth, Texas. What physical trait made him notable?
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True or false, was Wyatt Earp always a law-abiding man?
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