Friday, March 20, 2015

Lucky Gunfight For Freaky Friday...!

Sometimes a little luck goes a long way in winning a gunfight. Ask ol' W.W. Pitman.

I think in his case, he was more lucky than good. Seems to ave gotten the job done, though. From Listverse, here's the story of his lucky gunfight!

W.W. Pitman

At first glance, W.W. Pitman doesn’t seem that colorful or crazy. A short, quiet guy, this town marshal wasn’t the type that inspired songs or novels. But Pitman earned his place in gunfighter lore when he fired the craziest shot in Wild West history.

On the evening of September 15, 1917, suspected bandit Francisco Lopez got smashed and started shooting up the town. As marshal, it was Pitman’s job to confront the crook. When he found the intoxicated gunslinger on Main Street, Pitman walked up to the outlaw, told him he was under arrest, and asked him to come along peacefully. Drunk and angry, Lopez proclaimed he wasn’t “under anything” and went for his gun.

Pitman wasn’t a professional gunfighter. In the five years he’d served as marshal, he’d never shot to kill. Lopez, on the other hand, was quick as lighting. The outlaw shot two stray bullets before Pitman could fire even once.

But then Pitman did fire, and Lopez fired at the exact same moment. Lopez screamed and dropped his weapon. Against all odds, Pitman’s bullet had gone up the barrel of the outlaw’s gun, smashing into Lopez’s slug. There was even a bulge where the hot lead had collided. It was the most implausible shot in the Old West, and it earned Pitman a free vacation. In 1932, the marshal entered his story in a Ripley’s “Believe It or Not” contest and won an all-expenses-paid trip to Cuba. The fabled gun itself is on display at the Ripley’s Odditorium in Williamsburg, Virginia.

I reckon ol' W.W. Pitman had an angel on his shoulder that day!

Coffee in the kitchen this morning. Rain is expected on the patio.


linda m said...

That is almost too wild to be true. Certainly is a "wild shot". Think Pitman had more than one angel over his shoulder that day. Cloudy day here but seasonal. Have a great weekend.

Dizzy-Dick said...

Wow!!! What a shot! I bet he even had his eyes closed when he pulled the trigger (grin).

JO said...

Good story this morning.
You much be getting the weather system we had for 3 days. Nice and sunny here today a little chilly but not bad.

Mamahen said...

That is n wet here today...dreary day to lay my uncle to rest...