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Old February 25, 2011, 07:11 PM   #1
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TV Westerns....who was "Top Shot"?

Some light hearted "what if's" concerning guns....

Suppose you took each of the 1950-60's TV western stars (with their made for TV gun skills) and had them compete for title "Top Shot".

Could Matt Dillon out draw Paladin?.....or would Wyatt Earp get his long barrel caught in the holster and be eliminated? How does Roy Rogers stack up against Lucas McCain?
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:17 PM   #2
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Paladin would outdraw, outshoot and outride them all!
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:17 PM   #3
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Not exactly a western TV marksman... but my money is on Quigley.
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:23 PM   #4
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:24 PM   #5
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:24 PM   #6
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Paladin would outdraw, outshoot and outride them all!
Not according to Johnny Western. In the episode where they competed, Johnny actually won the gunfight. The the editing had Paladin winning. After all, he was the star. The two were very good friends.
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:26 PM   #7
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Matt Dillon or Hoss Cartwright
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:30 PM   #8
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:31 PM   #9
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:31 PM   #10
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:33 PM   #11
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I've read that Jerry Lewis was actually the fastest draw on the timer. Who'd 'a thunk it?

Truthfully, I like Paladin...maybe not the fastest...certainly not the best looking...but lots of class.

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Old February 25, 2011, 07:37 PM   #12
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I'm sure Tonto (Jay Silverheels) would win the archery event....of course Mingo (Ed Ames) takes the hatchet throw (He split trees nearly every week with that thing). When it comes to twirling Winchesters John Wayne could beat Lucas McCain.
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Old February 25, 2011, 07:42 PM   #13
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Old February 25, 2011, 08:15 PM   #14
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As I recall, Paladin had worked as a mercenary abroad, and occasionally made use of exotic weapons, including a spear throwing-stick, throwing knives, and long-range riflery. He was versatile with ANY weapon, which is the requirement for Top Shot.
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Old February 25, 2011, 08:30 PM   #15
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My money's on the Lone Ranger. Not only fast, but accurate. I don't think I ever saw him shoot anybody. He just shot the gun out of their hand without drawing blood!
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Old February 25, 2011, 09:01 PM   #16
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My vote is for my childhood here,The Lone Ranger.

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Old February 25, 2011, 09:59 PM   #17
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Old February 25, 2011, 10:06 PM   #18
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Old February 25, 2011, 10:09 PM   #20
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Old February 25, 2011, 10:11 PM   #21
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Old February 25, 2011, 10:37 PM   #22
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Old February 26, 2011, 04:51 AM   #23
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Old February 26, 2011, 04:57 AM   #24
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Sammy Davis Jr. in The Rifleman: http://www.hulu.com/watch/94335/the-...tin#s-p1-so-i0
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Old February 26, 2011, 07:42 AM   #25
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My vote goes for John Wayne (The shootist or True Grit) a close second would Clint Eastwood as Jossey Wales
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