The First Fast Draw Author:Louis L'Amour JUST ME AND MY GUN. — That's how I come back to Texas from the war - just me and my gun. All I owned was a mule. All I wanted was to raise a crop and sleep under my roof. — But Sam Barlow and his gang of thieving carpetbaggers didn't see it that way. Twenty to one they bushwhacked me, beat the hell out of me, and run me off my land. — HERE LIES SAM... more » BARLOW - COWARD THIEF MURDERER - KILLED BY CULLEN BAKER.
I burned those words on a rough board, dug the grave deep and left it all there for Barlow to see.
Then I holed up in the swamp and started practicing with my Colt. Men fought slow in those days, dueled with swords or pistols, and I knew that wasn't good enough.
I worked with the Colt ten hours a day, till it leaped into my hand and found the target like a living thing. I was ready for Barlow and his gang, now. I had invented the deadliest form of hand-to-hand fighting the world had ever seen -- THE FIRST FAST DRAW.« less