The Old West was a period of American history spanning the second half of the 19th century in the land west of up the Mississippi. Use this tag for questions about Cowboys and Indians, gunslingers, showdowns at high noon, and so on.

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What percentage of the population in the “Old West” actually carried handguns?

I'm hoping cenus information and historical gun manufacturing records make this an answerable question. What percentage of the population in the Old West actually carried handguns? Was it a minority ...