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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How many firearms were owned by civilian population between 1836 and 1912 in USA?

How many firearms in total were owned by civilian population between 1836 and 1912 in USA (cumulatively, not simultaneously)? The timeframe is what I would consider "Old West" timeframe, but starting ...