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What kind of gun did Pat Garrett use to kill Billy the Kid?

What kind of gun did Pat Garrett use to kill Billy the Kid?

Billy Patscher Jr.

Clifton, New Jersey

Garrett used a 7.5-inch barreled, blued steel Colt Frontier Model single-action .44-40.

Although the Kid usually carried a Colt single action, at the time of his death, he was packing a .41 caliber, self-cocking Colt Thunderer. Historians still debate whether or not he had the gun with him when he was shot.

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