Classic Gunfights

The Gang Slayer

Captain Jonathan Davis vs. 14 Polyglot Killers.

Captain Jonathan Davis vs. 14 Polyglot Killers

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December 19, 1854

Three American prospectors are traversing a miner’s trail in California’s Sierra Nevadas.

As Captain Jonathan Davis, James McDonald and Dr. Bolivar Sparks walk up the trail, they are ambushed by a large gang of bandits (two Americans, one Frenchman, two Britons, five Sydney Ducks and four Mexicans). The gang has been on a two-day violent crime spree, killing and robbing six Chinese and four Americans.

 

Jumping out of the brush with pistols blazing, the outlaws cut down James McDonald, who dies without drawing his weapon. Dr. Sparks yanks his six-shooter and gets off two shots before he is badly wounded and drops to the ground.

Captain Davis pulls two pistols and begins returning fire, dropping outlaws with almost every shot. Several outlaw balls rip through the captain’s clothing (a friend later counts six bullet holes in Davis’ hat). Despite his two slight flesh wounds, Capt. Davis stands his ground, emptying both pistols with deadly accuracy. Seven of his attackers lay writhing and dying in front of him on the rocky terrain.

Four more robbers—all armed with Bowie knives, and one with a short sword—warily advance on the captain to finish him off. Davis pulls...

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