Truth from Machiavelli

When you disarm the people, you commence to offend them and show that you distrust them either through cowardice or lack of confidence, and both of these opinions generate hatred. -- Niccolo Machiavelli

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Old West prescription shades

Did you know that people in the Old West actually wore sunglasses? It was a surprise to me. I've been thinking about guns, horses, clothes, provisions, even eyeglasses...but sunglasses never occurred to me. While doing research on the Allen Pepperbox gun, I stumbled across a dramatic part the gun played in early Mormon history and... Continue Reading →

Allen & Thurber Pepperbox

I stumbled across a fun new addition to the FAR System armory a few days ago: the Allen & Thurber Pepperbox pistol. Samuel Clemens (aka Mark Twain) described a friend's Allen pepperbox this way: Simply drawing the trigger back, the hammer would begin to rise and the barrel to turn over, and presently down would drop the... Continue Reading →

Rolling your own rimfires

Have you ever considered reloading rimfire cartridges? Probably not...but people back in the days of the Old West did it all the time. And with the right materials, anybody can do it. Wikipedia says it can't be done...but Wikipedia is wrong. You could buy a Rimfire Reloader kit right now for $80 and start reloading used .22 Long... Continue Reading →

Christmas at the sawmill – A true story of the Old West

The growing settlements in the mountain valleys of Utah needed lumber, and Benjamin Franklin Johnson's mission was to provide it. The Mormon church's Council of the Twelve had asked him to do it, so he regarded the task as a sacred duty. The sawmill had been sited and built with his brother Joel's expert help.... Continue Reading →

The Colt 1861 Navy: A piece of history

https://youtu.be/ArYvz3c3MUk

Happy Far Western Thanksgiving!

Whereas President Ulysses S. Grant has issued a proclamation enjoining all citizens of the United States to thank the Creator for their blessings on this, the 28th day of November, 1872, the proprietors of this publication feel that it would be proper to re-publish the proclamation that established this national Day of Thanksgiving. By the... Continue Reading →

More about critical damage: What happened to Virgil Earp

We decided to abandon the notion of hit points in part because FAR Western is set in the age of firearms, and we want to represent the use of guns in an immersive, realistically fun way. Random hit locations and results that only tell you X number of hit points inflicted aren't remotely realistic, and I... Continue Reading →

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