1881 SHIELD 5C PR68

Grading Service: NGC
SKU: 126068
Cert Number: 3319344010

Perhaps one of the most well-known occurrences throughout western history is the shootout at the O.K. Corral in Tombstone, Arizona on October 26, 1881. It is possible that it gained its traction from the "celebrities" that participated. On one side there was Wyatt Earp, Sheriff to Tombstone, his brothers - Vigil Earp, who was the town marshal, and Morgan Earp - and Doc Holliday. Each of these men had gained a reputation as fast acting gunslingers that should not be crossed, yet in the town of Tombstone they represented Law-in-Order. The other side of the conflict consisted of men who had lived on a ranch outside of town: the Clanton Brothers - Billy and Ike, the McLaury Brothers - Frank and Tom, and Billy Claiborne. These out-of-town ranchers ran side gigs which often included murder and theft. When Ike Clanton and Tom McLaury rode into town the day before the infamous fight took place, there was no doubt trouble. Within their twenty-four hour jaunt the two men had several violent run-ins with the Earps and Holliday. Soon the other brothers, Frank and Billy, rode into town accompanied by Billy Claiborne around one o'clock in the afternoon on the 26th. Once they arrived, the first person they met at the saloon was Holliday who readily shared the news that Ike and Tom had been pistol whipped by Earp. The news outraged the men who set out to seek vengeance once they gathered the rest of their gang. At about three o'clock the Earps and Holliday had set out through town and spotted the Clanton-McLaury gang in an open lot near the O.K. Corral. What followed was a mind-blowingly fast gun fight that lasted a short thirty seconds, consisted of about thirty shots, and made a significant mark on history. In the end, Morgan, Virgil, Wyatt, and Doc remained standing- but injured; both McLaury brothers and Billy Clanton lay dead while Ike and Billy Claiborne "ran for the hills."

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