Originally Posted by nitestalker
The whole concept of cowboys shooting silver dollars is stupid. Real cowboys were dirt poor doing terrible dirty jobs. Very few owned handguns or could even afford one let alone extra ammo. Cattle compaines forbid them being armed because of danger to livestock and horses. Cow towns had strict rules no sidearms. And why would you risk a Silver Dollar which was a weeks wages for breathing red dirt and eating bad food?
This is exactly what I was thinking. A well paid cowboy boss could have made "six bits a day", a bit being a dime usually. So 3.60 in a five day week, but wait, what cowboy worked five days a week? Better make that 4.80 for a seven day week. They may or may not get off on Sunday, just depending on their work load, so let's say "not" because their workload was usually pretty damn full.
Average pay was probably closer to 20 cents per day for the average cow hand grunt. I'm sure there's some record somewhere.
Shooting coins in the old West days should stay where it started-Hollywood.
I won't say it's not a cool trick, in fact I've done it myself. Then I tried to buy a coke and was wondering where that last quarter went. I felt like quite the idiot.