• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

Outlaw Bill Cook's Gun

revolver owned by outlaw Bill Cook
Revolver Owned by Outlaw Bill Cook
Collection of FOSM

Model 1880 Double Action Revolver
38 Caliber Five Shot
Hard rubber grips with sunflower and vine design
Manufacturer: Harrington & Richardson
Worcester, Mass. Pat'd January 1880.

This gun was recovered by Dew Wisdom, an Indian agent in Indian Territory, after it was thrown down by outlaw Bill Cook during a running gun battle. Approximately 4,000 revolvers of this type were manufactured from 1880-1883.

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Did You Know?

reproduction of keelboat on Arkansas River with first fort soldier reenactors

Fort Smith was established on Christmas Day, 1817. Approximately 70 Rifle Regiment soldiers arrived by keelboat after a long journey on the Arkansas River.