Sunday, December 1, 2013

The Gunsmith Series by J.R. Roberts

The Gunsmith (Clint Adams) was raised in the East and came West at an early age when he discovered he had an affinity for guns. Not only was he able to take them apart and put them together again, but he could hit anything he targeted, no matter how small or how far away it was. Once he put on a holster, he discovered he could also draw a gun with amazing speed. The series begins as Clint was driving a wagon around the West, plying his trade as a gunsmith. His big black gelding, Duke, would usually be tied to the back of the wagon. When Clint found that his help was needed, or he simply found a cause he chose to champion, he'd saddle Duke and ride him until the matter was settled.Throughout the series The Gunsmith meets Mark Twain, Teddy Roosevelt, P.T. Barnum, Annie Oakley, Lily Langtry, and many, many other famous personalities. He is close friends with Wild Bill Hickok before he died and is long time friend of Secret Service agent Jim West. The Gunsmith is not afraid to take on any man, or woman, and he'll ride until the day he dies. As one reads the series one will find that:

  • Clint was almost married once.
  • He has modified his own Colt, turning it from a single-action into a double-action weapon.
  • Best friends with legends of the West with whom he has something in common, most notably Bat Masterson and Luke Short.
  • Played in all the major gambling halls in the country, be it Denver, San Francisco, or New Orleans. 
  • Traveled to England, Australia, and South America. 
  • Duke (his gelding) was given to him by Jesse James. Later when he is put out to pasture when P.T. Barnum presents Clint with a Darley Arabian stallion. Clint's new horse is called Eclipse, because he's as black as Duke, but has a crescent moon-shaped flash of white on his nose.
  • Clint discovers he has a teenage daughter whose mother, bounty hunter Anne Archer, is dead.  

Series Created by
Robert J Randisi (1951- )

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