The Arizona Gunfighters Welcome You
Every cowboy in the Old West was expected to have a working knowledge of a Colt six shooter for self defense. Sometimes, though, being fast and accurate on the draw led many men to become either lawmen, outlaws, or guns for hire. Men like Jesse James, before his ill-fated raid on Northfield, were famous for their criminal activities. Others, like Wild Bill Hickok, Wyatt Earp, Virgil Earp, and Morgan Earp are remembered as staunch upholders of the law. But it was not unusual, however, to find Wyatt or Wild Bill gambling the night away in the local saloon with the likes of Doc Holliday while Saloon Girls and Crib Girls plied their trade in the same smoke-filled drinking establishment. It was a rough-and-tumble era, the Wild West, and it became the stuff of legend.
The Arizona Gunfighters take you back to that time and place. Dressed in period costumes, many patterned after antique cowboy photos and period drawings, this acclaimed troupe of Western Actors present historically accurate reenactments that feature the famous and the infamous, the good, the bad, and even the mundane in a western show that will please audiences of all ages. This is not like the Western movies, it is a western event played out live. The audience can witnesses firsthand the chaos of the shootout at the OK Corral in Tombstone as if they are actually there, feeling the emotions of the participants and smelling the gun smoke in the air. The Arizona Gunfighters provide that unique Wild West show experience every time they perform. Come and join the action!
Arizona Gunfighters is the brainchild of “Corky” Corkran and Bob and Dale Charnes. Their vision was to use their film and stunt experience to put together a cast of professionals to reenact the stories of the west. Since these humble beginnings over 15 years ago, the group has grown to about 60 members strong who come from all walks of life. The common thread of all involved is the love for the action and adventure of our western frontier. As we research the parts and perform the shows, we continue to learn and get a feel for the people who actually lived in that time.
What sets the group apart is their drive to be
the most authentic and polished performers they can be.
Clothing must accurately represent the clothing of the
period. This dedication
has clearly paid off by the number of awards our cast members win at
various costume competitions.
In addition, many hours of research go into each show to
insure historical accuracy (within the bounds of safety) and the
most entertainment value possible.
We strive to be the best. Our relentless pursuit of
perfection in our shows has rewarded us with such performances as
the pregame show for Super Bowl XXX, Rendezvous of Gunfighters at
the OK Corral in
Don’t just take our word for it…listen to those who say it for us:
“This living history group is one of the best in the world.”
Gary Campbell Editor – Trail’s End Magazine
“When you’re in the audience for an
Arizona Gunfighter show you’re seeing how the west was won – word
for word – bullet for bullet…And when the gunfire is over and the
dust has cleared, the audience is left with the same awe and shock
as those who stood in the streets of
“It was a pleasure for my production staff and me to work with the Arizona Gunfighters in the development of the Super Bowl XXX pregame show…Cited as an outstanding show by the National Football League leadership. Your group was unquestionably the easiest we have ever worked with…Great job!”
Robert P. Best – Best Productions
(Producer of the Super Bowl XXX Pregame Show)
worked with the award-winning Arizona Gunfighters for several
years and have a great deal of respect for their dedication to
professionalism and accuracy in portraying the Old West as it was. These men and women spend hours researching their subject to insure accurate Re-enactments of the events they are performing."
Marshall Trimble - Arizona State Historian