Wyatt Earp, the O.K. Corral,
and the Vendetta Ride 1881–82


Author: Sean McLachlan

Illustrators: Johnny Shumate Mark Stacey

This 80 page paperback book is number 41 in the Raid series of books from Osprey Publishing.

The Gunfight at the OK Corral on 26 October 1881 is one of the most enduring stories of the Old West. It led to a series of violent incidents that culminated in the Vendetta Ride, in which Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, and several other gunslingers went after their rivals the Cowboys. Like most tales of the Wild West, the facts are buried under layers of myth, and the line between good guys and bad guys is blurry. Wyatt Earp, leader of the so-called “good guys”, was charged with stealing horses in the Indian Territory in 1870 and jumped bail. Becoming a buffalo hunter and gambler, he got into several scrapes and earned a reputation as a gunfighter. Several times he helped lawmen arrest outlaws, but usually his assistance came more because of a personal grudge against the criminal than any real respect for law and order. He even got fired from a police job in Wichita for beating up a political rival.

The contents of this book are;


  • Introduction
  • Origins
  • The Gunmen
    • Weapons
    • Equipment
  • The Raid
    • The O.K. Corral
    • The Vendetta Ride
    • Shootout at Iron Springs
  • Aftermath
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Index

This book is for the historian, modeler or gamer who is interested in the old west and in particular, the Wyatt Earp, Doc Holiday tales. The book is littered with drawings, period photographs, maps and artwork that bring the period to life.

This book is available from Osprey Publications.

This book is available in three formats and they are;

Paperback Book


ePub eBook


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