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Inherited from Europe, where sword-duelling was once used to settle all manner of dispute, a standoff involving two men and their pistols was a form of conflict resolution quite distinct to the American Southwest. The first recorded example of two men taking part in a quick-draw duel occurred in 1865, between Wild Bill Hickok and Davis Tutt. A card game had turned sour, and so the two men agreed the only thing left to do was shoot one another. From opposite ends of the town square, they walked slowly towards each other. When they were about 75 yards apart, they drew their guns. Tutt's shot missed, but Hickok's struck Tutt through the heart. Tutt called out, "Boys, I'm killed" before he collapsed and died. The following month, Hickok was acquitted after pleading self-defence. 

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