Reflections on a Six Shooter



Copyright – Janet Webb


Jack Quate walked into the Lucky Lady and sidled up to the bar. Bart Blackey was at the other end.

“Barkeep…whiskey, two fingers.”

“I thought you was a teetotaler, Quate.  Smiley–put it on my tab.”

“Much obliged, Blackey. I can buy my own whiskey.”

“I were just tryin’ to be neighborly, half-breed.”

“Now there you go and ruin it.”  Quate could see Blackey’s flunky in the bar mirror–six-shooter drawn.

His gun drawn–Quate spun round–shot him  in the chest;  turned and shot Blackey between the eyes before he could shoot.

“Go’n get the Sheriff, Smiley…tell him I got the last one.”












It’s a tradition that dates back to the Old West. Mirrors were put up behind the bar, so that anyone enjoying a quiet drink would know if and when someone was approaching from behind them. It basically let you see if you were about to be shot in the back of the head (

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Word Count:  100
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27 comments on “Reflections on a Six Shooter
  1. Kate Loveton says:

    Another tale of the Old West! The explanation re the mirrors in saloons was quite interesting. Good job!

  2. That was was brilliant, interesting, mind-boggling. You must be like the Queen of the Old West or something? 😛

  3. Grace says:

    🙂 Little bit of history, good to know. I heard that’s also why they always wanted to sit with their backs against the walls looking out into the room. Nice job.

  4. yarnspinnerr says:

    Great job and the little history is very welcome.

  5. Pardner, that was a mighty fine story. Ya’ll come back now next week, ya hear?


    • Lucy says:

      I thunk you’d liken it. I can tell a mighty fine filly when I know’d her like I know’d you. Next week same time same place, hey sweetheart? And a whole lot of thank yous for comin’ by. Lucy

  6. Nan Falkner says:

    Dear Lucy, I really love your story – it’s so good! There is a bar – just like this one – in Nashville, TN and I’ve been there and sat on the bar (and didn’t break it)! Good job!
    Nan 🙂

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks, Nan. Westerns and Carnie stories are fun to do. I’m from New Mexico–that’s where Billy the Kid got into trouble with the law for his part in the Lincoln County War, which was actually a feud. I love stuff like that and John Wayne played in so many of the westerns. I haven’t based any characters on him–yet/ Thanks again, Nan. Lucy

  7. Ah.. Yes I think that having a mirror to be able to see if people sneak up on you is a great idea.. with or without guns.

    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. Apparently, the modern reason for the mirror is so the bartender, when his back is turned, can keep an eye on anyone trying to run out without paying. But, now they use cameras. Thanks for coming by. Lucy

  8. Great.I can’t remember reading any western tales in Friday Fictioneers before.
    Good job.
    Remind me though not to buy you a drink, cowboy


    • Lucy says:

      Thanks. This is my second western story. I wrote another on Sept 5th “It happened in Texas”. I have fun with westerns. Shucks. You won’t buy me a drink, partner? Well, I will buy you one of them shots and a warm beer. Lucy

  9. Dear Lucy,

    Brilliant, mind-boggling…well shucks. I thought I’d turned on Turner Classics for a moment there. Lou Diamond Phillips would make a good Quate. See? You got my imagination churning? I loved the explanation of the mirror behind the bar. Good horse-sense. Bravo! I give it a 21-gun salute.



    • Lucy says:

      I knew you would recognize a brilliant and mind-boggling story. Don’t you just love those six guns? Yes, I had not thought of Lou Diamond Phillips, but he would make a great fit. Oh, and if the Sheriff had shown up, it would have to be Sheriff Longmire. Thanks for the 21 gun salute–it was rather loud. Lucy

  10. Lucy, Great western story. Thanks to my dad, I don’t think Mom and I ever missed a good western movie, or TV show for that matter. He also loved reading magazines about the real Old West with old photos provided. Well written as usual. 🙂 —Susan

    • Lucy says:

      Why, thank you. My mother never missed a western. When she first started visiting me in New Mexico, she was afraid to go on a reservation. I had to assure her that they didn’t want her scalp. Thanks for the kudos. Always happy to hear from you. Lucy

  11. Watch your back, Lucy! Good story.

  12. Such a great story, a adore western.

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