The OK Corral gunfight

Step 1 - The fight begins.

Doc Holliday shoots Frank McLaury in the abdomen from less than three feet away. Morgan fires and hits Billy Clanton in the chest, knocking him backward against the nearby house. Billy, who was in the process of pulling his gun, shoots in Virgil's direction. Tom jerks on his horses reins, trying to maneuver the horse between himself and his aggressors. Virgil stands in disbelief at all that has happening around him.
Morgan fires and hits Billy Clanton in the hand. Amazingly, Billy still holds the gun, but slumps down against the house.
Ike's struggle causes Wyatt's pistol to go off, grazing the running Billy Claibourne.


Step 2 - A pause in the action.

Wyatt and Ike still struggle against the side of Fly's Rooming House. Tom and Frank use their horses as shields. Billy Clanton, is wounded and dazed. Billy Claibourne vacates the scene. Virgil is still trying to get the Cowboy's to surrender. Morgan and Doc are looking for clear fields of fire, now obstructed by the Cowboy's horses.
It takes just a few seconds before the fight resumes.

Step 3 - Ike flees.

Ike pushes off from Wyatt and bolts behind Virgil. Doc fires at Frank, who is now obstructed by his horse, and misses him. Frank continues to turn his horse around for better protection. Billy begins to switch his gun from his mangled right hand to his left. Morgan fires two consecutive shots at Frank, missing him both times. Doc whirls and also shoots two consecutive shots, this time at the escaping Ike Clanton. Both miss.

Step 4 - The mystery gunman.

Even the Gunfight at the OK Corral would not be complete without a "second gunman on the grassy knoll." One or two shots were possibly fired from the area behind Fly's Boarding House known as the Stoop. Who was this mystery man? In the area were many Clanton allies, including Sheriff Behan, Billy Claibourne, Wesley Fuller, and Billy Allen.
Many scholars charge Billy Allen with the deed, yet there is little clear evidence. Wyatt fires a single shot in the direction of the stoop to suppress further firing from that direction.
In any case, Tom McLaury is able to draw his concealed pistol and shoot over his horse at Morgan. By now, Virgil gives up on trying to make the Cowboys surrender, drops Doc's cane, and draws his pistol. Doc, fearful of the position he is now in, holsters his pistol and draws the shotgun from under his coat. Frank, using his horse as a shield, circles the fight and waits for a good shot.

Step 5 - Morgan is wounded.

Tom quickly fires again at Morgan, this time successfully toppling Morgan backwards into the street. Billy Clanton, using his left hand, shoots at Virgil, missing. Virgil delays in any shooting for another few seconds. Frank has now completely circled his horse and prepares to shoot.
Wyatt takes a shot at Tom, missing him, but grazes his horse, causing it to bolt.

Step 6 - Virgil is wounded.

Frank's first shot passes through the calf of Virgil, who stumbles and uses Fly's house as support. Doc blasts Tom, whose horse has bolted, with the shotgun at point blank range. The shot sends Tom flying down the street.
Virgil returns Frank's shot and misses. Frank shoots under his horses neck, and also misses.
Gravely wounded Billy Clanton tries another left handed shot at Virgil but misses him. Wyatt takes a long shot at Tom, who has just been blown down the street by Doc's shotgun.
Virgil turns to finish off Billy Clanton. Virgil shoots Billy twice, missing once, while Billy misses both of his shots.

Step 7 - The final shots.

Wyatt, Doc, and the wounded Morgan all line up shots on Frank. Frank's last words were to Doc: "I have you now."
Doc replies: "You're a good one if you have."
Four guns go off simultaneously. Doc is hit in the hip by Frank, and Morgan shoots Frank in the head, killing him instantly.
Within an hour, both Tom and Billy die of their wounds.

Step 8 - Conclusion.

Virgil, Morgan, and Doc are wounded, but live to fight another day.
Only Wyatt and Ike survived the fight unscathed.


 

A picture of Wyatt Earp wearing a Dep. U.S Marshal badge

 

A drawing of the gunfight

 

Can 27 seconds define a man's life?

Doc Holliday

All these drawings are the work of Mr Bob Boze Bell. (they are copyright protected)


Wyatt Earp in the mid-1870's

He was Deputy in Wichita at that time.