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December 19, 2016

Riding Shotgun

The term ‘riding shotgun’ was used to describe the guard who had the job of riding alongside a stagecoach driver as he made his run and yes, he usually carried a shotgun for protection…often through unfriendly territory…the guard was ready to use his shotgun to ward off outlaws…or marauding Indians...these Indians were after guns or even whiskey that might be being transported…they had no use for money and rarely stole any…many of these guards were injured or killed while doing their job…protecting passengers… strongboxes full of gold, cash, or other valuables…when the term is used these days, it’s not quite that dramatic…it merely refers to sitting alongside the driver in a moving vehicle.