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Riding shotgun. The driver is holding the whip with the shotgun messenger on his left.

Riding shotgun was used to describe the bodyguard who rides alongside a stagecoach driver, typically armed with a shotgun to ward off bandits or hostile Native Americans. In modern use, it refers to the practice of sitting alongside the driver in a moving vehicle. The phrase has been used metaphorically to mean giving actual or figurative support or aid to someone in a situation.[1] The coining of this phrase dates to 1905 at latest.[2]

: 180 Bob Paul, who had run for Pima County Sheriff and was contesting the election he lost due to ballot-stuffing, was temporarily working once again as the Wells Fargo shotgun messenger. He had taken the reins and driver's seat in Contention City because the usual driver, a well-known and popular man named Eli 'Budd' Philpot, was ill. Pima Cotton T Shirts - Mack Weldon's Pima Crew T-Shirt is made with 100% peruvian Pima cotton. Engineered for a slim fit, it is undeniably soft and extra comfortable. Looks great with a clean & smooth finish.



The expression 'riding shotgun' is derived from 'shotgun messenger', a colloquial term for 'express messenger', when stagecoach travel was popular during the American Wild West and the Colonial period in Australia. The person rode alongside the driver. The first known use of the phrase 'riding shotgun' was in the 1905 novel The Sunset Trail by Alfred Henry Lewis.

Wyatt and Morgan Earp were in the service of The Express Company. They went often as guards—'riding shotgun,' it was called—when the stage bore unusual treasure.[2]

It was later used in print and especially film depiction of stagecoaches and wagons in the Old West in danger of being robbed or attacked by bandits. A special armed employee of the express service using the stage for transportation of bullion or cash would sit beside the driver, carrying a short shotgun (or alternatively a rifle),[1] to provide an armed response in case of threat to the cargo, which was usually a strongbox.[3] Absence of an armed person in that position often signaled that the stage was not carrying a strongbox, but only passengers.[4]

Historical examples[edit]

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Tombstone, Arizona Territory[edit]

On the evening of March 15, 1881, a Kinnear & Company stagecoach carrying US$26,000 in silver bullion (equivalent to $689,000 in 2019) was en route from the boom town of Tombstone, Arizona Territory to Benson, Arizona, the nearest freight terminal.[5]:180Bob Paul, who had run for Pima County Sheriff and was contesting the election he lost due to ballot-stuffing, was temporarily working once again as the Wells Fargo shotgun messenger. He had taken the reins and driver's seat in Contention City because the usual driver, a well-known and popular man named Eli 'Budd' Philpot, was ill. Philpot was riding shotgun.

Near Drew's Station, just outside Contention City, a man stepped into the road and commanded them to 'Hold!' Three Cowboys attempted to rob the stage. Paul, in the driver's seat, fired his shotgun and emptied his revolver at the robbers, wounding a Cowboy later identified as Bill Leonard in the groin. Philpot, riding shotgun, and passenger Peter Roerig, riding in the rear dickey seat, were both shot and killed.[6] The horses spooked and Paul wasn't able to bring the stage under control for almost a mile, leaving the robbers with nothing. Paul, who normally rode shotgun, later said he thought the first shot killing Philpot had been meant for him.[7][8]

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When Wyatt Earp first arrived in Tombstone in December 1879, he initially took a job as a stagecoach shotgun messenger for Wells Fargo, guarding shipments of silver bullion. When Wyatt Earp was appointed Pima County Deputy Sheriff on July 27, 1881, his brother Morgan Earp took over his job.[9]

Historical weapon[edit]

When Wells, Fargo & Co. began regular stagecoach service from Tipton, Missouri to San Francisco, California in 1858, they issued shotguns to its drivers and guards for defense along the perilous 2,800 mile route.[10] The guard was called a shotgun messenger and they were issued a Coach gun, typically a 10-gauge or 12-gauge, short, double-barreled shotgun.[11]


Modern usage[edit]

More recently, the term has been applied to a game, usually played by groups of friends to determine who rides beside the driver in a car. Typically, this involves claiming the right to ride shotgun by being the first person to call out 'shotgun'. The game creates an environment that is fair by forgetting and leaving out most seniority except that mothers and significant others automatically get shotgun, and this meanwhile leaves out any conflicts that may have previously occurred when deciding who gets to ride shotgun.[12]

See also[edit]


  1. ^'Define Shotgun at'. Retrieved February 11, 2013.
  2. ^ abLewis, Alfred Henry. 'The Sunset Trail'. A.L. Burt Company. p. 349. Retrieved March 30, 2018. riding shotgun.
  3. ^Agnew, Jeremy (2012). The Old West in Fact and Film: History Versus Hollywood. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland. p. 17. ISBN978-0786468881.
  4. ^'Riding shotgun'. Retrieved May 1, 2010.
  5. ^O'Neal, Bill (1979). Encyclopedia of Western Gunfighters. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press. ISBN978-0-8061-2335-6. Retrieved April 14, 2011.
  6. ^'Tombstone, AZ'. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  7. ^'Wyatt Earp Trial: 1881—A Mysterious Stage Coach Robbery—Clanton, Holliday, Told, Leonard, Doc, and Ike'. Retrieved February 8, 2011.
  8. ^'History Raiders'. Archived from the original on February 8, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2011.
  9. ^WGBH American Experience: Wyatt Earp, Complete Program Transcript. January 25, 2010.
  10. ^Jones, Spencer (1 June 2004). 'Revival Of The Coach Gun'. Popular Mechanics. Archived from the original on 30 September 2007. Retrieved 18 March 2007.
  11. ^Wilson, RL (1992). The Peacemakers: Arms and Adventure in the American West. New York: NAL. pp. 121, 197, 244. ISBN978-0-7858-1892-2.
  12. ^'Official Rules for Calling Shotgun Riding Shotgun Shotgun Rules'. Retrieved October 25, 2017.

Further reading[edit]

Look up ride shotgun in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.
  • Rules of shotgun,, Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  • The Shotgun Rules, version 1.1 by the Airborne Early Warning Association, Retrieved March 27, 2015.
  • Rules of shotgun: The 25 Universal Rules of Order for Riding Shotgun By David A. Tomar, Retrieved March 27, 2015.
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