"I also think, (again with not even a shread of evidence) that not every male who lived in what was then the Wild West felt it necessary to carry a firearm."
We know from the historical records (name the movie I reference with that and win... nothing!) that cowboys, cowgirls, cowkids, etc., all positively DRIPPED guns in the old west!
And every one of them carted around a brace of nickel plated, gold filagreed Colt .45s in low-ride Mexican draw holsters!
And 75% of them had "Slim" in their name, while 40% of them had "Kid" in their name.
And an amazing 56.72% of them had BOTH Slim and Kid in their name!
Hum.... excuse me while I refresh this whisky... I'm drinking it, authentically, from a dirty glass!