‘Longmire’: Why Longmire Carries His Pistol the Old Fashioned Way

by Thad Mitchell

Though it has been off the air for a few years now, television series “Longmire” still has a robust fan base as more and more viewers discover the show.

The show stars Robert Taylor as the titular character, small town Wyoming Sheriff Walt Longmire. As the head law enforcer of the fictional municipality Absaroka County, Longmire is tasked with keeping order without much help. He defends his territory with an iron fist against criminals who wish to remove him from invading their illegal activity.

The show revolves around Taylor’s portrayal of Walt Longmire, his mannerisms and the way he doles out his own brand of justice. Taylor has noted that he bases the Longmire character after two Hollywood Icons: Harrison Ford and Clint Eastwood. He says the character is a mix of legendary Ford character Indiana Jones and Eastwood’s many Western personalities.

‘Longmire’ Actor Robert Taylor Focuses on Small Details

Taylor’s portrayal of Longmire focuses on small details that make the character who he is. One small detail that could go unseen by viewers is the way the sheriff carries his pistol. According to entertainment site TVOvermind, Longmire carries his pistol “the old fashion way,” also known as “Condition 2.”

The condition 2 method means he carries his gun with the mag inserted, a round chambered and the hammer down. Watchers of the show believe Longmire does this to give him an extra split second to think before he fires off a shot. The reasoning behind the method is that cocking the hammer provides that extra split second to think before shooting. The typical preferred method of carrying a pistol is Condition 1. This means the weapon has a loaded loaded magazine inserted, a round in the chamber, the hammer to the rear and the safety on.

The modern Western drama had a successful six season run, ending with season six in 2017. The show first took up residence on the A&E Network in June 2012. Despite drawing high ratings, the network pulled the plug on the show after three seasons in 2014. The series was then taken in by streaming giant Netflix for an additional three seasons beginning in 2014. The show developed a strong following of Western lovers and did well in the rating columns for Netflix.