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Frontiersmen are tough to come by these days. Face it. Securing decent insurance when your listed profession is “horse thief” would prove nightmarish.

But no matter how far past the heyday of legendary characters like Butch Cassidy and Jesse James, the allure of life on the sprawling American frontier prevails. Roughing it in the Wild West certainly seems more exciting than being plopped in a cubicle all day.

This weekend, civilized folk can blow off the steam of everyday life with a taste of the backcountry.

Cops and robbers alike will perfect their standoff skills during this weekend’s Fast Draw Competition at Pioneer Living History Museum. Instead of unloading live shots, gunslingers will pull their triggers on wax bullets. The would-be outlaws aim for the quickest successive drawing, firing, and holstering.

Sat., Aug. 27, 9 a.m., 2011

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