I recently watched the first episode of the first season with my wife, and I will NOT be watching any more. From what I saw, I'm glad it was cancelled, as it is just another example of typical Hollywood dreck.
The writers' hatred of guns was apparent from the first five minutes of the program. Also ignorance: whoever is advising them knows nothing of guns.
The Sheriff asks his deputy to find out "who has what guns registered." WHO REGISTERS THEIR GUNS IN WYOMING? Maybe the hippies in Laramie do, for all I know. But I spent 20 years in Oklahoma, another Western state, and there is NO registration of guns there. I suspect there is none in Wyoming, either, but the hoplophobic writers are from Calipornia or Noo Yawk, where everything including kitchen knives have to be registered with the "authorities".
Next, the whole plotline followed a single type of rifle, the Sharps. Katee
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The author of the books upon which the series is based, and/or the Hollywood scriptwriters are all confused about the Sharps. Their confusion could have been cleared up by a simple Google search. The sporting Sharps was chambered in .50-70, but in the pilot of 'Longmire', "ballistics tests" (HA!) determined that the killer shot a .45-70 Sharps. You see, "they found a slug" in a sheep pasture that matched that rifle and only that rifle.
And according to the show, no other rifle in the history of guns was chambered in .45-70 Govt. Never mind that many classic sporting rifles were chambered in .45-70. Never mind the Navy still uses .45-70.
Also never mind that the type action in a Sharps rifle is called a "falling block" rifle not a "drop block" rifle as in the script. Worse than all that, there's no inherent requirement that a falling-block rifle takes exactly 5 seconds to load the next cartridge as in the dramatic final scene.
Oh, yes, the dramatic final scene in which THE GUN DEALER is revealed as the murderer! Of course! It used to be the butler that always did it, but in Hollywood, the murderer now can only be THE GUN DEALER, that merchant of death and mayhem!
Either tell me this gets better, or I am not wasting my money on any more episodes. No wonder it was cancelled. Self-respecting people with minimal gun knowledge stopped watching this bilge long ago.