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Cowboy Up: Throw a tomahawk

Despite the way many old Westerns dramatize it, throwing a tomahawk in combat is not a recommended tactic. (Always hold on to your weapon!) Nonetheless, throwing competitions have long been popular. Champion tomahawk-throwing expert and instructor Cliff “Awol” Hill shows how it’s done. | MORE


Pistol Packin’ Paula

This entertainer stuck to her guns to become the world’s top twirler. | MORE


The AC Interview: Richard Petty

Richard Petty, 73, comes from the first family of racing. His father, Lee Petty, won the inaugural Daytona 500, and Petty himself has seven NASCAR championships, seven Daytona 500 wins, and 200 career victories to his name. A new documentary on the Petty family legacy, Petty Blue, is available on DVD. American Cowboy visits with Petty from his garage in Randleman, N.C. | MORE


Sons of the Pioneers: Along the Tumbleweed Trail

The Sons of the Pioneers burst onto the Western music scene in 1934—and made a star of Roy Rogers. More than 75 years later, the legendary ensemble remains the world’s premiere cowboy singing group. | MORE

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