When we talk about creating a myth' we only have to look at ourselves from the late 60's to today. The name "Hawken" has been applied to a great variety of modern MLs, most of which resemble no gun the Hawkens built. In this forum, the name Hawken is freely applied to guns the Hawkens would not recognize. There are several in my possession that are a part of the myth and I like 'em, but they sure ain't Hawkens. However, I also have some Samuel would recognize. The myth will live on because the youngsters [anyone under 50] have never known the difference ... or maybe just did not concern themselves. The TC and CVA "Hawkens" shoot well, were relatively inexpensive, and enabled the average guy to participate. That's not a bad thing but as a 90-year-old guy, I appreciate the difference. Just my 1 1/2 cents worth. PolecatI should have been more narrow with my statement. Frontiesman, sailors,miners,logger, what have you love to tell yarns. It’s aint no use telling a story if you can’t make it better. I can see two Greeks sitting on a beach and one said ”˜geez, did you see haw angry Achilles got when Aggamemnon claimed his slave girl. “ the story just got bigger after that.
What I should have said was those writes were not trying to create a Hawken myth, it’s just that several of the old trappers had Hawkens in common. And puff since several had tgen soon it was the best and not long after that the first choice.
I would compare it more to derringers. Pocket pistols were old. Derringer made a good one. Booth used one, pretty soon all little pocket pistols are Derringers... or any big knife is a Bowie. I don’t think people set out to crest a myth here just a few circumstances fell in to place and poof, its there.
I think of very old westerns. They often had a wide variety of guns used in them. However by the forties stocks were low and movie producers started regimenting their props from a central store. Soon everybody had a colt peace maker and a ”˜73 Winchester. It was just handy.