]Deathly Hallows: Western Style
So the McAdams brother, who was a combative man, asked for a Winchester more powerful than any in existence: a rifle that must always win showdowns for its owner, a weapon worthy of a cowboy who had conquered Death! So Marshall Wyatt Earp held a contest out on the main street of Dodge City, tossing a hollow coin high in the air, fashioned with a postage stamp, to reward The Winchester '73 to the one who could shoot clean through.
Then Marshal Earp stood aside and allowed the winners and losers to continue on their way, and they did so talking with wonder of the adventure they had had and admiring McAdams' prize. In due course they separated, each for his own destination. But one loser stayed behind and through use of cunning, swiped that Winchester right out from underneath the K.O.'d winner.
He traveled on for a day more, and reaching a distant village, sought out a fellow cowboy with whom he had a quarrel and lost the rifle in a game of poker, who then lost it and his scalp to an Indian. Naturally, with the Winchester at stake, the loser at cards could not fail to win back the powerful weapon in the pursuit that followed. Leaving his enemy dead upon the campfire the man proceeded to an inn, where he boasted loudly of the powerful Winchester he had snatched from McAdam himself, and of how it made him invincible.
That very night, McAdams crept upon the man as he lay hidden in the rock crevices, and shot him, by use of strategy and sent him over a cliff for good measure.
And so McAdams took the Winchester '73 for his own, which was his in the first place.
“That Winchester's more trouble than it’s worth,” said McAdams. “And quite honestly,” he turned away from the hitching post, thinking now only of the four-poster bed lying waiting for him in his room above the saloon, and wondering whether High Spade might bring him a sandwich there, “I’ve had enough trouble for a lifetime.” ― A. Mann Rowling, Harry McAdam Potter and the Deathly '73 Hallows