Sometimes he carried a rifle: more generally a couple of six-shooters.
None had swords or bayonets—all had six-shooters and bowie-knives.
They, too, were now able to hear the short, spiteful bark of the six-shooters.
Then, back talk, in the voices of six-shooters, came from a corner of the room.
Did they 'lay into him' with cudgels, or 'get the drop' on him with 'six-shooters'?