In the movie Tombstone, Wyatt is told he that he “don’t go heels.” What does “go heels” mean?

I’m thinking that someone who reads a lot of western novels or knows about the Old West would know this. It’s the scene when Wyatt takes over the Oriental casino. The character who gave the line is named Johnny Tyler and was played by Billy Bob Thornton. The entire quote is “Well, for a man that don’t go heels, you run your mouth kinda reckless, don’t you?” Thanks for the help!

I don’t know but I’m watching it right now on Encore I’ll look for it.

Go Heels Tombstone

But Wyatt answered back, “I don’t need to go heeled for a [email protected]$!# like you”
then he looked him in the eye and asked “Are you gonna jerk that smoke wagon?” After the guy looked scared, Wyatt said “I didn’t think so” He reached down and took the guy’s gun and tossed it to the bartender.
Then he grabbed the guy by the ear and threw him outside.

Johnny Tyler Tombstone

He said “you run your mouth awful reckless for a man who don’t go heeled. Wyatt was unarmed and said, No need to go heeled to get the bulge on a tub like you. heeled is armed with a weapon.

Answer 6

It means, he didnt have any guns on him. Heeled ~ to be armed with a gun. “He wanted to fight me, but I told him I was not heeled.” This webpage has a lot of old west slang and phrases.…
I’m watching Tombstone right now for the gazzillionth time.

Answer 7

To “go heels” is to carry a gun. When Wyatt Earp came to Tombstone he had retired and no longer carried a gun. The deal was saying to him “I see your not armed, and I am.”

Actually, the quote is “go heeled”, and going heeled means carrying a firearm. Wyatt is unarmed.

Heels refers to pistol grips on old breech loaded six shooters. If a man went heels he carried guns. In the movie Wyatt wasn’t carrying guns…yet. He was a man who don’t go heels. Basically he said, “no need to carry guns to beat a dumb *** like you.” Get a bulge (swelling lump) on a dub (fool/idiot) like you.


It means he doesn’t stand his ground, he’ll run his mouth but he wont back it up.


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