Before a notorious outlaw was sent to prison, he captured lawman Grant Lyle and used a blacksmith's hammer and anvil to ceremoniously crush Lyle's hands. The hands are now frozen claws encased permanently in black gloves. Lyle learns that the outlaw is set to get out of jail, and schemes to kill him in a gunfight. At first Lyle tries to train his son to be a surrogate killer, but Matt interferes and the son balks. Lyle then commissions Newly to make a "fanning" gun, a triggerless weapon that can be cocked and fired by pushing the hammer back and letting it fall onto the firing pin. You can't hit the broad side of a barn when you're fanning a gun, but Lyle tries to teach himself to shoot the weapon anyway. When the stage containing the convict reaches Dodge, he thinks he's ready.