Lawman is a term usually used in reference to an American law-enforcement officer, primarily sheriff or marshal. The heyday of the lawman was in the times of the Wild West, were lawlessness was rampant and sheriffs in high demand (both for their services and for their heads). It took a bold man to be a lawman in those times, when more often than not might made right and the gun was the primary tool of law enforcement. Lawmen came from all walks of life, and though most were motivated by a true commitment to justice and order, there were some who abused their position, being more or less openly corrupt. Others were bitter, hard men. Many, however, were brave men, quick of the draw and firm of character.