Cash! The Man in Black! His career and life have been an
inspiration to so many people.
the mention of his name, all of us can instantly call to memory a picture
of this legendary superstar. Johnny Cash is many things to many people - a
talented performer, songwriter, family man, artist, author, Bible scholar,
and above all, a patriotic American. He genuinely loves our great country,
and he loves performing for his legion of fans.
What many of you don't know is that Johnny
enjoys collecting fine firearms and has a very impressive collection. He
is very knowledgeable about the history of American firearms and their
impact on American history. He understands and appreciates the role of the
firearm in the development of our great country. Several pieces from his
renowned collection are on display at Johnny's "House of Cash" Museum in
With his full cooperation and support, we
have designed a handsome tribute to the American legend - The Johnny Cash
Golden Tribute Texas Paterson Revolver.
Johnny Cash - The Man In
"Hello...I'm Johnny Cash."
Who could read those words without imaging
the famous, deep voice behind them, or that tall, striking figure, dressed
in black from head to toe, and crowned with a shock of thick black hair?
Johnny Cash is more than a man -
he's an American legend, an image burned in to the hearts and minds of all
Americans - young or old, from the North or South, country music fan or
rock and roller, There's just something about him that speaks to all of us
in an unforgettable way.
Maybe it's the way he can take a song
about anything and make it seem like it relates to us personally -
like when he takes us back to the age of the steam locomotives or the
cowboys, or into the hard world of prison life - and makes it all seem
absolutely real to us.
Maybe it's the integrity he maintains in
everything he does, on stage and off - an integrity that gives him
such a solid foundation that he can stand, unchanged, in a world of
passing fads and ever-changing values.
Maybe it's just the sheer presence of
the man - that arresting black-clad figure that draws and holds our
attention with authority, then opens up his soul to us through his
intensely personal music.
Colt's Classic Texas
Paterson - Johnny Cash's Favorite Gun
You already know about Johnny Cash the
performer, but you may not know that Johnny is also an avid collector of
fine firearms. When we set out to issue a firearm in his honor, he
requested we model it after his all-time favorite - Samuel Colt's
legendary Texas Paterson Revolver.
If Johnny Cash is the King of Country
Music, Sam Colt is the King of Firearms. His innovative designs brought
many advances to the art of gunmaking, and set the standard for power,
performance and reliability. The Paterson was the first series of guns
Colt designed, and between 1837 and 1841, approximately 2,850 were
produced. Today, only a few originals survive, and the Texas Model can
bring up to $500,000 at auction.
Johnny knows first-hand what a fantastic
firearm this is, because he actually owned a rare and valuable original
Paterson some years back. In a typically generous gesture, Johnny donated
his Texas Paterson for an auction to benefit the Metropolitan Museum of
Art's new Arms and Armour wing.