America Remembers introduces the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver. This revolver commemorates the legendary Western figure, Buffalo Bill, who used his fame from being a talented buffalo hunter to help conservation of the land, its wildlife, and rights for its native peoples.
It was only fitting for William F. Cody to introduce the saga of the American West to audiences around the world. After all, throughout his lifetime he played a role in nearly every phase of American frontier history. In his early years, he’d worked as a teamster, wrangler, and mounted messenger before trying his luck as a prospector in the Pikes Peak Gold Rush. When he answered an ad around 1860 for “skinny, expert riders willing to risk death daily,” a teenage Cody found himself as one of the youngest riders for the Pony Express.
During the Civil War, Cody served as a dispatch bearer and scout for the Union Army. Afterwards, he hunted buffalo to help feed the thousands of hungry men who built the Kansas Pacific Railroad. It was his phenomenal skill in this job that earned him the legendary nickname “Buffalo Bill”.
As Chief of Scouts for the U.S. Army’s Fifth Cavalry from the late 1860s to early 1870s, Buffalo Bill participated in reportedly 16 battles, earning recognition for “extraordinarily good services as a trailer and fighter in the pursuit of hostile Indians” and receiving the Congressional Medal of Honor in 1872. A few years later, following the massacre of Custer’s Seventh Cavalry at the Battle of Little Big Horn, Buffalo Bill served as a scout once more, joining in battle against the Cheyenne at Warbonnet Creek.
Despite his real-life contributions to American frontier history, Buffalo Bill won his greatest fame as a showman. In the early 1880s, he unveiled an original and spectacular new form of entertainment that would bring to life the wonders of the American West for millions of people around the world. An outdoor extravaganza staged on a scale more colossal than anything that had gone before it, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West represented the birth of the Western as an entertainment phenomenon.
For an amazing three decades, Buffalo Bill’s Wild West delighted spectators with performances by the original “King of the Cowboys” Buck Taylor, the legendary sharpshooter Annie Oakley, and even Chief Sitting Bull. Under Cody’s direction, they and a hundred more performers, including buffalo, horses, elk, donkeys, and longhorn cattle, remained constantly on the move.
Having become a living symbol of the American West, Buffalo Bill used his fame to champion Western causes, including conservation of the land, its wildlife, and rights for its native peoples. “Every Indian outbreak that I have ever known,” Buffalo Bill reportedly stated, “has resulted from broken promises and broken treaties by the government.”
A long line of bad investments would bankrupt Buffalo Bill in his later years, but when he died in 1917, he left behind a wealth of Western history that might otherwise have been lost, and a growing body of lore for later generations to cherish and build upon. This was Buffalo Bill’s true legacy, an inheritance beyond value, with generations continuing to reap the benefits of a truly masterful showman and legendary Western figure.
America Remembers is proud to offer an exciting new Tribute, honoring the legendary Colonel “Buffalo Bill” Cody and his amazing Wild West extravaganzas: The Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver. This exclusive Tribute is the first ever issue by America Remembers to be featured on a recreation of the legendary Remington 1858 New Model Army Revolver, a particular favorite of Buffalo Bill himself. Craftsmen commissioned specifically by America Remembers for this historic issue have decorated the Tribute in stunning 24-karat gold artwork that stands out boldly from the blued steel frame and barrel.
Buffalo Bill’s Trusted Revolver – “It Never Failed Me”
The Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver is a working recreation of the classic Remington 1858 New Model Army Revolver, produced for us by the master craftsmen of A. Uberti who, since 1959, have become world renowned as the premier makers of historical firearm recreations. This model Remington revolver is widely believed to be one of the first handguns William Cody owned, even before he’d earned the title of “Buffalo Bill.”
Over the years, Buffalo Bill was honored with many spectacular presentation guns, but they could never take the place of the timeworn Remington he had come to trust. He is believed to have given a New Model Army Revolver to his close friend and Western general manager Charles Trego, with a note that read, “This old Remington revolver was carried and used for many years in Indian Wars and buffalo killing, and it never failed me.”
The right side of the cylinder features a detailed image of Buffalo Bill on horseback, based on an illustration Cody used as the letterhead for correspondence sent from his “Winter Quarters” in Madison Square Gardens, circa 1886.
The left side of the cylinder features a portrait of Buffalo Bill based on an 1899 lithograph used to advertise the Wild West in Europe. Both sides of the barrel feature a 24-karat gold inscription reading “1883 – Buffalo Bill’s Wild West – 1917,” celebrating the years the Wild West show began and ended. Also both sides feature handsome decorative scrollwork in the grand tradition of fine Western firearms engraving. All artwork is featured in stunning 24-karat gold against a blued steel background. Along the backstrap is a recreation of Buffalo Bill’s signature and the revolver’s individual number in the edition (1 to 300).
Free Display Case
In order to display and protect your Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver, you will receive a handsome, luxuriously lined custom made display case with each order, including an engraved brass identification plaque.
An Exclusive Limited Edition
Only 300 Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolvers will ever be produced and are available exclusively through America Remembers. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. As a working black powder firearm, the Tribute can be shipped directly to your home in most localities, but you must be of legal age to purchase the Tribute. If you are not completely satisfied with your Tribute after personal inspection, you may return it to us in original, unfired condition within thirty days for a complete and courteous refund.
Don’t hesitate to grab your front row seat to one of the most exciting times in American history and one of the most unforgettable shows ever to be staged with the Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver. Once you hold the Tribute in your own hands, you will surely be transplanted to a place of wonder where Buffalo Bill’s Wild West encompassed everything we continue to cherish about the Wild West.
Since the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver” is a working black powder revolver, we will arrange delivery through UPS to ship directly to your home in most states (with age verification).
I wish to reserve the “Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Tribute Revolver”, a working revolver, at the price of $1995*. Each revolver is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 300, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per revolver. I will pay the balance prior to delivery at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
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