Few chapters in history inspire like the settling of the American frontier. The taming of the Wild West is a story as wide-ranging as the land itself. It’s a story of opportunity and adventure, destiny and exploration, romantic legends and grim realities. Although at heart, it’s ultimately a story about the dream of our nation.
In the 19th century, the rugged land west of the Mississippi was wide open for exploration and inhabited by numerous Indian tribes. But this was going to change rapidly as multitudes entered the Western territories to build new livelihoods. There are countless tales about cowboys, cattlemen, lawmen, gamblers, prospectors, and trappers who moved West seeking opportunity and adventure in the open frontier. To this day we thrill to the exploits of legends like Wyatt Earp, Doc Holliday, Jesse James, and Billy the Kid; military heroes like George Custer and Sam Houston; and brave Native American warriors like Geronimo, Sitting Bull, Crazy Horse, and Cochise. But there are even more untold stories about ordinary men and women who saw the frontier as their chance for a new beginning. Many would risk everything on the perilous journey toward the Pacific, learning quickly that life in the rugged West was about survival. For the American Indian tribes, their days of wandering freely across the sprawling prairies would come to an end.
In honor of these brave adventurers and their contributions to America’s legacy, America Remembers is proud to announce the Winning the West Tribute Rifle, a handsomely decorated rifle celebrating legendary moments in the history of the Wild West. This distinctive firearm is a faithful recreation of the legendary Winchester Model 1873 rifle, in caliber .44-40, produced by the master craftsmen of Uberti. Craftsmen commissioned specifically by America Remembers decorate each rifle in spectacular 24-karat gold and nickel with blackened patinaed highlights to accentuate the details of the artwork.
Often called “the rifle that won the West,” the Model ‘73 has been admired for decades as an engineering landmark, representing light-weight utility and long-ranged power. This firearm was one of the most coveted rifles of its day, and was the ultimate prize for settlers, lawmen and Indians of the frontier. When you hold this splendid Tribute in your own hands, you’ll recapture those exciting days of exploration and adventure.
Only 1,000 of the Winning the West Tribute Rifle will ever be produced. Reservations will be accepted in the order received. Your Tribute will be individually numbered, from 001 to 1,000, confirming your place among the elite ranks of collectors. A matching numbered Certificate of Authenticity also accompanies your Tribute. We will arrange delivery of your working rifle through a licensed dealer of your choice. And, as always, the Tribute comes with our guarantee of satisfaction. If for any reason you are not fully satisfied after your personal inspection, just return the Tribute in original unfired condition within 30 days for a complete and courteous refund.
There are few periods in American history as rousing as the Old West; a time when a sprawling country, with unmatched natural beauty, was being discovered. Order now and you can obtain this classic firearm that will enable you to relive the dreams of a nation energized by the exciting tales of adventure on the Western frontier. The Winning the West Tribute Rifle is an exclusive treasure that you’ll proudly cherish for generations to come.
The left side of the receiver features classic portraits of Lewis and Clark and a map retracing the route of their landmark journey, which began on May 14, 1804. Starting up the Missouri River from St. Louis, Lewis and Clark led an expedition of about fifty brave explorers on a journey to discover the elusive Northwest Passage. This expeditionary force was called the Corps of Discovery, and their journey set the stage for a generation of pioneers to follow. Prominently featured in the central artwork are covered wagons and settlers heading West. These adventurous pioneers began trekking West as early as 1835, making their perilous journeys over rough terrain and facing danger throughout the course. Overlooking the encroaching settlers are two Indian warriors whose way of life would be forever altered by the changes which were to take place on the Western frontier. On the right side is a scene of prospectors panning for gold. In 1848, gold was discovered in California, and this discovery would play a monumental role in the history of the Old West. When the news of the discovery of gold reached the East, thousands of adventurers headed West to seek their fortunes.
The right side of the receiver features the Alamo, the epic battle in Texas’ fight for independence from Mexico, where General Santa Anna and his troops reached San Antonio and drove less than 200 Texans into the former mission. Inside, Jim Bowie, William Travis, Davey Crockett and a courageous band of defenders heroically battled against overwhelming odds. Prominently featured in the central artwork is a scene from a typical Western cow town, as cattle are herded through the dusty streets at the end of a long trail drive. Cattle trails, like the Shawnee, the Chisholm, and the Goodnight-Loving, were used to move the cattle to railheads. Getting the herd to market was a dangerous job, and cowboys learned to rely on lever-action rifles like the legendary Model ‘73. Also, prominently featured to the right is artwork capturing the linking of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific Railroads. A grand celebration took place at Promontory Point, Utah on May 10, 1869, when officials drove the last spike to complete the transcontinental railroad, an event which would forever alter the West. No longer faced with difficult and dangerous journeys, settlers could now migrate West in style and comfort. Displayed in the foreground of this setting are the American buffalo. A lasting symbol of the Western frontier, the buffalo’s fate was doomed by the changes taking place.
Since the “Winning The West Tribute Rifle,” is a working Model 73 rifle, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.
I wish to reserve the “Winning The West Tribute Rifle,” a working Model 73 rifle, at the current issue price of $2,295*. Each rifle is numbered within the edition limit of 1000 and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per rifle. 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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