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The Model ’66 rifle to ever bear the Winchester name, and was commonly referred to as the “Yellow Boy.” It was a mainstay on the Western frontier and a favorite of cowboys and Indians throughout the late 1800’s. For our first-ever Tribute utilizing the Model ’66 rifle, we have selected all-American symbols of the Western frontier as the focus of the Tribute – The American Buffalo and American Indian of the Western Plains. Today, the buffalo stands as a symbolic image of our Western frontier. The Plains Indians revered the buffalo and depended on them for everything including food, clothing, and shelter, and they regarded the buffalo hunt as a test of man against nature.
Many of the paintings from the greatest Western artists of the era capture the buffalo and their relationship with the American Indians. Charles Russell had a special reverence for buffalo and his paintings capture the period when Indians and buffalo flourished and lived in harmony with the natural surroundings of the Western frontier. Once millions of these majestic animals roamed the Plains. Sadly in the 1870’s and 1880’s, buffalo were hunted to near extinction. Fortunately, they managed to survive, and today it is possible to view this magnificent symbol of America in a natural setting.
The left side of the receiver features magnificent artwork capturing the symbolic image of the Western Frontier – the American Buffalo. Featured in the center, you will find a scene of a buffalo on the run caught in the crossfire of two Indian braves, one armed with a bow and arrow and the other with a rifle. To the left of the central image, you will find a heroic buffalo in a field of clouds, symbolizing the importance of buffalo in the spiritual beliefs of American Indians.
The right side of the receiver features a scene of buffalo peacefully grazing on the Western Plains, along with an Indian camp in the background, symbolizing the interrelationship between buffalo and American Indians. To the left is a close-up image of a powerful buffalo alert for encroaching danger. The Tribute’s receiver is polished and finished in 24-karat gold. The artwork is featured in nickel with the artwork images detailed in a special blackened patina for maximum contrast.
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