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Gambling in the Old West took guts.
America Remembers proudly presents the Gambling Legends Tribute Rifle honoring the romantic legacy of the Old West gamblers and the towns they turned to gold.
Calling the wrong bet could cost you much more than the chips in your stack. Tables were full of cardsharps and cutthroats, but it still took just one lucky card or roll of the dice to become a winner. And those who were just as lucky and quick with a pistol could transform themselves into legends.
Many of the greatest names of the American West were also gamblers. Larger than life legends such as Billy the Kid, Bat Masterson, Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett, Doc Holliday, and Wild Bill Hickok were just as deadly with a deck of cards as they were with their firearms. Few dared cross them on the green cloth. Even fewer faced them down in the street.
Every shade of character, from cowboys and prospectors to lawmen and outlaws, passed through the swinging doors of the Old West saloons. Small towns like Deadwood, Tombstone, Dodge City and Fort Sumner sprung up near gold mines, silver mines and train routes. On almost every corner, a lively gambling hall beckoned like a dusty oasis in the harsh frontier.
It never took more than high stakes, hot tempers and stiff whiskey to spark the rowdiness that made the West so wild. Gunfights over card games were commonplace. It didn’t matter if it was 5-cent chuck-a-luck or a $1000 poker pot… the stakes were always high. Streets that ran rampant with ruthless outlaws called for even more determined lawmen. It was there in the dust and dirt that great men were dealt their fateful hands. It was there that they made American history.
For this historic tribute, we knew it was important to select a rifle with a strong Western pedigree. With that in mind, no firearm seemed more appropriate than a classic, lever-action Winchester Rifle. Rifles available in this edition now are issued on the legendary Winchester Model 92 rifle. Each Tribute is decorated with detailed scenes and portraits from a colorful era that is uniquely and completely American.
Every Tribute is a museum quality masterpiece produced with the utmost attention to detail. The Tribute’s stocks are handsomely polished to a lustrous finish. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each working Winchester 92 rifle in sparkling 24-karat gold and nickel, magnificently highlighting the details of the famed gunfighters, gamblers and outlaws of the Old West.
The left side of the receiver features three legendary Old West icons, along with the swinging doors of a saloon. Calamity Jane and Wild Bill Hickok are featured beneath a Deadwood banner, where Wild Bill Hickok was killed while playing cards at the No. 10 Saloon, holding a poker hand known today as the Dead Man’s Hand. He and Calamity Jane are buried near each other in Deadwood.
Bat Masterson is featured above a Dodge City banner, a cattle town where its saloons catered to the cowboy. Many of the Wild West’s most legendary personalities spent time in Dodge City. Before Bat Masterson even attached his badge, he had his work cut out for him. A fabled buffalo hunter, scout and gunfighter, Masterson rarely had to draw his weapon. His reputation preceded him.
The right side of the receiver features Tombstone. Few events in history can measure up to the legendary Gunfight at the OK Corral, where the notorious showdown of Doc Holliday and the Earp brothers faced the Clantons and McLaurys. The man responsible for keeping the peace, Wyatt Earp, was an avid gambler. He balanced his duties as a lawman with dealing faro nightly. Doc Holliday was an iconic figure in the streets of Tombstone. A dentist by trade and a gambler by practice, the sickly Holliday had a hot temper and a quick draw.
Also featured on the right of the receiver, is Fort Sumner, New Mexico. Pictured with Billy the Kid is Pat Garrett, the lawman who killed one of the Wild West’s most notorious figures. The portrait of Billy recalls a famous posed photo of the outlaw. Pat Garrett once recalled, “Those who knew him best will tell you that in his most savage and dangerous moods his face always wore a smile.”
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Only 1,000 of the Gambling Legends Tribute rifles will ever be produced and available only from America Remembers.
The Gambling Legends Tribute Rifle is an exceptional memorial to a truly American time. The golden era of towns like Tombstone and Dodge City remind us of when the West was wild and the men and women who settled it were even wilder. Respond today to honor the memory of the gunslingers, the heroes and the pioneers of the frontier who took a gamble on a brand new America.