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Ride With Pancho Villa America Remembers Salutes The Liberator of Mexico
He was a hero, a bandit, a commander, a fugitive, a revolutionary, a man of the people and the most famous person in modern Mexican history. He was Francisco “Pancho” Villa. Villa rose from humble origins to be one of the most powerful men in North America – a name recognized, respected, loved and feared on both sides of the Border. Born Doroteo Arango, in Durango, Mexico, Villa became an outlaw after shooting a man who outraged his sister. From that point on he was never without a horse or a gun – trademarks that would be part of his persona until his death.
After successfully evading the Rurales police force for almost a decade, always a friend of the poor, Villa and his men joined the revolutionary forces fighting against the oppressive regime of Porfirio Diaz. In short order his charisma and leadership abilities catapulted him to a generalship of the Army of the North and a place in the hearts and minds of the Mexican people forever.
Perhaps Villa’s most famous exploit, to Americans, was his raid on Columbus, New Mexico, where he confronted civilians and the U.S. military and was driven back over the border. This incident led to the formation of an American punitive expedition into Mexico, led by General John “Blackjack” Pershing (along with his youthful aide, Lieutenant George S. Patton, Jr.). Despite dragging cavalry, artillery, trucks and automobiles, and even airplanes over vast expanses of Northern Mexico, the American military never apprehended the elusive Villa.
Villa was a deft hand with rifle and pistol. During the Revolution one of the most sought-after firearms was Winchester’s famed Model 94 lever-action .30-30 rifle.
Immortalized in the soldiers’ song Carabina Treinta Treinta, it was the proud Villista who carried one of these fine repeaters in his saddle scabbard. Now America Remembers recaptures the fascinating era of the Mexican Revolution and the irrepressible character of its most well-known character with an elegantly embellished rifle honoring the “Centaur of the North,” Pancho Villa.
The Pancho Villa Tribute is a working Winchester Model 94 rifle in .30-30 caliber. Each rifle is handsomely decorated by craftsmen specifically commissioned by America Remembers with artwork in elegant 24-karat gold and nickel against a blackened patinaed background, depicting scenes from the life of this flamboyant Mexican revolutionary leader.
Order now and you can celebrate an era when revolution swept throughout Mexico, bringing hope and political change to the oppressed citizens. “Viva La Revolución” was the motto of the day, and “Viva Villa!” was the cry which electrified the men and women who supported and fought with the legendary Pancho Villa.
Left side shows a dapper Villa wearing a tailored Norfolk jacket, fancy cravat and his favorite pith helmet. In the center, the “Centaur of the North” pose shows the classic Villa – wearing a sombrero, ready for action, on horseback with his Winchester handy in a saddle scabbard. To the right, Villa sits in the presidential chair in Mexico City, flanked by General Emiliano Zapata, commander of the Army of the South, and General Tomás Urbina.
Right side of the receiver features Villa wearing his signature sombrero, standing with members of the army prior to the first capture of Ciudad Juarez in 1911. Villa’s flamboyant signature is depicted above the loading gate, and to the right, the General poses proudly with a Hotchkiss machine gun.
A handsome high-gloss, laser-cut stock depicts, on both sides, the Mexican “eagle and serpent.”
Original photographs of Pancho Villa courtesy Prints & Photographs Division, Library of Congress.
Only 300 of The Pancho Villa Tribute Rifles will ever be produced. To be assured of acquiring the Tribute Rifle before the edition of 300 is fully subscribed, please make your reservation promptly. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. We will arrange delivery through the licensed firearms dealer of your choice. The Tribute is available only through America Remembers.
Capturing the highlights of history on a steel canvas, each edition issued by America Remembers is produced with the utmost attention to detail. Each issue is produced in a strictly limited edition. Our exclusive edition limits ensures your place in an elite rank of collectors who acquire each issue.
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Each Pancho Villa Tribute is individually numbered, from 001 to 300, and comes with a matching numbered Certificate of Authenticity. In addition, The Pancho Villa Tribute Rifle comes with a risk-free guarantee. If for any reason it fails to give complete satisfaction, the rifle may be returned in original unfired condition within 30-days for a complete and courteous refund.