The Old West has fascinated Americans for many years. From the days when the west was wild to the cavalry charges, from the outlaws on the frontier to the steam-locomotives tearing toward the Pacific, the Old West continues to fascinate us today. Many of these scenes from the Old West have been captured by Frank McCarthy, “The Dean of Western Action Painters”. He tracked the changing frontier on canvas after canvas— from the golden era of the Plains Indian, when the buffalo roamed the grasslands of North America in massive herds, through America’s exciting and tumultuous period of westward expansion.
Plains Indian tribes like the Cheyenne, Sioux, Blackfeet, Arapaho, Crow, and Comanche represent the days of the frontier. These tribes were very different, but they had two important elements in common: a deeply spiritual view of the world, and a profound love of the land they roamed, which was right alongside the buffalo.
Saluting The Old West
To honor all those who lived in this historic period, America Remembers proudly presents the Salute to the Old West Rifle— a handsome firearm featuring artwork by Frank McCarthy. This rifle is issued on a working Winchester Repeating Arms Model ‘73 rifle in caliber .45 LC. As you know, Winchester discontinued production of the Model ‘73 in the early 1900s, but they have recently reissued this Old West classic. We’ve been able to reserve a limited number of these highly desired Model ‘73 rifles for this year, and expect to receive an additional quantity next year.
Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each rifle in lustrous 24-karat gold and gleaming nickel with blackened patinaed highlights to accent the details of the artwork based on six classic Frank McCarthy paintings. This exclusive firearm honors the Plains Indians and the buffalo as legends of the Old West.
For the Plains Indians, life revolved around the buffalo. It is difficult to believe now that once millions of buffalo roamed this country. Plains Indian tribes moved their villages to follow their migrations, as their lives were dependent on the buffalo. This exclusive firearm honors the time when the Plains Indians and the buffalo roamed free on the Western Frontier.
The Dean Of Western Action Painters
Frank McCarthy’s reputation is gold when it comes to Western enthusiasts. His paintings capture the drama of cowboys, mountain men, cavalry riders, the Plains Indians and buffalo—all struggling against nature, themselves, and each other. His vision was one of an untamed land, on the brink of change.
Featured on the left side of the receiver is In Pursuit of the White Buffalo. Here, a group of Sioux hunters witness a Great Plains rarity: the white buffalo. The allure of the white buffalo continues to the left of the center image with Big Medicine. Two Sioux Indians, bows in hand, trail it in wonder. Finally, Show of Defiance features an Arapaho Warrior, spear and shield in hand on horseback. Elegant scrollwork outlines all the artwork on both sides of the receiver.
Featured on the right side of the receiver is The Coming of the Iron Horse. A locomotive moves full on ahead as a great herd of buffalo race to get off the tracks. When The Land Was Theirs is to the left of this image, which features Crow warriors atop a hill, surveying the changing landscape. To the right is Thunder Across the Plains, which features ominous western skies and charging warriors on horseback.
A Limited Edition
Only 500 of the Salute to the Old West Rifles will ever be produced. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. We will arrange delivery of your working rifle through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. If for any reason you are less than satisfied with your rifle, you may return it in original unfired condition within 30 days for a complete and courteous refund.
Reserve your rifle today, and you’ll always have a special reminder of this legendary era of the American frontier when the west was wild, when the buffalo roamed free in massive herds, and when the Plains Indians thrived.
The images reproduced herein have been licensed to America Remembers by The Greenwich Workshop®, Inc,.;©Frank McCarthy © The Greenwich Workshop, Inc. www.greenwichworkshop.com
Since the “Salute to the Old West Rifle” is a working rifle, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.
I wish to reserve the “Salute to the Old West Rifle,” a working rifle, at the current issue price of $2,895*. Each rifle is numbered within the edition limit of 500 and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
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