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Historians, when describing the scouts, often use the words Nobel and Daring. But, put into their own words, the scouts were a bunch of hard nosed roughnecks that weren’t bringing to fruition America’s “Manifest Destiny,” but were rather making a living cut’n trails and saving the Army from get’n scalped.
They were a special breed of men. All rugged and self made with a love for adventure and a disdain for death. They were the scouts of the Wild West – men like Buffalo Bill Cody, Jim Bridger, Jim Beckwourth, Kit Carson, and Wild Bill Hickok.
On the right side of the receiver are the portraits of three of our honored scouts. to the right of the loading gate is the image of Kit Carson and to the left is that of Buffalo Bill Cody. The Shakespeare quoting Bridger can be seen directly above the trigger. All three scouts are surrounded in lavish scrollwork and featured in 24-karat gold. The attention to detail is exacting.
The left side of the receiver displays portraits of Jim Beckwourth and Wild Bill Hickok. The images are as faithful to these men as tintypes of the 1800’s. Dividing these portraits, in bold Victorian lettering, is the inscription “Dedicated To The Lives And Legends Of Wm. F. Cody And The Scouts Of The Western Frontier.” And sharing this place of honor is the symbolic image of the western plains over which the scouts blazed their trails…the American Buffalo. Surrounding each portrait and embellishing the receiver is scrollwork reminiscent of the 1800’s.
The Tribute is handsomely decorated in spectacular 24-karat gold on the lever, receiver, crescent buttplate, end cap, and magazine cap. The 24-karat gold actually plays in magnificent contrast to the mirror-polished blue octagonal barrel and the checkered walnut stock. And bringing back the traditional flavor of the West are the case hardened hammer and seldom seen spirit level tangent sight.
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