For some men, the call of the wide open plains was too strong to resist. Adventure was in their blood. The Wild West was their way of life. One of these men was “Texas Jack” Omohundro. Texas Jack answered a call for adventure that led him from Civil War battlefields to cattle drives along the Chisholm Trail. He was a cowpunch, an army scout and a hunting guide for international royalty. He rode the dusty badlands and charged into battle with legends such as Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody.
Now America Remembers is proud to honor this true pioneer of the American frontier with the Texas Jack Omohundro Tribute Revolver, an exclusive, hand-engraved edition issued on a legendary revolver of the Wild West.
The Classic Top-Break Revolver
The revolver took its name from Major George W. Schofield of the 10th Cavalry. Around 1870 he wrote to Smith & Wesson requesting one of their then-new “Model No. 3” revolvers, in the hopes it would prove useful in combat. Schofield made his own modifications to the Model No. 3 to meet the Cavalry’s needs, and in 1875 Smith & Wesson incorporated these refinements into a design they named after the Major, hoping to obtain significant military contracts for their revolvers.
As a “top-break” revolver, the Schofield could be loaded quicker than other sidearms of the day and could be operated one-handed. With the barrel latch released, the barrel could be pulled down and the spent cartridge would be ejected. Major Schofield’s design relocated the barrel latch from the barrel to the frame. As a result, a shooter could operate the latch with his thumb and open the gun for loading and unloading with just one hand. With practice, a shooter could refill all the chambers at once without looking. This was a major advantage for a mounted soldier, and provided the Schofield with an advantage over the Colt Peacemaker.
The Ordnance Board granted Smith & Wesson a contract to outfit the military with Schofields, providing they could make the revolvers work with the .45 Colt ammunition already in use. Smith & Wesson instead developed their own, slightly shorter .45 caliber round. When it became obvious the two cartridges would not work interchangeably in the Schofield, although they both worked in the Colt, the U.S. Government dropped the Schofield and continued with the Colt.
Based on the original hand-engraved Smith & Wesson American attributed to the legendary scout and showman, Texas Jack Omohundro, this very special, limited edition model has been created by the master engravers at Adams & Adams in the same pattern as the original revolver presented by Texas Jack to the Earl of Dunraven, in 1874.
As the story goes, the adventurous Irish Lord was Texas Jack’s most enthusiastic hunting patron, and in 1874, on their third hunt together on the American Frontier, it was decided that since Texas Jack had a S&W American, the Earl should have one as well. The gun was handsomely engraved in the elegant “New York style” employed by craftsmen, such as L.D. Nimschke, nickelplated and fitted with ivory stocks. A Southerner, Omohundro had a distinguished Civil War record serving under Generals Fitzhugh Lee and J.E.B. Stuart.
After the war he became a scout and befriended such western legends as Wild Bill Hickok and Buffalo Bill Cody, who he first met in 1871 when he hired on as a scout with a hunting party that included the Earl of Dunraven. Omohundro and Cody became fast friends and when Cody started his first Wild West performances in theaters, Texas Jack became a key player in the early troupe. He left the show in 1876 to write and perform on his own. Texas Jack died in Leadville, Colorado in 1880, at the young age of 34. His role in the American West, his friendship with Ned Buntline and Buffalo Bill Cody, among others, made his name legendary.
For this special issue we have chosen the fine quality No. 3 – 2nd Model Top-Break revolver manufactured by A. Uberti, to serve as the pallet for master engraver John Adams, Jr. of Adams & Adams. Limited to only 200 hand-engraved and unique nickelplated examples, each gun comes with Ultra Ivory grips. The Ultra Ivory grips are produced by Eagle Grips and are a substitute ivory offering durability with the classic look and feel of ivory. This Tribute has been designed in cooperation with noted western firearms author and photographer Dennis Adler.
Honor a True American Cowboy With This Exclusive Offer – Only 200 Available
Only 200 Texas Jack Omohundro Tribute Revolvers will ever be produced and demand is expected to be very strong. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. You can mail us your order form, or to prioritize your order and confirm availability, call us toll-free at 1-800-682-2291. We will arrange delivery of your working revolver through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. And, of course, if you are not fully satisfied with your Tribute after your personal inspection, you may return it to us in original unfired condition within 30-days for a complete and courteous refund.
Don’t miss your opportunity to honor an authentic cowboy legend with a true museum-quality firearm of the Old West era. It will surely take you back to a time when Texas Jack Omohundro and his legendary revolver carved a chapter for themselves in the history of the American West. Once you hold it in your hands, you’ll understand why The Texas Jack Omohundro Tribute Revolver is destined to become the centerpiece of your fine firearms collection.
Each Tribute Revolver features a stunning antique coin-nickel finish and decoration inspired by the original hand-engraved pattern on a similar revolver presented by Jack to the Earl of Dunraven in 1874. The Irish Lord graciously accepted the handsome firearm, which was similarly engraved in the elegant “New York style” employed by the master craftsmen of the day.
Free Display Case
In order to display and protect your Texas Jack Omohundro Tribute Revolver, you will receive a handsome, luxuriously lined custom made display case with each order.
Since the “Texas Jack Omohundro Tribute” is a working Top-Break Revolver, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.
I wish to reserve the “Texas Jack Omohundro Tribute,” a working Top-Break Revolver, at the price of $3,495*. Each revolver is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 200, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per revolver. I will pay the balance at the rate of $150 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
* All orders are subject to acceptance and credit verification prior to shipment. Sales tax is required in certain states and will be added. Shipping and handling will be added to each order. Virginia residents please add sales tax.