“Their enemies were pretty good… (the Rangers) had to be better…” – Walter Prescott Webb
Few institutions of the American West have endured as long as the legendary Texas Rangers. They began as the first (and only) line of defense for settlers on the lawless frontier. Together they protected the Republic of Texas against enemies, invaders and outlaws. When duty called, they fought courageously through revolutions, wars and against the challenges that came with statehood and 20th century prosperity. Today, the Rangers continue to uphold the law in Texas and have earned a well-deserved place of honor in the hall of true American heroes.
Now we at America Remembers are especially pleased to announce an exclusive new Tribute honoring the rich history of the Texas Rangers: The Texas Ranger Tribute Colt .45 Pistol. This exciting new Tribute is issued exclusively through America Remembers and in cooperation with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, TX, a center dedicated to preserving the rich heritage of the Texas Rangers. It is also the first time we have celebrated the Texas Ranger legacy with a handsomely decorated, working Colt® Government Model® Pistol in caliber .45 ACP.
Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project by America Remembers decorate each working Tribute in sparkling 24-karat gold and nickel artwork over a handsome blued steel background.
Partners in Crime-fighting
When choosing the firearm for this historic Texas Ranger collector firearm Tribute, the choice was clear. More than 175 years ago the Texas Rangers started the tradition of relying on Colt handguns. Few of history’s greatest collaborations have lasted as long as the alliance between the Texas Rangers and Samuel Colt’s classic sidearms. Always willing to keep up with the latest firearms in their pursuit of justice, the Texas Rangers found their perfect match in Colt’s legendary firearms.
When Colt released the Model 1911 .45 Pistol for the U.S. Army, it was embraced immediately by the Texas Rangers and proved a perfect fit. Developed by legendary gun maker John Moses Browning, the Colt .45 Pistol has become one of the most trusted sidearms of American military and law enforcement. Durable, powerful and easy to maintain, the Colt .45 Pistol proved itself reliable and trustworthy. For the last century, many Texas Rangers have depended on this powerful Colt .45 pistol in their continuing war on crime.
Only 300 Available
Only 300 Texas Ranger Tribute Pistols will be issued in this strictly limited edition. Reservations will be accepted in the order they are received. We will arrange shipment of your Texas Ranger collector firearm through the licensed firearms dealer of your choice. As always, if you are not satisfied with your Tribute, you may return it within 30-days in original condition for a complete and courteous refund.
This Texas Ranger collector firearm proudly honors the courage, sacrifice and service of the legendary Lone Star lawmen, on a legendary American sidearm (the Colt .45 Pistol) that has played such an important role in their history. What began as a call to action on the frontier has spawned a legacy of American heroes, who have not been afraid to progress with the times and who continue to shape the future of American law enforcement. Now is your opportunity to own a distinguished piece of Texas Ranger history, issued on a classic American firearm, and a firearm that is destined to be treasured for generations to come.
The left side of this Colt .45 Pistol features a heroic, 24-karat gold decorated portrait of Captain Manuel “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas. A legend among the Rangers, Gonzaullas earned his reputation (and nickname) for acting much like a one-man army against the rampant criminal activity in the 1920’s and 30’s.
Prominently featured in the center of each side of the slide in stunning 24-karat gold are the words, “Texas Rangers.” Near the muzzle end on each side is a sprawling field of brushed nickel oil derricks, sprouting up like a city skyline.
On either side of the slide, a handsome, nickel Texas Ranger badge is featured, including the familiar Lone Star of Texas inscribed with decorative scrollwork and etched with the designation “Texas Ranger.”
This Texas Ranger collector firearm features handsome 24-karat gold decorations, including the hammer, slide stop, safety lock, grip screws, barrel bushing and magazine catch. Complementing the overall design are the handsome rosewood grips checkered in the classic “double diamond” pattern on this Colt .45 Pistol.
The right side features a banner that reads, “They Knew Their Duty And They Did It,” a famous quote from John S. “Rip” Ford, a Ranger legend. Also featured is a row of Texas Rangers posing in front of barrels of confiscated bootleg liquor, representing their legendary fight against crime during the Prohibition Era of the 1920’s.
Optional Display Case
An optional luxuriously lined, custom-built, wooden display case is available for purchase.
The Texas Ranger Tribute Pistol is licensed by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum™ Waco, Texas, Official Historical Center of the Texas Rangers.
Since the “Texas Ranger Tribute Pistol” is a working Colt® Government Model® .45 pistol, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. (Not available in California or Massachusetts)
I wish to reserve the “Texas Ranger Tribute Pistol,” a working Colt® Government Model® .45 Pistol, at the current issue price of $1,995*. Each pistol is numbered and registered within the limited edition of 300, and is accompanied by a numbered Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per pistol. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 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.