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Their duties were not glamorous. There were no ironed uniforms, no handbooks, no boundaries, few regulations, and they were often unpaid. But a wild frontier called for more than ordinary law enforcement—it called for the Texas Rangers.
The legend of the Texas Rangers begins almost 200 years ago, when America was rapidly expanding westward toward the Pacific Ocean. The land in-between was raw and dangerous. Those who chose to settle there needed a special kind of protection. Stephen Austin, known as “The Father of Texas,” made the call in 1823 for ten men “to act as rangers for the common defense.” Little did he know that his humble request would help create one of the most legendary forces in American law enforcement.
They were tough, resourceful, independent, and fearless. They protected settlers from murderous gunslingers, cattle rustlers, and marauding bandits—they were frontier warriors of the firmest resolve. Individually, the Texas Rangers were some of the most colorful heroes in American history.
Their story is as American as the Old West, as heroic as the fight for land, as dangerous and wild as the expanding frontier. The Texas Ranger Tribute Schofield Revolver is issued on a firearm rooted in the days of the Old West: the top-break Schofield revolver, based on the original Schofield designed by Major George Schofield for the cavalry with Smith & Wesson.
A Classic Old-West Firearm Honoring America’s Ultimate Old-West Lawmen
The Texas Ranger Tribute Schofield Revolver is issued on a working revolver in caliber .44-40 (.44 W.C.F), a beautifully engineered firearm with a rich history. The Schofield Revolver was carried by some Texas Rangers, as well as legendary Old West figures like Buffalo Bill Cody, Frank and Jesse James, and Texas Jack Omohundro.
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 battle. Schofield made modifications to the revolver, including moving the release latch from the barrel to the frame. In 1875, Smith & Wesson incorporated these refinements into a design they named after the Major.
The Ordnance Board granted Smith & Wesson a contract for 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 for the military order. When the two cartridges would not work interchangeably in the Schofield and the Colt, the U.S. Government dropped the Schofield and continued with the Colt.
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Each Texas Ranger Tribute Schofield Revolver in this limited edition of 500 is a working Top-Break Schofield Revolver, available exclusively from America Remembers. We will arrange delivery of your working Tribute revolver through the licensed firearms dealer of your choice. As always, you will receive your Tribute with our 30-day guarantee of satisfaction. If you are not completely satisfied, you may return your Tribute to us in original, unfired condition for a complete and courteous refund.
The legacy of the Texas Rangers, America’s ultimate frontier lawmen, lives on in the Texas Ranger Tribute Schofield Revolver. Now is your chance to own an enduring testament to their colorful story. Add one to your collection and preserve the memory of these legendary lawmen of the Old West on a classic Old West firearm.
Left side of the revolver features a portrait of John B. Armstrong, who opposed bandits and gunmen with a singular passion, and is credited for capturing the infamous John Wesley Hardin. The cylinder displays a Ranger standing with a Winchester rifle and a revolver in his gun belt, a fascinating image from the early days of photography on the frontier.
The revolver features an overall mirrored blue finish, with highly polished walnut grips. The backstrap features the official logo of the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum, located in Waco Texas, as well as a banner with your individualized edition number out of 500.
The right side of the revolver features a close-up portrait of Captain Leander McNelly, the no-nonsense leader of a force that patrolled the Texas-Mexico border, catching outlaws and cattle thieves. On the cylinder, you’ll find a group portrait of members of the Texas Rangers Frontier Battalion. Along the barrel is a famous quote from John S. “Rip” Ford, one of the toughest fighting men of the Mexican War and a legendary Ranger: “They Knew Their Duty and They Did It.”
Optional Display Case
An optional, luxuriously lined, custom-built wooden display case with locking glass lid is available for purchase to protect your Tribute.
*Licensed by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum™ Waco, Texas. Official Historical Center of the Texas Rangers.