Authorized by the Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum
During the untamed years of the Wild West, the Texas Rangers rode as lone defenders of justice. They were often the only protection on the frontier for settlers facing hostile Indians, cattle rustlers, bandits and gunslingers. And time after time, the men with the badges proved worthy of every challenge. Their exploits made the Rangers one of the most famous and respected crime-fighting forces anywhere in the world.
As the nation entered the 20th century, the state of Texas found itself on the frontlines of a Mexican revolution, a surge in bootlegging and a population boom sparked by the discovery of oil. The Rangers faced new breeds of criminal and new kinds of crime. But with the same courage and discipline that served them on the frontier, justice triumphed and the Texas Rangers secured their legacy as true American heroes.
Now America Remembers is pleased to announce an exclusive new Tribute honoring the unequaled bravery and dedication of the Texas Rangers: The Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson. This exciting new issue is the first time America Remembers has celebrated the Ranger legacy with a handsomely decorated, working Thompson Semi-Automatic submachine gun. Craftsmen commissioned specifically for this project decorate each working Thompson semi-automatic machine gun in sparkling 24-karat gold and nickel with a blackened patinaed background to highlight the details of the artwork.
Not only is the Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson available exclusively from America Remembers, it is also being offered in cooperation with the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas. For more than 40 years, their mission has been to honor distinguished Texas Rangers, and Rangers who have given their lives in the service of the people of Texas. They continue to promote, among present and future generations, a pride and interest in the Texas Rangers and the heritage of the American West.
The Thompson Submachine Gun – “On the Side of Law and Order”
In 1915, as the brutal fighting of World War I raged, retired Army General John T. Thompson began research on a weapon that would put more firepower in the hands of Allied men on the frontlines. But the first Thompson submachine gun prototypes weren’t ready to ship until November 11, 1918… the day the Great War ended.
In the absence of a global conflict, the Thompson machine gun was immediately touted as the ultimate crime fighting tool. It was described as an ideal weapon for the protection of large estates, ranches and plantations, which was certainly appealing to the Rangers, whose jurisdiction spread out for hundreds of miles in every direction. The promises of the Thompson gun being “simple, safe, sturdy and sure in action” proved true, allowing it to secure a distinctive history with the Texas Rangers in their brave efforts to uphold law and order. To this day the Thompson submachine gun remains one of the most widely recognized and respected firearms in the world.
Only 300 Available
Only 300 Texas Ranger Tribute Thompsons will be issued in this strictly limited edition available exclusively through America Remembers. The distinguished history of the Texas Rangers has been more than 175 years in the making. Don’t miss your opportunity to own a classic American firearm honoring the contribution of these unwavering American heroes, who fought to preserve law and order in the Lone Star State.
Reservations for the Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson will be accepted in the order they are received. We will arrange delivery of your working Thompson through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. And, as always, if you are not completely satisfied with your Tribute after personal inspection, you may return it in original, unfired condition within thirty days for a complete and courteous refund.
The Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson proudly honors the courage, sacrifice and service of these true legends of United States law enforcement. This is your chance to own a piece of Texas history, a piece of American history and an enduring testament to the strength and integrity of those who sacrificed all to preserve law and order.
On both sides of the Tribute is a highly-detailed Texas Ranger badge. Featuring the familiar Lone Star of Texas, it is inscribed with decorative scrollwork and etched with the proud designation of “Texas Ranger.”
Left side features a Ranger sitting atop his horse. For the Texas Rangers, horses were absolutely necessary for covering the wide expanses of land that made up the Lone Star State. The central image depicts a proud Texas Ranger posing alongside a trio of confiscated liquor stills. Alongside, a banner reads, “Prohibition” and “Gambling,” two of the greatest problems for the Rangers during the early decades of the 20th century. Prominently featured is a heroic portrait of Captain Manuel “Lone Wolf” Gonzaullas beside a flowing banner bearing his name. A legend among the Rangers, Gonzaullas earned his reputation for acting much like a one-man army against the rampant crime spree in the 1920s and 30s.
Right side features two Rangers pictured beside an official Ranger car and horse trailer, which both stand as fitting symbols of the two historic eras policed by the Rangers. Featured across the center is a sweeping banner reading, “Texas Rangers” and “They Knew Their Duty and They Did It,” separated by the iconic “star in a wheel” badge design. This famous quote comes from John S. “Rip” Ford, a legendary Ranger. Behind the banner, a field of oil derricks sprouts up like a city skyline. Also featured is a block of building fronts that represent the typical Texas boomtown. On the far right a group of five Rangers is featured standing at the ready with their weapons of choice, including a couple Thompsons. All artwork is featured in 24-karat gold and nickel with a blackened patinaed background.
The Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson is licensed by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum™ Waco, Texas, Official Historical Center of the Texas Rangers.
The “Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson,” is a working Thompson semi-automatic submachine gun; we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice. You do not need a special license to own the Tribute. Anyone who can own a standard hunting rifle can own this, in most communities. (Not available in CA, CT, MD, NY)
I wish to reserve the “Texas Ranger Tribute Thompson,” a working Thompson semi-automatic submachine gun, at the current issue price of $3,195*. Each Thompson 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 Thompson. 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.