In the untamed land of the American West, the United States Marshals were the law. They dealt justice in the West’s wildest towns. And, when they walked through the dusty streets of Abilene, Dodge City, or other frontier towns, the shining star they wore on their chests was a bulls-eye for thieves, bandits and thugs. U.S. Marshals were courageous defenders of a vast and savage frontier. Few figures in American history have captured our imagination like the Marshals. In the era of the Wild West, many of these fearless and determined lawmen became larger-than-life legends.
Today, America Remembers is proud to announce the U.S. Marshals Tribute Rifle, honoring the legendary lawmen who have served America for more than 200 years. The Tribute is issued in cooperation with the U.S. Marshals Service Association. Tributes now available in the edition are issued on the lever-action Model 92 Winchester Rifle in caliber .45 LC, a rifle with a reputation as a classic Western firearm. Craftsmen commissioned for this Tribute by America Remembers decorate each rifle in elegant 24-karat gold and nickel with a special blackened patinaed background to highlight the details of the artwork honoring some of the most renowned Marshals who ever served.
The Wild West Frontier
In 1873, young buffalo hunters ranged out onto the prairies form the wild cow town of Dodge City. Among them were the Canadian, William B. “Bat” Masterson and his brothers. Other brothers were the Earps, led by Wyatt. Bill Tilghman was there…and Billy the Kid’s nemesis, Pat Garrett. As the herds dwindled, these men were drawn back to Dodge City and business ventures. Each drifted into law enforcement and most served for a time as Deputy U.S. Marshals.
As new lands opened, they were joined by a cadre of colorful associates, including the former slave and ordained minister Bass Reeves, and the great man hunter, Henry “Heck” Thomas. They followed in the footsteps of Robert Forsyth, one of the original 13 U.S. Marshals and the first of 400 U.S. Marshals and Deputy U.S. Marshals to die in the line of duty. During the heyday of the Wild West, from the Texas ranches to the Kansas cow towns like Dodge City, to the land rushes in Oklahoma and the Indian Territories, these lawmen always had one thing in common: a Winchester rifle at the ready.
An Exclusive Edition
Only 500 of the U.S. Marshals Tribute Rifles will ever be produced. Order now, and you can revisit a time when America was young, and a few brave lawmen brought law and order to a vast frontier. Feel the incomparable balance of this classic rifle in your hands. Study the detailed depictions of these legendary lawmen and imagine them as they looked down the barrel of their own rifles a hundred years ago. Hold history in your hands and silently give thanks to the brave men and women who wore the star.
The right side of the receiver features famed U.S. Marshals Robert Forsyth, Wyatt Earp, and Bass Reeves. Their names are highlighted in rich nickel banners, as well as the “United States Marshals Service” and their motto of “Justice • Integrity • Service.” Also handsomely displayed in nickel is a Marshal’s badge.
The left side of the receiver features Deputy Marshals of the time, Bill Tilghman, Bat Masterson, and Henry “Heck” Thomas. These brave individuals are featured in oval cameos with a nickel background serving as the canvas for each portrait. Also featured are scenes of lawmen from the Old West. The receiver is finished in 24-karat gold with blackened patinaed highlights for maximum contrast and detail. Also featured in nickel is a Deputy Marshal badge from the era.
Since the “U.S. Marshal Tribute Rifle,” is a working Model 92 rifle, we will arrange delivery through a licensed firearms dealer of your choice.
I wish to reserve the “U.S. Marshal Tribute Rifle” a working Model 92 rifle, at the current issue price of $2,495*. Each rifle is numbered within the edition limit of 500 and is accompanied by a Certificate of Authenticity. Thirty day return privilege.
Please charge my credit card a deposit of $195 per rifle. I will pay the balance at the rate of $100 per month, with no interest or carrying charge.
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