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The Texas Rangers Hall of Fame and Museum is in Waco, Texas
This is George Herold's Colt .45. He was one of two rangers who fired at Sam Bass. The other was Dick Ware. Note the barrel has been crudely cut off even with the ejector rod (this occurred prior to the availability of the 4-3/4" barrel). There is no front sight.
This is a right-handed buscadero rig belonging to Capt. John R. Hughes. Hughes joined the rangers in 1887. In 1892 he was promoted to sergeant, replacing Bass Outlaw, who was dismissed for drinking on duty. In 1893 he replaced Captain Jones (George Baylor's son-in-law), who was killed in action. His ranger career was 28 years. The buscadero rig is right handed. Capt. Hughes, however, shot a pistol left handed. In an early gunfight he was wounded and lost full use of his right arm. The only photo I have of him showing his weapon shows a left-handed cross-draw holster. The weapon is on the right butt first. Allegedly buscadero rigs were invented in the 20's for the movies. This seems to predate those. The book Border Boss credits the design of the buscadero rig for Capt. Hughes. Why this one is right handed is a mystery to me.
This shows a tang peep sight on a Winchester rifle. In case anyone complains that yours is gamy, refer them to this photo. They were used back then.
A visit in May, 2002 produced more photos, but, sadly, some interesting stuff was gone. George Herold's Colt and Capt. Hughes' rig are no longer on display. Neither is Sergeant Gillette's Springfield, pistol, and knife, though his .73 is. The museum is overdue for its planned new, larger facilities. But, we did find some things of interest:
This is a neat looking Stetson. Sadly for us CAS shooters, it's 1910 vintage. Hats began to get this large around the end of the 19th century. They weren't around in the 1870s and '80s.
This is a sombrero from the same era. Several photos exist of rangers wearing sombreros in the 19th century, and Jim Gillett mentioned that every ranger who was stationed in the south showed up at his next duty station with one. Mention was made in one engagement that Co. A had so many men wearing sombreros that they could pass for Mexicans.
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