Herb parsons with james stewart on the set of "winchester '73" in 1950. parsons holds the subject of the film, the coveted 1 of 1000 winchester rifle. in the 1870s winchester discovered that one rifle barrel out of about every 1,000 shot a little more accurately than the other production-line barrels. in july 1875 winchester published the following announcement: -
"the barrel of every sporting rifle we make will be proved and shot at a target, and the target will be numbered to correspond with the barrel and be attached to it. all of these barrels that are found to make targets of extra merit will be made up into guns with set-triggers and extra finish and marked as a designating name “one of a thousand” and sold at $100. the next grade of barrels, not quite so fine, will be marked “one of a hundred” and set up in order in any style at $20 advance over the list price of the corresponding style of gun as shown in price list."
as part of the promotion for the movie "winchester 73", the winchester repeating arms company attempted to identify the surviving one of one thousand rifles. for those of you who have seen the film all the shooting wasn't tricks or fake, it was herb parsons standing on an apple crate behind stewart. the rifle he used, now on display at the @codyfirearmsmuseum. was a winchester model 71 in .348 winchester. for those who haven't seen the film i can't recommend it enough, winchester '73 is one of the finest western films ever made. #winchesterrepeatingarms#model1873#oneofonethousand#trickshooting#rifle#leveraction#exhibitionshooter#herbparsons#jamesstewart#jimmystewart#winchester73#linmcadam#oldschool#oldwest#crackshot#marksmanship#rifleman
Bat masterson was one of the most iconic lawmen of the "old west" period in american history. though his life was definitely extraordinary, were going to look at the guns. not only was bartholomew masterson an lawman, gambler and gunfighter, he was also a gun guy. this particular pistol was ordered by masterson in 1879. he wore his guns in a crossdraw holster b**t forward and covered with his coat. having seen many men get killed, some with their own guns, he learned weapon retention and concealment was better than weapon display. one thing he requested on all of his pistols, which he always ordered directly from colt, was a tall and thick front sight. this is a modification anyone who shoots single action army's will see the merit in. in july 1885 bat made this order for two more revolvers. he writes, "gents
please send me one of your nickel plated short .45 calibre revolvers. it is for my own use and for that reason i would like to have a little extra pains taken with it. i am willing to pay extra for extra work. make it very easy on the trigger and have the front sight a little higher and thicker than the ordinary pistol of this kind. put on a gutta percha handle and send it as soon as possible, have the barrel about the same length that the ejector rod is. —truly yours wb masterson