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the_classic_outdoorsman

Ethan Christian, Outdoorsman, and writer. "There are some who can live without wild things, and some who cannot." ~ Aldo Leopold.
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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: -
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"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."
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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
13 166 5 hours ago
Texas - 1930s

frank hamer with two bucks. i posted another picture of frank with these two deer a few days ago. judging by this picture it seems he is indeed holding his premier grade remington model 8 in .35 remington. hamer was presented this rifle for participating in a shooting exhibition. in 1934 he would use this same rifle to end the careers of bonnie and clyde.
#frankhamer #remingtonmodel8 #oldschool #texasranger #oldwest #bonnieandclyde #hunter #prey #deer #bucks #country #desert #thegoodolddays #hunting #sportsman #oldschoolhunting #american #thebullmoose #thestrenuouslife #theclassicoutdoorsman
6 209 Yesterday
Netflix just released this photo, stating that "the highwaymen" is set to release on march 29, 2019. for those of you who don't know, the highwaymen is the story of frank hamer and manny gault's epic hunt for clyde barrow and bonnie parker. it's a story i've always hoped would be put on the screen and i'm glad to see it's happening. in the past hollywood has glorified the criminal duo, romanticizing their murderous spree of death and thievery. make no mistake, bonnie and clyde were evil psychopaths hell bent on stealing as much money as they could and killing anyone who got in their way. they were mad dogs who had to be put down, as history and hopefully this film will show, frank hamer was just the man for the job... #frankhamer #mannygault #bonnieandclyde #lawmen #epic #texasranger #manliness #oldschool #oldwest #texas #louisiana #ford #v8 #fedora #oldlucky #singleactionarmy #hollywood #movie #film #heroes #american #gunfighter #sixgun #colt #remington #theclassicoutdoorsman
9 206 2 days ago
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

p.s. duplicate the above order by sending 2"

#batmasterson #colt #singleactionarmy #wheelgun #sixguns #oldwest #oldschool #pistols #handgun #theclassicoutdoorsman
5 359 4 days ago
Frank hamer and western film star tom mix stand together in los angeles. the date and those standing with them are unknown. after hamer was wounded in the infamous sweetwater gun battle on october 1, 1917. he and his family went to california so he could recover from his injuries. while there he took his children to visit the still small film studios in hollywood. there he met tom mix, the two remained close friends until mix's death.
#frankhamer #tommix #texasranger #ranger #hollywood #movie #star #western #silentmovie #blackandwhite #cowboy #hamer #sweetwater #bonnieandclyde #gunfighter #sixgun #pistol #oldwest #lawman #thebullmoose #thestrenuouslife #theclassicoutdoorsman
7 231 4 days ago
Mr. tom selleck tries to include firearms as main characters in his westerns. one of my absolute favorite films and books is louis l' amour's, "crossfire trail". in it selleck's character rafe covington, buys a special order, full-stocked winchester model 1876 in .45-60. this configuration was very popular with the canadian north west mounted police. mr. selleck is also a huge fan of conversion revolvers. in this film he carries a .44 caliber colt model 1872 open top revolver with ivory stocks made for him by ken howell at r&d gunshop. also he carried a smith and wesson no. 3 in .45 schofield. his westerns have proven to be some of my favorites, he loves fine guns and fine saddles and if a fellow likes those things, he's gotta be alright.
#louislamour #crossfiretrail #tomselleck #rafecovington #winchesterrepeatingarms #winchester #model1876 #4560 #schofield #colt #smithandwesson #wheelgun #sixguns #saddle #gunleather #canvas #movies #film #motionpictures #magnumpi #cowboy #western #oldwest #oldschool #thebullmoose #theclassicoutdoorsman
7 606 6 days ago
Two colt single action armys with cattle brand engraving and ivory stocks. notice that these pistols do not have triggers, they are fired by cocking and releasing the hammers. they were owned by the legendary texas ranger, manuel t. "lone wolf" gonzalez. gonzalez had many ornately engraved handguns and had a habit of customizing his pistols in what many would regard, very insane ways. i do encourage readers to keep in mind, lone wolf was in many gunfights, the modifications he made were gunfighting modifications, not collector modifications.
#singleactionarmy #cowboyaction #coltsingleactionarmy #gunfighters #gunfight #texasranger #texas #lawman #lonewolf #lonewolfgonzalez #modified #engraving #ivory #pistols #handgun #oldschool #oldwest #thebullmoose #thestrenuouslife #theclassicoutdoorsman
21 434 2 weeks ago
#repost @steve_at_turnbull
i rarely do reposts, but i rarely see something so beautiful that i want to share it with everyone. true art needs to be shared. in today's firearms industry there are few companies that compare to the absolute perfection that rolls out of @turnbull_restoration. these pistols are fine examples of what makes them masters at their trade. i am told frequently, the quality and craftsmanship of the old days is dead and gone, i am happy to say that this statement is false. that legacy of perfect craftsmanship is alive and well with the fine folks at @turnbull_restoration. give them a follow and also checkout @steve_at_turnbull and @sara_at_turnbull they post wonderful content that is worth keeping up with.
#singleactionarmy #turnbull #pistols #casehardening #casecoloring #legend #perfection #oldschool #oldwest #american #craftsmanship #thebullmoose #theclassicoutdoorsman
5 393 2 weeks ago
The legendary roy chapman andrews. explorer, naturalist and writer. he is regarded as one of the most accomplished american explorers in history and was very likely the inspiration for indiana jones. it is unknown to me where and when this picture was taken. andrews was a big fan of the savage arms company and a huge proponent of the .250-3000 cartridge. he used their rifles almost exclusively on many of his famous expeditions. the rifle he is seen holding here looks to be a savage model 99, no doubt chambered in .250-3000.
#oldschool #oldwest #exploration #explorer #roychapmanandrews #indianajones #archeology #architecture #history #historian #naturalist #wildlife #wildland #desert #jungle #mountains #asia #africa #arctic #american #america #savagearmscompany #savage #1899 #leveraction #thebullmoose #thestrenuouslife #theclassicoutdoorsman
7 569 2 weeks ago