Firearms of the Texas Rangers
From their founding in the 1820s up to the modern age, the Texas Rangers
have shown the ability to adapt and survive. Part of that survival
depended on their use of firearms. The evolving technology of these
weapons often determined the effectiveness of these early-day Rangers.
John Coffee “Jack” Hays and Samuel Walker would leave their mark on the
Rangers by incorporating new technology which allowed them to alter
tactics when confronting their adversaries. The Frontier Battalion was
created at about the same time as the Colt Peacemaker and the Winchester
73—these were the guns that “won the West.”
Firearms of the Texas Rangers, with more than 180 photographs, tells
the history of the Texas Rangers primarily through the use of their
firearms. Author Doug Dukes narrates famous episodes in Ranger history,
including Jack Hays and the Paterson, the Walker Colt, the McCulloch
Colt Revolver (smuggled through the Union blockade during the Civil
War), and the Frontier Battalion and their use of the Colt Peacemaker
and Winchester and Sharps carbines. Readers will delight in learning of
Frank Hamer’s marksmanship with his Colt Single Action Army and his
Remington, along with Captain J.W. McCormick and his two .45 Colt
pistols, complete with photos.
Whether it was a Ranger in 1844 with his Paterson on patrol for Indians
north of San Antonio, or a Ranger in 2016 with his LaRue 7.62 rifle
working the Rio Grande looking for smugglers and terrorists, the
technology may have changed, but the gritty job of the Rangers has not.