Remember Gene Autry's theme song, I'm Back in the Saddle Again?
There's a line in it that goes:
.....Ridin' the range once more
totin' my old forty four....
Now, just for fun, assume ol' Gene was a cowboy before the turn of the Twentieth Century, thus eliminating the .44 Special, what kind of forty four do you reckon he was totin'?
Ya'll have heard of Gene Autry?
And, how many of ya'll could read that line without singing it?
Last edited by BobWright; 06-11-2013 at 06:03 PM.
Well it could refer to any number of things: .44 cap n ball, .44 Henry, .44 Rem., .44 Rus., .44 American, .44 Colt, .44 M&H, .44-40, .44 Bull Dog, etc.etc.etc. Any number of old European .44's and prob a dozen American .44's that I forgot. So who knows, but if I had to take a guess it'd be .44-40.
'This is King Fisher's Road--Take the other one'
Your guess is as good as mine, of course. But I've always sort of thought it would be a Colt SAA in either .44 Henry or .44 Colt. The fact that he (the singer, not necessarily Gene Autry) refers to it as an Old Forty Four sort of leads me to think its an older revovler. My thinking is that a .44-40 would have been a newer gun. And riding the range, he probably wouldn't have carried a rifle, or carbine, unless it was in the chuck wagon.
However, in all reality, more than likely it would have been a .45 Colt, but that wouldn't have rhymed with anything.
Rideing the range once more, toteing my ol .44. More wont rymn with .45.
Bob, You need to get out more. Go eat some BBQ.
I'm adding a vote for the .44 WCF.
The song was written in the 1930's, so the .44-40 (.44 WCF) would have been old at this time. Remember that while Gene rode a horse, he might also jump into a nice old Ford "Woody".