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From the "El Paso Times" some Hombres with hard bark.


"The El Paso Times no longer uses the term alien when referring to migrants or immigrants, but is leaving it in the column for historical context"

WTH? wat about "space aliens?" we got plenty of those around those parts!?

“Mounted watchmen of the U.S. Immigration Service patrolled the border in an effort to prevent illegal crossings as early as 1904, but their efforts were irregular and undertaken only when resources permitted. The inspectors, usually called Mounted Guards, operated out of El Paso, Texas. Though they never totaled more than seventy-five, they patrolled as far west as California trying to restrict the flow of illegal Chinese immigration.”
 

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Yep, in the new issue of "Guns- Old West History Guns And Gear"* on page 25 there is a great photo of a "Mounted Customs Inspector" (Texas Ranger?) from 1919 with what looks to be a nickled stag handled 1911 in a western holster and gun belt. Article is titled "Old Slabsides In The West" Pg.24-29.

Lots of good pictures in the article- Rangers "Lone Wolf", Bob Goss, and Dub Naylor with their 1911 Colts etc.

Esp interesting to see 'Lone Wolf's' dangerous side kick Ranger Bob Goss with a double 1911 western rig. Pg 26.

Seems author Jeremy Clough got photo assist from the Texas Ranger Museum.

Five 1911 on the border photos I never seen before in the write up.

*Guns Magazine Special 2022 Vol #88
 

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"You get the impression he may have been expecting a little trouble."


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He saw plenty of it- and put a end to a lot of it.


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"FAMOUS TEXAS RANGER ROBERT G. GOSS’S ENGRAVED COLT SUPER 38 PISTOL CIRCA 1934. Customized and engraved Pre War Colt Super 38 shipped to Wolf & Klar, Fort Worth, Texas on August 3, 1934 owned by Ranger Bob Goss known as the “Deadliest Gun In The Texas Rangers” and partner of legendary Ranger Lone Wolf Gonzaullas. Both were famous lawmen in the wild and wooly era of the Texas Oil Boom and veterans of long service along the Texas-Mexico border. Custom floral engraved with interesting panel engraving of the Red River Toll Bridge at Denison, Texas to the rear of the left side of the slide in commemoration of Rangers Goss and Gonzaullas’s role in winning the famous Bridge War between Texas and Oklahoma in 1931. The front grip strap is additionally engraved in fine monogram script “R/G/G”. Stag grips, custom cut-away trigger guard, double sided safety (right side now removed) as well as King adjustable rear and reflector front sights were added special features selected by Bob Goss who was a serious gun enthusiast. Accompanying the gun is a Colt Factory letter and a large amount of documentation including a notarized affidavit of descent from the sister of Edgar Jenkins, a Texas Peace Officer friend of Bob Goss who bought the gun from his estate after his death. Much of the additional documentation and copies of Goss’s Texas Ranger Service records were provided by the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum. Also included are copies of articles on Goss and photos of him during and after his years as a Ranger. Absolutely authentic and 100% original with the best documentation and provenance of any Texas Ranger gun we know of and for the gun of one of the most famous of all the early 20th Century Rangers."
 

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It sold, of course, and I wonder who bought it and what they paid. Shame the Guns International listing for the pistol didn't use the zoom function so we could see the gun in greater detail. The photos leave a good bit to be desired. But again, we see the familiar, and almost instantly recognizable engraving style from Wolf & Klar. Particularly the edges of the leaves, which are done in their familiar zig-zag pattern, and the "berries" are just simple punch marks. What a great old gun. Anyone would be proud to add that one to their collection.

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That gun would be a great 1911 for the Texas Ranger Museum.

Texas Ranger Robert Goss was a long time friend of Jim Clark Senior- they shot together and had a long friendship.


Here is some history about the man- related by Mr. Clark. who probably knew him better than anyone.

LEO's in those days had hard bark on them- they had to to stay alive. I never judge people from back in the day by the standards of today.

They did what they had to do to enforce the law and stay alive.
 

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I’m sure I have a sick mind, but the lassos caught my eye. I have no doubt roping skills were graded; not judged!
 

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From the "El Paso Times" some Hombres with hard bark.


"The El Paso Times no longer uses the term alien when referring to migrants or immigrants, but is leaving it in the column for historical context"

WTH? wat about "space aliens?" we got plenty of those around those parts!?

“Mounted watchmen of the U.S. Immigration Service patrolled the border in an effort to prevent illegal crossings as early as 1904, but their efforts were irregular and undertaken only when resources permitted. The inspectors, usually called Mounted Guards, operated out of El Paso, Texas. Though they never totaled more than seventy-five, they patrolled as far west as California trying to restrict the flow of illegal Chinese immigration.”
From a time when the USA was SERIOUS about that border! It went to hell thereafter.
 
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