Somehow, I'd imagined it to be in almost relic condition from being dragged aound the farmyard. My only comments are that (1) it's a shame it wasn't in the Texas Gun Collectors Association's Parade of Walkers in 2003, and (2) were all the Military/Ranger Walkers serial numbered on the butt as well as the cylinder?
Wilson "was" a very highly regarded authority,frequently seen on "The tale of the gun",author of several great books on Colts and Winchesters...until late year when the temptation(or personal need) to scam a collector became too great.
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OK for us dummys. What is the story behind this gun and what makes it so special?
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From the GunsAmerica posting:
This is the famous ¬ìRooster Walker¬î. This pistol was displayed in the Texas Rangers Museum until 1986 when it was sold to a private collector. This pistol originally came from the Gaines DeGraffenried collection. Mr DeGraffenried, (Charter member of the Texas Gun Collectors Association and a member of the commission appointed by Governor Dolph Brisco to establish the Texas Ranger Museum) found the ¬ìRooster Walker¬î in Mexico while on a gun buying spree. The gun was tied to the leg of a fighting rooster to keep him from running off. That is why the nickname ¬ìRooster Walker."
The full story is a great deal longer and leaves one with the impression that the rooster (perhaps a series of roosters) had been tied to the gun for a long time.