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Thursday, April 15, 2021

The Colt 45 of Bat Masterson

 One of the most recognizable names of the Wild West, Bat Masterson has personal ties to some of the era's most well-known figures: Wyatt Earp, Luke Short, Bill Tilghman, Ben Thompson, and the locales of Dodge City and Tombstone.

This Colt Single Action Army revolver, is the six shooter of one of the most well-known names in American frontier history. It is one of just nine ordered by Bat, and only one of four shipped to him personally.

VIDEO HERE  (14 minutes)

10 comments:

  1. I read a while back that after Masterson moved to NYFC and took up sportswriting, he would allow himself to be befriended by out of town rubes. After a few dinners he would casually mention he was thinking about selling his pistol but really didn't want to. Eventually the rube would convince him to sell it. Then after the rube departed for home, Masterson would stop into a pawn shop to buy another old pistol. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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    1. Mrs. James often sold a gun "that belonged to my son Jessie." Fools never bothered to check and many of the guns were manufactured AFTER Jessie had been killed.

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  2. Wow. Just wow. Bought as a simple single action old used gun at a gun shop. Amazing history.

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  3. Just reminds me of how much happier this country would be if we had all spec-ops vets for sheriffs .

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  4. 1995-
    "Sure. I'll give you 600 bucks for that old Colt SAA and holster."

    I found it-
    https://www.rockislandauction.com/detail/82/103/bat-mastersons-colt-single-action-army-and-holster-rig
    Estimated selling price- $250.000 to $375,000

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  5. They expect to get $375,000 for it. They called me the other day asking if I wanted to enter a bid.
    On a side note, the people at Rock Island Auction are the most courteous people you can deal with. Good people!

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    1. I talked to them at their booth at the BIG gun show in Reno a few years back. I asked one of the guys "What's it like to have one of the best jobs in the world?". He just looked at me and smiled.

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    1. Thank you for putting it up. It's nice to see a piece of history like that in a video.
      -Kenny 'Wirecutter' Lane

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