The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 63, July 1959 - April, 1960 Page: 510
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Southwestern Historical Quarterly
a few feet away from the location it had, the East Texas oil field
would never have been discovered. Those who taught the Rangers
were entirely capable of teaching the army.
Indisputedly, the Rangers did give the army the Colt revolver,
both by their use of the Paterson Number 5 and by their aid in
creating the Walker model and in showing what it could do. On
this point Samuel Colt himself is emphatic:
... I am indebted to Texas for the development of the advan-
tages my armes possess over the common armes of service. To Texans
I owe the orders I have received for arming the first regement of
U. S. Mounted Rifles of which the celebrated Col Walker holds a
captains commission. I am also indebetted to Col Hase & other dis-
tinguished texan officers now raising regements & companies to fite
in mexeco for late application & requisitions on our Government
for theese arms, ... Texas has done more for me & my armes then
all the country besides they have a better knowledge of ther use &
want every texan ranger in Mexico to be thus armed before they
are furnished any other troops.68
The close association of the Rangers with the dragoons and
cavalry furnished opportunity for the frontiersmen to share their
knowledge of Indian fighting with the soldiers, and evidence
strongly suggests that they did. The same association showed the
practical nature of the Ranger's clothing. First individual officers
turned to field wear similar to that of the Rangers, and finally
the uniform was modified in the same direction.
Of the three-organization, equipment, and tactics-only the
first is immune from the charge of being modified through con-
tact of the mounted soldiers of the United States Army with the
s8Colt to Sam Houston, February 24, 1847, Saml. Colt's Own Record, 5o.
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