Heritage, 2009, Volume 2 Page: 34
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Finally, a discussion about firearms important in this state's history
would not be complete without mention of the few that were manu-
factured by Texans in Texas. Fine percussion rifles were made by the
following gunsmiths: Jacob Linn of San Antonio, E. Krauskopf of
Fredericksburg, W. Gammell of Houston, Charles Daniel and
J.C. Petmecky both of Austin, to name only some. During the
Civil War, close copies of Colt revolvers were made by the Tucker,
Clark, and Sherrard Company of Lancaster, and by The Dance
Brothers of East Columbia and Lancaster, Texas.
There were many great Texas guns that played an important role in
the development and evolution of the Republic and State of Texas. It
is beyond the scope of this article to examine in detail the contribu-
tion made by the many types of guns used by Texans, but certainly
none were more significant than those manufactured by Samuel Colt
in the 1830s through the 1870s. The Colt Texas Paterson and the
Colt Walker were there to help make possible the birth of a Republic
and the evolution of the state. The Colt Navy revolver saw service
with Texans in the Civil War, and the Colt single-action revolver was
in the hands of settlers who tamed the post-Civil War frontier. And,
who can forget the Winchester rifle whose contribution to Texas his-
tory is legendary? Throughout the state's history, all the way up to
the present day, the products of Colt, Winchester, Smith & Wesson,
Sharps, and many other gun makers have improved the safety and
lives of those lucky enough to call Texas home. *
Tom Power, of Utopia, Texas, researches, collects, and sells antique and
The Model 1866 Winchester rifle. This is a direct descendant of the Henry and was the
first gun made by Oliver Winchester after he bought The New Haven Arms Company
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The Model 1873 Winchester rifle. Made of iron
instead of bronze and firing a central-fire car-
tridge instead of a rim-fire cartridge, this gun
was an improvement on the Model 66.
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