Book review "One Ranger" Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson


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dfariswheel
October 2, 2005, 09:06 PM
I just finished a great book by retired Texas Ranger Joaquin Jackson.
"One Ranger" is his autobiography about his career with the Texas Rangers from the 1960's until retirement.

Not quiet what you'd expect, but a very interesting look at a border country Ranger.

Jackson served as the technical consultant on the Nick Nolte movie "Extreme Prejudice"
Nolte patterned his part after Jackson, right down to the clothing and gun leather he wore.
Jackson said that Nolte was wearing what he wore to work every day.

Jackson's leather was made by a small custom maker, and he bought his hats as factory seconds.

Recruited from the DPS by famed Ranger Captain Alfred Y. Allee Sr, Jackson tells of a jail house take-over by prisoners.
The take-over was ended by Allee ordering the younger Rangers to get behind him, as the elderly Allee charged up the stairs firing an M3 Grease gun.

One chapter concerns Jackson's interesting choices in weapons during his working life.
His person everyday gun was a Colt Commander. 45, with silver and gold grips given to him by a Mexican official. Jackson said the formed silver gave him, a better grip than smooth ivory or fancy wood.

For horseback use, he used a S&W .44 Magnum for it's long range.

His everyday rifle was a Winchester Model 1894 with a custom 16" barrel and a hard chrome finish. The short barrel was to allow swinging the barrel inside a car.

In his early days he used a full-auto "Springfield Armory M2 Carbine".
This is not a misstatement since he specifically mentions it by name several times.
I'm not sure what kind of "Springfield Armory" M2 he could have in the late 1960's, since the commercial Springfield Armory never made M2 carbines as far as I know.

The impression I get is it was a government surplus Carbine, but I never heard of a M1 or M2 Carbine of any sort actually manufactured at the government arsenal at Springfield, and so marked.

A later rifle he used was a USGI M-14.

For a shotgun, he carried a Remington 1100 with a 21" barrel.
He said that it would shoot tight groups with slugs at 100 yards, and that he "Could kill a man at twice that range" with it.

His favorite full-auto rifle was the Armalite AR-180. He said he liked it better than the M-16 or Mini-14 GB.

Jackson's working life involved the long pursuit of the famed "See More Kid" a brutal and senseless shooting of three people rafting the Colorado Canyon river, and his involvement in training mujahedin warriors to fight the Russians.

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Kim
October 2, 2005, 09:19 PM
There was a good article about him and this book in the last NRA 1st Freedom Magazine. I think I will get the book and read it then give it to my brother-in-law for Christmas.

Dan Morris
October 2, 2005, 10:24 PM
Books are good, you would have liked being with some the real life ones, Gene Graves, Ben Neil and the great Frank Mills. Ranger lore will live in history!
Dan
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