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A photo of the Texas Ranger whose Colt Super .38

Discussion in 'Handguns: Autoloaders' started by John Holbrook, Nov 21, 2006.

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  1. John Holbrook

    John Holbrook Member

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    I recently acquired. I received this photo from the Texas State Archives. I still have bio info coming from the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco...

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  2. Bazooka Joe71

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    He's no Chuck Norris.
    :neener:
     
  3. Car Knocker

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    No, Rohatch is the real deal.
     
  4. Iceman711

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    We'll have to see how he round house kicks.

    Nice buy! Do I DARE ask how much it was?
     
  5. f4t9r

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    very nice , you will have to tell us more !!!!!
     
  6. MICHAEL T

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    He could have never carried that weapon on duty.:uhoh: Doesn't have lowered ejection port, night sights, mag well funnel, or a rail to hang a flashlight. Let alone some lasor type grips.:eek: He wouldn't last 2 sec today against a real gunslinger. Bet he didn't have a trigger job or go to and uppity gunfighter school either. Used that over penteration ball ammo to. But the worst thing likely carried in a leather holster maybe loaded with hammer down:what:

    Great looking pistol I like to have a 38 super my self.
     
  7. panzermk2

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    Your right He’s a Ranger, “one riot, one Ranger”

    very nice piece
     
  8. grayelky

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    I'm with f4t9r. Please tell us more when you get the info on him. A number of the wimpy a## rookies we are getting lately need to read about real LEO's. I suspect he was one.
     
  9. skipjack

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    Very cool! That is a great idea, looking up that info. Nice tribute to a former lawman. I really like that pistol, too. Post more info when you get it; I am interested in reading it.:)
     
  10. raytracer

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    That is cool beyond words!

    Joe
     
  11. WESTTX357

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    Very very nice always cool to know some history behind a firearm .
     
  12. Arkie

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    I think it's pretty neat to have some documented history and even a photo to go along with it.
    Congrats on the newly acquired gun...

    I think everyone would love to read it too. :)
     
  13. John Holbrook

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    Here is the letter from Colt, verifying the shipment to El Paso for Ranger Rohatch.

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  14. PO2Hammer

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    Pretty darn cool.
    Is it a shooter or a collectable?
    Collectable I would guess, nice documentation.
    Just bought a Colt .38 Super myself (Mk-IV series 80).
     
  15. LeonCarr

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    Most people see pictures of lawmen back in the 30s and 40s carrying 1911s, and assume they were using .45s. A big chunk of them were .38 Supers, which had a reputation for penetrating the automobile bodies of the time and also the primitive body armor some crooks were wearing.

    A trip to the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco is a must for any gun enthusiast. Lots of nice stuff.

    Ranger Rohatch could smoke Chuck Norris like a Cuban Cigar :).

    Just my .02,
    LeonCarr
     
  16. Cowboybootnut

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    Ditto on a trip to the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco. A great place and tribute to the real deal. Plan on spending most of the day. :)
     
  17. dracphelan

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    1. It must be great to have a firearm with that kind of history.
    2. You might want to do something in a graphics editing program to take out your address in the letter from Colt.
     
  18. cookekdjr

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    John,
    This is one of the coolest threads. Ever.
    How does the gun shoot?
    -David
     
  19. 33-805

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    That is really a great thing to do. You are keeping alive the memory of a man through his personal weapon. Pure history. Nicely done. Thank you.
     
  20. Arkady

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    You might want to black out your address and the serial number on that letter.

    Nice pistol, it's good to know the history that comes with them.
     
  21. John Holbrook

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    Here is the placard I will use in my gun show display...

    As far as hiding my address, I am a very well known collector and thousands of folks know where I live, also I don't hide serial numbers, as all my firearms are legally obtained. If I were to display a gun that someone claimed to be stolen, they would have to PROVE it, and I would return it to the rightfully owner!!!

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  22. panzermk2

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    thats just to fricken cool
     
  23. Grayrider

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    It certainly is. Great gun with a great history lesson attached. Thank you for posting it!

    John
     
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    John,

    I wish that you would adopt me!

    You have just about the coolest Colts on the planet.
     
  25. Reloader

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    Just a comment on the caliber choice;
    1. The .38 Super is highly prized in Mexico, since .45's were (are) forbidden to everyone in the country except the military.

    2. If the Rangers had gone into old Mexico, I was told by several rangers I happen to know, and some did in the line of duty, the reason was availability of ammo if needed. They were usually on speaking terms with some of the officials and could be re-supplied there. And they prevented the Rurales from arresting them for illegal firearm calibers.

    3. Please let us know also, if Mr. Rohatch was a Special Ranger with commission or a regular commissioned Ranger. See the Texas Ranger website for the detailed difference.

    My additional source is the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, with various sources.
     
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