The title of this article was the
caption on an ad for the Winchester Repeating Arms Co. back in the
The ad ran in all the major outdoors
publications at the time touting the superiority of the Winchester.
It showed 19 Lawmen, 18 of whom were carrying Winchester Model
1895's, while one lone Ranger was armed with a Krag.
Speculation was made (by the Winchester
ad-men) if the worried look on the Krag rifleman's face was due to
the fact that he did not have a Winchester.
Then someone ruined the whole thing.
Some history buff somewhere pointed out
to Winchester that these were not Texas Rangers, but were in
actuality THE ARIZONA RANGERS! It seems
the photo had been taken around 1901 in the mining town of Morenci,
AZ during a strike at the mine. The Rangers had been called in to
keep the peace.
An insult had been offered the State of
Arizona. What was Winchester to do but 'fess up and try to make it
They ran ads in all the same outdoors
magazines apologizing for the oversight and to make amends for the
crime of calling Arizona Rangers by that other name, they offered a
copy of the now-infamous photo to anyone who would write and request
Being interested in history I ordered a
copy. Some years later I put it on a board and decoupaged it. It
hangs in a place of honor in my reloading shop.
- Jim Taylor
Note the 5th
Ranger from the right... The lone wolf with the Krag.
Ya gotta love a
guy who does not go along with the crowd!