It always comes back to the Cowboy gun !!

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Star43

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My first real handgun was a Ruger Single Six. I loved that gun to just go plinking in a friend's field. I Shot and loved it. Then I found out about double actions, and stainless DA models, then of course the oh so popular 9mm handguns. I got quite a few of all of the above and shots lots & lots of rounds through those beautiful guns....Oh so much shooting those guns through the years. But what do I look at now the most, handle, play with & just fondle the most with ? My Ruger Single Sixes. And why ?? I think the story I just wrote about above can relate to quite a few of you guys on our Forum here ? I think it mainly is because when we were just little kids we watched all the TV Westerns playing at the time. Bonanza!! I can hear the theme in my head. How about The Big Valley, The High Chaparral, a Man called Paladin, The Virginian, Hondo, even one of the last: The Wild Wild West, etc etc, etc. We grew up watching those shows and seeing all those 6 shooters in their holsters....And as young adults, what did we buy! The Single Six because we loved our Cowboy shows and our Cowboy Guns. Yeah, we have ALL gone through our 9mm fascination, but what do we come complete circle back and cherish the most ....our Cowboy Guns. It brings us all back to our "Youth". Well, for me anyway. How about you?
 
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Don Lovel

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Yep because 45 Colt in a gun this cool looking works for me at 72yrs old
 

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"Bonanza!! I can hear the theme in my head. How about The Big Valley, The High Chaparral, a Man called Paladin, The Virginian, Hondo, even one of the last: The Wild Wild West, etc etc, etc."

Hop-a-Long Cassidy. The Cisco Kid, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger....... I could go on, but I'm so old my memory fails me...!!

J.
 

Star43

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"Bonanza!! I can hear the theme in my head. How about The Big Valley, The High Chaparral, a Man called Paladin, The Virginian, Hondo, even one of the last: The Wild Wild West, etc etc, etc."

Hop-a-Long Cassidy. The Cisco Kid, Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, The Lone Ranger....... I could go on, but I'm so old my memory fails me...!!

J.
Think of yourself as Fine Wine. The older you get, the better you get. We are "Vintage"....How about Gunsmoke, The Rifleman, Death Valley Days !!! We could go on an on. A lot of these shows, I was kind of young but I do remember them. I was fascinated with them. The best part was watching them with our folks and grandparents, right after Lawrence Welk, of course.....But then Grandpa would turn on Bonanza !!! What a theme song !!! Those memories are so special. 😊👍
 

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Very nice gun. What kind of grips are those ??
Thank you it's my old stand by. It had some plain wood grips that had become pretty ratty looking so when I had a guy carefully buff the Vaquero back to it's original shine I bought some Magna-Tusk grips. They are supposed to be more dense than other ivory look a likes. I have them on a couple other revolvers and like them just fine. They sell different aged looking grips but I'm afraid of getting them scratched and showing the white underneath besides I like nice clean ivory look like Johnny Ringo in Tombstone.

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You know after I saw that photo of Johnny Ringo, I looked up about the movie & the actor Michael Biehn. I mean we have all seen that movie 2 or 3 times. It was a great flick. There is an interview that Biehn does talking about the Movie and his part. Ironically he wanted to play Doc Holiday but the part was already set for Val Kilmer, but they wanted him in the movie so he took the role of Johnny Ringo. He really enjoyed the role and the 10 minute talk he gives is great. He says in real life that Ringo never shot a priest. It was put in the movie as it was meant for dramatic effect. He wasn't really crazy about it. He also said Ringo was an educated guy who spoke Latin. Ringo also had in real life challenged Wyatt Earp, but Earp just sort of walked away. Biehn said he got along great with Kilmer and did a couple of movies together. Also interesting was he and Kilmer went out to the scene area a day before the scene to be shot and he and Kilmer did that whole scene planning by themselves for that final scene. It was their idea. Watch the 10 minute interview video. It's really good & worth watching. 🙂👍👍
 

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Well, I go back to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and Have Gun Will Travel. My first single action was a 5 1/2 inch bbl Single-Six that I bought used around 1966. Wish I still owned that one.
 

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Well, I go back to Gene Autry, Roy Rogers, Hopalong Cassidy, The Lone Ranger, Gunsmoke, and Have Gun Will Travel. My first single action was a 5 1/2 inch bbl Single-Six that I bought used around 1966. Wish I still owned that one.
You know, now that you said "Have gun will Travel" I think that was the true name of the show I mentioned before about "Paladin." I think GritTV mentions a "Man called Paladin, but I think it was Have gun will Travel as the real name of the show. The guy was Richard Boone. 🙂👍
 

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You know, now that you said "Have gun will Travel" I think that was the true name of the show I mentioned before about "Paladin." I think GritTV mentions a "Man called Paladin, but I think it was Have gun will Travel as the real name of the show. The guy was Richard Boone. 🙂👍
On a side note: The guy who sang the theme song for "Have gun will travel" was an old friend of my mother's. His name is Johnny Western. He had worked for Gene Autry before going to work for Johnny Cash and was close friends with Waylon Jennings. He knew all the old time C&W singers and western actors. He wrote the song for Richard Boone as a thank you after he had given Johnny a spot in one of the episodes. I loved listening to him tell stories of people like Marty Robbins etc. He'll be 90 this fall.
Sorry for the distraction.
 

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No it isn't a distraction at all. To me, what keeps s thread kind of interesting is yes, you stay on topic, but on this the topic broadens slightly but not really, "Paladin" who was Richard Boone, any way, Paladin was in the opening post....And while speaking of Waylon Jennings, I almost got to meet him once, actually Twice, as he used to visit s mutual friend when on a West Coast tour and stay a couple of days to relax. I heard nothing but good things about Waylon & his wife too, Jessie Colter, who was a star in her own right I was told she was a sweetheart. They were just real people.
 
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Hey 13F, The next time you see Johnny Western, ask him about Waylon. He should give you some fun and wild stories about him and also Willie too for that matter. The famous story of that fateful day in 1959 when the music died. On that plane was Buddy Holly, the Big Bopper, and Richy Valens. Waylon was to be on that plane but lost his seat to the Big Bopper (who had the flu) after Richy Valens won his seat on a coin flip. There were only those 3 passengers on the chartered flight They were going to do another show in a few days & they thought it would be best to go by chartered plane instead of the cold and drafty bus they were on. Just before the plane took off, Buddy Holly who was good friends with Waylon told him " I hope that old bus freezes up on you". And Waylon yelled back, and said "And I hope your plane crashes too !!". Well you know what happened. My friend told me that Waylon never could get that out of his head that he lived and his friends died. But it really bothered him for what he said to Buddy. They were young guys and just goofing with each other, but It bothered him his whole life for what his last words were to Buddy Holly. It wasn't his fault obviously, but it still bothered him. Yes, I was told Waylon was a "good guy". Ask your friend, I am sure he will agree with that and knows that story too.
 
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Revolvers are my favorite 😊
Single action love. Bought the Heritage first, I knew as soon as I tried it that I was really meant to be a cowboy. The Pietta was next, then the Ruger. The Ruger now has proper wooden grips (the Pietta is still plastic).
A SRH was added, but it is always shot SA (mostly cause I can't shoot DA and hit what I'm aiming at unless it's 20 feet away)
 

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