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Robb Barnes

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I thought you folks might enjoy seeing this gun. It is a TLA West Texas Flat Top Target in 41 Magnum. As many of you know the Texas Longhorn Arms Company was started by Bill Grover and they built a #5 Improved, a Border Special, a SA Army version and a Flat top target model. This is the only known Flat top target in 41 Mag. The most interesting characteristic of TLA's is the fact that other than one of a mirror image match pair, nearly all the guns featured the loading gate on the left side. I think this is one of the cornerstones of my 41 collection. I hope you enjoy the pictures.
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flatgate

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Amazing find!

Being a southpaw I'd be totally confused trying to operate one of those Right Handed contraptions!

:D

Thanks for sharing. I never met Bill but did visit with him on the phone a few times.......

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Robb Barnes

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You are right Contender. Cubrock had first crack at this thing when it came available but luckily for me he had just made an investment in some other TLA items so he passed on it.
 

Wyandot Jim

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VERY NICE Rob.
Bill lived about 10 miles (Richmond Texas) from me and I never went to see his stuff.
Shame on me. :oops: :oops: This was in the 80s had other stuff going on :(
I remember reading in the Houston paper about him making a gun for one of the Presidents. Might have been Bush #1 or Regan CRS is kicking in.
Jim

PS How is Rem doing?
 

gb6491

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Very nice, thank you for sharing such a unique piece with us.
Regards,
Greg
 

cubrock

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Yeah - it could have been mine, but you can't have them all. I'm just glad it is still in the family!

One of these days, I'm going to take a family photo of my TLAs. I don't have a West Texas Flat Top Target, but I have a whole bunch of others. :)
 

d findley

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Bill Grover made this revolver for me several years ago. The 41 Mag is my favorite hand gun caliber.
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d findley

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The serial number is 5. I met Bill Grover at a Gun Show years back in Houston. He said he would make me a gun in any barrel length and any caliber I wanted. I asked about a low number. He said how about 5? At the time of his death he was working on a single shot .22 hand gun. We lost a great pistolsmith.
 

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