John Maddox Roberts nailed me on a bit of sloppy writing in my “Random Musings” a couple of posts back. Talking about Black Rifle Mania, I waxed “old-fashioned” about walnut and steel and revolvers.
Jim, I can’t believe you’re so old-fashioned that you have only revolvers. My pet is an up-to-date 1911 semi-auto, a mere 102 years old. And my assault rifle is an 8mm ’98 Mauser. That’s not counting my ’97 pump 12 gauge. All modern arms, none of that sentimental old-fashioned stuff for me.
Take down! Didn’t even see it coming.
Ok, ok, — ain’t nothing newfangled about autoloaders and mil-spec rifles. So, by way of atonement for my sins, I give you the Remington Model 8 — Hamer’s Hammer. Frank Hamer was the former Texas Ranger who helped track down Bonnie and Clyde and end their sordid little criminal career in a hail of bullets. His rifle of choice was a customized .35 Remington Model 8 with an extended magazine.
The rifle was designed by the great John Moses Browning (Armorer of Valhalla) and introduced in 1906. The autoloader was fast-shooting, hard-hitting and popular among lawmen in the still-wild Texas-Oklahoma region.