Skip to comments.Two Guns Owned By Mexican Folk Hero Pancho Villa Up For Auction (Calamity Jane's Gun: For Auction)
Posted on 11/10/2007 1:20:58 PM PST by DogByte6RER
Two guns owned by Mexican folk hero Pancho Villa up for auction
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
SAN ANTONIO Whether or not Pancho Villa is remembered as an infamous outlaw or a revolutionary hero, everyone agrees that the folk hero of the 1910 Mexican Revolution always carried guns.
Now two of those firearms, and one that belonged to frontierswoman "Calamity Jane," will be up for bidding in an auction beginning Saturday in Fredericksburg. The auction is open for public preview on Friday.
"He always carried a gun to the day of his death and he didn't care what it was," Tom Burks, manager of the auction and former curator for the Texas Ranger Museum in Waco, said of Villa. "He knew his life didn't depend on a fancy gun."
Also Online Frontier Times Western Auction But one of them is a real beaut'.
Villa's Remington single action revolver, engraved with a scroll pattern, will clearly be the star of the auction. The big draw is that it has Villa's real name, "Doreteo Arango," engraved on one side of the barrel. On the other side is "Chih-1914," around the time Villa became governor of the Mexican state of Chihuahua.
Burks said the gun model dates to 1875.
Another gun in the auction, which features about 1,000 Old West items, once belonged to "Calamity Jane," Burks said. The pocket pistol, which comes in its leather case, bears the moniker "Martha Jane Cannary," the frontierswoman's real name.
Also available is a mauser carbine rifle that Villa reportedly dropped in the Rio Grande during a skirmish with opposition forces. Documents accompanying the rifle say a woman fished it out of the water and sold it to a young man who later gave it to his sister.
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. . . but it's o.k. I'm a Crow Indian lady scout instead . . . .
"I don't need no steenkin' guns no more..."
- last words of Pancho Villa
Too bad they didn’t have penicillin back in those days.
My maternal grandmother at age 4 was one of three siblings who were smuggled out of Mexico after Villas men killed her parents. They were landowners.
But they turned Pancho into such a lovely collander!
Reminds me of the story I heard that Jesse James’ mother would go down to the local store and buy a bucket of cheap pistols to sell the tourists as “Jesse’s personal gun”. There are still probably dozens of these floating around out there.
Pretty good scam.
Here's your chance to pick up her BUG...
I saw a crappy old pistol on display in the public library recently with a card telling some ridiculous story that it was Jesse’s. Some farmer claimed he came across the James Gang camping overnight on his farm, and many years later, his grandson plowed up this POS $2 pistol. Combine the two tales, and you’ve got “Jesse James” pistol”. I’d like to think most people have more sense than that.
Too bad they shot up the car. It was a nice car.
"Virtue pistols" are all well and good, but with 2 Ruger SAA revolvers, a Stoeger coach gun, and a Winchester lever action, I think I'll be pretty well equipped.
Did they put a clean shirt on him, or what?
Bat Materson used to do the same thing.
I met Col. Jeff Cooper and had the urge to ask if he would sell his 1911. I was in the middle of wondering if I could afford it and backed off.
There was a doctor who had his Scout rifle signed by Cooper with a magic marker. I realized he now had a rifle he would be nuts to continue to use after that.
So you're saying "Wild Bill" is probably spoken for then? Any of the Younger brothers available?
Coolest part of SASS is the mounted shooting, although I'd like to see IPSC targets and live ammo. Yeeha!
And I thought 3 Gun was expensive.
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