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Legendary Outlaw Butch Cassidy's "Amnesty" Colt .45 To Be Auctioned This Month
Sacbee.com ^ | 19 September 2012 | RMK Svc

Posted on 09/20/2012 7:35:29 PM PDT by smokingfrog

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 19, 2012 -- /PRNewswire/ -- On Sunday, September 30, 2012, California Auctioneers in Ventura, California, will auction off the Colt .45 SAA (Serial Number 158402) that belonged to Robert LeRoy Parker, better known as Butch Cassidy, the legendary bank thief, train robber, and leader of the Wild Bunch Gang—the notorious Wyoming-based bandits that stalked the American West throughout the 1890s. His legacy as an icon of the American Old West was immortalized in the 1969 film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

Known as the "Amnesty Colt," this is the most documented of Cassidy's guns. Hunted by the law and tired of running, in October 1899 he surrendered the revolver, along with his Winchester rifle, to Sheriff Parley P. Christison, of Juab County, Utah. The move was as an act of good faith while he pleaded with the governor for amnesty. The governor was willing, if there were no warrants for murder—which Cassidy insisted there weren't—but news from neighboring states differed and the law began to close in on him again. Cassidy fled to New York and caught a steamer to Argentina with his partner-in-crime, Harry Longabaugh (the Sundance Kid), but without his guns, which were still locked up with the sheriff. It's rumored that both men died in a gun fight in Bolivia in 1908, but accounts vary.

Aside from its documented research, what makes this gun extraordinarily special is the series of inscribed numbers hidden within the revolver's right grip.

(Excerpt) Read more at sacbee.com ...


TOPICS: News/Current Events; US: California; US: New York; US: Utah; US: Wyoming
KEYWORDS: amnestycolt; argentina; banglist; bolivia; butchcassidy; california; godsgravesglyphs; harrylongabaugh; holeinthewallgang; juabcounty; newyork; parleypchristison; robertleroyparker; sundancekid; utah; ventura; wildbunch; wyoming

1 posted on 09/20/2012 7:35:39 PM PDT by smokingfrog
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To: smokingfrog

*I'm not sure if this is an actual pic, but I think it is*
2 posted on 09/20/2012 7:46:25 PM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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3 posted on 09/20/2012 7:46:35 PM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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To: smokingfrog
In the early - mid 80s, there was a bar/restaurant on Van Ness St at about Green St. in San Francisco. An 'upscale' meat market kind of place. Yuppie-ville.
The guy that owned it was a serious old west firearms collector. He had an amazing display of his items at the place. He had specially made built-in displays along several of the walls. Very high security. The displayed items changed as he wheeled and dealed for new items.

He had this pistol and holster w/cartridge belt and all of its provenance on display there for a year or so. He also had quite a few firearms of other noted Wild West characters.

Pretty cool stuff.
4 posted on 09/20/2012 7:47:49 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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To: verum ago; smokingfrog
Butch Cassidy and His Colt .45
5 posted on 09/20/2012 7:51:07 PM PDT by Tainan (Cogito, ergo conservatus sum)
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...and my concerns are rendered moot :D Thanks Tainan.


6 posted on 09/20/2012 7:53:44 PM PDT by verum ago (Be a bastard, and Karma'll be a bitch.)
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To: smokingfrog

Paul Newman’s hogleg being auctioned off?


7 posted on 09/20/2012 7:54:28 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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8 posted on 09/20/2012 8:02:55 PM PDT by servo1969
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To: smokingfrog

 GGG managers are SunkenCiv, StayAt HomeMother & Ernest_at_the_Beach
Thanks smokingfrog.

Just adding to the catalog, not sending a general distribution.

To all -- please ping me to other topics which are appropriate for the GGG list.


9 posted on 09/20/2012 8:08:51 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/)
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10 posted on 09/20/2012 8:11:16 PM PDT by servo1969
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It’s got a definite air of reality about it.


11 posted on 09/20/2012 8:23:38 PM PDT by Talisker (One who commands, must obey.)
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Bummer. I’m shoestring kin of Longabaugh/Sundance. I might go after his Colt.


12 posted on 09/20/2012 9:54:52 PM PDT by Rio (Tempis fugit.)
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To: smokingfrog
Thank you for sharing. The video was very interesting. My hubby and I really enjoyed watching that. I hope we see an update after the auction.
13 posted on 09/20/2012 11:47:37 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt.)
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To: smokingfrog

This item is going to go very high. I expect a bidding war for this piece.
My prediction: $1.25M.

Bookmarked.


14 posted on 09/20/2012 11:58:33 PM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: smokingfrog
Is the gun functional. Will it still shoot?
Has anyone shot it recently? Just curious.
15 posted on 09/21/2012 12:41:43 AM PDT by StormEye
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It looks like it would be functional but I don’t think you would want to take the chance of shooting something that valuable and possibly damaging it.


16 posted on 09/21/2012 6:19:24 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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Rather have the winchester...


17 posted on 09/21/2012 6:19:50 AM PDT by reed13k (For evil to triumph it is only necessary for good men to do nothing.)
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Don’t tell Holder...he’ll sell it for $50. to a Mexican drug cartel.


18 posted on 09/21/2012 7:07:20 AM PDT by Fireone (Impeach and imprison, NOW!)
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To: ETL

For Obama’s many communist connections, click here to go to Table of Contents.

http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/

Bump to find this page later.
Thanks for your hard work keeping this up.


19 posted on 09/21/2012 9:43:34 AM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.basictraining.org/)
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To: verum ago

Bump to find this page later.


20 posted on 09/21/2012 9:04:39 PM PDT by jokar (The Church age is the only age man will be able to glorify Christ, http://www.basictraining.org/)
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You’re welcome. I actually need to update and/or redo some parts of it.


21 posted on 09/22/2012 6:03:26 AM PDT by ETL (ALL (most?) of the Obama-commie connections at my FR Home page: http://www.freerepublic.com/~etl/)
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