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Cowboys, Gunfighters & Cap PistolsFront Cover


Remember that prized cap pistol your parents bought you as a kid growing up in the 1950s ? Was it a Roy, Dale or Gene gun ? Close your eyes and recall the smell of caps when fired ? How about sitting down to watch your favorite TV western at 8:00 PM after doing your home- work ? Remember helping with chores around the house because Hoppy reminded you to help Mom and Dad ? Do you recall that in 1958 more than 30 westerns blazed across our black and white TV screens every week ? Remember "Gunsmoke" ? the longest running television series ever! Remember that by watching various TV westerns, you also learned about America’s real cowboys and gunfighters that they were based upon ? Remember that Christmas when Dad bought you that Red Ryder rifle ? You do ? Then this book is for YOU! This book is for all who remember ".......those thrilling days of yesteryear......." and those that should know.

This spectacular and most interesting book is a must for anyone who grew up in the 1950s and early 1960s when our heroes, indeed many of our role models were Roy Rogers, Gene Autry, Hopalong Cassidy, and The Lone Ranger. But this book doesn’t stop there. Woven into these gems of "Americana"- the cap pistols and rifles named for these famous western characters, this breakthrough book also captures those with an interest in the role TV westerns played in our lives, as well as the real characters of America’s western heritage. This comprehensive book is a vivid guide on a walk through memory lane which includes thoroughly researched data on the TV shows, the actors, the characters they portrayed, and the real-life cowboys and gunfighters.

Accurate descriptions and current values accompany the cap pistols, rifles, and holster sets that identified some of the TV western characters you never forgot -- from Dale Evans to John Wayne, from Bonanza, Paladin and Wagon Train, to real-life heroes like Daniel Boone, Davy Crockett and Wyatt Earp. The cap pistols and bejeweled holster sets we treasured are beautifully photographed, including minute details. This well-illustrated, engrossing book also gives us wonderful photos, many never before published, of the actors and the characters they portrayed through the "Golden Age of TV Westerns." This educating reference also includes biographies and details on some of the legendary characters of the old west, from Billy the Kid to Wild Bill Hickok, from Buffalo Bill to Texas Rangers, forever immortalized on cap pistols.

This exhaustive study of the phenomenon of American TV westerns and the cap pistols we prize today also includes detailed information on the cap gun manufacturers, special features and logos that set these wonderful toys apart from anything else we played with as youngsters. So, return now to those by-gone days, when The Lone Ranger, the Cisco Kid and 75 other western characters from Annie Oakley to Zorro made us all cowboys and gunfighters!!

WARNING:  You will not be able to put this book down! You will want to give it as a gift to anyone you love who grew up in the 1950s and 1960s !!

You can bet on it, Pardner!

Do you remember these wonderful characters and TV Western Programs?

   Last update:   07 October 2000

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