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I have a identified Colt Walker (Co. “D” No 53) that was in Edwin Pugsley’s collection . Is there any info on His collection or where Mr. Pugsley’s guns came from, I’m trying to trace this thing back as far as possible. It has been in Ontario for quite some time

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I would contact the Cody Firearms museum. They may (should) have a record of Pugsley’s collection. Albeit whether he kept collecting after he donated his collection to make the Winchester New Haven Museum, is unknown to me. That said if the Walker was in Pugsley’s collection or part of his deal for making the Winchester New Haven Museum collection it was well documented and those records should be at Cody. Not all the firearms in the New Haven collection made the move to Cody. And I do believe Pugsley traded or accepted payment for some of firearms that went into the New Haven Museum. Also the New Haven museum did make trades of the New Haven collection prior to the collection being moved to Cody.

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P.S. If you contact Cody and don’t find it to be fruitful. Let me know and I’ll see what Info I may have on it, but don’t specifically recall seeing anything particular during my research. But that doesn’t mean much, as they have a lot of records.

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Henry, you need to contact the Texas Ranger Collectors in Texas.  Maybe Mike knows a contact.  I have talked with them before but I have lost my contact info.

https://www.texasranger.org/texas-ranger-museum/museum-collections/before-you-buy-texas-ranger-antiques/

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Henry,

Do you mind telling us more about your Colt Walker? 

Is it engraved? Are there any special markings on it?

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The Walker was cut at some time to a “belly gun” and has since been fitted with another barrel and a few replacement screws. I did find it mentioned in the Pugsley collection. I will try to post some pictures but this sight will only let Me post one picture. It ain’t My camera as it works everywhere else20220512_162015.jpgImage Enlarger

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Chuck said
Henry, you need to contact the Texas Ranger Collectors in Texas.  Maybe Mike knows a contact.  I have talked with them before but I have lost my contact info.

https://www.texasranger.org/texas-ranger-museum/museum-collections/before-you-buy-texas-ranger-antiques/

  

WACA member Robert Reed may have some info, Robert D. Moser is a Texas Ranger weapons historian but many of the guns he writes about are in his collection. TGCA Spring 2023 show will be in Waco and will help commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Texas Rangers. I can PM Robert Reed’s contact info, Bob Moser may be contacted thru the Ranger Museum in Waco or possibly thru his publisher Wild Horse Press in Ft Worth. I’ve talked with him a few times at TGCA shows but lost his contact info. TGCA President Murry Cathlina is a Colt Collector and Ranger enthusiast, he can be contacted thru the Texas Gun Collectors’ Ass’n site or I can PM you his contact info. I think there are some people at the CFM who can tell you quite a bit about Pugsley or at least point you in the right direction. Something tells me this Walker has an interesting history. Hope you can find it.

 

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Henry Mero said
The Walker was cut at some time to a “belly gun” and has since been fitted with another barrel and a few replacement screws. I did find it mentioned in the Pugsley collection. I will try to post some pictures but this sight will only let Me post one picture. It ain’t My camera as it works everywhere else20220512_162015.jpgImage Enlarger

  

PugsleyWalker.JPGImage EnlargerIt must have been cut after it left Pugsley’s collection. He passed away in 1975, but who knows when it left his collection. I find it interesting its noted as “Don’t Sell”, so I imagine it was a prized piece by Pugsley. If your Walker isn’t engraved on the hilt and if the cylinder isn’t stamped. I’d find it highly suspect to say the least. Which it having an altered barrel is already alarming as well.

Best of luck to you on your research.

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Brady, where did you get the info on this gun?

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The last few days have been very fruitfull for incoming information. This Walker was not Ed Pugsley’s gun , His is in the Museum. This gun has had some re-work over the years and one of the fellas that owned it in Ontario had done somewhat of a “restoration” on it by cleaning, stamping some of the numbers,  and replaceing some parts etc. So obviously it don’t have the Winchester connection I was hoping for. It looks to Me as though it may have been “D” Co. No 5. Now it’s just a beat up old “bellygun”.

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Chuck said
Brady, where did you get the info on this gun?

  

Chuck,

I thought I had included the link. Here you go: http://library.centerofthewest.org/digital/collection/p17097coll30/id/5836/rec/2

There is also a listing of his long arms.

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Maverick

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Thanks for the link.

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