The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas
Engraved Firearms from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Collections

The following is a selection of engraved firearms from the collections of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

Engraved Colt Model 1911 Automatic of Col. Homer Garrison, Catalog #0155. Gift of Col. Garrison

Garrison was appointed Director of the Texas Department of Public Safety i. 1938. In 1964, acting for the Texas Public Safety Commission, he authorized the City of Waco to construct the official museum of the Texas Ranger law enforcement agency.

Engraved Colt automatic MKIV Series 70 of Texas Ranger Doyle Holdridge. Catalog# 1999.035 Gift of Ranger Holdridge.

Ranger Holdridge served in the Texas Rangers 22 years, from 1982 to 2004

Colt Single Action Model "P" Revolver of Texas Ranger Capt. Tom Hickman. Cat.#1158

Capt. Hickman was appointed a private in the Texas Rangers in 1919. He soon rose to the rank of sergeant and at the end of 1920 was appointed Captain of Emergency Company #2. In 1922 he became Captain of Company "B." During the 1920s and 1930s much of Hickman's time was spent in trying to maintain law and order in the North Texas oil-boom towns. He was also worked the boundary dispute between Oklahoma and Texas and many bank robberies, including the Santa Claus Bank Robbery in Cisco, Texas in 1927.

Hickman left the Rangers in 1935 following a dispute with Governor James Allred. In 1942 he received a Special Ranger commission and worked for the Gulf Oil Corporation in that capacity until his appointment to the Public Safety Commission in 1957. On February 17, 1961 he became chairman of the Commission, serving in that capacity until his death on January 29, 1962.

Colt Single Action Army Model P of Texas Ranger Capt. Manuel T. Gonzaullas. Catalog #: 2922. Gift of Capt. Gonzaullas.

Manuel Trazazas Gonzaullas was born in 1891 in Cádiz, Spain to a Spanish father and Canadian mother who were naturalized U.S. citizens.

He served as a Mexican army major at age 20, worked five years for the U.S. Treasury Department, and joined the Texas Rangers in 1920. During the '20s and '30s, Gonzaullas enforced the law in the oil fields and on the border. Known as "El Lobo Solo" (the Lone Wolf), he pursued bootleggers, gamblers and drug runners alone.

In 1933, Governor Miriam Ferguson fired Gonzaullas and other Texas Rangers. In response, the Texas Legislature created the independent Department of Public Safety in 1935. Gonzaullas was appointed Superintendent of the D.P.S. Bureau of Intelligence and created a crime laboratory second only to that of the F.B.I. In 1940, Gonzaullas resigned from the Bureau and rejoined the Rangers as Captain of Company B in Dallas. After distinguished service, he retired in 1951, becoming a technical consultant for radio, motion pictures, and television shows such as Tales of the Texas Rangers. He helped found the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in 1968.

Captain Gonzaullas died in Dallas in 1977 at age 85, leaving his scrapbooks and personal papers to the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum.

The Official Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum in Waco, Texas
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