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Engraved Firearms from the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame Collections
following is a selection of engraved firearms from
the collections of the Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and
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# 1999.035Gift
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
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
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
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.