Bat Masterson

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Each rifle will be numbered with Your Number of 50 engraved on the left-side forearm

  • Only 50 numbered rifles will be engraved!

  • Engraved on a fully-functional Henry Big Boy chambered in .45LC

  • 24 Karat Gold-Plated on the barrel-band, receiver cover, and buttplate with a Satin Finish

  • Included with purchase:

    • Handmade French-Fitted Carrying Case

  • Layaway Available

  • Made and Engraved in the USA!

Right-side view of the Bat Masterson Rifle


Bat Masterson: A Legend of the Wild West

Bat Masterson was born on Nov. 26, 1853. Bartholemew William Barcaly Masterson was named by his Irish parents in Quebec. He moved to the Western Frontier as a young man and he quickly earned distinction as a buffalo hunter, civilian scout and an Indian fighter on the great Plains. While engaged as a buffalo hunter, in 1874, he became involved in one of the Wild West’s most celebrated Indian fights; the 5-day siege by several hundred Comanche warriors led by Quanah Parker on the Texas panhandle called Adobe Walls. Masterson was one of only 28 buffalo hunters defending the outpost. The Comanche lost the most men, while the defenders only lost 4 men, one of which accidently shot himself, until the fighting came to a standstill. Quanah Parker and his warriors rode away.

Later Bat earned fame as a gunfighter and sheriff in Dodge City, KS, in 1877, where he was engaged in several notable shootouts. During his time there, he hired Wyatt Earp and Bill Tilghman for his posse to hunt for James Kenedy, charged with the murder of Fannie Keenan. Later, Santa Fe Railroad Officials wired Bat to battle forces of the Denver & Rio Grande Western Railroad which were contesting the right-of-way through the Royal Gorge near Pueblo, CO. Though he had no authority there, he recruited many men including Ben Thompson, Mysterious Dave Mather, John Joshua Webb and possibly, Doc Holliday. The Royal Gorge War ended out of court. Bat became City Marshal of Trinidad, CO. His friend, Wyatt Earp, asked him to help Doc Holliday. Masterson went to the Governor, who refused to extradite Holliday to Arizona. After Trinidad, Bat went to help Luke Short. He and a group of gunfighters descended on Dodge City, KS to resolve the “Dodge City War.” They got their picture taken together, winning the name “Dodge City Peace Commission.”

In the mid-1880s he moved to Denver, CO and established himself as a gambler. He became involved with the infamous con man & crime boss, Soapy Smith. He also lived in Creede, CO until the town was destroyed by fire. Bat returned to Denver for a few years, and then moved to New York City, where he decided to settle. His main interest was prizefighting and he became a leading authority on that sport. He attended almost every important match and title fight in the U.S. from the 1880s until he died in 1921. He made his living as a columnist, concentrating on boxing in particular, and his column appeared 3x per week from 1903 until his death in 1921.

He became a close friend to President Theodore Roosevelt and was one of the “White House Gunfighters” who, like Pat Garrett and Ben Daniels, received federal appointments. Bat was made a deputy U.S. Marshal for the Southern District of New York. When Roosevelt did not seek re-election, Bat was not re-appointed.

Heroes and Patriots is proud to present the Bat Maserson Rifle. Engraved on a Henry Big Boy .45LC rifle with 24KT Gold-plating on the Barrel Band, Receiver, and Buttplate in a satin finish, this is sure to become a treasured Heirloom that can be passed down for many generations. Also makes a great gift for Retirements, Birthdays, Holidays, Weddings, Fundraisers, Bonuses for Executives and Employees and much more!

 

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