Engraved U.S. Colt 1911 Attributed to Famed Texas Ranger Captain

Brands: Colt
Model: 1911
Condition: Used

This Colt 1911 features elaborate floral motif engraving with punch dot detailing, diverging from the standard Colt design. The trigger guard is uniquely modified, with strategic cutaways and precise drilling. Adding to its distinctiveness, .925 sterling silver grips from Lopez Engraving are adorned with engraved, darkened fields and golden initials “M/T/G” alongside the emblem of a Ranger Captain.

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This Colt 1911 semi-automatic pistol is a piece of Texas history, crafted under a military contract in 1917 and later customized to become a unique collector’s item. While retaining essential original elements like the barrel address, model marking, and serial number, this firearm is distinguished by its elaborate floral motif engraving that features intricate punch dot detailing, which significantly diverges from the standard Colt design. The trigger guard has been uniquely modified with strategic cutaways and precise drilling to enhance its aesthetic and functional appeal.

A standout feature of this Colt 1911 is its High Standard barrel, which retains its original bluing and offers a striking contrast to the polished nickel finish of other parts, such as the bushing and spring plug. Enhancing its overall elegance, the .925 sterling silver grips crafted by Lopez Engraving are meticulously adorned with engraved, darkened fields that frame the golden initials “M/T/G” and the emblem of a Ranger Captain.

This Colt 1911 is deeply connected to Captain Manuel T. Gonzaullas, known as “El Solo Lobo,” a legendary figure within the Texas Rangers noted for his resilience and distinguished service. Gonzaullas’s career not only weathered numerous political storms but expanded into various sectors, including law enforcement and entertainment, with his influence enduring long after his official tenure.

Though the Colt 1911’s provenance is not officially recorded, historical photographs showing Gonzaullas with similar weapons support it. The pistol has a padded hardwood case, an ornate display stand, and a detailed plaque commemorating Gonzaullas’s remarkable service. It also includes a copy of “Captain M.T. Gonzaullas: Lone Wolf,” a biography by Brownson Malsch that further enriches the narrative of this significant collectible firearm, making it a prized possession for enthusiasts of history and craftsmanship.

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