Posted by TFG on August 21st, 2007
H. B. “Butch” Purvis of Mertzon, Texas, has donated an important artifact used by Texas Ranger Captain Hardy B. Purvis and Texas Ranger L. Hardy Purvis.
The Texas Ranger Hall of Fame is very grateful to Mr. Purvis for giving this one of a kind artifact – an 1928 Thompson Submachine Gun with accessories and Police case — to future generations.
I’m such a redneck that there is no way, no how I’d have given that hardware away to anybody but family. However, the sentimentalist in me notes that Butch probably considers the Rangers family.
I hope he kept the inheritable rights to shoot it whenever he wants, though…full-auto Thompsons shouldn’t get locked behind glass just to stare at.
Digression time: last week, I went to have a samwich for lunch, and there was a table of Rangers there. Every one carried a 1911 in what I’ve come to call the Ranger rig…beautifully tooled scabbard on one side and a double-mag carrier on the other, on a standard 2″ belt. Two of them had standard grips, one had nice zebrawoods, and the last had a Ranger star embedded in his. Pretty impressive to a gun-nut. It still bums me that open-carry isn’t legal no mo’.
Thanks to Big Dick Stanley for prompting this spurious posting…
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