The desk on the left is empty. Its regular occupant, National Firearms Museum Senior Curator Phil Schreier, has spent the majority of the day meeting with fellow firearms curators and collectors here on the Eastern Seaboard. He can do that because today's edition of Curator's Corner is already in the can -- filmed on-site in the great state of Oklahoma during the Wanenmacher Tulsa Arms Show. A favorite of Eastwood devotees everywhere -- it is one of the Colt Walker 1847 revolvers from The Outlaw Josey Wales.
The Colt Walker, a single action black powder shooter, was created through the collaboration of firearms icon Samuel Colt and Captain Samuel Walker (from the Republic of Texas and U.S. Armies respectively.) Their goal was to replace the Colt Paterson with a reliable six shooter from over 100 yards. Results were mixed at best.
Any inspiration to correct the firearm's deficiencies, such as substandard metallurgy or a poor lever catch, were probably lost after Captain Walker was killed at the Battle of Juamantla in 1847. As the legend holds, Captain Walker died by the hands of Juamantla's Mayor with a Colt Walker in each holster ... the guns arriving only days before his death.
But for all the information on the pseudo prototype for the dreaded Dragoons, (and another example of our startling new Hollywood Guns exhibit) tune in tonight at 10:20 p.m. eastern time to see Phil Schreier make his latest waves as Curator's Corner hits the airwaves on NRANews.com and Sirius Patriot channel 144.