Touche’ Mister Ghost… touche’
Oklahoma Sheriff Lew Wilder’s Colt Single Action Army .45
Nickel Plated with Gold Plated Cylinder, Hammer, and Trigger, with Carved Steerhead Pearl Grips
Born in Morgan, Texas on August 8th, 1874, Lew Wilder spent his younger years as a cowboy and rancher in Texas and Oklahoma. In 1914, he was elected Sheriff of Creek County, Oklahoma. On October 12th, 1916, Wilder was shot four times by armed robber Alva Taylor during an attempted jailbreak. Wilder returned fire, shooting Taylor in the heart, fatally wounding him. The gunfight was compared to that of the O.K. Corral in newspapers of the day. Wilder recovered from his wounds, and served a second term as Sheriff until 1918, at which time he began working as a special agent for the Sinclair, Prairie, and Texas oil companies for the following 16 years. Wilder retured to politics however, and was re-elected for three more terms as Creek County Sheriff before being killed in an automobile accident on January 26th, 1942.
According to legend, this gun was presented to Wilder in recognition for his efforts in the 1916 jailbreak. Nevertheless, he carried it from that point on through the remaining years of his life and services as Sheriff. The gun remained in the family after Lew’s death, and was ultimately handed down to grandson Ronald Lew Wilder. It was sold from the Wilder family in 2011. A truly important piece of western history.
a "BIG IRON" on his Hip