Originally Posted by canebrake
Condition One And Only
Texas Ranger Charlie Miller was minding his own business when a concerned citizen came up to him, noted the hammer cocked back on the big 1911 dangling from the Ranger's belt, and asked, "Isn't that dangerous?" Charlie replied, "I wouldn't carry the son-of-a-bitch if it wasn't dangerous."
I don't mean to hijack the thread, but I can't read a Texas Ranger story without encouraging everyone here to visit the Texas Ranger Museum if they are ever within 500 miles of Waco Texas. If you like unique historical firearms (especially 1911 pistols) then you will throughly enjoy your visit.
One Ranger story I find interesting is about a prison riot in the 1950's. Inmates of the Rusk State Hospital for the Criminally Insane rioted and took hostages. Ranger Captain Bob Crowder walked alone into the maximum-security unit, armed only with a .45 on his hip. Crowder and the mob leader had a conversation, after which all of the inmates surrendered.
A long-time director of Texas Dept. of Public Safety described the Rangers better than I can. "They were men who could not be stampeded."
web link: Texas Ranger Hall of Fame and Museum