From the Vault: Charlie Miller's 1911 & Remington Model 14
What's almost as good as a field trip to Rock Island Auction Co.? Rock Island bringing a pair of historic guns to our studio! Brownells Gun Tech™ Steve Ostrem and Bobby Tyler of Tyler Gun Works in Friona, Texas, show us two guns owned by prominent Texas Ranger Charlie Miller. And let's be clear: this Colt 1911 and Remington Model 14 carbine were "working" guns used extensively on duty. Miller served all over the state of Texas, guarding the railroads, combatting livestock theft, and generally keeping the criminal element in check. He had a reputation for being the fellow who "took care of business" and did not leave a job unfinished - so he was often called in by his fellow Rangers when the going got tough. Born in 1893, Miller served as a Ranger from 1919 to 1968, spending 1925 to 1951 as a "special ranger" working for ranchers, railroads, and livestock associations. Miller's pump-action Model 14 is a darned handy little carbine to have in a tight spot. It's chambered in .30 Remington, basically a rimless .30-30, so it's excellent for CQB and can still reach out to more distant targets. The Wesco-63 4x32mm scope on Weaver mounts helps with the latter. Miller didn't believe in using the 1911's grip safety, so despite the elaborate engraving and stag grips, a piece of string is wound around the grip to override the safety (don't do this at home, boys and girls). The thumb safety is still operable. Charlie Miller died in 1968, but these guns remain as a tangible testament to one tough lawman.
WARNING: Never attempt to disassemble or reassemble a firearm unless you are absolutely certain that it is empty and unloaded. Visually inspect the chamber, the magazine and firing mechanism to be absolutely certain that no ammunition remains in the firearm. Disassembly and reassembly should follow the manufacturer’s instructions.