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    From the Fitterer Family Collection

    "Crash" Corrigan: Spectacular Colt Single Action and Bohlin Rig Belonging to the Movie Cowboy. Corrigan (real name Raymond Bernard 1902-1976) became a Republic Pictures player in the mid-1930s. Various explanations for his nickname have been offered: That it was to compete with the popular Flash Gordon; that he was such a big bruiser; that he was an inept rider who often fell off his horse! At any rate, "Crash" he was to a generation of B Western movie fans.

    In the late 1930s he purchased a tract of land in Simi Valley, near Los Angeles, which he developed as a ranch, as well as a multi-purpose movie location. John Wayne's classic Fort Apache was filmed there, as well as episodes of television's Rin Tin Tin and Sky King.

    In 1949 he opened the ranch to the public, and entertained them with staged shoot-outs. In 1966 the land was purchased for a reported several million dollars by Bob Hope.

    In the late 1930s Corrigan appeared in the first twenty-four of a Republic western movie series called Three Mesquiters, a word-play, of course, on the Three Musketeers. John Wayne also appeared in eight of these films. Later he would be a staple of the popular Range Busters series.

    This beautiful rig features a richly tooled and silver-decorated Bohlin gun belt and holsters, as well as two Colts which would be hard to miss! The guns are Colt single action .38 calibers with 4¾" barrels, re-nickeled and adorned with beautifully engraved silver grips with high relief gold longhorn heads and his initial "C". Both guns are in very nice display condition, with some indications of use and minor loss of the nickel finish. Crisp actions, strong bores. One, with matching serial numbers 313295, is accompanied by a Colt factory letter. The other has been assembled from parts of three different guns (70801, 134815, and 97844), but still has a great appearance.

    The gun belt and holsters are in beautiful condition, although silver elements are tarnished and might benefit from a little polishing. A really beautiful and dramatic ensemble for display, evoking the flamboyant movie cowboys so familiar to 1930s - 1950s audiences.

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