Autry Museum of the American West

Official Police Model Revolver

right side

right side

1959; serial number 867206
Owner: actor John Bromfield
Manufacturer: Colt's Manufacturing Company
Donated by John Bromfield

The majority of television Westerns were set in the decades following the American Civil War, and the gun of choice was the Colt Single Action Army. In a few rare instances, the action was set in the twentieth-century West, and the actors carried more modern guns. Such was the case with John Bromfield in Sheriff of Cochise, a syndicated series set in the contemporary West that changed its name to U.S. Marshal in its second season. Bromfield played law enforcement officer Frank Morgan. The show initially depicted Morgan as the sheriff of Cochise County, Arizona, but in order to allow him to work all over Arizona, he was promoted to a U.S. Marshal, hence the name change. Throughout the series, Bromfield carried a Colt double-action Official Police Model, such as this one.

  • left side

    left side
  • Rodeo poster featuring actor John Bromfield circa 1959

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