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Texas Jack: Walk in a Greenhorn, Walk Out a True Texas Pistolero

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A visit to Fredericksburg, in the Texas Hill Country, wouldn’t be complete without an excursion to Texas Jack Wild West Outfitter. The quintessential tour of the Hill Country means enjoying the best that this one-time frontier of the wild west had to offer. From the moment you walk through the door, this unique store in the historic district will steep you in western lifestyle and atmosphere.

Although its mission is to be the old west-themed store of distinction, there are also some modern-day parts of interest to Texas Jack. First off, it’s been in business for close to 25 years as an extension of being the showroom for Cimarron Firearms Company. In support of all things that product represents (such as proud western tradition), the store is headquartered in the heart of Texas, catering to long-time and new customers interested in the cowboy trade and lifestyle. These reproduction firearms from America’s last true frontier and into the Civil War era are treasured by people around the world. They identify with the tenacity of the times and the liveliness of its legends, and they have a passion for western heritage.

Texas Jack: Walk in a Greenhorn, Walk Out a True Texas Pistolero
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The store’s namesake was considered the ideal western plainsman—a hero whose exploits stood the test of time, a legendary, larger than life figure. As a scout for the 5th Virginia Cavalry in the Civil War, John Burwell “Texas Jack” Omohundro began to make a name for himself. But it was after the war, when Jack fought Texas outlaws as well as Comanches, while traveling the Chisholm Trail toward Abilene with herds of longhorn, that he was permanently branded with the handle we know today. Texas Jack was known to be fast friends with the likes of Ned Buntline, “Buffalo Bill” Cody, and “Wild Bill” Hickok. And he served as the U.S. Army’s chief of scouts during the Sioux and Cheyenne campaigns.

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