Brownwood Officials to Coke, June 3, 1876
For good or for ill, the image of Texas is inextricably linked with the gun. From the days of the Texas Revolution, the Colt revolver was the weapon of choice in rough-and-tumble Texas, and the Texas market in turn made the fortune of the Colt company.
By Coke's time, the single action Colt revolver was as important as barbed wire in enabling the settlement of the frontier. Known as "the Peacemaker" or simply as the six-shooter, this gun was standard issue for the military, the Texas Rangers, and the cowboys of the 19th century. At one time, there were as many Colts in the state as there were male citizens. Widespread violence caused the government to put in restrictions on carrying handguns in the 1880s, but gun possession was slow to decline in the frontier culture of Texas. Guns in Texas were here to stay.
This letter from officials in Brownwood asks Governor Coke to restrict the carrying of guns in Brown County.
Brownwood Texas June 3'd 1876
Hon Richard Coke
B. Gandy J.P. Precinct no (1)
Brownwood officials to Coke, June 3, 1876, Records of Richard Coke, Texas Office of the Governor, Archives and Information Services Division, Texas State Library and Archives Commission.