History of "The Legend"
This gun was carried by my relative and good friend, James "Rip" Farley, in his pick up for 50+ years. He passed the gun onto me when he passed away a few years ago.
The gun was manufactured in Germany as a military rifle with a Mauser action. There is a proof mark from Germany that would indicate it was made in the late 1800's.
The next proof mark is from Great Britain where it must have been worked on around World War I. The next mark is from Walker Gunsmith in Goliad, Texas, who modified the gun to a 22.250.
Being a Mauser action and 22.250 caliber, the gun shoots extremely well. Over the years, it has gained a reputation for accuracy driven mostly by the confidence of the shooter.
Hope you enjoy some comments about "The Legend".......and read comments on Dori's and my tab on our own experiences.
"Wow daddy, the trigger is so easy. That gun is sweet!"
Quotes from around the State of Texas
" I remember that rifle. Rip told me to shoot a coyote one day with it when we were checkin' cows in his ol' grey dodge 12 or so yrs ago. 150 yds maybe more .. right behind the shoulder .. no problem. ;>} It wasn't as long as my rem 700 - 30.06 .. but it sure got the job done ...." - Joel "Bobcat" Gerdes"
"Great Story! Remember the gun well. Rip was real good at showing people up with that rifle. Somebody ought to write these stories down and compile a book about the late great Mr. Farley." -Dale Hancock
Rip was one of the most wonderful men I have ever met. Dating him was an experience that will last me a lifetime and has made my life a lot richer. Rip was a real BSer, and was always teasing me about something. I loved his sense of humor. One day we were at the ranch riding around looking for baby calves. He always had that special rifle next to him in the truck. He was teasing me about giving him a kiss, which I was resisting. He made a bet with me that he could shoot the head off a dove that was sitting on an electric line across the fence, at about 100 yards. Of course I took the bet, with the pay off being a kiss. I knew I would win because I could hardly see the dove sitting on the line from the truck. You know what Warren, he got his kiss!!!! I've never seen anything like it. I watched him walk over to pick up the dove just to make sure he didn't pull of the head while standing on it. He carefully picked up the bird, and sure enough the dove's head was gone!! What a shot and What a kiss!! Miss that guy. GAY Ray
I forwarded your story to the guys that frequent the Goliad ranch and stories are starting to roll in about "The Legend". I witnessed Rip making a head shot on a hawk with that rifle ( I guess for the quail) from over 100 yds. When driving in from Houston, the moment I pull off 59 onto Riverdale, I start thinking about Rip. For me, he is as much a part of that land as the cattle, game, and ancient oaks. Malcolm Boatner
I was riding in Coots pen the back pasture of the Power Ranch in Goliad County years ago. Some wild turkey were making their way up the hill about 175 yards towards the neighbors fence. I quickly bet Rip a six pack of beer he could not shoot the turkeys in the neck. Well, he took a quick shot, worn out scope and all. The turkey fell over. I went across the dry creek bed to get the bird. Guess what? The turkeys was in two pieces, body on left and neck and head on right. I quickly paid off and never bet against Rip or The Legend again.
The"Legend" was so cool and awesome. "Warren, with it, your's and dad's help I got my first buck." "Can I call my
mom now and tell her?"
"The Legend Makes It To The Caddo-Gage"
Earlier this fall (2007) "The Legend" and I traveled to the famous Caddo Gage ranch in West Texas. Yes, I was nervous never having hunted pronghorn before. All I heard before my hunt was to bring a big caliber gun and prepare for a long shot.
Well the morning came and my guide "Tex" from Wildlife Systems spotted a great pronghorn going over a rise. We quickly got out of the vehicle and started a stalk. The pronghorn saw us, so we sat down and he began to work his way to me.
About 20 minutes of give and take, he stuck his head around a yucca bush at 125 years. I told Tex I could make the shot... He seemed reluctant to let me go for it, but I convinced him "The Legend" would do just fine.
Summing it up, the shot has a slight fade to it around the yucca and the pronghorn fell. "The Legend" rang true. AND THAT'S NO BULL!
"Oh my Bull, firing the Legend is like silk, so smooth, I can't believe it."
Cole Graybill Cameron
"The Legend" faced it toughest test this past week.
Deer scored 165 B&C
Caddo Gage Ranch
December 2008 Wildlife Systems Outfitter
The Legend met its toughest match this month. “We” faced the vast, rough country around Marathon, Texas and
very elusive desert mulies. Monday’s weather was 70 degrees and winds out of the south at 30mph. Tuesday morning
we saw lots of young bucks. Our assigned pasture was 14,000 acres on the famous Caddo Cage.
Retired US Army Specialist Nicholas Schoon shown with his doe taken at the RRR Ranch Saturday 1-8-2011 as part of the towns wounded warrior hunt. Nicholas received his purple heart after being injured from a mine explosion in Iraq. He is shown here with "The Legend"
"The Legend is the smoothest shooing gun I ever fired! "
Nicholas Schoon, Retired Specialist U.S. ArmyPurple Heart Soldier
“Legend Steadies Nerves”
"The Legend was so sweet. I just held on the doe at 200 yards, the trigger was light, I pulled it and the doe went down"
William Harris- Purple Heart Reciepent