TEXAS JOHN SLAUGHTER — How fitting that the 1887 Winchester pump shotgun was created the same year that Texas John Slaughter became Cochise County sheriff. He handsomely wields that scattergun in this photograph, while he also packs his pearl-handled Colt Peacemaker. His Arizona peers called him Texas John because of his years working as a Texas Ranger.
Prior to his election as Sheriff of Apache County, Arizona in 1886, Owens worked on ranches in Oklahoma and New Mexico. Supported by the Stockgrower's Association, Owens later became Sheriff of one of Arizona's largest counties. Seen here with his unique gun belt and holster and Springfield sporter, Owens was using a Winchester on Sunday, September 4, 1887 when he shot it out with the Blevins brothers in Holbrook. In the 1890s, CP Owens served as a Deputy US Marshal and Deputy Sheriff