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One Tough Texan: Charlie Miller

Charlie Miller served as a Texas Ranger, a Federal Prohibition agent, and a range detective. He was so dedicated he forged his birth certificate so he wouldn't have to retire.

One Tough Texan: Charlie Miller

Serving in the Texas Rangers off and on from 1919 until 1968, Charlie Miller was an early adopter of the Model 1911 as a duty gun, with some homemade modifications of his own design.

While working on the upcoming 2021 edition of the Complete Book of the Model 1911 special publication, I was reminded of a tough and fearsome Texas lawman by the name of Charlie Miller. Miller enforced the law for close to 50 years.

Charles Edward “Charlie” Miller was born in Frio County, Texas, sometime around 1893. There is some dispute, which I’ll get to in a bit, about his actual birth year. He was educated in San Antonio and attended Old Main High School. Before becoming a regular Ranger in 1919, Miller worked as a special Ranger and as a deputy sheriff in Bexar County.

Miller’s first stint as a regular Ranger lasted from December 10...

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