REY GARZA IS NOT FERMIN'S BROTHER NOR RELATIVE. "GARZA" IS A VERY COMMON NAME IN SOUTH TEXAS. I BELIEVE THAT MAY BE THE ONLY BANDED BARREL, AND ONLY STAINLESS STEEL, No. 5 BILL GROVER EVER BUILT. HE DID BUILD AT LEAST 2 OTHER 5 SHOT No. 5's, BOTH BLUE, AND BOTH 45 COLT, FOR REY GARZA'S DECEASED COUSIN JOE GUERRA.
I think this one topped off my TLA collecting to say the least. I’m curious where the two other 5 shot 45 Colt guns ended up. In honor of the original owner, the engraving with his name will be left on the gun. It is truly an example of me not “owning” the gun but simply being its current caretaker.
It is funny how every time I travel to help one of the kids move I seem to find homeless TLA #5 guns! I’m down here in Las Vegas helping my daughter and her husband get settled and I found a guy who wanted to sell a TLA he had which he knew nothing about. It turns out it is a 45 Colt with a Turnbull colored case and oddly enough, a barrel band just like the one on the stainless 5 shot 45 I recently came into. Pictures to follow when I get back to OR. These “dad, can you come help us” trips are getting expensive!