Going, going, gone....
Orange County
"Old Lucky" - Frank Hamer's Colt Single Action Army revolver went to auction
for $165,000. It was reportedly used by Hamer in at least 52 gunfights.

Colt .45 found in death car, sold at auction for $16,000
complete with the name "Barrow" scratched into it's frame.

1908 Pocket Automatic recovered from Bonnie's purse
by Prentiss Oakley following the deadly ambush.

.38 Colt Detective Special snub-nose "squat gun"
Found taped to Bonnie's thigh

Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine

A gun from his younger days, Clyde's Winchester Model 1892 Saddle Ring Carbine,
such as the one shown in above, right photo, went for $27,600 at auction back in 1997.
Photo on the left, is Clyde's sister posing for the camera with the actual Winchester.

Model 1897 12 gauge Wincester shotgun reputed to be left behind at the Joplin apartment, went for $80,000 at auction.

Clyde's reputed Colt .38 Army Special (Fitz type)
Modified with a bobbed hammer and cut-away trigger guard.


This gun, NO. 505844 was first shipped to Stauffer Eshleman & Company of New Orleans, Louisiana, on February 27, 1924.
Recovered on May 6th, 1930 by Navarro County, Texas, Sheriff Rufus Pevehouse, supposedly from the car of Clyde Barrow.
Hideout Note: The date of May 6th 1930 seems to conflict with Clyde's being incarcerated following his return from Ohio.

Frank Hamer's Nickel - Plated Colt Revolver

At Cowan's Auctions, this Colt .38 cal., 6" barrel, S/N 200523, R.A.C. inspector's mark on frame. Barrel
marked Colt D.A..38, butt marked U.S. Army Model 1903 recently commanded a price of $5,175.00

Barrow's Waco Jail Escape Gun Found!

Gun Bonnie had smuggled to Clyde, stored away for many years

photos and full story here

Clyde Barrow's Ohio Capture by Rick E. Williams
"Click Here"


and the Turner gun



Clyde was in the Waco jail awaiting transfer to the state prison in Huntsville. Bonnie had moved in
with her cousin who lived nearby, so that she could visit Clyde often. Clyde was sharing a cell with a
burglar by the name of William Turner and they worked out a plan of escape, which required Bonnie's help.
On one of her visits, Turner told Bonnie where to find a gun that he had hidden in his folks house in east
Waco and gave Bonnie the directions on how to get there. Telling her that nobody would be there until later
that evening, where she could find the key to get in and where the gun was hidden. Bonnie entered the home
using a spare key that the family had kept on a sill over the doorway, however the gun wasn't where Turner
had said it would be. Bonnie ransacked the house looking for it and she finally found it in a window seat.
She returned to the jail with the gun concealed under her clothing and slipped it to Clyde when the guard
wasn't looking. Later at a convenient time, Clyde made his escape along with Turner and another inmate.

1930 McLennan County Jail Census
The above link shows the 1930 McLennan County Jail Census which lists inmates Frank Hardy and Clyde Barrow.

1936 Turner vs. Macfadden's Publications


Actual Barrow Tommy Gun?

Barrow's 45 Caliber Thompson Sub-machine Gun? - Serial # 4208 had been
on display at the Springfield Missouri Police Museum from 1973 until 2011.
It has always been believed that the Barrow gang never used machine guns.
That theory had been proven wrong by Barrow associate Floyd Hamilton,
brother of Raymond Hamilton. Floyd stated that the gang had at one time,
used the Thompson Sub-machine gun, but had discovered that the fully
loaded cylinder drums that held the ammo, would get dented when stored on
the floor of the car, along with the other numerous weapons in their arsenal.
causing them to jam constantly and rendering them virtually inoperable.

Close-up of Tommy Gun's serial number


Before it's auction date, I refrained from "publicly" giving my opinion as to the
authenticity of this weapon, so as to not influence it's sale one way or another!

Sold at auction in Kansas City, Missouri in January of 2012, the reputed machine gun fetched $130,000.
The same bidder paid $80,000 for another reputed Barrow weapon, a 1897 12-gauge Winchester shotgun.
I'm asked repeatedly if these are indeed recovered Barrow weapons. I have nothing to indicated that they
are from the Barrow arsenal recovered from the Joplin apartment hideout in the Spring of 1933. Barrow & Co.
was known for posing for photographs which showed off their cars and weapons, however they evidentially
saw no reason to ever pose with this, or any other Thompson submachine gun for that matter!


During the days that Bonnie and Clyde were terrorizing
the country, many a child must have "play acted", either
the "good guys", or the "bad guys". This toy "tommygun"
from the 1930's was a typical play toy that children
had used to act out their roles.



BARROW'S 1909 .45 COLT

The featured bullets

At the very beginning, the Hideout assisted Oregon PBS Television with their
investigation into the authenticity of the J. D. Goss bullets for their
upcoming new program "History's Detectives" which had aired recently.
Below, is a short introduction into the story behind the Goss Bullets.

Cassandra Goss of Brodhead, Wisconsin, previously lived in Houston, Texas, and is the
owner of bullets reputed to be the "death bullets" taken from the bodies of Bonnie and Clyde.
Originally, there were twenty-six of them, now only five remain. Along with the bullets, were
rare pictures of Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow, and some mug shots. Cassandra's former husband's
grandfather was J.D. Goss, a onetime ballistics expert from Dallas, who had been contracted by
the Houston Police Department in 1934 when they were investigating the deaths of Bonnie and Clyde.
Goss had helped the forensic scientist with the autopsy and also with the recording of evidence.

J.D. Goss was allowed to keep some of the bullets and photos after his work was completed. He kept
twenty-six bullets and photos, some of which have never been published. They were passed on to his
son and eventually ended up in the possession Cassandra's ex-husband. She had obtained the bullets
and photographs when she and her husband divorced a couple years ago. During her move from Houston
to Brodhead a year and a half ago, she was informed by the Houston Police Department that her
Houston home had been broken into. All but five bullets turned up missing. The photos of Bonnie
and Clyde were not discovered by the vandals and had remained untouched.

Although, not on the coroner's jury or notes, J.D. Goss, was, assisting in the Houston crime lab with
the investigation of the 1934 Easter killings of Officers Murphy and Wheeler. The crime lab where
J.D. Goss worked, had received the rounds removed from Murphy and Wheeler's bodies, along with bullets
fired from weapons found inside the car Clyde Barrow was driving. The crime lab confirmed that the
officers were killed with weapons from the Barrow vehicle, which in turn had cleared Bonnie's sister,
Billie Mace, who was on trial at the time, for the Grapevine killings.

It could not be determined conclusively that the Goss bullets were from that homicide investigation,
because many of the weapons are no longer available, but the photos themselves were official crime
scene photos from the ambush of Bonnie and Clyde.

(Dated May 29, 1934)


Photo above, shows two .38 caliber bullets and the original Peters Cartridge Co.
box which were seized from the gang in a police raid in Dallas County, Texas in 1933.
The rounds are "live", with brass casings and soft lead bullets. The box in which they
are contained is marked "50 .38 S&W Special Central Fire Cartridges", and indicates
they were manufactured by the Peters Cartridge Company in Cincinnati. They were recovered
from the attic of the former home of Dallas Co. Chief Criminal Deputy Allan L. Sweatt by
a retired Massachusetts police officer - who in turn, sold them to a consignor. A trove
of other Barrow Gang items were found along with this ammunition, including additional
ammunition of other calibers, two hand guns, and Sweatt's personal photographic file
with images of the gang members, given to Sweatt for identification purposes.

Click on link below, to see photo of the bullets etc., abandoned by Clyde Barrow and
Bonnie Parker and recovered by Deputies following the raid at Sowers in 1933. Exclusive
photo images, career histories and more accompany the Barrow Gang ammunition. This ammo,
recovered alongside other significant Clyde Barrow Gang artifacts, and earlier considered
lost by the Sweatt family for over three decades, and now rediscovered, has since been
authenticated through extensive research and personal interviews with surviving relatives
as having been among those items abandoned by Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker in their
disabled automobile following a Sheriff's Department raid in Dallas County the year prior
to their deaths, and were procured as keepsakes by Allan L. Sweatt's older brother -
the first of whom, to have  pursued the Barrow Gang in Dallas under the direction
of Sheriff R.A. "Smoot" Schmid and future Sheriff, Bill Decker.

"click here" - Sweatt collection photo

The Sweatt Brothers
courtesy of Steve F. of Dallas, Texas

Allan and Millard Sweatt, both brothers, were Chief Deputy Sheriffs
in Dallas under Decker, although Allan joined years after his brother
because he served as a military investigator with the U.S. Marine Corps 
until the early 1950s. Millard had joined the sheriffs dept. in 1932.
There was another brother named Stanley, who had died in the 1950s,
who was also with the sheriff's department. The three brothers had
unusually close & long friendships with Smoot Schmid, Bill Decker and
Henry Wade - among other Dallas politicians. Millard and Allan had both
witnessed the assassination of JFK in Dealey Plaza at the same time.
Allan was outside of Decker's office, on the street and Millard was up
in District Attorney Henry Wade's office looking down on Jackie and the
President. By that time, Millard was the chief investigator for the DA's
office. He died in the early 1990s.

Barrow/Sweatt Family Archives

For nearly a full year, intense research went into authenticating these
Barrow Gang/Sweatt Family Archive items, tracking down living relatives
of the Sweatt brothers who remembered the grouping. All of the remaining
objects from the Barrow/Sweatt collection will be placed on public display
at the MOJO Museum which is located in Los Angeles, California.


Barrow Gang Tools of the Trade

Military bandolier


Before the successful heist at the Enid, Oklahoma of the National Guard Armory by the Barrow Gang, weapons
were stored "complete" and "ready to use". Afterwords, a new order was issued to render the weapons incomplete.

Bonnie's sister, Billie Jean recounted how the gang looted an armory, and when they opened
the crates, they discovered that there were no complete weapons. Each crate contained just
parts of the weapon. In one crate would be just the rifle stocks and in another crate would
be maybe the trigger assembly etc. The gang then found the incomplete weapon usless and they
ended up dumping everything in a lake. The article below seems to explain the new strategy.

Outlaw Gun Collection lost in Grand Prairie, Texas
after fire destroyed the Southwestern Historical Wax Museum


Visit the Schwend Family website to learn more...

The Schwend Gun Collection

Related Hideout page
Wax Museum Fire Page