Quote Originally Posted by 00buck View Post
Would a 1897 safety.. made in 1901 be considered a “cowboy “ ?
It does have an octagon barrel
I suppose many would want it to say "cowboy" on the barrel, or be marketed as such.

For me ...

If it has a straight stock and a round barrel, it is a Texan.

If it has a straight stock and an octagonal barrel, it is a Cowboy.

I think all the "old" rifles were just marketed as a round or octagonal barrel as the buyer desired. The terms "Cowboy" and "Texan" are just later marketing gimmicks.