Tracy Richardson: Machine Gun for Hire

“Wherever the cannon booms and the rifles bark, this American boy, who embodies in real life the type of moving picture hero one reads about but never sees, is pretty sure to turn up sooner or later — and it is generally sooner. Along the Rio Grande he is known by thousands of the adventurous souls who populate that picturesque and very troublesome stretch of territory. From Brownsville to Nogales there is not a dugout or an adobe hut that does not know him.”

New York Times on Tracy Richardson, 1915


Tracy Richardson Soldier of Fortune

“Richardson, working his weapon, a French-made Hotchkiss, firing 8mm cartridges from metal trips carrying 30 rounds each. This photo taken during the Bonilla revolt in Honduras in 1910 (from Liberty Magazine, Oct. 10, 1925)

Tracy Richardson Quote from “Everybody’s Magazine”

“Men, sometimes, become horse lovers, and ruin themselves thereby. Others give their lives up to their love of Automobiles. Still others sacrifice all for airplanes, or whisky or fine food, or old books, or art. Tracy Richardson, a real live young American, from Lamar, Missouri, is a victim of his love for the machine gun. You can play with horses, books, food, and even whisky, without necessarily killing anybody, even yourself. It’s different with machine guns.”

Tracy Richardson from Everybody’s Magazine, Volume 39 | July to December 1918