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The history of the most famous Colt revolver

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Colt Single Action Army 1873, aka Peacemaker. Artillery model.

Different versions of the saying are widely known in the USA, according to which


"God created people, President Lincoln gave them rights, and Colonel Colt equalized their chances."

Rifle constructor weapons really made people equal by creating a successful short-barreled weapon. Colt revolvers have become an element of the American cultural code and are known far beyond America's borders. At the same time, Colt's most famous and recognizable revolver "Peacemaker" was created after the death of the designer.

Colt's first revolvers


American gunsmith Samuel Colt forever entered history, as one of the designers who made a significant contribution to the development of revolving weapons. Colt came from an aristocratic and wealthy family that helped him found Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (today Colt's Manufacturing Company).

The most important of his inventions include the capsule revolver. Colt issued a patent for it on February 25, 1836. Samuel Colt invented the revolver back in 1835. The model created by the designer quickly pushed other systems out of the market, and also gave impetus to the development of numerous revolvers chambered for a unitary metal cartridge.

According to a widespread and well-known legend, the inventor was pushed to the idea of ​​creating a revolver by observing the steering mechanism of the Corvo brig, on which the young Colt made a sea voyage from Boston to Calcutta in 1830. Regardless of what exactly led the designer to the idea of ​​inventing his revolver, it is known that he made the first model right on board the ship, making it out of wood. This wooden model of the revolver has survived to this day and is on display today at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum in Hartford.

The history of the most famous Colt revolver
Samuel Colt

Returning from a trip, Colt founded the Patent Arms Manufacturing Company in Paterson, New Jersey. This company in the period from 1836 to 1842 was engaged in the production of revolvers, revolver rifles and smoothbore guns. Colt's first capsule revolver was named "Colt Paterson" after the city where it was made. Also, this model has its own common people nickname "Texas" due to its popularity among the residents of this state. At the same time, even then, Paterson capsule revolvers were produced in different versions: pocket, belt and holster, differing primarily in caliber and barrel length.

A distinctive feature of the Colt Paterson revolver was the presence of a single-action firing mechanism (USM). Because of this, before each shot, the shooter was forced to cock the hammer and only then pull the trigger to fire the weapon. The trigger was recessed into the body of the revolver and pulled out simultaneously with the cocking of the trigger. There was no trigger guard on this model.

The weapon was not very well adapted for mass production, therefore, during its entire existence, the company in Paterson produced less than 2,5 thousand revolvers. The minimal tolerances and the abundance of small springs and parts made the design of the revolver more like a watch than a weapon that could be used in the field. Another problem was that the revolvers could not boast of interchangeable elements, which complicated the process of operating the weapon.

Despite the shortcomings, the military was interested in the new weapon. In Texas, which at that time was an independent republic and had its own army and navy, Colt revolvers and rifles were purchased for the armed forces in hundreds of copies. Former Texas Ranger captain Samuel Walker worked with Colt to improve the new short-barreled weapon by modifying the trigger mechanism and adding a trigger guard.

This model was named "Colt Walker" and was produced from January 1847. Improved design made it possible to use the revolver in the field and made it more reliable.


Colt's main revolver in the army


After the Colt Walker revolver, other models under the Colt brand saw the light, including the Colt Dragoon, Colt 1851 Navy, Colt Army Model 1860 and Colt M1861 Navy. However, the most famous and recognizable revolver was born after the death of Samuel Colt. In 1862, the designer died unexpectedly in his hometown from natural causes.

Prior to this, he created a detachment of workers from his enterprise, armed them with manufactured weapons and was going to lead this detachment to take part in the American Civil War on the side of the northerners. At the same time, Colt appropriated the rank of colonel, although he had never served in the army before.

After a sudden death at the age of 47, Colt left a fortune - about $ 15 million (more than $ 300 million at today's exchange rate). At the same time, the arms business of the inventor and industrialist was inherited by his widow Elizabeth Hart Jarvis.

After Colt's death, the company did not go well, but everything changed in the early 1870s, when the company's engineers created a new six-shot revolver chambered for a unitary black powder centerfire cartridge. The cartridge became known as the .45 Colt. And the revolver itself received the official name - the Colt Single Action Army (Model 1873) single-action army revolver. He was also known under the designations Model P, SAA, M1873. And, of course, as a Peacemaker.

This model of small arms was originally created for the military, primarily for the US cavalry and horse artillery. The model remained in service with the army until the appearance of new double-action revolvers model 1889 chambered for the .38 Long Colt. But even after this period, the weapon was repeatedly "called up" for service. For example, during the Spanish-American and Philippine-American wars.

Structurally, the weapon turned out to be quite thoughtful, simple and reliable, which became the key to his successful military service. The new revolver successfully combined the features of all previous Colt models, getting rid of the most noticeable shortcomings. At the same time, the USM device also adopted a number of features of capsule revolvers, taking into account the improvements dictated by army requirements. In the design of the revolver, a ramrod was preserved, which was located under the barrel of the weapon. If in Colt's capsule revolvers the ramrod was used to tamp bullets, now its function has changed - it was used to extract spent cartridges.

Colt Single Action Army 1873. Cavalry model.

The Colt Single Action Army combined the design, grip and trigger of the old Colt capsule revolvers with a more modern monolithic closed frame, as well as the use of modern unitary centerfire cartridges. This design solution was recognized as successful in terms of technology, but not the most successful constructively. Most likely, the preservation of a number of old elements was necessary for the release of weapons using the existing equipment and factory equipment designed for the production of capsule revolvers.

The peculiarities of revolvers of those years included the lack of a fuse, and the "Peacemaker" was no exception. Usually the shooter did not load the drum, designed for six rounds, completely, with a maximum of five rounds. One chamber in the drum, which was located opposite the barrel, remained empty. Here is such an impromptu "safety", which made it possible to avoid an accidental shot from a weapon. Since the Colt revolver of the 1873 model of the year was a model with a solid frame, the weapon was reloaded through a side-folding door located on the right side of the weapon (and so one cartridge at a time).

The model was very popular. Put into service in June 1873, this revolver was immediately ordered in a batch of 8 thousand copies. Over the next 20 years, the American army acquired more than 30 thousand copies of these revolvers from the Colt company, which were used in the infantry, and in artillery, and in the cavalry.

The model remained popular all the years of service, despite its simplicity of design and decent weight. The weight of the revolver without cartridges exceeded one kilogram. The handle was wooden. The artillery model had a barrel length of 140 mm, the cavalry model - 190,5 mm.

Bullet .45 Colt.

Wild West and Westerns


Thanks to the success of the military, who respected Colt's weapons, revolvers eventually became widespread in the civilian market. Over time, just ordinary Americans became the main buyers of the "Peacemaker". It was this trade name for the 1973 Colt Single Action Army model that was proposed by the famous American arms dealer Benjamin Kittredge. His Cincinnati company began selling Colt's most famous revolver, the Peacemaker. Very soon the name "Peacemaker" stuck well and, as they say, went to the people.

Despite the fact that the revolver was created for the army, it gained great popularity as a civilian weapon in the Wild West. Including among cowboys, criminals, sheriffs and government officials. And also among simple thugs and adventurers of all stripes. It is worth noting that in those years the Wild West was wild in every sense of the word. Clashes with Indians, the gold rush, the construction of the first railways in remote places, as well as the stage of primary accumulation of capital contributed to "tensions" in society.

The era of wild capitalism was such a scale that a modern TV series Fargo would envy. For example, the conflict between two large cattle farmers in the state of New Mexico, who could not share contracts for the supply of meat to government agencies, escalated into almost full-scale hostilities that went down in US history as the "War in Lincoln County". It is believed that approximately 60 people died in this internecine conflict between the two opposing companies.

Civilian versions of the Colt revolver were produced for different cartridges, not only under the .45 Colt. So, in 1877, the Frontier revolver was introduced for a new all-metal cartridge .44-40 centerfire. This cartridge was used together with the Winchester Model 1873 lever action rifle. In fact, it was a ready-made armament complex for a single cartridge, which greatly simplified the life of the owners of both types of weapons.

The new revolvers were popular, but expensive by American standards. In the 1870s, a new Peacemaker (or Frontier) revolver could cost roughly $ 17,5 ($ 330 at today's exchange rate), which for many at the time was the average monthly salary.


In total, about 44 thousand Peacemaker revolvers, also known as Frontier, were produced under the .40-70 Winchester cartridge. In total, from 1873 to 1940, a little less than 360 thousand Peacekeepers revolvers and their modifications were produced in the United States.

In fact, this is not so much. Colt revolvers were never the most common weapon in the Wild West. For example, revolvers much less well-known company Harrington & Richardson were produced by 1908 more than three million. Despite this, the elegance of the design and the memorable appearance made the Colt revolvers world-famous.

The revolver, which looked good at first on stage in performances, in traveling productions and in the Buffalo Bill show, appeared already at the turn of the 1898th and 1903th centuries in the first feature films: Bar Cripple Creek (XNUMX) and The Great Train Robbery (XNUMX) ).

In the 1950s, Westerns exploded in popularity, and the pistol reappeared in the frame in a huge number of paintings. Clint Eastwood, Kirk Douglas, Bert Lancaster and other Hollywood superstars starred with "The Peacemaker".

Due to the fact that the revolver appeared in hundreds of different films, it became popular again, and the Colt company in 1956 resumed the release of the "Peacemaker" in the classic version. This famous revolver is still available today.
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  1. paul3390
    paul3390 11 December 2020 18: 07
    +10
    "The gods created people different, strong and weak, brave and cowards, but then Colonel Colt came and vulgarized everything ..."
    Attributed to Conan Cimmerian .. laughing
    1. Aerodrome
      Aerodrome 11 December 2020 18: 49
      +5
      Quote: paul3390
      but then Colonel Colt came and trivialized everything ..

      here it was Lieutenant Rzhevsky ...
    2. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 11 December 2020 20: 49
      +5
      Quote: paul3390
      but then Colonel Colt came and trivialized everything ... "

      Colt was a colonel from the same "row" as the current mummers of the Cossack cornet, esauls, enarals!
      1. Normal ok
        Normal ok 12 December 2020 13: 35
        -3
        Quote: Nikolaevich I
        Quote: paul3390
        but then Colonel Colt came and trivialized everything ... "

        Colt was a colonel from the same "row" as the current mummers of the Cossack cornet, esauls, enarals!

        At the expense of the "colonel" - you are 100% right. But, you must admit that there was talent.
        1. mmaxx
          mmaxx 21 January 2021 04: 13
          0
          Taking into account the realities of the then US Colonel. The regiment itself formed, armed, etc.
  2. The leader of the Redskins
    The leader of the Redskins 11 December 2020 18: 08
    +8
    Yes. Indeed, a memorable weapon. What are you, the author, from Vyacheslav Olegovich, "are you taking away bread?)))
    Just kidding, of course.
    Thank you for the article.
    1. kalibr
      kalibr 11 December 2020 20: 05
      +3
      I think, Nazarius, that there will be enough revolvers for our age. In addition, I still would not write about this Colt, too much has been written about it. I am attracted by samples that few people know about, or well-known, but in some ways "not quite".
      1. Normal ok
        Normal ok 12 December 2020 13: 38
        -3
        Quote: kalibr
        I think, Nazarius, that there will be enough revolvers for our age. In addition, I still would not write about this Colt, too much has been written about it. I am attracted by samples that few people know about, or well-known, but in some ways "not quite".

        We are waiting for the continuation.
      2. your1970
        your1970 15 February 2021 10: 26
        +1
        In general, that 300 units really does not look very rich ... against the background of 000 million Harringtons, which I have never even heard of.
        Inflated glory with Colt, as well as with the whole USA
    2. RealPilot
      RealPilot 11 December 2020 20: 58
      +1
      Thank you for the article!
      It is interesting to read on Friday evening. Although generally in the know, some of the details pleased good
  3. Egoza
    Egoza 11 December 2020 18: 15
    +5
    Revolver Colt "Peacemaker" !!!! The sense of humor is super!
    1. Gardener91
      Gardener91 11 December 2020 23: 22
      -1
      Quote: Egoza
      Revolver Colt "Peacemaker" !!!! The sense of humor is super!

      Well, yes, only cynicism ... in the wild west, like the famous site. Nothing changes.
    2. Nemo
      Nemo 12 December 2020 16: 46
      +3
      Yeah, otherwise those who came up with ciphers for Soviet weapons had no humor). The same shot for the VOG-25P "Foundling" or TOS-1 Buratino grenade launcher
      1. your1970
        your1970 15 February 2021 10: 22
        -1
        Quote: Nemo
        Yeah, otherwise those who came up with ciphers for Soviet weapons had no humor). The same shot for the VOG-25P "Foundling" or TOS-1 Buratino grenade launcher

        "Sleigh" And "Courier" are cooler soldier
    3. Max Lebedev
      Max Lebedev 16 December 2020 12: 00
      +17
      Quote: Egoza
      "Peacemaker" !!!! The sense of humor is super!

      Pacified a lot ...
      1. mmaxx
        mmaxx 21 January 2021 04: 13
        0
        Pacifier
  4. Dimide
    Dimide 11 December 2020 18: 46
    +1
    Respect to the author!
  5. KSVK
    KSVK 11 December 2020 18: 50
    +5
    The trigger was recessed into the body of the revolver and pulled out simultaneously with the cocking of the trigger. There was no trigger guard on this model.

    modifying the trigger and adding a trigger guard.

    The author seems to mean a SAFETY bracket?
    Bullet .45 Colt

    And this is not a bullet, I beg your pardon, but a unitary cartridge assembly. :)
    1. Gofman
      Gofman 12 December 2020 02: 46
      0
      Quote: KSVK
      The author seems to mean a SAFETY bracket?

      Apparently, it's still a trigger. At least in the PM device it is called that: "The trigger guard serves to protect the tail of the trigger from accidentally pressing it."
  6. Senior seaman
    Senior seaman 11 December 2020 19: 00
    +3
    Colt came from aristocratic and a fairly wealthy family

    Yeah, in the Russian wiki it says so :)) But it's not very clear what does "aristocrat" mean in this case?
    In general, Samuel's father, Christopher Colt, was a farmer before opening the factory.
  7. Anatole Klim
    Anatole Klim 11 December 2020 19: 22
    0
    Thanks to the Author for the article, fan of westerns, I remembered "The Good, the Bad, the Ugly", although the film is from 1966, I still watch it with pleasure, good actors, Morricone's music, I don't know what model Colt is there, but how it shoots good
    1. Abram Ivanovich
      Abram Ivanovich 13 December 2020 20: 04
      +1
      There was generally a wild compote from revolvers. The scene when Eli Wallach assembles one barrel from three different systems was, in general, IMHO conceived for fun. Well, yes, heroes carrying bandoliers with unitary cartridges, despite the fact that they have capsule revolvers, is beyond praise.
  8. Reviews
    Reviews 11 December 2020 19: 29
    +1
    And what is the "Colt Single Action Army 1873. Cavalry model." In the center of the frame?
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 11 December 2020 21: 09
      +4
      In my opinion, this is a disassembly accessory - something like a universal punch-screwdriver-key. But maybe I'm wrong, I've never met one like this, but it's similar in type. hi
      1. Undecim
        Undecim 11 December 2020 23: 03
        +4
        What kind of adapted
        Today it is called a "multi-tool".
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 11 December 2020 23: 05
          +3
          Like an antediluvian multitool. smile Thanks, Vic. drinks
          1. Undecim
            Undecim 11 December 2020 23: 14
            +4
            Yes, this accessory is called "revolver multi tool" in the catalogs for collectors.
            1. Undecim
              Undecim 11 December 2020 23: 18
              +5
              In belonging to the "three-line" included here such.

              I have one, left from my grandfather.
              1. Catfish
                Catfish 11 December 2020 23: 53
                +3
                "Cheap and cheerful"! laughing I remember the affiliation for my crew AKMS.

                One guy in our company, for some unknown reason, decided that the case was a device for firing blanks, rolled up the muzzle attachment, pulled this thing over the barrel, shoved the blank cartridge in and pressed the trigger. Well, no one stood on the trajectory, the pencil case flew away to the devil's grandmother, and when he got there he got a slap from the company officer. laughing
                The second case with a bachelor was even "more interesting", one mousey (this is in his third year !!!) just clamped the muzzle with his palm, - it struck right through, he was not tried for a crossbow only because he had only a couple of months left before demobilization.
                Life is full of interesting things. laughing
                1. Abram Ivanovich
                  Abram Ivanovich 13 December 2020 20: 42
                  +1


                  It is a pity that the CWP was cut.
  9. Ua3qhp
    Ua3qhp 11 December 2020 19: 45
    +2
    The article is good, but this phrase sounds like a dissonance:
    "The model remained popular throughout its years of service, despite its simplicity and weight."
    Is the simplicity of design a disadvantage?
    1. Mik13
      Mik13 11 December 2020 20: 17
      +3
      Quote: Ua3qhp
      Is the simplicity of design a disadvantage?

      Excessive simplicity - yes, a disadvantage.
      Modern revolvers with double action trigger and automatic safety are much more complicated than the aforementioned "Peacemaker", but they are still popular because of their outstanding reliability. Although they have to compete with pistols.

      Or another example - the trigger of a TT pistol is much simpler than the trigger of a PM. However, because of this simplicity, the TT in a charged state is dangerous for the user and is categorically unsuitable for use as a self-defense weapon. The PM is a much more user-friendly pistol in this regard.
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 11 December 2020 20: 26
        +3
        Or another example - the trigger of a TT pistol is much simpler than the trigger of a PM. But...

        An excellent example, Mikhail, not in the eyebrow, but in the eye. hi
  10. John22
    John22 11 December 2020 19: 55
    +7
    The impression is as if the article was written by a woman. The myths are described, not the facts about Samuel Colt. Or thoughtless rewriting of material without analysis and deliberation. Colt was not a designer - he was an entrepreneur. The idea of ​​a revolver has been around since the 17th century. In 1835-1835, a gunsmith from Baltimore, John Pearson, developed the first working example of a capsule revolver for Colt. Colt, quickly, on 18.12.1865 received a patent in England, and then in the USA - 25.02.1836, 5.03.1836 Colt founds his own factory for the production of revolvers "Paterson" (1836-1842) ... Colt was the first to establish mass production of revolvers, which Adams and Collier did not succeed in Europe. The Paterson revolver was a breakthrough weapon for that time. Due to the removable and spare 5-charge drum, 1 shots could be fired in 10 minute. And comparing it with a clockwork is unacceptable: there are only 35 parts in the design (together with 13 bolts), of which 5 leaf springs. To call a cartridge of a revolver a "bullet" of Colt is beyond my understanding! The author is far from Shpakovsky ...
  11. Masha
    Masha 11 December 2020 20: 05
    +1
    Colt still needs to be fed with a kind word ........ b
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 11 December 2020 20: 31
      +1
      If possible, explain your idea ... in more detail.
      1. Masha
        Masha 11 December 2020 20: 40
        +2
        A kind word and a gun ... so understandable?
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 11 December 2020 20: 46
          +3
          Masha love , are you sure that Al Capone used the Colt? I would not categorically state this, it is only known for certain that he preferred to beat the spirit out of enemies with a baseball bat, and nothing more.
          1. Masha
            Masha 11 December 2020 21: 24
            +3
            he preferred to knock the spirit out of enemies with a baseball bat, and nothing more.

            Rough and not aesthetically pleasing ... laughing love
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 11 December 2020 21: 27
              +6
              Well, what do you get from him, you bastard, from the uneducated. laughing
              1. Masha
                Masha 11 December 2020 21: 38
                +1
                Better an old TT ... wink
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 11 December 2020 22: 34
                  +3


                  That's for sure! wink
              2. Russ
                Russ 11 December 2020 21: 48
                +4

                Well, what do you get from him, you bastard, from the uneducated.
                You eat savages ... yes
            2. Grits
              Grits 12 December 2020 15: 22
              +1
              Quote: Masha
              Rough and not aesthetically pleasing ...

              I think the sight of the flying out brains did not shock him much
  12. KVU-NSVD
    KVU-NSVD 11 December 2020 20: 09
    +1
    [quote] [($ 330 at today's exchange rate), which for many at that time was the average monthly salary. / quote] Judging by Forsyth with his "American Tragedy", $ 330 is, to put it mildly, not the average monthly salary. There, a "hero", being a petty manager at a collar factory in the mid-twenties of the 20th century. (if I am not mistaken) I received 125 dollars a month ... [quote] Colt company in 1956 resumed production of "Peacemaker" in the classic version. You can buy this famous revolver today. [/ Quote] Here is a revolver one hundred and twenty years old, but with a history - I would buy it, but a modern replica - no, nafig it is needed ..
    1. Lad
      Lad 12 December 2020 21: 08
      +1
      It depends on what to buy for. If the collection is on the shelf, then an old revolver is better. And if you want to regularly shoot from it, then a new line is better. The new model has a higher guarantee. And I'm not sorry for the remake, it will break - I threw it out and bought a new one.
  13. John22
    John22 11 December 2020 20: 32
    +7
    1. The .45 Colt cartridge was without groove.
    2. Under the barrel, on the side of the Peacemaker, there is an ejector, not a ramrod. It is not usually removable. The ramrod is included separately.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 11 December 2020 21: 01
      +2
      Absolutely correct remark. hi
    2. Abram Ivanovich
      Abram Ivanovich 13 December 2020 20: 33
      0
      (looking around)
      Are we talking about .45LC?
  14. Catfish
    Catfish 11 December 2020 20: 40
    +4
    ... in 1877 the Frontier revolver was introduced ...


    Colt "Frontier", the main and favorite hero of Westerns.
  15. Sergei
    Sergei 11 December 2020 20: 44
    +2
    As I recall, the writer is a SAA with a certain barrel length, I think 7,5 inches.
    1. Catfish
      Catfish 11 December 2020 21: 00
      +1
      It is true that the Myotvorets has a much longer barrel.
  16. Undecim
    Undecim 11 December 2020 20: 51
    +3
    In fact, this is not so much. Colt revolvers were never the most common weapon in the Wild West. For example, revolvers much less well-known company Harrington & Richardson by 1908 had produced more than three million.
    The author decided to cheat with an article about weapons. First, how can one compare one Colt model and the general release of revolvers by Harrington & Richardson. Secondly, not by 1908, but by 1941.
  17. Alien From
    Alien From 11 December 2020 20: 57
    0
    Thanks to the author, an interesting article)
  18. Catfish
    Catfish 11 December 2020 20: 59
    +1
    For example, revolvers much less well-known company Harrington & Richardson by 1908 had produced more than three million.

    Interestingly, the author had in mind some specific model, or all "H and R" at once?
    1. John22
      John22 12 December 2020 10: 36
      0
      Well, this is a pure Smith and Wesson scheme. Burrless too.
  19. Nikolaevich I
    Nikolaevich I 11 December 2020 21: 22
    +4
    1.Myah ... good excuse ... ship's helm! laughing There is also another version of the origin of the "Kolt" invention ...: In the first third of the 19th century in England, Collier's revolver Model 1818 was adopted. Almost all revolvers were sent to India! And Colt, there was a case, somehow traveled on the ship "Corvo" to India ... on this ship Collier caught the eye of Collier's revolver! Moreover, I once came across an article on the Internet where it was claimed that Colt himself once mentioned that he saw Collier's revolver in his youth!
    COLLIER.
    2.The first Colt to go into production was not a revolver, but a revolver rifle ... Both the revolver and the rifle were produced since 1837, but the rifle a few months earlier ...
    1. Forever so
      Forever so 11 December 2020 22: 49
      +3
      Here, my friend, you are straight with a sickle for this very American exclusivity)))) But how romantic it was !! He was driving a Colt with one hand, rolling the balls with the other, and then he got the idea of ​​a revolver !! ..)) what
    2. Catfish
      Catfish 12 December 2020 11: 16
      +4
      Yes, Volodya, you don’t love Samuel ... you don’t. laughing drinks
      1. Nikolaevich I
        Nikolaevich I 12 December 2020 18: 32
        +2
        Quote: Sea Cat
        you don’t love Samuel ...

        And not figs he was "borzet"! angry And then he himself earned dozens of milion, but did not give to others! negative
        1. Catfish
          Catfish 12 December 2020 20: 49
          +2
          Envy is not the best human quality. laughing drinks
          1. Nikolaevich I
            Nikolaevich I 12 December 2020 22: 09
            +2

            I DO NOT TAKE ANYTHING! stop I'm offended for the boys! yes
            1. Catfish
              Catfish 12 December 2020 22: 15
              +3
              I'm offended for the boys!

              And the American boys themselves, as they could, turned around, no one bothered them. Some did better, some did worse, some did nothing at all, but no one forbade them to "spin". And Colt was just a talented entrepreneur, not everyone is given something to feel sorry for.
              Still, God created people completely unequal, and this is not about physical strength. smile drinks
              1. Nikolaevich I
                Nikolaevich I 13 December 2020 10: 09
                +2
                Quote: Sea Cat
                Colt was just a talented entrepreneur, not everyone is given,

                Another secret of Colt's success was innovative techniques for "promoting" the product. For the mass consumer, stories were invented about how revolvers helped to defeat a superior enemy, people were better told that having a Colt was a matter of prestige. For officialsresponsible for the purchase of weapons, arranged lush presentations, greats of the world this was presented to [b] exclusive copies [b]. [As a result, the state of Colt before his death was estimated at an astronomical amount for those times - 15 million dollars!
                Source: https://versia.ru/syem-kolt-k-znamenitym-revolveram-ne-imeet-otnosheniya

                Does it remind you of anything? wink The management of the Great Colt is alive and well! fellow ............. hi
                1. Catfish
                  Catfish 13 December 2020 10: 14
                  +3
                  There is one little "quirk" - Colt died a relatively young man and millions did not help him stay in this world. although the memory of him will survive him for a very long time. Everything in life is relative. smile
  20. old_pferd
    old_pferd 12 December 2020 06: 18
    +4
    The same wooden model
    1. Nikolaevich I
      Nikolaevich I 12 December 2020 08: 27
      +1
      3th century 19D printer? winked
    2. John22
      John22 12 December 2020 10: 33
      -2
      And Colt did all this with a knife? The ship's steering wheel had no locking devices. And it still hasn't. And no matter how you look at him, the revolver does not remind.
      1. Catfish
        Catfish 12 December 2020 11: 15
        +3
        The ship's steering wheel had no locking devices. And it still hasn't.

        Is it? True, I have never had a chance to sail on ships larger than the WFD, but the steering wheel stopper was present on the "veerdeshka". And on sailing ships, as far as I know from historical literature, the steering wheel was corny fixed with a cable.
  21. faterdom
    faterdom 12 December 2020 15: 08
    0
    In total, from 1873 to 1940, a little less than 360 thousand Peacekeepers revolvers and their modifications were produced in the United States.
    In fact, this is not so much. Colt revolvers were never the most common weapon in the Wild West. For example, revolvers much less well-known company Harrington & Richardson by 1908 had produced more than three million.

    Thanks here, you have corrected my brains (and probably many).
    We are all in captivity of Hollywood stereotypes, which are similar to real life as our "Kuban Cossacks".
  22. Tank hard
    Tank hard 13 December 2020 20: 29
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    American gunsmith Samuel Colt has gone down in history forever as one of the designers who made a significant contribution to the development of revolving weapons.

    New business! And then I considered him a successful businessman who sold well the inventions of others, for example
    Colt was not the designer of the revolver, but a certain John Pearson, who received a meager reward for his invention

    But maybe I'm cruelly mistaken? Let the author convince me. Links to a trusted and trusted source are welcome. hi
  23. Peter rybak
    Peter rybak 27 January 2021 02: 56
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    Very informative. Thanks for the interesting material.