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    On This Day in 1847

    https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/day-1847-texas-ranger-walked-samuel-colts-shop-and-said-make-me-six-shooter-180961621/

    The old saying goes like this: God created men equal. Colonel Colt made them equal.Samuel Colt accepted an order for 1,000 revolvers from Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers on this day in 1847. At the time, although he had some success selling his guns abroad, his five-shot revolver was a ways from being the storied weapon that the Colt would become.“Firing five shots in less time than one man could reload a flintlock weapon should have guaranteed large orders from the government,” writes James Donovan for Texas Monthly. “But the Paterson, as Colt’s first revolver became known, was fragile and fired a small-caliber ball, and it had to be half-disassembled to reload, so military tests were unimpressive, as were sales.”Walker’s stipulations, according to Mark Crawford for the American Society of Mechanical Engineers: he wanted an improved version of the revolver that Colt had patented in 1836. It needed to hold six bullets, be simple to reload and “be powerful enough to kill a man with a single shot.”“Before Colt began mass-producing his popular revolvers in 1847, handguns had not played a significant role in the history of either the American West or the nation as a whole,’ writes History.com. Read More:
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    Capt. Walker wanted a weapon which would not only drop a man, but also his horse, being a much bigger target. ‘Go big, or go home’...?
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    Thanks for the history lesson here !!!!!! Well done.
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    Colt called it a "horse pistol" for a reason...it took a horse to carry it. I had a Walker re-pop, (Italian) and a Colt 2nd generation 3rd. Dragoon and both are more than I want to carry for long.
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    Eli Whitney actually was the one that helped Colt with mass production and parts interchangeability.
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