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Bass Reeves' Colt Single Action Army .45 Revolver. Image courtesy Western History Collection, University of Oklahoma Library.

Bass Reeves' Colt Single Action Army .45 Revolver. Image courtesy Western History Collection, University of Oklahoma Library.

Colt M1862 Police revolver - 150 years ago, the Colt factory had a bad day. It burned down. Believed started by Confederate agents, the Colt fire in 1864 put a real crimp in the company’s percussion revolver production for the remainder of the year. But one gun that didn’t burn up in Hartford, CT was this engraved Colt .36 caliber revolver. This five-shot handgun probably sold for an elevated price in the high demand market of 1864. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

Colt M1862 Police revolver - 150 years ago, the Colt factory had a bad day. It burned down. Believed started by Confederate agents, the Colt fire in 1864 put a real crimp in the company’s percussion revolver production for the remainder of the year. But one gun that didn’t burn up in Hartford, CT was this engraved Colt .36 caliber revolver. This five-shot handgun probably sold for an elevated price in the high demand market of 1864. At the NRA National Firearms Museum in Fairfax, VA.

The Colt Thuer conversion is acknowledged as Colts first metallic cartridge revolver which was produced from 1869 to 1872, long before the single action army model appeared on the horizon. One of the unique features of the Thuer was the ability to easily switch to the percussion cylinder which came in handy if the user ran out of metallic cartridges, yet had percussion caps, black powder and ball ammo. This 1860 Colt "Army" also bears a well aged set of ivory grip panels.

The Colt Thuer conversion is acknowledged as Colts first metallic cartridge revolver which was produced from 1869 to 1872, long before the single action army model appeared on the horizon. One of the unique features of the Thuer was the ability to easily switch to the percussion cylinder which came in handy if the user ran out of metallic cartridges, yet had percussion caps, black powder and ball ammo. This 1860 Colt "Army" also bears a well aged set of ivory grip panels.

A deadly duo of six-guns! At top is the Smith & Wesson .44-40 Frontier Double Action revolver taken from Hardin’s body (next slide) after he was shot by Constable John Selman (inset). Selman used the 1873 Colt Single Action .45 (above) to end the life of one of the West’s most notorious and dangerous shootists.

A deadly duo of six-guns! At top is the Smith & Wesson .44-40 Frontier Double Action revolver taken from Hardin’s body (next slide) after he was shot by Constable John Selman (inset). Selman used the 1873 Colt Single Action .45 (above) to end the life of one of the West’s most notorious and dangerous shootists.

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