Navy colt, with
octagonal barrel, ivory grips and elaborate engraving for presentation
purposes, was one of a pair presented to Maj. Gen. John M. Schofield by friends
on Aug. 1, 1863. The plain-issue model was sought after by arms-poor
Confederate soldiers, many of whom wrote home pleadingly for a pair of captured
Army colt was
presented by the citizens of the Territory of Arizona in 1871 to Lt. Charles
Morton for bravery in fighting the Apaches. The workhorse of the Civil War, it
was a forerunner of the metallic-cartridge model. Many muzzle-loading Army
Colts, which were fired by percussion cap, were altered after the war to take
the new cartridge.
frontier colt, gold inlaid and engraved, with mother-of-pearl grips, gold steer
horns and topaz eyes, was fancied up by a custom gunsmith, is valued at about
$650. The plain Frontier Model, costing $37.50, was discontinued by Colt in
1941. Some Western sheriffs and state troopers still carry these pistols.
colt, with box of percussion caps (which fired paper cartridges when these were
used) and powder flask, was made in 1848. It was a pocket pistol much favored
by civilians. The gun is inscribed " California, 1851," was no doubt
carried during the gold rush. Miners liked the pistol because it was light and
walker colt was made in Whitneyville, Conn., by Eli Whitney Jr. (son of the
cotton-gin inventor) for Colt, then without a factory. Colt got a War
Department order in 1847 for 1,000 pistols from Capt. Sam Walker who was
fighting in the Mexican War and died later that year. Only about 100 Walkers
have been found.
inlaid with gold, is an elaborate presentation model, valued at about $5,000.
The plain-model Dragoon (average value $250) is often confused with the more
valuable Walker, weighs 4 pounds 2 ounces, whereas the Walker weighs 7 ounces
more. Dragoons also have 7�-inch and 8-inch barrels, Walkers 9-inch.
colt, No. 332088, with deluxe engraving, ivory grips and silver plating, was
General George S. Patton Jr.'s personal side-arm in World Wars I and II (he
bought it in 1916 when a second lieutenant and carried it until his death).
Like shooters before and after him, Patton favored the Frontier's fine balance
and hard-hitting ability.
single six revolver was first postwar Coltlike gun to appear after the
discontinuance of the Frontier Model. A .22 selling for $63.25, it closely
resembles the Frontier but offers certain mechanical improvements. The company
is now tooling up to produce the Single Six revolver in .38 Special and .44
frontier revolver first appeared in 1954, comes in three barrel lengths, in
.22, .38 Special, .357 Atomic (a company innovation employing a longer
cartridge than the .357 Magnum), .44 Special and .45 Long Colt calibers. Prices
range from $84.50 to $125 for plain factory models. Gun shown is .44 Special