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Becker County Sportsman - Colonel Sam Colt and his 'six shooter'

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Samuel F. Colt was the manufacturer of a handgun known as the Patterson Colt. It was moderately successful. The year was 1856 and Colt's handguns were woefully underpowered.

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Black powder was the propellant and this had serious limitations. Colt's handguns sold for a very low price, much lower than competitor Smith & Wesson's sidearms, which were much heavier.

Smith & Wesson's advantage, however, was the issue of a patent that featured a bored-through cylinder.

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