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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.


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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