There’s nothing on record I’ve seen that suggests Sam Colt ever strapped on a pair of his revolvers and headed west to tame one of the tough frontier towns like Tombstone or Dodge City. Not that he didn’t participate. From the mid-19th century (including our civil war) up to World War I, Colt revolvers were almost mandatory issue for the intrepid adventurers who put their shooting skills to work taming the Old West or subduing any behavior they considered hostile.
The original snake guns from Colt were high-polish, hand fitted masterpieces. The smooth feel of the trigger pull was matched only by the exquisite exterior finish. Discontinued in 2005, it remains one of the highest requested line of firearms to be brought back from the graveyard. New for 2017 Colt has heard the people’s request and is giving them what they want.
Well, in name anyway.
Back in the 1950s, the majority of carry guns were double- action revolvers, as were most law enforcement duty guns, and usually they were either Smith & Wesson or Colt models. The majority of plainclothes officers usually packed an S&W Chief’s Special or Bodyguard, a Colt Detective Special, or the Colt Cobra. It was the era of the wheelgun.