Revolvers first emerged in the early 1800s, an early type of semi-automatic pistol that made it faster and easier for shooters to blast rounds at targets of all kinds. One company — Colt — took the revolver concept and cashed in, thanks to its variants that found use throughout the American Civil War and the Old West. How much do you know about the famous Colt pistols in our quiz?
From early black powder versions that used cap and ball ammunition to ultra-modern metallic cartridge designs, many Colt revolvers have been a part of big moments in world history. Can you name any of the people who used Colt weapons as part of their lives?
The Single Action Army is likely Colt’s most iconic weapon. This big six-shooter was common in both the East and West in the 1870s and 1880s, with soldiers, ranchers and, yes, criminals, too. How much do you know about the lore and specifications of this amazing weapon?
Colt didn’t invent the mass production of revolvers, but the company did perfect these high-speed manufacturing techniques. Its marketing prowess was also second to none. The result? Colt sidearms were everywhere. Take a shot at our famous Colt sidearms quiz now! Maybe you’ll find your mark … or perhaps you’ll just be shooting blanks.
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