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Legacy of Colonel Colt by VanGargoyle Legacy of Colonel Colt by VanGargoyle
This is an 1873 Peacemaker from my collection. Known as a "third generation," it's less than 20 years old.

Back when it was first introduced, the Model 73 cost the Army about $20. Recent manufacture (pre "Cowboy" model) Colt single actions commonly cost over $1,000. A First Generation in good conditon can bring $10,000 or more.
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Tohokari-Steel Featured By Owner Jul 21, 2012
Whenever I see this kinda revolver, a quote always comes to mind:

"God created all men, but Samuel Colt made them equal."
phphph Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2006
pretty stuff....

see ya..
Spacedman Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
the peacemakers were revolutionary in many aspects they were a great weapon. How many more peices do you have in your collection? these are great peices you have shown on here.

I like pistols more than revolvers most of the classics get my attention real good.
VanGargoyle Featured By Owner Jul 4, 2005
Actually, the Peacemakers weren't so much revolutionary as evolutionary. Colt revolvers had been around since 1836, but S&W did most of the really revolutionary stuff. They had cartridge guns as early as 1857 and adapted the same technology into the first successful lever action rifle, the Henry, in 1862. The big topbreak models came along in 1870-71, while the cartridge model Colt didn't really appear till 1873, when Rollin White's patent on the bored through cylinder expired. Colt marketing was good, but S&W did a lot of business overseas; counting the guns licensed for manufacture by the Czar, the various Russian models totalled something like 600,000 before production stopped.
Spacedman Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
wow I didn't know that I'll remember that I roam around the net finding respectable and correct sites for info and I used to watch Tales of the Gun on the history channel haven't seen that for a while though...
VanGargoyle Featured By Owner Jul 5, 2005
I worked at Navy Arms in Ridgefield, New Jersey for a short time back in the 70s, and at that time it was becoming the preeminent maker of accurate replicas of the Civil War era and earlier. Since then they've branched out into cartridge weapons, including a very good replica of the Smith & Wesson "Russian," which was the topbreak the Czar's armies ended up with.

The big "American" models in .44 Russian were quite popular in the Old West, and in fact the James and Younger brothers liked them. A .44 American taken off Cole Younger upon his capture after the Northfield, Minnesota raid in 1876 sold at auction a few years ago for over $216,000. Gary James had the privilege of firing a few rounds through it on Tales of the Gun two or three years ago.

The Russian ammo was out of production for many years, but now that the Single Action Shooting Society (SASS) is gathering a lot of popularity, the empty .44 Russian brass is pretty easy to find if you're willing to load it yourself. I'm going to get a Navy Russian one of these days, but I also want a Berdan Sharps; the two of them will set me back about two grand, which I don't have right now.

Such is life. All the toys cost money.
Spacedman Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005
at least your toys arn't 50 grand or more a peice like Jay Leno's collection. Currently I have a collection of computers which are worth about $2 and dropping daily. I think I remember that episode of "Tales of the Gun" not sure though there was quite a few episodes.

The Czars armies were always huge if I remember my history right but never really to Hi-tech until Peter the Great wasn't it? I would imagine their weaponry would have to be done like corporations do today mass numbers, and cheap.

Wasn't most Civil War era guns (revolvers) cap and ball?
VanGargoyle Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2005
Yep, cap and ball was the rule rather than the exception back in the War to Suppress Yankee Arrogance. Smith & Wesson made some tip up rimfires in .22 and, I believe, in .32 during the war, when thousands and thousands of guys wanted a little hideout gun to have in case they got surrounded or needed to shoot their way out of a tough spot.

I think most of those pieces ended up being used to give a sense of well being more than actually being used in combat.
Spacedman Featured By Owner Jul 7, 2005
yeah must people are not very confortable carrying a .22 pistol or .25 they don't do much damage nor do they much of a range. don't know much about the .32 but the .22 I do beleive was created somewhere during the war. I think I remember something about a cartridge type design for a rifle but it didn't use a brass cartridge.. if that rings a bell if at all.

I got a question for you this next month sometime I plan on buying a handgun (prefferably a pistol), and could you suggest a good model or brand for me?

I have taken a firearms class twice (I didn't fail the first time I took it again because I enjoyed it), and thime upcoming semester I plan on taking advanced firearms. Firearms I was created towards a criminal justice degree we learned the use of saftey, accuracy, flashlights, use of cover, secondary hand shooting, one handed reloading, firing, and clearing malfunctions. we used Glock 17s issued to us by the campus. we used the law enforcement regulation test for our midterm and final exams. I feel you know your what would be a good choice or option.
VanGargoyle Featured By Owner Jul 8, 2005
PS: The .22 Short was the first rimfire cartridge, first seen in the S&W Model #1 about 1857. The predecessor was the "Volcanic," which was a hollow bullet containing a woefully small powder charge and a sort of wafer primer. It wasn't commercially successful, but it did get Mssrs. Smith and Wesson into the field. I forget which of them actually started the company, but there was an incredibly complex evolution. They let go the Volcanic design, which B. Tyler Henry turned into a commercially and technologically successful 16-shot rifle just in time for the Civil War, and then that became the basis for the first Winchester, the Model 1866.
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