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May 18th, 2012

The Colt Army 1860; A Fine Piece of American History

The Colt Army Model 1860 is a muzzle-loaded cap and ball .44-caliber revolver.  It was used during the American Civil War and was made by Colt’s Manufacturing Company.  It was used as a side arm by cavalry, infantry, artillery troops, and naval forces.  It was one of the most popular handguns of its time, with over 200,000 units produced between 1860 and 1873.  It utilized an 8 inch barrel and had an effective range of 50-75 yards. While the Colt Army Model 1860 was a favorite in the Army, it was quite difficult to operate.  Each of the six chambers had to be loaded from the front, or muzzle end.  A precise amount of black powder was poured into the chamber, followed by a lead ... Read more
Posted by Mark Juelich on May 18th, 2012 :: Filed under: Blog,Military