Colt: The Revolver of the American West

Colt: The Revolver of the American West


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From the world’s finest collection, the 100 most significant Colt revolvers are presented in this handsome volume. The Colt Single Action Revolver "won the West" by being the gun of choice on the American frontier, used by everyone from settlers and Native Americans to law-enforcement officers and outlaws. As a result of their shared history, the Colt revolver and the American West will forever be connected. Over its twenty-five-year history, the Autry National Center has compiled the finest assemblage of more than 500 Colt revolvers in the world, including the Colt Industries corporate collection. The Autry’s curator has selected the 100 most important examples to document and celebrate the history of Samuel Colt’s revolutionary invention. The revolvers include pieces of historical significance, opulently engraved specimens, and extremely rare models. Featured are an early prototype revolver, Wyatt Earp’s and Theodore Roosevelt’s favorite guns, and the first modern revolvers designed by Tiffany & Co. Each gun is described in a detailed essay, and additional artifacts—historical photographs and art, uniforms, hats, and holsters—are featured to place the revolvers in their proper historical context. This handsome volume is ideal for the collector or enthusiast of the American West.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780785836940
Publisher: Book Sales
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 280
Sales rank: 663,115
Product dimensions: 11.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Jeffrey Richardson is the Gamble Curator of Western History, Popular Culture, and Firearms at the Autry National Center. William M. Keys is a retired U.S. Marine Corps general and is president and CEO of Colt’s Manufacturing, LLC. Beverly Haynes is the corporate historian of Colt’s Manufacturing, LLC.

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ShawnM More than 1 year ago
One of the best books on Colt revolvers ever published. The layout is neat which makes this easy and fun to read. There is one gun or artifact with accompanying text per page. This type of layout is great for reading the book over a longer period of time rather than trying to read endless prose page after page. The photos are impeccable and almost let you reach out and touch the historic piece the text is describing. This is the best gift you can get for any Colt enthusiast. The book focuses only on revolvers and some Sam Colt artifacts from the family estate, with a large part of that focus on the legendary Colt Single Action Army. Highly recommended. The author Mr Jeffrey Richardson, who is a curator at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles, needs to write more Colt books!