25 Feb '13, 7pm

Samuel Colt patented his revolver on this day in 1836.

After receiving a patent in England in 1835, American inventor and industrialist Samuel Colt was granted US patent 9430X for a "revolving gun" on February 25, 1836. The Colt revolver had a revolving cylinder with five or six bullets and an innovative cocking device. Colt moved away from the idea of a multiple barreled revolver, instead using a rotating cylinder which would come into alignment with a single barrel. His design was a more practical adaption of Elisha Collier's earlier revolving flintlock. It included a locking pawl to keep the cylinder in line with the barrel, and a percussion cap that made ignition more reliable, faster, and safer than the previous designs. Colt's US revolver patent gave him a monopoly on revolver manufacturing for more than 20 years. Colt's designs popularized the revolver and led to a shift away from single-shot pistols. They became so pop...

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