Colt: The Revolver of the American West

Author(s): Jeffrey Richardson


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.


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..".catalogues a signature collection of memorabilia from the Steve Jobs of the nineteenth century: Samuel Colt, the man who gave America the 6-shooter. The cynical joke in the American West was that God didn't make men equal, Samuel Colt did. Colt...may not have invented the repeating rifle or the six-shooter that he quickly turned into his company's core product. But like Steve Jobs more than a century later, he created the industry shaped his century. "Colt: The Revolver from the American West," reviews that accomplishment by examining 100 pieces from the Greg Martin Colt Gallery at the Autry National Center in Los Angeles. Although the collection is dedicated to the historic firearms, it also includes the maquette of a rearing colt, arguably the first corporate brand and probably the most recognizable logo of the 1800s." "Town & Country Magazine" "Through my outdoor series" Gun Stories," I have the privilege of meeting a lot of people and handling a lot of guns. The Colt revolver is a most important gun and Jeffrey Richardson's participation on my show has been invaluable. His knowledge and style are apparent in his great new book. It is a fitting honor for the great Colt collection at the Autry Museum, here in Los Angeles, and a must read for firearms aficionados, collectors, and fans of the West." "Joe Mantegna, " Host of "Gun Stories "Colt" is ideal for the historian and scholar, the collector, and anyone who is fascinated by the great American West and its captivating culture. The text offers not only reliable and interesting facts, but is accompanied by many legends of the Colt. Not the least of those legends - Sam Colt himself. It is exciting to welcome such a landmark publication to the pantheon of works on the American West, and on firearms." "- R.L. Wilson, " author, antiquarian, Colt employee (1964-65), and consultant since 1966 ""."..the Autry Collection's 100 most important examples to document and celebrate the history of Sa

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.

General Fields

  • : 9780789327109
  • : Universe Publishing
  • : Universe Publishing Inc.,U.S.
  • : August 2013
  • : 241mm X 292mm X 31mm
  • : United States
  • : December 2013
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Jeffrey Richardson
  • : Hardback
  • : English
  • : 280
  • : 150 Colour