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The Colt Six-Shooter

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The colt six shooter will always be a legend to Texas.   Whether you know

  it as an accurate, cowboy, Texas Ranger, gun-slinging, out West, corral gun, or

  as a little protection, the colt   will never be forgotten in Texas.  


        Sam Colt is known as the inventor of the first revolving firearm. Sam's

  mother died when he was six and his father owned a silk mill in Ware,

  Massachusetts. When Sam Colt was seven, he was fascinated by guns.   He took

  apart his father's gun in a field and was able to successfully rebuild it.  

  Science, adventures of an active life, and mechanics were all the favorite

  passions of young Samuel Colt.


        During 1830 - 1831, Sam Colt was abroad at sea.   It was during these

  years that Samuel first conceived the idea of a revolving firearm.   Some think

  it may have come from watching the revolving wheel of the ship, turning and

  locking.   While on board ship,   Sam must have seen other revolving firearms in

  London or   India.   Sam carved a wooden model of his ideal gun while he was at

  sea.   None of what Sam may have previously seen on revolving guns could have

  led to his invention. His ideas were not copied from any source, even though

  the revolving idea was not unique.


        When Sam arrived   home from sea, he showed   the   wooden model to his

  father and a family friend.   This friend was Henry Ellsworth, Commissioner of

  the United States Patent   Office.   Both Sam's father and Mr. Ellsworth were

  greatly impressed by the model.   They encouraged Sam to file for a patent for

  his revolving firearm.


        On February of the 25, in the year 1835, the first United States patent

  was granted for a colt revolver. The patent that Samuel received covered eight



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