A Man and His Guns
The Colt six shooter will always be a legend to many fighting men. Whether you
know it as an accurate, cowboy, Texas Ranger, gun-slinging, out West, corral gun, or as a
little protection, the Peacemaker by Samuel Colt and Samuel Colt will never be forgotten.
Samuel Colt is known as the inventor of the first revolving firearm. Colt was born in
1814 to a family were money was not the pressing issue. His father ,Christopher, was a
man that owned his own silk mill in the town where Colt was born, Hartford, Connecticut.
Colt's mother died when he was six and his father's business started to fail. When Colt 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. At the age of ten Colt was an apprentice in his fathers mill,
mostly dying clothes.
Science, adventures of an active life, and mechanics were all the
favorite passions of young Colt. The adventures eventually led Colt into trouble. At the
age of seventeen Colt was expelled form a preparatory school in Amherst, MA.
During the years of 1830 - 1831 Colt voyaged to India.. It was during these
years that Colt 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, Colt must have seen other revolving firearms in London or India. He carved a
wooden model of his ideal gun while he was at sea. None of what Colt 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.