Founded in 1848 by inventor Samuel Colt, Colt’s Manufacturing Company is one of the oldest names in the American Firearms market, with a rich history spanning over a century. Today, Colt is still in operation under the ownership of the CZ Group.
In the mid-19th century—just as in today’s world—citizens were clamoring for a concealable, reliable and affordable handgun. Ironically, inspired by the acceptance of his massive .44-cal. 1847 Walker and First Model 1848 Dragoon, the enterprising Sam Colt sensed an opportunity.
This week on American Rifleman Television, we tour the Performance Center of Smith & Wesson, test the Colt Anaconda and examine the history of the Howdah Pistol.
This “Questions & Answers” was featured in the January 2005 issue of American Rifleman.
Born from a desire for a faster and flatter shooting cartridge, the .32-20 Winchester Center Fire cartridge came to the world stage at the end of the 19th century as a popular option for revolvers and lever-action rifles alike, but its popularity eventually dwindled as the 20th century progressed.