Wednesday, September 30, 2015

A Brief History of the Western Cowboy Black Powder Outlaw Revolver Pistol


Stories of western outlaws could never had filled the history books with their infamous tales, without the invention of the Western Cowboy Black Powder Outlaw Revolver Pistol. One of the first designs created by Samuel Colt in 1851, the new automatic, revolving chamber allowed for six shots to be taken before you had to stop to reload. Although Samuel Colt was among the first to design the gun, it did not take Remington long to create a design of their own.

The new revolver was a huge hit among outlaws and law-enforcers alike. The gun was easy to conceal and allowed for multiple rounds. Outlaws such as Wild Bill and Jessie James took complete advantage of the gun, increasing its usefulness by positioning one in each hand for their assault. Unfortunately, law enforcers saw the advantage to the gun as well, and used them in their attempts to siege these out-laws. The notorious Jessie James was killed with .36 caliber 1851 Navy Colt Revolver, shot in close range with a bullet to the back of his head.

The legendary guerilla soldiers of the civil war, also called“bushwhackers”, used these guns in their attempt to defeat the union soldiers. The bushwhackers hid among the brush, waiting for union soldiers to come into range, then they'd take their shot. Although the newly designed loading level made the gun easy to load with good balance, it wasn't as precise as its predecessors. Most often, the gun shot would wound the victim and the gunman would then go back to end the victim with a close shot to the head.

The new revolver was a far cry better than its ancestor, especially when it came to duels. Although not as accurate, the gun was light weight which allowed for a faster draw, and it was equipped with the automatic revolving chamber which allowed the gunman more than one shot.

No matter which way you look at it, the Outlaw Revolver made a huge impact for the Western Cowboy. It was a revolutionary change which allowed for the most famed outlaws and law-enforcers to create legends to be told for years to come.

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