1873 Colt Single Action Army - 'Gun Stories'

We've all heard the old saying, “God created man, but Sam Colt made them equal.” Sam Colt and his invention of the revolver certainly did change the world. The ability to fire five or six rounds without reloading made a huge difference in the history of firearms. But, interestingly enough, Colt wasn't always a gun maker. In fact, his beginnings are more interesting than most people could imagine. And the famed Colt Single Action of 1873 is a gun Sam Colt wasn't even around to see.


The strength of Colt’s design was its simplicity and ease of operation - the perfect machine for Americans on the move west. It worked, and it worked well. Although we think of the classic Colts as cowboy guns, they were designed first and foremost as the cutting-edge military weapons of their time - a huge boon for horse mounted cavalry.

The Colt Single Action Army, like this one once owned by Sammy Davis Jr., is not only one of the most iconic guns in the world and the symbol of the American West, but one of the most popular handguns ever.

Except for the brief period of time during and after World War II, the Colt Peacemaker has been in continuous production since 1873. With companies like Ruger, Freedom Arms, and yes, even Colt driving the renaissance of single-action revolvers, there are more single-actions now than at any time in history. So whether you're a hunter, or a cowboy action shooter, or just a person who appreciates the classic lines of Sam Colt's magnificent creation, you have more choices than ever before.



Recommended for You

NRA Show

Beretta's New 92X

G&A Digital Staff - April 28, 2019

The 92X Performance model from Beretta was created to satisfy two requirements: Speed and...

Rifles

Review: Savage Arms MSR 15 Competition

James Tarr - May 21, 2019

The Savage MSR 15 Competition is an out-of-the-box race horse ready to help you win 3-Gun...

NRA Show

New for 2019: The Beretta APX Carry

G&A Digital Staff - May 28, 2019

OSG's Lynn Burkhead talks with Erik Stern of Beretta about the new Beretta APX Carry pistol at...

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Gun Clips with Joe Mantegna - 94 WINCHESTER

Joe Mantegna talks about the origins of the 94 Winchester rifle.

Feeding Your Firearms with Aguila Ammunition

A group of competitive shooters talk about new products from Aguila , the Aguila Cup, and everyone's favorite new guns launched at the 2019 SHOT show.

Hornady 6MM Creedmoor

Tom Beckstrand and Neal Emery of Hornady highlight the 6MM Creedmoor ammo.

See more Popular Videos

Trending Stories

Rifle

Review: Hornady .300 PRC

Tom Beckstrand - March 12, 2019

Why America needs another .30 caliber magnum.

Rifles

Review: Savage Arms MSR 15 Competition

James Tarr - May 21, 2019

The Savage MSR 15 Competition is an out-of-the-box race horse ready to help you win 3-Gun...

Reviews

Review: Taurus TX22 Rimfire

Eric Poole - May 23, 2019

Taurus' TX22 rimfire shoots like no other.

See More Stories

More Handguns

New Handguns 2019

Joel J. Hutchcroft - July 01, 2019

Pistoleros can rejoice with new offerings from Ruger, Glock, Sig Sauer, Kimber and more.

Reviews

Mossberg MC1sc Review

Chris Cerino - May 02, 2019

This year marks 100 years since the first Mossberg pistol. Is the new subcompact MC1 worth the...

Reviews

Colt King Cobra Revolver Review

Keith Wood - June 17, 2019

Colt's King Cobra slithers back into our hands.

See More Handguns

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Temporary Price Reduction

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.