Colt in History | Pistols for Sale
The Colt Single Action Army, also called Colt .45 and the Peacemaker is a single-action revolver holding six cartridges. It was developed for the U. S. government service trials in 1872 and was the standard military service revolver until 1892.
The Colt single action army revolver was available in 4 ¾”, 5 ½” and the Cavalry standard 7 ½”. Though Colt has discontinued production twice, popular demand has brought it back each time. Today it is popular among pistols for sale among collectors and reenactors. The Colt Single Action Army has been one of the most influential guns in history influencing the production of other models by other gun manufacturers.
The Colt .45 is an icon of American history, known as “The Gun That Won the West”, though there were numerous guns in use at the time. The name has stuck nonetheless, and it was a popular gun in the day.
The Colt Single Action Army Revolver was one of the pistols that replaced the Colt 1860 Army Percussion revolver and ultimately remained in favor until 1892 when it was replaced by the .38 Long Colt, a double action revolver with a swing out cylinder.
Today, an all original U. S. Cavalry and Artillery Single Action Army in good condition (produced from 1873 to 1891) are very valuable. The most valuable are those inspected by Orville Wood Ainsworth ( stamped OWA) , and the even rarer Henry Nettleton (stamped HN) inspected Single Action Army Colts, with the latter two being worth over $10,000 in good condition.
Colt next introduced the Colt Frontier Six-Shooter, which was an 1873 Colt Model P type of revolver, chambered in .44-40 Winchester rather than .45 Colt. This design allowed the pistols ammunition to be compatible with the Winchester Model 73, and enabled the same ammunition to be used for both pistol and rifle, which served to increase its popularity making it a top choice of pistols for sale. Production of the Colt Frontier began in 1877. Its name was acid etched on the left side of the barrel, until 1889 when it was roll-stamped until 1919 when .44-40 was added.
Today, the Colt Single Action Army remains in production and is a popular gun among pistols for sale in an all nickel finish, or blued with color case-hardened frame in the traditional barrel lengths of 4 ¾”, 5 ½”. And 7 ½”; and is offered in six chambering’s: 32-20, 38-40, 44-40, 38 Special, 357 Magnum or 45 Colt for a total of 36 variations.
In history, outlaw Jesse James used a pair of Colt Single Action Army .45 Revolvers, while his brother Frank used the Colt Model P Percussion. Other famous figures who were diehard fans of the Colt Single Action Army were Bat Masterson who ordered 8 from the factory, Doc Holliday, Wyatt Earp, William Bonney, Pat Garrett, Butch Cassidy, the Younger and Dalton brothers, Theodore Roosevelt, George S. Patton, and Ulysses S. Grant while Lee carried an 1851 Colt Navy.
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Guns in History| Rifles for Sale
Spencer Repeating Rifle
Without guns the United States of America would likely not exist as it is today. While guns were but one aspect of the wars fought that helped make the nation what it is today, it was the innovations in guns that often turned the tide of wars in the budding young nation.
By 1860 American inventors like Samuel Colt, Benjamin Henry, Horace Smith, Christopher Spencer and Daniel Wesson and Oliver Winchester were on the very brink of the mass production of magazine-fed, lever-action, repeating rifles that fired cartridges. It was a time of rapid firearms innovations and never before had Americans has so many choices in rifles for sale.
When the Civil War began, two companies vied for the competition of profitable government contracts—the New Haven Arms Company and its Henry rifle, and the Spencer Repeating Rifle Company. The Spencer Repeating Rifle Company quickly secured government contracts with by late 1861. The New Haven Arms Company won its first government contract in 1863.
The Spencer rifle and carbine were in wider use during the Civil War than the Henry rifle, while in the western expansion in later years both found themselves among Colt, Winchester and other manufacturers competing with rifles for sale in the Indian Wars and the settling of the west.
The Spencer repeating rifle was a lever action that was fed from a tube magazine with seven cartridges. Used by the Union Army during the Civil War, it was in heavy usage by the cavalry but did not replace the muzzle loading rifled muskets that were most commonly used. Another version of the Spencer was the shorter and lighter carbine. When John Wilkes Booth was captured and killed after assassinating President Abraham Lincoln, he was carrying a Spencer carbine.
Chambered primarily for .56-.56 rimfire cartridges loaded with 45 grains of black powder. The use of a lever extracted the spent cartridge and fed a new one in from the tube which contained a total of seven rounds. The hammer had to be cocked manually to fire.
The Spencer was capable of delivering a sustained rate of fire of 20 rounds per minute. Muzzle-loaders of the time were only capable of 2-3 rounds per minute providing superior fire power to the user of the Spencer. The Spencer was popular among rifles for sale of the time, and was considered quite an innovation in its day.
Repeating rifles were among the guns that helped turn the tide in American history. Both the Henry and the Spencer were a tactical advantage the Union held over the Confederacy, as well as to the Lakota and Cheyenne in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
General George Custer’s men were armed with the single-shot breech loading Springfield 1873 Carbine and the Colt 1873 single-action revolver. The Lakota on the other hand, had at least 200 of their warriors armed with repeating rifles. With a budget slashed post-Civil War, the military decided repeating rifles were unnecessary and selected the single shot Springfield instead when choosing rifles for sale for troops.
In the late 1860’s the Spencer Company was sold to Fogerty Rifle Company, and later to Winchester. Ammunition for the Spencer was sold into the 1920’s after which many were converted to centerfire using cartridges from the .50-.70 brass. Ammunition is still available today in the specialty market.
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Choosing a Gun for Home Defense
My dad used to say if you don’t own a car you walk, and if you don’t have a gun you run. So just what is the best home defense weapon? Let’s compare the most common firearms used for home defense.
Home Defense Rifles
A semi-automatic rifle makes an excellent choice for a home defense weapon. They are more accurate, and easier to aim than a handgun; and offer greater stopping power.
A .22 caliber rimfire is certainly capable of killing and injuring but it creates a small wound and a big risk. In some cases, it just angers a wounded intruder and makes him come after you with additional fury. There is also the disadvantage of any long barreled weapon being taken from you by an assailant and used on you. If you have to shoot an intruder don’t wait until he is within range of grabbing your gun, whatever it is.
On the other hand, centerfire rifles have plenty of stopping power, but be careful not to overdo it. Large caliber centerfire rifles are extremely likely to over penetrate sending a bullet into a member of your family, a neighbor or a child walking home from school. Stick to rifles that shoot a smaller caliber, high velocity round. These smaller rounds are much less prone to overpenetrate, and cause unintended damage or injury.
Home Defense Shotguns
Hunting shotguns with extremely long barrels are great for longer range shooting, but can be unwieldy indoors. Short barreled shotguns on the other hand can be extremely effective if you understand a few things about using a shotgun at close range. The 12 gauge is the most popular but the fact is not everyone can handle the recoil. The most important thing is to be sure to practice with your self-defense weapon so that you are familiar with how it handles and performs.
Many people discourage the use of a small bore .410 shotguns for home defense simply because of the small number of shot delivered. Though not my primary weapon, my old .410 is one of my “shelf guns” for home defense and I keep it loaded with buckshot. Each room in my home has a shelf gun, out of sight, and out of my small grandchild’s reach. One thing you must know if you plan to use a shotgun for home defense is that it takes distance for spread to occur. You won’t get the spread that you do on the range, and you will have to aim. Avoid the use of slugs for home defense as they have the same risk as a rifle in over penetration, placing your family members and bystanders at risk.
People often replace the buttstock of a shotgun with pistol grips to make it easier to use in tight spaces. This action is going to diminish aim, stability and control. I suggest you try a buttstock versus a pistol grip shotgun before you buy. You should also be aware that some pistol grips are created for a specific type of firearm and will work poorly on a shotgun.
There are gun owners who love their pistol grip shotgun, and appear to overall recommend a lot of practice to gain experience in overcoming the loss of control, aim and stability. If it works for them it may work for you but I prefer the greater control and accuracy of a buttstock.
Pachmayr manufactures a specialty grip called the Vindicator® that is created for shotguns. According to their website they offer the F-500 for Mossberg Model 500 and 590 shotguns with 7 ¾” forend tubes. Other Vindicator® models will fit 12 gauge only and will not fit 3 ½” Super Mag.
If you are considering the purchase of a shotgun for home defense the best option is to choose a pump action riot shotgun with a 20 inch barrel. Some people prefer the 18 inch, but the former will provide you with a greater variety to choose from. Shotguns are one of the best choices for a home defense weapon.
Home Defense Handguns
Handguns from the 9 mm caliber and up are effective in stopping assailants inside or outside the home. When loaded with the appropriate ammunition for inside home use they are less likely to put your loved ones and others at risk from over penetration. They are also less likely to cause damage to the home, or to be taken from you in a struggle with an intruder.
A handgun is an fantastic weapon for home defense. But a handgun, or any gun, is useless if you can’t use it, or even worse-if you use it incorrectly. You don’t want to fire a weapon that you have no accuracy for in your home. Any bullet, even a .22 caliber will go through today’s walls, potentially endangering your family. Practice with your handgun or any firearm until the correct and accurate skills become second nature.
A firearm is only as accurate and as safe as the shooter behind the trigger, and if you find yourself in the situation of fighting for your family’s lives, you want every advantage you can provide. Whatever your home defense weapon is shoot it often and practice all of the safety rules. Being both a responsible and skilled gun owner gives your family as well as yourself, the skills needed to ensure your loved ones are survivors when danger enters into your home.
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