Colt Model of 1860 (4/18)

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The Colt Model of 1860 revolver was greatly improved over the 1847. It also fired the .44 caliber ball round, but with less powder so it was less powerful overall. However, it was also much lighter and smaller, and therefore easier to wield.

Hundreds of thousands of 1860s were issued to the US military during the US Civil War, but it continued to be the issued sidearm up until 1873. After the war, the weapons were converted to fire metallic cartridges, which were much safer and faster to reload. 

One issue with the 1860 was its durability, as it had no top strap and the frame was instead secured with a cylinder pin. This reduced bulk and weight, but at the expense of durability. 


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Written by Nicholas