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February 25, 1836

Samuel Colt patents the repeating revolver.

 Why does it matter?

As is sometimes the case with inventions, Samuel Colt did not invent the repeating revolver. Instead, he improved on the design of Elisha Collier, and then took the opportunity to patent those improvements. That's why Colt is famous, and Collier is not. Colt also improved the manufacture of his Colt revolvers and was able to contract with US government for large numbers of the guns, which had a reputation for being well made and dependable. Colt revolvers were used extensively in the Civil War, and his .45 caliber "Peacemaker" was influential in the settlement of the US West. It is said that "God did not make men equal; Samuel Colt did."

For more information...

Samuel Colt-People of Connecticut
A brief biography of Samuel Colt.

Colt Law Enforcement
From the Colt Company, information about the history of the Colt revolver.

New Perspectives on The West
A site associated with a PBS series on The West.