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In 1836, Samuel Colt changed the face of warfare with the production of the first of a series of iconic and influential single-action revolvers, including the .44-calibre Colt Walker and the seminal .45-calibre Colt Single Action Army, which remains in production today. These weapons shifted the role of the pistol from single-shot weapon of last resort to a practical and powerful sidearm that gave the user the ability to defend himself once his primary armament was discharged. It transformed cavalry tactics and relegated the sword to a largely ceremonial role in many armies. Featuring full-colour artwork, expert analysis and gripping first-hand accounts, this is the absorbing story of Colt's family of single-action revolvers, covering their origins, development, use and lasting impact on the modern world.
|Publication date:||26th January 2017|
|Publisher:||Osprey Publishing an imprint of Bloomsbury Publishing PLC|
|Categories:||Weapons & equipment, American Civil War, History of the Americas, Modern history to 20th century: c 1700 to c 1900,|
Martin Pegler was for many years the Senior Curator of Firearms at the Royal Armouries Museum, Leeds. Martin enjoys shooting historic firearms, and has participated in many shooting competitions. He is currently an author and firearms consultant, as well as running a bed and breakfast in the Somme region, France. Mark Stacey was born in Manchester in 1964 and has been a freelance illustrator since 1987. He has a lifelong interest in all periods of history, particularly military history, and has specialized in this area throughout his career. He now lives and works in Cornwall. Born in Malaya in 1949, Alan Gilliland spent 18 ...More About Martin Pegler