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Revolver

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n his new book, Revolver, Jim
Rasenberger uses sweeping prose
to tell the story of Samuel Colt
and his quest to bring his idea for
a revolving firearm to market. The
author also effectively makes the
connection between Colt and mass
production vis-à-vis Sam Walker and
Eli Whitney, Jr., acknowledging that
it was the manufacture of firearms
in 1847 that helped make American
industry the giant it would eventually become.
Revolver is a masterpiece of historical narrative that is large in scope,
providing the reader with colorful
background into the multitude of
events swirling around its true-life
cast of sympathetic characters. Many
previous biographies of Colt have
been limited to lionizing tributes
penned via ghost writer by his widow
or volumes written by "gun guys"
who were more interested in makes,

models and years produced than in the
bigger picture of who actually made
these things happen and how. But
Rasenberger was able to capture the
nuances of what made Colt firearms
different, and clearly illustrates how
the man's never-give-up work ethic
finally made Colt a success a full 17
years after Anson Chase first 'smithed
a working model of a single-barreled
revolver in 1831 for the then-18-yearold man.
What we have come to view as the
American system of manufacturing-
using interchangeable parts and assembly line production-and the Industrial
Revolution, in general, owe Colt a huge
debt of gratitude. It was his company
producing hundreds of thousands of
revolvers, each bearing the Colt name,
that initially spurred the industrialization of America.
He was the man who, facing a perfect storm of crisis and opportunity,

made history through sheer dogged
determination (with a small bit of
felonious graft on the side), and his
story is well told by Rasenberger. The
biggest takeaway from Revolver is not so
much how the guns were used, but that
it was how they were made that changed
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