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The Colt Walker Army Revolver

E

ver since first seeing their use by
Clint Eastwood in " The Outlaw
Josey Wales " 45 years ago, I
have had an infatuation with Colt
Walkers, the largest and rarest revolver
produced by the company. And now,
174 years after the gun was first
manufactured, it finally has a wellwritten, expertly researched and
profusely illustrated volume that is
filled with information never before
available to researchers and writers:
The Colt Walker Army Revolver, by
Charles W. Pate.
The author's previous works-
The Colt Model 1860 Army Revolver,
Smith & Wesson American Model and
U.S. Handguns Of World War II-are
some of the finest publications of
their types, and Pate is considered to
be among the best researchers and
writers of firearm history and technology in the world. A consummate

researcher, of not only the National
Archives but of archival intuitions
around the world, he brings primarysource material to the front where
previous authors have only filled in
the blanks with conjecture. Only 94
pages long, the book is a quick read,
befitting of a gun of which only 1,200
were ever produced. But don't let the
book's size deceive you-it offers a
wealth of new information, original
correspondence and archival materials that Pate has unearthed through
his research.
At 4 lbs., 8 ozs., the Colt Walker
was not only a giant of a pistol, but
its place in history is also epic. Prior
to its manufacture, Samuel Colt had
been out of the firearm business for
a number of years, and the Walker
contract helped establish him permanently as a gunmaker. The process of
manufacturing the gun helped usher

in the Industrial Revolution through
the utilization of mass-produced interchangeable parts, making the Walker
one of the most historically significant
guns in history.
Pate draws on original correspondence between Colt, Eli Whitney
and Samuel Hamilton Walker to
illustrate how this behemoth
revolver came about and the various
twists and turns it took to go from
concept to finished product. He also
provides colorful biographies of all
the major players, making this book
not only informative but enjoyable
as well. Prototypes and military
and civilian models are all closely
examined, and the various differences in construction, embellishment and markings are all covered
with clear, detailed photographs
showing the variances between the
final products.

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