In 1849, this was as high-tech as weapons got. The revolver was an amazing piece of engineering, and it put Colt on the map.
- Fact 1: Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company was founded in 1836 by Samuel Colt, and by 1840 was manufacturing revolvers for the US Army.
- Fact 2: Colt's first mass-produced revolver found popularity with Texan volunteer forces in the Mexican-American War, and became associated with Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker. The Colt Walker became an iconic American gun.
- Fact 3: The revolver's popularity in the mid-19th century propelled Colt to the top of the arms industry, and the company built a massive complex of factories and employee housing on the Connecticut River.
- Fact 4: Despite popular skepticism toward American engineering abroad, Colt built a plant in London in 1853 in an effort to make his revolver the standard sidearm of the Royal Navy. The bid failed, and the plant closed in 1856.
- Fact 5: The Colt Dragoon, the mass-market gun based on the Walker, was wildly popular with civilians in the mid-19th century. It became one of the most common sidearms of the Civil War.