Colt's revolver was the first truly mass produced item made using modern industrial techniques. This Colt Dragoon was made in Colts London factory in 1853 in readiness for the Crimean War. It was assembled from parts made in America, from steel imported from Sheffield! The Colt was the defining weapon of the American West. A gun that changed the world.
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