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Did Jesse James Really Pack Eighteen Handguns?
Setting the record straight.
Billy the Tintype
The facts behind the only existing image of the American outlaw weave a story of intrigue and mystery.
Mark Lee Gardner
Colts For the Other Buffalo Bill
This exquisite cased set of 1861 Navy Colts originally belonged to a rough-and-tumble frontiersman who became the first “Buffalo Bill.”
A Real Western Colt in the Reel West
An Arizona Ranger and Pinal County Sheriff’s Colt goes to Hollywood in the hands of cowboy star George Montgomery.
What Was the Most Popular Weapon After the Civil War?
Wild West Six-gun Goes to War
Here’s an 1880s-manufactured Colt that saw combat service in some of the 20th century’s hottest fighting.
Colt vs. Schofield
During much of the Indian Wars era, the U.S. Cavalry relied primarily on these two revolvers—each with its own peculiarities. Which one would you prefer?
Colt’s Paterson—the Foaling of a Legend
One hundred-eighty years ago, Samuel Colt’s revolutionary handgun broke trail for all revolvers to come.
A Pistoleer Goes Semi Auto
Frank James started riding the outlaw trail in the 1860s, armed with percussion revolvers, and ended up in the 20th century, packing a 1903 Hammerless Colt.