On This Day…

Colt Revolver

January 4, 1847

Samuel Colt makes his first sale to the U.S. government. Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers had used Colt revolvers and was impressed by them when his 15-man unit defeated 70 Comanches in Texas. He placed an order with Colt for 1,000 revolvers for use by the Rangers in the Mexican-American War.