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Colt Guns' Most Popular Items: Firearms Maker's Best-Sellers

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Colt's Manufacturing Company has been making firearms for more than 150 years, and its guns have helped frontiersmen and soldiers survive tumultuous times.

The most famous weapon in the company's arsenal remains the Single Action Army handgun, or the "Colt .45." It debuted in 1873, 11 years after the death of company founder Samuel Colt. Also referred to as "The Peacemaker" and "The gun that won the West," the Colt .45 was the standard service revolver for the U.S. military from 1873-92, and has been depicted in many films, paintings, and songs over the past nearly 150 years.

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The Colt .45, owned by Buffalo Bill Cody, Theodore Roosevelt, and Gen. George Patton, is an important piece of Americana. The weapon itself features a revolving cylinder that holds six cartridges. It has been offered in more than 30 different calibers and multiple barrel lengths, though its overall look has remained largely unchanged. Production has been discontinued twice over the years, but resumed due to demand.

Here are some other famous Colt guns:

The Colt Paterson. The first commercial repeating firearm that used a revolving cylinder with multiple chambers affixed with one barrel. Colt patented the design on Feb. 25, 1836, in the U.S., France, and England. The five-shot pistol came in .28-caliber and, eventually, a .36-caliber model.

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The Colt Walker. A single-action revolver that held six charges of black powder behind six bullets. It was designed in 1846 as part of a collaboration between Colt and Capt. Samuel H. Walker, who wanted a weapon that could be effective at close range. The U.S. government placed an order for 1,000 Walkers for use in the Mexican-American conflict and on the Texas frontier.

The Colt Dragoon. The Model 1848 Percussion Army Revolver is a .44 caliber revolver designed by Samuel Colt for the U.S. Army's Mounted Rifles, also known as "Dragoons." An improvement to the Walker, the Dragoon became popular with civilians in the 1850s and '60s, and was used during the American Civil War.

The New Frontier. "The legend of Colt continues in the New Frontier, Single Action Army," the company writes on its website. From 1890-1989, Colt made a version of the SAA as a "Flattop Target Model," which contained a rear adjustable sight and a ramp front sight. The New Frontier comes in .44 Special and .45 Colt in three different barrel lengths.

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