Colt 1860 Army

Updated 1998/06/15

This is just the classic firearm. Not the Colt Peacemaker, oh no. The Colt Army. This one is just a replica. I've been wanting to get an authentic one, and I actually found one at the last gun show. It was in totally shitty shape (looked like it had been sucked through a sandblaster) and was going for $1500. No thanks. If I'm gonna spend >$1000 on something, I'll really spend more and get one in good shape. Just gotta save up some money first.

This replica has a blued cylinder, barrel, and backstrap. The loading lever and frame are color case hardened. The trigger guard and front strap are brass. The grips are walnut. The cylinder is engraved (and here is an upside-down focus on the engraved part of the cylinder, focusing on the ships and the signature) with a scene of sailing ships in New York harbor, ca 1843. Actually, that's also a reproduction of an original engraving.

This gun is such an incredible pleasure to fire. The different feel of blackpowder. The stink. The cloud of smoke. Cocking. Even the loading make for a an incredible experience.

Accurate as all hell, too. Way more accurate than my 9mm up above. Though I'm sure the 8" barrel helps. First time I went shooting with this thing, I was hitting a 3' steel plate at 108 meters. The only problem is its a mite hard to see the front blade indoors. Oh well. But don't let people tell you that 1800's blackpowder guns were inaccurate as shit. People used to always try convincing me that gunfighters would stand in the street blazing away at each other. I don't believe it. If I can hit a 3' target at 100 meters my first try, you better believe that a professional gunfighter could hit a man at 50 feet without any trouble.

I heartily recommend that everyone who gets into guns should buy (and fire) at least one blackpowder gun. These things are so much fun.

Jon Paul Nollmann