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1849 Colt Pocket Pistol: The Colt Wells Fargo pocket revolver was the best-selling gun of its time. It was available in 5 and 6 shot versions with three lengths of barrel.1849 Colt Pocket Pistol: The Colt Wells Fargo pocket revolver was the best-selling gun of its time. It was available in 5 and 6 shot versions with three lengths of barrel.Weapons of all kinds: knives, swords, pepperboxes, single-shot pistols, revolvers, and rifles.

California was a dangerous place, with predators of both bipedal and quadrupedal varieties. To be unarmed was to be unprotected, especially in a land without an effective police force. All guns used black powder (gunpowder) ignited by a small metal percussion cap, and fired round or conical lead bullets. Knives, walking sticks, and truncheons were also part of the well-equipped argonauts equippage.

The self-contained metallic cartridge pretty much follows our time, with the Colt 1872 Revolver being the first high-volume production.

A detailed disassembly of an original 1850's Colt revolver is located here at our main website.