Friday, October 21, 2016
The letters between Colt and their "Allies" (big distributors) contain some surprises. Colt as late as 1874 was still making both cap and ball revolvers and metallic cartridge revolvers. For reasons that elude me, the metallic cartridge revolvers are called "Breech Loaders." But the cap and ball revolvers are strictly speaking breech loaders as well. They were loaded into the cylinder, but this is still behind the breech.