There is one in the 1st comment in this thread...The Walker Colt. I may have to start looking for one of these (replica, probably!). God Bless Texas.
Yup. That is true, but the first shipment and the first use were in Florida. Walker was an Indian fighter in the Creek Campaigns before fighting in the Mexican-American War. He died in 1847.I thought Col. Walker who asked Sam Colt for that revolver design was a Texas Ranger or Texas Militia or something and that is why its called the Walker Colt.
Mattie Ross carried one that Rooster Cogburn incorrectly identified as "a Colt's Dragoon" in the 1969 version of True Grit. The reason was Henry Hathaway wanted a dramatic contrast between both the Colt Peacemaker carried by all the men in the movie and the gun carried by the much more petite Mattie. The Colt Dragoon is much closer in size to the Peacemaker than the Walker Colt is, so it got the nod.I'm pretty sure that Tommy Lee Jones and Robert Duvall carried them in "Lonesome Dove".
The following is copied from the Wikipedia page about the 1847 Colt Walker.I don't know how true it is and I don't have any way to verify it but I remember hearing that until the .44 magnum came about, the Walker colt with it's 60 gr. black powder load was the most powerful repeating handgun. anyone here chronographed their Walkers?
This claim right here, "The black powder Colt Walker is regarded as the most powerful commercially manufactured repeating handgun from 1847 until the introduction of the .357 Magnum in 1935,..." has always bothered me. I see it everywhere; gun magazines, online articles, forums and entertainment media. If you look up the most powerful handgun of the 19th Century, it comes up. If you look up ballistic charts for the walker, it comes up. You even find this attached to articles about the .357.The problem is that it is B.S.The following is copied from the Wikipedia page about the 1847 Colt Walker.
"The Colt Walker was quite powerful, with modern replicas firing modern FFFg black powder producing energy levels in excess of 500 foot-pounds (680 J) muzzle-energy with both picket bullets and 0.454-inch-diameter (11.5 mm), 141-grain (9.1 g) round ball bullets. The black powder Colt Walker is regarded as the most powerful commercially manufactured repeating handgun from 1847 until the introduction of the .357 Magnum in 1935, having a muzzle energy nearly exactly the same as a 4-inch-barreled (10 cm) handgun firing a .357 Magnum. Taking into account its muzzle velocity and energy produced, it currently still holds the record for the most powerful handgun ever issued by the US military. The Colt Walker has long maintained a unique position and mystique among handgun users, and its name is often used as a common expression of any overly large generic handgun example. "