Autry National Center

"The Handgun That Won the West"

Colt’s Single Action Army Model Revolver is the most successful and recognizable revolver of all time. It was so popular with Western pioneers, peace officers, gunslingers, outlaws, cowboys, and the military that it is commonly called “the handgun that won the West.” The use of the revolver by Western entertainers solidified its status as a veritable symbol of the region.


Jeffrey Richardson
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Gary Cannone

Electronic Cataloging and Imaging

Marilyn Kim, Vlasta Radan, Carmel France, Rebecca Menendez, David Benitez, Susan Eisenstein


Marlene Head

Special Thanks

Greg Martin, R. L. Wilson

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