Guns in the Civil War
Colt Walker & Dragoons
The forty four caliber Colt Walker and
its successor the Dragoon models are the largest of all
Colt revolvers and close to the largest hand held revolving firearm ever
Only 21,000 of the 44
Colt Walker and its variations were made, making it a rare gun in the
Anything larger then this never achieves
mass production. At 4 pounds, 8 ounces, the Walker weighs nearly twice as
much as nearly all large revolvers, ancient or modern. The massive weight
put it into holsters carried by the horse instead of worn by the man. It
could be loaded with as much
powder as was used in some muskets.
Like the other Civil War cap and ball revolvers, it is fired with
percussion caps. It was
more powerful than any other revolver of its day, and is more powerful
than most modern pistols.
This heavy pistol carries the name and
was developed at the request of Captain Samuel Walker of fame with the
earliest Texas Rangers and the United States Mounted Rifles. It saw
service in the Mexican War. The Walker put Colt back into production after
the financial failure of the first factory.
Total production of the original Walker
was about 1,100. Walker-like Dragoons were produced later,
bringing to the total production of both to about 21,000. Production
ceased with the large orders for the Civil War which totaled half a
million of other revolver models for Colt. The sheer disparity in the production
volume made the Walker a rarity in the Civil War.
Newly made replicas are available, including from
Dixie Gun Works. For more
information, see "Flayderman's
Guide to Antique American Firearms ...", or "Colt
Conversions" by Bruce McDowell.
||Forty Four * (.451")
||1200 feet per second