Colt Paterson 1836

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Colt Paterson 1st Model - .36 caliber.
Colt Paterson 5th Model - .36 caliber.
Colt Paterson with loading lever - .36 caliber.

The Colt Paterson 1836 was the first revolver to incorporate Samuel Colt's patented revolver mechanism, and thus the first weapon that could be called a revolver in the modern sense. While hand-advanced flintlock revolvers date back hundreds of years earlier and Colt is believed to have been inspired by the flintlock revolver designs of Elisha Collier, Colt's was the first to connect the actions of advancing and locking the cylinder to cocking the hammer, and also incorporated percussion cap ignition, the most advanced method of the day.

It was far better than the cheap revolver "Pepperbox" derringers of the time, which Mark Twain famously remarked were safer to stand in front of than anywhere else. The gun's full potential was realized when Texas Rangers on horseback used them to effectively dispatch renegade Indians with them and soon the pistol was a hit. Once the loading lever was added to the design, the gun became much easier to load and even more popular before being phased out by better Colt designs such as the Colt Dragoon series.

In his book American Gun: A History of the U.S. in Ten Firearms, Chris Kyle describes the Paterson as the "grandfather" of Colt's Single Action Army revolver.

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Specifications

(1836 - 1842)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .36 Ball
  • Weight: 2.75 lbs (1.2 kg)
  • Length: 13.75 in (34.9 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 7.5 in (19 cm)
  • Capacity: 5-round Cylinder
  • Fire Modes: Single-Action

The Colt Paterson 1836 has been used in the following films:

Film

Title Actor Character Note Date
Pale Rider Doug McGrath Spider Conway 1985
Lonesome Dove Barry Corbin Rosco Brown 1989
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Casey Affleck Robert Ford 2007
The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford Paul Schneider Dick Liddil 2007
Lucky Luke Claudio Weppler Phil Defer w/loading lever 2009
Lucky Luke Thugs w/loading lever 2009

Television

Show Title / Episode Actor Character Note Air Date
Supernatural - Season 1 Jared Padalecki Sam Winchester Pietta Paterson Extra Deluxe with cartridge conversion 2005 - 2006
Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester
Jeffrey Dean Morgan John Winchester
Anne Openshaw Kate
Warren Christie Luther
Supernatural - Season 2 Jared Padalecki Sam Winchester Pietta Paterson Extra Deluxe with cartridge conversion 2006 - 2007
Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester
Jeffrey Dean Morgan John Winchester
Fredric Lane Azazel
Aldis Hodge Jake Talley
Supernatural - Season 3 Jared Padalecki Sam Winchester Pietta Paterson Extra Deluxe with cartridge conversion 2007 - 2008
Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester
Jim Beaver Bobby Singer
Supernatural - Season 4 Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester Pietta Paterson Extra Deluxe with cartridge conversion 2008 - 2009
Supernatural - Season 5 Jared Padalecki Sam Winchester Pietta Paterson Extra Deluxe with cartridge conversion 2009
Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester
Mark Sheppard Crowley
Supernatural - Season 6 Jensen Ackles Dean Winchester Pietta Paterson Extra Deluxe with cartridge conversion / "Frontierland" (S06E18) 2011
Sam Hennings Samuel Colt
Jared Padalecki Sam Winchester


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