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Colt Walker

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Colt Walker 1847 - .44 caliber.
One of the original Colt Walker 1847s - .44 caliber used by Clint Eastwood in the film The Outlaw Josey Wales. Since deactivated by the propstore of London.

The Colt Walker is the more successful followup to the Colt Paterson 1836, created by Samuel Colt in partnership with Samuel Walker for the Mexican-American War. Designed as a pistol for cavalry, who kept their pistols on their horse, for use against horses, the Colt Walker is physically large and made for a powerful load that is still the most powerful handgun ever issued by the US military (even after the invention of smokeless powder). Only a little over a thousand were produced, but the high power combined with the fragile design led to only 191 being turned in at the end of the war with only 82 in serviceable condition (these numbers may have been inflated by enlisted soldiers' well reported mishandling the strange new technology and misreporting their status to steal the expensive pistols) and another three confirmed purchased by officers. The Colt Walker would be succeeded by the far more successful, and much smaller, Colt Dragoon. In 2021 the Colt Walker would be named the state firearm of Texas.

The historical importance, relatively low production run, high loss rate, and power mean original Colt Walkers are rare and extremely valuable (one sold for 1.84 million USD in 2018, well over ten times its weight in gold), though reproductions are readily available. The most obvious external difference in these reproductions is the blued cylinder, which was in the white on the originals. A few 19th-century European copies of the Walker were produced, and some of these have appeared in older films.


(1847 - 1848)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .44 ball
  • Weight: 4.5 lbs (2.1 kg)
  • Length: 15.5 in (39.4 cm)
  • Barrel length(s): 9 in (22.9 cm)
  • Capacity: 6-round cylinder
  • Fire Modes: Single Action

The Colt Walker and variants can be seen in the following films, television series, video games, and anime used by the following actors:


Title Actor Character Notes Date
The Paris Commune (Zori Parizha) Communards Cartridge conversion 1936
True Grit Kim Darby Mattie Ross Cartridge conversion 1969
The Outlaw Josey Wales Clint Eastwood Josey Wales Cartridge conversion 1976
Tom Horn Lee Mendenour Roy Jenson 1980
Three Amigos Martin Short Ned Nederlander 1986
Quigley Down Under 1990
El Diablo Anthony Edwards Billy Ray Smith Cartridge conversion 1990
Last Man Standing William Sanderson Joe Monday 1996
Ravenous Guy Pearce Captain Boyd 1999
Neal McDonough Private Reich
Robert Carlyle FW Colhoun
Jeffrey Jones Colonel Hart
Lone Rider Lou Diamond Phillips Bobby Hattaway 2008
The Hateful Eight Michael Madsen Joe Ivory grips 2015
Jane Got a Gun Noah Emmerich Bill Hammond Cartridge conversion 2016
Natalie Portman Jane Hammond
The Legend of Tarzan Samuel L. Jackson George Washington Williams 2016
The Kid Chris Pratt Grant Cutler Cartridge conversion 2019
True History of the Kelly Gang Nicholas Hoult Constable Fitzpatrick Heritage commemorative 2019
George MacKay Ned Kelly
Fatman Mel Gibson Chris "Santa Claus" Kringle 2020


Title Actor Character Notes / Episode Date
North and South Philip Casnoff Capt. Elkanah Bent Cartridge 1985
Lonesome Dove Robert Duvall Gus 1989
Return To Lonesome Dove Several characters 1993
1864 Johannes Lassen Wilhelm Dinesen 2014
Prussian Death's Head Hussars
Fear the Walking Dead - Season 5 Garret Dillahunt John Dorie "Humbug's Gulch" (S5E03) 2019


Title Character Notes Date
Black Lagoon: Roberta's Blood Trail 2010-11

Video Game

Title Appears as Mods Notes Date
Call of Juarez "Ranger" 2007
Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood "Ranger" 2009
Dead Rising 2 not useable 2010
Fistful of Frags "Colt Walker" 2014
World of Guns: Gun Disassembly "Colt Walker 1847" 2014
Enlisted "Colt Walker" 2021

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