Guns of the Wild West (1783-1920)
Rather unsurprisingly, the taming of the American 'Wild West' was handled by none other than the gun.There are a total of 17 Guns of the Wild West (1783-1920) in the Military Factory. Entries are listed below in alphanumeric order (1-to-Z). Flag images indicative of country of origin and not necessarily the primary operator.
This list showcases firearms that adhere to the 'myth' period of the Wild West - that is, those guns seen during the span romanticized by Hollywood films and other media. This span typically ranges from 1783 to 1920 and is also known as the 'Old West'. The actual recognized span of the true American Frontier period spans 1607 to 1912.
The Colt New Army Model 1860 revolver was produced in the hundreds of thousands during the American Civil War.
Concerning the American Wild West, the Colt Single Action Army revolver became the stuff of legend.
The massive and powerful Colt Walker was originally designated a pistol by the US Army Ordnance Department for its personnel had never come across a revolver before then.
The Cooper Pocket percussion revolver utilized a double-action method, unlike other single-action guns of the day
Derringer - note double R - became the generic name for a class of concealable small pistols following the original Deringer-family designs.
Ironically, Dr. Gatling originally designed his Gatling Gun for the purpose of reducing the size of modern armies and, in turn, reducing the number of battlefield deaths.
After Colt patents had expired, firms like the Manhattan Firearms Company copied successful Colt revolver designs such as the Navy.
When the Colt East Armory was lost to fire during the American Civil War, Metropolitan Arms took to producing copies of the Colt Navy revolver.
The Remington Model 1858 proved hugely popular during the American Civil War for its inherent structural strength, firepower and reliability.
Despite the strong Remington revolver pedigree, the Model 1875 New Army could not compete with the popular Colt Peacemaker line.
Over 100,000 Sharps carbines and rifles were produced from the period running 1850 to 1881.
The famous Spencer Rifle allowed a repeat-fire action by way of a lever arm and seven-round tube magazine.
The Webley Bull Dog Pocket Revolver proved popular with civilians living out on the wild frontiers of the late 1800s.
The Winchester Model 1866 was THE original Winchester lever-action rifle, addressing the limitations of the preceding Henry Rifle.
The Winchester Model 1873 Rifle is oft-termed as the Gun That Won The West.
The Winchester Model 1876 was brought along to fulfill the need for a rifle to fire a bevy of new and more powerful cartridges appearing on the scene.