The Paterson was Samuel Colt’s first production revolver. Originally made in Paterson, New Jersey, between 1836 and 1842, the gun was a major innovation in the quest for a reliable repeating firearm. The Paterson was a large handgun chambered in .36 caliber with a five-shot round cylinder. Its trigger dropped down out of the frame when the hammer was cocked. While it gave users the advantage of several shots in rapid succession, the revolver had no loading lever and took considerable time to reload. Nonetheless, it was quite popular in Texas and was often referred to as the "Texas Paterson" given its widespread use there. Colt used feedback from users of the Paterson to develop the legendary Colt Walker and Dragoon models. Cabela’s offers a shooting replica of Colt’s 1836 Paterson with a rifled 9" barrel and hardwood grips. Barrel length: 9". Overall length: 13-3/4". Weight: 2.7 lbs.
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