• Rifle Regiment arriving at Belle Point, 1817. Artwork by Michael Haynes

    Fort Smith

    National Historic Site AR,OK

1860 Colt Army


1860 Colt Army

Caliber .44

Barrel length: 8"

This weapon was made by Colt gave the army a pistol that had the caliber of the old dragoon revolvers but the size of an 1851 Navy. The difference between an army and navy pistol is the size. Navy revolvers are .36 caliber while army revolvers are 44 caliber. Though this was still a Colt, there were no gramographs on its cylinder.

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Park staff and volunteers demonstrating using lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the cannon's primer

The soldiers who came to Fort Smith in 1817 were still using some 18th century technology and drill. The cannon was discharged using a lindstock and slowmatch to ignite the primer, which originally was loose powder or a turkey quill filled with powder.