In this episode Matt examines an intriguing Colt Paterson No.5 Holster percussion revolver which has been adapted at some point with a loading lever. Developed by Samuel Colt and manufactured at his short-lived Patent Arms Company the Paterson revolvers were Colt's first foray into revolver manufacture. While admittedly a false start they launched his career and a revolution in small arms.
Matt discusses the history behind Colt's invention and the establishing of the factory in Paterson, NJ. We examine some of the other Paterson models and discuss how the revolver evolved and theories on how this particular pistol came to be 'upgraded'.
Our thanks to the wonderful Cody Firearms Museum for allowing us to film this revolver!
Check out our website https://armourersbench.com for an accompanying article on the pistol
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The Armourer's Bench is a collaborative effort from Vic Tuff and Matthew Moss. We will be bringing you detailed examinations of historic small arms from around the world.