The Colt Heritage; The Official History of Colt Firearms from 1836 to the Present, With Nearly 250 Original Illustrations in Full Color
Wilson, R. L.
Price: 125.00 USD
New York: Simon and Schuster, c. 1978. 358 pages, oversized (11.5" wide by 9" high), profusely illus. in color, color endpaper illustrations, appendix (serial number tables for all models), bibliography, index, dust jacket in plastic sleeve, front DJ flap price clipped, slight wear to DJ. Colt's Manufacturing Company (CMC, formerly Colt's Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company) is an American firearms manufacturer, founded in 1855 by Samuel Colt. It is the successor corporation to Colt's earlier firearms-making efforts since 1836. This work is the definitive, complete, and official history of Colt firearms, from 1836 to 1978. The large format of the book enables many of the firearms to be shown full-size. The history, development, and importance of each model and variation are presented and described in detail. The unique appendix traces, for the first time, the complete serial numbers of every Colt model. Colt is known for the engineering, production, and marketing of firearms, most especially between the 1850s and World War I, when it was a dominating force in its industry and a seminal influence on manufacturing technology. Colt's earliest designs played a major role in the popularization of the revolver and the shift away from earlier single-shot pistols. Although Samuel Colt did not invent the revolver concept, his designs resulted in the first very successful ones. The most famous Colt products include the Colt Walker, made 1847 in the facilities of Eli Whitney Jr. the Single Action Army or Peacemaker, the Colt Python, and the Colt M1911 pistol, which is currently the longest-standing military and law enforcement service handgun in the world and is still used today. Though they did not develop it, for a long time Colt was also primarily responsible for all AR-15 and M16 rifle production, as well as many derivatives of those firearms. The most successful and famous of these are numerous M16 carbines, including the Colt Commando family, and the M4 carbine. First Edition. Very good.