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It was one of the most popular cap-and-ball revolvers ever made. Not only was it a Civil War mainstay, it was also the weapon of choice of Texas gunfighter John Wesley Hardin and other gunmen on both sides of the law in the late 1800s. The Model 1860's fame as a weapon of the Wild West carried through to Hollywood, and the gun has had some famous film appearances. It was Clint Eastwood's backup piece in The Outlaw Josey Wales. The revolver was used by Matthew Quigley's nemesis Elliot Marston in Quigley Down Under, and Robin Williams carried one in his role as Teddy Roosevelt in Night At The Museum.
More than 200,000 of these revolvers were made between 1860 and 1873 with relatively few variations from the original design over that time. It is interesting to note that the original 1860 Army .44 shot lead round balls or conical bullets that were .454" in diameter (making it technically a .45-caliber weapon) at velocities of 500 to 1,000 fps. This man-stopping power is on par with the .45 ACP cartridge still in use by some American military units today - a testimony to the foresight of Samuel Colt in developing an effective military side arm. Indeed, many Civil War officers readily put up with the more stout recoil of the .44-caliber Model 1860 compared to .36-caliber revolvers of the time because of its battlefield efficiency at ranges up to 75 yards.
Cabela's offers a functional replica of this legendary revolver that sports a color case-hardened frame, loading lever and a vertical hammer. A naval battle scene is engraved on the six-shot cylinder. Barrel length: 8". Overall length: 14". Weight: 2 lbs. 11 oz.