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.
Samuel Colt demonstrated the revolver at Castle Garden.
Sold, Jan 6, 1867
Samuel Colt obtains his first contract for the sale of revolver pistols to the United States government.