By Lars Dalseide | May 20 2013 17:24

The revolvers that cemented Colt's place in firearms history

Colt Holster Model Paterson Revolver No. 5 at the NRA National Firearms Museum

Houston, Texas - Did you know that Samuel Colt was out of the gun making business? Sure enough, back in 1843, Sam Colt's Patent Arms Manufacturing of Paterson, New Jersey, declared bankruptcy and closed up shop. If it wasn't for an order from Captain Samuel Walker of the Texas Rangers in 1847 (as well a helping hand from Eli Whitney Blake), then his name would have been lost to the collectors and trivia buffs.

But Sam Colt persevered. Persevered well enough that his earlier works, the Paterson and the Walker, are kept in the highest regard by collectors like Frank Graves from the American Society of Arms Collectors. It's also the reason why we are able to share parts of Graves' collection with you tonight on Curator's Corner.

Shot during the Annual Meeting in Houston, Mr. Graves was down in Texas for the annual Gun Collectors competition put on every year by the National Firearms Museum. When he came upon Frank's Colts, our man Philip Schreier (Senior Curator for the National Firearms Museum) knew he had a winner.

"To see a collection of Colts in such good condition is a rare treat," said Scrheier. "But that's what we've come to expect from Frank."

The five and six shot Colts (Paterson and Walker respectively) differ in a number of categories. While the Paterson is lighter and easier to fire, the .44 caliber Walker is a heavier beast that endured as much punishment as it put out.

But don't take our word for it, take the word of Frank and Phil. They've been around these guns for decades and will be sharing the spotlight tonight as NRANews returns to Texas for this week on Curator's Corner (Monday nights at 5:40 on Sportsman Channel).

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