1814, Jul 191862, Jan 10
an American inventor and industrialist from Hartford, Connecticut. He founded Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (today, Colt's Manufacturing Company), and made the mass production of the revolver commercially viable. Colt's first two business ventures — producing firearms in Paterson, New Jersey, and making underwater mines — ended in disappointment. But his business expanded rapidly after 1847, when the Texas Rangers ordered 1,000 revolvers during the American war with Mexico. During the American Civil War, his factory in Hartford supplied firearms both to the North and the South.
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02/25/1836-Samuel Colt patents first revolving barrel multishot firearm 
03/05/1836-Samuel Colt manufactures first pistol, 34-caliber "Texas" model 
01/04/1847-Samuel Colt sells his first revolvers to the U.S. government
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