Today in history: 19 July 1814
Samuel Colt, born on this date, was an American inventor and entrepreneur from Hartford, Connecticut. He was the founder of Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company and made the mass-production of the revolver commercially viable for the first time.
Colt .45 Peacemaker — 1873, cost: $17.00
The Colt Peacemaker became known as “the gun that won the West”, a .45-caliber firearm with six revolving cylinders, hence the nickname “six-shooter.”