What Is a Colt 45 Peacemaker?


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The Colt .45 Peacemaker is a nickname for the Colt Single Action Army revolver introduced in 1873. Originally designed for the military, the Peacemaker earned its title through wide use in law enforcement in the American West during the late 19th century.

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The Peacemaker holds six rounds of .45 caliber ammunition, but is often carried with only five chambers loaded for safety reasons. The gun was officially equipped to every branch of the U.S. military from 1873 to 1892. During this time it was used in several notable battles including Custer's Last Stand. It continued in unofficial usage for a considerably longer period. General George Patton was known for carrying a customized Colt as late as 1945 during WWII.

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