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Breaking into Breech-Loading

Adapted beyond brief  from the article which appeared in “Man at Arms,” Spring 2015, this is the remarkable story of how in 1868 Colt’s after years of frustration broke into the breech-loading era.  The gun you see here which Colt’s in April 1867 custom made for Hiram Berdan, Chief of Union Sharpshooters, secured for the company its first commercial contract for breech-loading arms.