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David Bundesen
David Bundesen • 1 year ago

COLT BELT MODEL #2 PATERSON PERCUSSION REVOLVER: The Paterson is the first Colt and is widely regarded as the first successful revolver. Fewer than 3,000 were produced in several variations in the late 1830's, and surviving examples are prized by collectors and arms historians.

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