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Winchester, Who? A Look at Why Colt & Remington Remain

 

Believe it or not, this is a debate that is right up there with the new gun law legislation, Colorado news, and more. (And this is a debate that has gone on much longer than that whole Edward versus Jacob thing that most likely your teens were talking about). There are still the avid Colt followers and the die-hard Remington fans, and when it comes to knowing these particular firearms, it seems that both Colt and Remington followers can list the entire product line they idolize.

So which is better? The two histories of the manufacturers are actually very different. The one thing they do have in common is the fact that they both succeeded during tough times only because the U.S. Army kept them in business.

It was back in 1814 that Samuel Colt arrived in Hartford, Connecticut and as he grew his fascination with science became overwhelming. Studying both chemistry and mechanics, Colt attempted his first firearm creation when he was still a boy, trying to produce a pistol capable of firing multiple shots without reloading. Let’s just say, that idea didn’t work out too well at the time. In the 1830’s, Colt was only sixteen, serving as a seaman aboard the Corvo, when he apparently became inspired by the ship’s wheel and the spokes connecting to the center. Using the ship’s wheel, he made a wooden model of a revolving pistol, and it was the first attempt by a designer that automatically rotated the cylinder when the gun was cocked. When he returned to the U.S., he continued on with that idea so that one day he could perhaps get a patent for all his hard work.

The family as beyond poor, so in order to pay for the work, he worked in a traveling show as the, ‘Dr. Coult of Calcutta,’ demonstrating nitrous oxide to crowds all over the country. He sent the money he made to gunsmiths who produced working versions of his design. And it was in 1836 that Colt formed the Patent Arms Company and produced his very first product – a Coltring-lever revolving rifle, and followed up with a revolving pistol. (For those diehard collectors out there, you are talking about guns that would now be hugely expensive to purchase, but a whole lot of fun to own.)

With the outbreak of war between the U.S. government and the Seminoles, Colt saw his first big idea begin to sell, arming the U.S. with revolving rifles for the troops. But what most people will find shocking is the fact that the Patent Arms Company went bankrupt, only being reborn because of the Texas Rangers who believed that Colt’s guns were the best in battles.

Colt fans name them all – from the Model Dragoon revolvers to the Model 1849 Pocket Revolver to the Model 1851 Navy Revolver used in the Civil War that led Colt to operate the world’s largest private armory. In 1855, a spur trigger revolver that featured a fully-enclosed cylinder came about and was praised for helping the Union to victory.

The one that still stands out is the Single Action Army revolver, called the Peacemaker, which was used by soldiers to gunslingers, making the Colt name beloved by hunters and collectors today.

Remington was founded in 1816 and is the oldest company in the United States which still makes its original product. This 870 Remingtonhistory began with the simple idea that E. Remington II believed he could build a better gun than he could buy. His father was a blacksmith, and wanted to expand his business into rifle barrel production; with this determination of both father and son the family succeeded.

Designing and building a flintlock rifle, the younger entered a shooting match and impressed all of the competitors, collecting a ton of orders before he left the field that day and officially became a wealthy gunsmith.

Many refer to the Remington genius when it come to the military. Remington worked for several allies in WWI, producing the Remington M1907-15 Berthier rifles for France; Pattern 1914 Enfield rifles for Britain; and Model 1891 Mosin-Nagant rifles for Imperial Russia. However, when the Russians fell and refused to pay Remington, it was the U.S. government that purchased the firearms and saved the company.

After the war hunting was Remington’s main focus, concentrating more and more on creating a full line of sporting products, although WWII paved the way for the now famous M1903A3 Springfield bolt-action rifle.

So, according to history, you have a longtime battle between Colt, a highly-intelligent kid with no money in his pocket but a ton of ideas rolling around in his head that will most likely always be synonymous with the ‘cool’ guns. Against Remington – a family that seemed to be destined for the gunsmith trade who the U.S. government kept lucrative in some very sticky situations.

Doesn’t change the guns, though. Whether you are a Colt or Remington fan – one thing remains the same – they were both masters of their field and left some truly historical, stunning guns behind.

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Source: Sportsmanslife / Baret News Wire

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