Forgotten Weapons: The 1847 Walker Revolver

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Apparently YouTuber Forgotten Weapons managed to get his hands on quite a few historically interesting firearms through the Rock Island Auction, resulting in his doing daily posts. He says the daily phenomenon is only temporary and that things will go back to normal in the next couple weeks, but in the meantime those of us who are fascinated by unique firearms are getting a daily dose of awesome. And so, without further ado, I give you a quick intro of this post’s pick: the 1847 Walker Revolver.

The Colt Walker was, as the title suggests, made in 1847. It isn’t just a big gun, it’s the biggest black powder repeating revolver that’s ever been made. Even its creation is cool; the Colt Walker was designed in a team effort between a Texas Ranger Captain named Samuel Hamilton Walker – hence the “Walker” – and none other than Samuel Colt – hence the “Colt”. There were only 1,100 of these revolvers made in the original run, so saying they’re hard to find is a bit of an understatement. Of those 1,100, one thousand went for military use with just one hundred being allotted for civilian sales. It was a big, bad revolver, one that outdoes even the classic Dirty Harry Smith and Wesson Model 29 for coolness.

Take a look at Forgotten Weapons’ video for a closer look at the 1847 Colt Walker revolver. If you come across one of these bad boys, let me know, because I’d sell my soul for a chance to own one. Of course, I imagine most of you would as well…there is the minor detail of many of the guns exploding now and then, but it’s still cool, right?

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  • Tejanojack Tejanojack on Nov 24, 2015

    An original Walker Colt: The holy grail of gun collectors. I have a decent replica, but Oh, to have an original!

  • Core Core on Nov 25, 2015

    This was the first pistol I held in my hand. I was young and I remember it was well balanced and massive. My uncle had one and a nice holster. I didn't shoot it for years, but I really enjoyed it when I finally had an opportunity to shoot it. The first few shots missed but I quickly got it figured out. I also learned how to point shoot that day. It seemed as though the gun became an extension of my hand and the bullet hit everything I wanted to.