What's Old Is New: Cimarron Walker 1847 Company A Reproductions

Zac K
by Zac K
The new Company A reproductions from Cimarron are built to look like the original Walker Colts from 1847. [Cimarron]

Want a Wild West six-shooter with lots of history? You probably can’t afford a genuine made-in-the-1840s Colt Walker, if you’re like most of us. But, a new offering from Cimarron means you can get something that will look just like the real deal.

Revolvers @ TFB:

The Colt Walker, aka the Walker Colt, was the original big-bore revolver, a horse pistol built for fighting on the frontier. Designed by Samuel Colt with input from Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker of the Texas Rangers, the .44-caliber cap-and-ball revolver started production in 1847. About 1,100 were built; most went to the Republic of Texas for military use, with about 100 made for promotional purposes or civilian sales.

Each revolver comes with a powder flask and presentation case. [Cimarron]
Compared to Colt’s earlier five-shot .36-caliber Paterson revolver, the Walker revolver was a real hand cannon. Contemporary accounts say the Walker was effective out to 100 yards. With a powder charge of 60 grains per cylinder and a nine-inch barrel, it was the most powerful revolver ever made until the .357 Magnum cartridge was developed.

Given these revolvers’ limited production numbers, as well as their hard use in frontier fighting, few survive. Very few people would want to shoot one of the remaining examples over concerns of safety, not to mention the potential ruination of an expensive investment. Lucky for us, the Italian firearm reproduction industry now makes copies of the 1847 Walker revolver out of modern materials. Cimarron is bringing a new limited-edition version of these revolvers that are built as replicas of the original made-for-the-Texas-Rangers production run.

The original 1847 design, with Sam Colt incorporating Walker's ideas, was simple and brutally effective in the hands of Texan paramilitaries. [Cimarron]
Here’s how their website describes the new revolvers:

Celebrating the 1st 200 years of the Texas Rangers, Cimarron is producing a very special run of Walker revolvers duplicating the exact total production of the 1100 originals manufactured in 1846 by Samuel Colt. Each Walker revolver is marked as exact as possible to the original and have been aged to look exactly as a used original. They will be made in groups exactly as the originals were made, and marked with company and issue numbers as were the originals, starting with Company C.

So it looks and feels like the original, but the asking price is $869 instead of many thousands of dollars. For more details, check out Cimarron’s website here.

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  • Nasty! Nasty! on May 13, 2024

    It should be pointed out that while it is possible to load 60 grains of powder in an original Colt Walker, this should not be done because these guns are not actually rated for that, it's a pretty quick way to deform the frame, which is open-topped and not exactly the strongest. All the extra space from the long cylinder is intended for loading pointed conical bullets.
    These guns are ideally loaded with 50 grains as the highest charge, and that's reflected by the later Colt Dragoon.

    Also, original Colt Walker revolvers did not have forcing cones, those had not yet been developed, but many of the replica Colt Walker revolvers DO in fact feature forcing cones, even this one, and the length of the cylinder is reduced as to accommodate this change. As a result it's actually very difficult to load that full house 60 grains of blackpowder in these guns, even using roundballs and compressing the powder as much as you can.

  • MrLM002 MrLM002 on May 14, 2024

    I wish Ruger would restart old army production in stainless.