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Old March 30, 2012, 09:33 PM   #65
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It has been said that soldiers later in the war tossed their Colts to the sides of the trails when they got a Remington.
Infantrymen were issued sidearms at the beginning of the war but soon tossed everything they didn't have to have including revolvers and bayonets. The only ones to have revolvers for the rest of the war were cavalry, officers and some artillerymen. C.S. cavalry carried from 4-6 revolvers of whatever make they could get. U.S. cavalry used what they were issued.

Even Colt abandoned the cantilever frame later, long before smokeless powder came along, by the way.
Colt went to a top strap because the military wanted it.
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