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You might like 'Lawman' 1971 starring Burt Lancaster, where the main characters insistence on upholding the law leads him to basically commit murder. Great film although quite brutal.
Spoiler this is the end scene.

brilliant film.. Burts personality really suits it
 

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You might like 'Lawman' 1971 starring Burt Lancaster, where the main characters insistence on upholding the law leads him to basically commit murder. Great film although quite brutal.
Spoiler this is the end scene.

How many shots did Burt shoot off without reloading? I think I would have killed Burt in those circumstances before shooting myself. He shot the last lad in the back.
 

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Up until 1836, guns were muzzle loading single shot shotguns , rifle and pistols. They were loaded from the muzzle with powder and ball. Ignition was by flint lock. A Reverend minister invented the percussion cap with the priming compound in a cap fitted over a nipple.. In 1836 Colt brought out him Paterson revolver using the percussion system.

In 1847 the Walker revolver came out as a joint venture between Colt and Captain Sam Walker. It was the most powerful handgun until
the .357 magnum arrived in 1935. There were 3 models of lighter dragoons the 1st, second and 3rd all very heavy and awkward. Everything changed with Colts 1851 Navy .36 calibre revolver. It was light m accurate and very pointable. The Army wanted a bigger ball fired and in 1860 the Colt Army .44 came out. Colt died in 1862. Remington introduced the 1858 Army closed top revolver in 1868 And there were a few improvements in the Colt 1851 until 1872. Here is the loading procedure.

 
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Colt brought out his 1873 cartridge revolver in 1873 when it was adopted by the Army. There was no cartridge revolver prior to that date.

It was usually .44 calibre. It took several years for the cartridge revolver to become common, but there were cartridge conversions of the Colt 1851, the Colt Army 1860 and the Remington 1858 to bridge the time gap.
 
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Interesting thread, thanks for the info. Obviously you have a keen interest
 
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The Wild West thread has been renamed The USA History thread.

All posts and videos on American history are welcome here.
 
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Documentary on why Thanksgiving Day in celebrated in America.

 

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The house shown would be far later than was the case. And The Speedwell leaking should have been explained. It is a basic telling I suppose.
 

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The bloodiest wars fought against the Indians took place east of the Mississippi river

- IIRC the Wild West cost the US Army about 1100 dead in total

Given the size of the area conquered that was peanuts.

- though God knows how many Indians died as a result of the White Men taking their lands.
 
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Documentary on US founding father Benjamin Franklin.

 
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