The Arms Race – The Colt vs. Wesson Story

Samuel Colt was born on July 19th, 1862. He went on to make a name for himself as a serious inventor, businessman, and industrialist. In his ventures, he founded “Colt’s Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company”, an establishment that made mass production of revolvers commercially feasible. Since then, the company has been renamed “Colt’s Manufacturing Company”.


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Colt story is not a straightforward one. Along the journey, he encounters another great innovator, Daniel Baird Wesson of “Smith & Wesson Company”. The company offered stiff competition to Colt’s establishment when it came to manufacturing firearms and ammunition. In this article, we cover the incredible tale of the battle between two geniuses of their times.

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