Anything larger then this never achieves mass production. At 4 pounds, 8 ounces, the Walker weighs nearly twice as much as nearly all large revolvers, ancient or modern. The massive weight put it into holsters carried by the horse instead of worn by the man. It could be loaded with as much powder as was used in some muskets. Like the other Civil War cap and ball revolvers, it is fired with percussion caps. It was more powerful than any other revolver of its day, and is more powerful than most modern pistols.
This heavy pistol carries the name and was developed at the request of Captain Samuel Walker of fame with the earliest Texas Rangers and the United States Mounted Rifles. It saw service in the Mexican War. The Walker put Colt back into production after the financial failure of the first factory.
Total production of the original Walker was about 1,100. Walker-like Dragoons were produced later, bringing to the total production of both to about 21,000. Production ceased with the large orders for the Civil War which totaled half a million of other revolver models for Colt. The sheer disparity in the production volume made the Walker a rarity in the Civil War.
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