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Colt Model 1892 Revolver
Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Colt Model 1892 Revolver

Catalog #: 10640    Accession #: 44684
Credit: Division of Military History and Diplomacy, National Museum of American History

Maker

Colt (Manufacturer)

After the Civil War, it was said of Sam Colt, "Abe Lincoln may have freed all men, but Sam Colt made them equal." Colt's success story began with the issuance of a U.S. patent in 1836 for the Colt firearm equipped with a revolving cylinder containing five or six bullets. Colt's revolver provided its user with greatly increased firepower.

Dimensions / Weight

Dimensions: 5.5" H x 11" W x 1.75" D

Physical Description

United States Colt M1892 revolver, .38 caliber.

Specific History

Colt revolver carried by Capt. Allyn K. Capron.

General History

Captain Allyn Capron was the son of West Point graduate E. Allyn Capron. The younger Capron was killed during the Spanish-American War on 24 June 1898. A contemporary report stated: "It was predicted that the Rough Riders would give a good account of themselves, but few were prepared for such an exhibition of dash and bravery as was witnessed in their first fight with the enemy on June 24, 1898. Captain Allyn Capron, Jr. stood behind his men, revolver in hand, using it whenever a Spaniard exposed himself. His aim was sure, and two of the enemies were seen to fall under his fire. Just as he was preparing to take another shot, and shouting orders to his men at the same time, his revolver dropped from his grasp and he fell to the ground with a rifle ball through his body. His troop was badly disconcerted for a moment, but with all of the strength he could muster, he cried "Don't mind me boys, go on and fight." He was carried from the field as soon as possible, and lived for only a few more hours.


Keywords

Country: Cuba
War: Spanish American War
Service: Army
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