The basic principle of the design was a revolving-breech mechanism that enabled a gun to be fired multiple times without reloading.This was a great improvement over most revolvers of the day, which required the shooter to manually spin the cylinder before taking the next shot.Colt's first revolvers operated using the single-action method, meaning they required the shooter to first cock the hammer by hand prior to firing.
Each Friday, the railroaders scrambled across Osage Street to exchange their paychecks for gold.
In return, Zietz handed each man a token good for a free lunch and a beer.
After all, whoever heard of a railroad man stopping after only one beer?
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It seems that a square meal, a hearty drink, and a taste for history always lived side by side at the Buckhorn.
The Buckhorn Exchange derives its name from the Rio Grande Railroad yards that were directly across Osage Street and the second-story Buckhorn Lodge that housed railroaders for the night.
No Colt revolver has earned greater acclaim than the 1873 Single Action Army revolving cylinder firearm (SAA).
SAA owners have included the most famous and infamous of America’s frontier past: Theodore Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Wyatt Earp, Pat Garrett, Billy the Kid, and countless others who, with the support of Colt revolvers, created the American West of history and legend.
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