Weapons Trivia

Discussion in 'Curio & Relic Discussion' started by Clermont, Apr 17, 2014.

  1. Clermont

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    You are correct, c3shooter. There were two versions of the Colt Model 1893 Gatling gun chambered for the .30 Government cartridge(30-40 Krag). The standard Colt Model 1893 Gatling gun had a hand crank, the other was the Colt Model 1893 Electric, lacking a hand crank, but instead having an electric motor to fire the weapon, resulting in a rate of fire of 3,000 rounds per minute. It was intended for naval use. Who, today, would have thought 3,000 rounds per minute in 1893 was possible?
     
  2. c3shooter

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  3. Clermont

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    Colt weapons trivia. Identify the first water cooled weapon produced by Colt.
     
  4. AZdave

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    Wow it is nice to know they had electricity back in 1893.
    Good question Clermont.
     
  5. c3shooter

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    Dave, Richmond VA had an electric streetcar system operating in 1887. Electrical things have been around longer than most folks think.

    re: Water cooled Colt- the 1895 Colt "Potato Digger" MG was air cooled. The Browning 1917 (built by Colt) was the first water cooled MG I know of. However, you did say weapon, and not specifically MG. Was there another?
     
  6. Clermont

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    No, c3 shooter, the first water cooled Colt manufactured machine gun would not be the Browning Model 1917 machine gun.
     
  7. Clermont

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    Good guess, c3shooter, but the Colt Vickers wasn't the first water cooled machine gun produced by Colt.
     
  8. AZdave

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    Yeah I was trying to be funny. Should have added a smiley.
    I think ottis elevators also started around then.
     
  9. Clermont

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    Answer to the Colt weapons trivia. The first water cooled weapon produced by Colt is the Colt Model 1893 Electric machine gun, the same gun in the previous trivia question. The 3,000 rounds per minute rate of fire required water cooling for the barrels. This link to the United States Patent & Trademark Office patent number 502185, for the Colt Model 1893 Electric machine gun, indicates water cooling.

    http://pdfpiw.uspto.gov/.piw?PageNu...1=0502185.PN.%26OS=PN/0502185%26RS=PN/0502185
     
  10. Clermont

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    Colt .22 cal. trivia. Two part Colt trivia. Identify the first Colt handgun and the first Colt rifle chambered for the .22 long rifle cartridge.
     
  11. c3shooter

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    Will take a guess for the rifle- Colt Lightning? I know they were made in a Short and a Long version, not sure about LR.
     
  12. Clermont

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    No, c3shooter, not the small frame Colt Lightning rifle that was chambered for the .22 short and long cartridges, not the long rifle. Clue. The Colt handgun and rifle, first chambered for the .22 long rifle cartridge, are both 20th century designs.
     
  13. c3shooter

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    For handgun- what would become known as the Woodsman?
     
  14. Clermont

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    Excellent guess, c3shooter, but no, not the .22 long rifle Colt Automatic Target Pistol introduced in 1915 which, in 1927, became the Woodsman.
     
  15. Clermont

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    Colt two part trivia answer. The first Colt handgun chambered for the .22 long rifle cartridge is the Colt Police Positive 22 Target Revolver introduced in 1910. Believe it or not, the first Colt rifle chambered for the .22 long rifle cartridge is the Colt Colteer Model 1-22 single shot bolt action rifle introduced in 1957.
     
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    Colt Single Action Army trivia. 357,000 first generation Colt Single Action Army revolvers were produced from 1873 to 1940. Only three left the Colt factory with a production barrel length not found on any other first generation Single Action Army revolvers. What is the barrel length?
     
  17. Clermont

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    A clue to solving the Colt Single Action Army trivia. The three Colt Single Action Army revolvers with the only production first generation barrel length were produced for testing by the U.S. Army and Navy, were rejected after testing by the U.S. Army, so the barrel length is less than the 7-1/2" barrel adopted by the U.S. Army. The U.S. Navy rejected all Colt Single Action Army revolvers tested regardless of barrel length in favor of cartridge conversions of percussion revolvers.
     
  18. Clermont

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    Answer to the Colt Single Action Army trivia. Only three Colt Single Action Army production revolvers with 6-1/2" barrels were produced from 1873 to 1940. Two were chambered for the Colt .45 cartridge and one was chambered for the centerfire .38 cartridge. An article "THE NAVY TEST REVOLVER" in the June 1984 American Rifleman states the two 6-1/2" .45 Colt Single Action Army revolvers, 1874 production, serial numbers 11846 and 11916, were sent to the War Department for testing and, eventually, returned to Colt. In 1873 a 7-1/2" .45 Colt Single Action Army revolver, unknown serial number, was acquired by the U.S. Navy for testing and rejected in favor of cartridge conversions of percussion revolvers. Colt, hoping for a U.S. Navy contract, supplied the U.S. Navy, in 1875, with a 6-1/2" .38 cal. Colt Single Action Army revolver, serial number 16737, for testing which, again, was rejected in favor of cartridge conversions of percussion revolvers. U.S. Navy budget constraints may have been a reason for the rejection of the Colt Single Action Army revolver.
     
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    How about the Browning machine gun ( potato digger) which originally was in 30 Gov? Oops I just noted the question was three years old...maybe someone came up with the right answer already?