The Colt Single Action In History
The Colt Single Action Army handgun (also known as the Colt Peacemaker, Colt .45 and sometimes The Equalizer) is a single action revolver. 'Single action' refers to the fact that the hammer must be cocked manually for every shot; pulling the trigger only performs the single action of releasing the hammer. The gun was designed for the US government by Colt Manufacturing, and was the standard military issue handgun from 1873 to 1892; it was replaced by the Colt M1892, a double action revolver. A large part of the popularity of the Colt is shown by one of the nicknames, The Equalizer. The nickname came about because the weapon's low price and extreme ease of use leveled the playing field for those looking to carry a handgun.