Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol

The gun that “won the West” also transformed American manufacturing and marketing.

Elisha King Root for Samuel Colt, Experimental Pocket Pistol, Serial number 5, caliber .265 inches, barrel length 3 inches, overall length 7 inches, brass, steel, and iron, 1849–50 (Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford, Bequest of Elizabeth Hart Jarvis Colt)

Cite this page as: Brandy Culp, Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art and Dr. Steven Zucker, "Inventing America, Colt’s Experimental Pocket Pistol," in Smarthistory, December 23, 2018, accessed April 20, 2024,