Originally Posted by TranterUK
I would like to get something straight...
Colt was a genius, no question but a business genius. The ex snake oil salesman became one of the most successful businessmen of his time.
He did not invent the revolver, they existed long before he ever 'carved a model after watching a ships capstan'. They were on display in the museum of the Tower of London when he was in London, and he had the 'idea' on the way back to the US.
Ahhhh. I see exactly what you mean.
There is no argument that Elisha Collier probably invented the first revolver. Maybe someday we'll learn of some ancient Chinese revolver or something, but today Collier gets the inventor's title. His invention was being used in India before Sam Colt ever even blew up a prototype.
But I call Colt a genius for more than just business. Unless you're including the standardization of parts so that every part was crafted to specifications that they could be swapped out from one weapon to the next. He changed the whole industry. Back then, Colt was damn near doing space-age thinking. His product worked and worked very good.
True he was a business genius too. I mean, he did basically monopolize the US revolver market without ever stepping into illegal dirt. Pretty swift.
I agree though. No challenge. Colt did not invent the thing that most people think made him famous.
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