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Colt, Samuel

(1814–1862), inventor and manufacturer.

Equipped with the latest tools and machinery, “Coltsville” became a showplace of American industry and the training ground of numerous inventor‐entrepreneurs. During the Civil War, the Colt armory approached mass‐production levels, producing over 400,000 pistols and 85,000 rifles, second only in quantity to the output of the U.S. government–owned Springfield Armory.

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