Heritage, 2009, Volume 2 Page: 33
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However, the patent ran out in 1872, and the next
year, Colt introduced its Model 1873 single-action
Army revolver. This firearm became the standard in
the frontier West of the 1870s, and well into the 20th
century. In the Lone Star State, these guns, along with
the Model 1873 Winchester rifle, were put to good use
by the Frontier Battalion of the Texas Rangers during
the 1870s. Both guns chambered the .44 Winchester
central-fire cartridge and made a perfect combination
for men and women who depended on their prowess
with firearms for their survival. Texas Rangers used
this Colt/Winchester combination well into the 20th
century, moving on to improved models as they were
>The evolution of the Winchester rifle began with the
Henry rifle of 1860. The major feature of the Henry
was its use of the Henry .44 rim-fire metallic cartridge,
making it the first successful repeating rifle. Oliver Win-
chester bought the New Haven Arms Co. that made the
Henry in 1865; improvements to the design of the gun
resulted in the Model 1866 Winchester, which even-
tually developed into the Model 1873 Winchester. In
the hands of Texans, the lever-action Winchesters of the
last half of the 19th century contributed greatly to the
attainment of peace and safety in the state.
Model 1873 Winchester rifle, top, and Model
1873 Colt revolver, bottom, both using the same
cartridge, the .44 Winchester center-fire. This
combination was used by Texas
Rangers for many
years. . J
The Henry rifle was the first successful model of repeating rifles, and these were
made by The New Haven Arms Company from 1860 to 1865. They fired a metal-
lic cartridge, the .44 rim-fire.
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