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Young Colt: The Early Years of Sam Colt

January 18, 2022 @ 7:00 pm

Colt Gun Mill

On Tuesday, January 18th at 7:00 p.m., The Paterson Museum Foundation presents a virtual presentation entitled: “YOUNG COLT:  The Early Years of Sam Colt and his Legendary Revolver.”  The program will be presented by Jim Rasenberger, author of “Revolver.”

By the time Sam Colt arrived in Paterson in 1836, he had already sailed halfway around the globe as a common seaman, journeyed through much of America as a travelling showman, and invented the first-ever practical multi-shot firearm. Then, having already seen more of the world than most men twice his age, he opened his first gun mill at the young age of 21.

Colt’s Paterson venture ultimately failed, but before it did, it served as the proving ground for a new kind of weapon— and new industrial production methods used to make it– that would profoundly impact the development of the United States in the 19th century.

This lecture will be presented virtually, via zoom. The lecture is free of charge, but donations to the Paterson Museum Foundation are requested. Donations can be submitted via PayPal or check. For more information on the program, or to obtain the Zoom link, please email



January 18, 2022
7:00 pm
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