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The Civil War played a crucial role in American history Many different types of soldiers fought in this war such as Cavalry soldiers who fought on horseback The Cavalry played a strong role in the fighting and used many different weapons and tactics One type of Cavalry weapon was the revolver Only one hand was needed in the firing of this type of weapon This was very important since the soldiers other hand was used to manage the horse The Colt was the most popular brand of revolvers during the war The Army and the Navy were the two main models The Army model was the most popular of the Union Army It was a six shot 44 caliber revolver that weighed two pounds This weapon accounted for 40 of all handguns bought by the Union Ordinance Department Weapons of the Civil War 2 The Navy model was very similar to the Army It had a round barrel instead of an octagonal barrel and held 36 caliber cartridges 38000 were produced during The Civil War and 15000 of those were produced within the Confederacy Weapons of the Civil War 2The most famous foreign pistol of the war was The Le Mat produced by Dr Le Mat in France It was unique in that it had two barrels like a small shotgun The upper barrel shot 40 caliber rounds while the lower barrel shot 63 caliber rounds Starr was the third largest producer of revolvers Starr was known for its six shot double action revolver that weighed three pounds and was used mainly by the Union soldiers It was very convenient because it held combustible cartridges and could also be fired by the old ball and powder method Since Colt had a patent on its firing procedure Starr was forced into coming up with its own To fire this pistol a soldier would pull the trigger which unlocks then rotates a hammer that then snaps back
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