Dating a smith and wesson revolver
There are still people who refuse to buy a Ruger because of Bill Ruger’s “No honest man needs more than ten rounds,” statement, even though Sturm, Ruger & Co.
will now happily sell you an AR-15 variant with a standard capacity thirty round magazine.
Sales tanked as gun owners and buyers began avoiding Colt like the plague. Manufacturers were running scared in the wake of the Brady Bill and the 1994 assault weapons Ban.
They thought that a UK style disarmament was on the horizon and, having learned nothing from the antics of Neville Chamberlain on the eve of WWII, went into full appeasement mode.
Retailers like Wal-Mart, Kmart, Sears and JC Penny still carried handguns in the days before the Brady Bill.The logic being that the different report of the .308 rifle made the Squad Designated Marksman a target. In 2003, the Python and Anaconda were retired entirely.The master craftsmen who built the Python retired, or went to work on the Single Action Army Peacemaker. It was a modern design based on a scaled up King Cobra frame and required minimal hand fitting.Samuel Colt would pursue government contracts above all else, even if it meant passing up more lucrative civil sales.By the time of his death at the age of 47 in 1862, Colt was in a desperate state of affairs.