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Colt .45

Title Card - COLT .45

ABC Network
1957-1960
Drama
30 Minutes

Wayde Preston as Christopher Colt, a gun salesman who, in reality, was a government undercover agent sent into the field to track down wanted felons in the 1880s. Chris kept a US Marshal's badge under his shirtsleeve if he needed to prove his true identity. 

Chris Colt is actually the nephew of Sam Colt, who invented the Colt revolver. Using a set of samples (which he won't sell), Chris sells his guns for $20 each. Orders are sent to the Colt Patent Firearms Company in Hartford, Connecticut. Customers receive their firearms in six weeks. Chris' gun belt prominently displays an image of a broncin' colt, a symbol of the Colt Company.

Eventually, Christopher's cousin, Sam Colt, Jr. (Donald May) arrived on the scene and shared Chris' role as a gun salesman/undercover agent. 


Title Card - COLT.45

Listen to Theme Song

Theme Song Lyrics
(written by Hal Hopper & Douglas Heyes)

There was a gun that won the west.
There was a man among the best.
The fastest gun or man alive.
A lightning bolt when he drew that Colt...45.

He carried the message of law and of order,
Into a wicked land.
With a Colt single action Army revolver
Blazing from either hand.

There was the right, there was the wrong.
The gun was quick, the man was strong.
And peace was made when they arrive,
A lightning bolt when he drew that Colt...45.

Colt .45
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Wayde Preston as Christopher Colt - COLT .45
Wayde Preston
 as Christopher Colt
Donald May
as Sam Colt, Jr.

Memorabilia

TRIVIA NOTE: Both Wayde Preston and Donald May appeared together on episode "Phantom Trail ("03/13/1960).

The beginning of each episode Chris Colt (and later Sam Colt, Jr.) spells out the title of the show by firing six bullets at the screen.

The Colt frontier pistol was given the nickname of the "Peacemaker" and the "Gun That Won the West" because it quickly settled many difficulties in the early days of the American West, especially in Texas. The Colt was prominently featured on the series.

The Colt .45 was designed by Samuel Colt (1814-1862). His revolving breech pistol patented in England in 1835-36 was one of the standard small arms of the world in the last half of the 19th century.

Colt's Paterson model was used effectively by the Texas Rangers during the state's fight for independence from Mexico.

In 1855, Colt built the world's largest private armory in Hartford, Connecticut. His single-action Peacemaker model Army revolver introduced in 1873 became the most famous sidearm of the West.


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