Captain Samuel Hamilton Walker, Texas Ranger, Indian Fighter and Soldier. The famous "Colt Walker" was designed by Samuel Colt after a discussion with Captain Walker. Walker described what he considered would be the perfect fighting revolver, and it was then designed by Sam Colt, who put Captain Walker's name on it.
Colt Third Model Dragoon Percussion Revolver, ca. 1853 Made by Samuel Colt (1814–1862, inventor and manufacturer); Decorated by Gustave Young (1827–1895, engraver) American (Hartford, Conn.) Steel, brass, gold, walnut
Samuel Colt (July 19, 1814 - January 10, 1862) was an American inventor and industrialist. He was the founder of Colt's Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company (now known as Colt's Manufacturing Company), and is widely credited with popularizing the revolver. Colt's innovative contributions to the weapons industry have been described by arms historian James E. Serven as "events which shaped the destiny of American Firearms." In 2006, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame.
The Republic of Texas was one of the earliest customers of a New England gun maker, Samuel Colt. Colt had invented a fragile .36 caliber five-shot revolver, a weapon Hays and his men used with deadly effect in defense of the Texas frontier. No longer would his men have to pause in battle to reload single-shot pistols and rifles while the Indians continued firing arrows. Colt built his reputation on the use of his weapons by the Texas Rangers. One of Hays' men, Samuel H. Walker, made some…