I have a theory that I probably stole from somewhere. It is that the era of the combat revolver began when a handful of Texas Rangers armed with Colt Patersons defeated a numerically superior Comanche war party at the Battle of Walker’s Creek in June 1844. It ended on a suburban Miami street in April 1986 when a group of FBI agents found themselves outgunned by a deadly pair of bank robbers.
That shootout and its aftermath led to a sea change in firearms and ammunition for law enforcement use. Within a few years, the faithful revolver was soon a rarity in any lawman’s holster. That trend soon spilled over to the civilian side, but three decades later revolvers are experiencing a resurgence in popularity.
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