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Colt 1878 Double Action

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Colt 1878 Double Action with 4.75" barrel - .45 Colt
Colt 1878-1902 Philippine Model - .45 Colt

The Colt 1878 is double action revolver by Colt, following the small frame 1877 Colt Lightning. The 1878 would reuse several Single Action Army parts (such as ejector rod assembly) for economy. Unfortunately the revolver suffered from light strikes on the hardened primers of military ammunition and only sold 31,000 units over its 30 years of production despite its wide range of caliber offerings. Attempts to correct the issues with light strikes led to the Colt 1902 Revolver. The 1902 was given much heavier spring, resulting in a distinctive large trigger that was intended to give greater leverage on the exceptionally long trigger pull this spring change resulted in. The 1902 was used as a stop-gap till the adoption of the Colt 1911 after the Philippines conflict revealed the flaws of the Colt New Army & Navy.


(1878 - 1907)

  • Type: Revolver
  • Caliber(s): .45 Colt, .44-40 WCF, .38-40 WCF, .44 Russian, .476 Ely, .32-20 WCF, .41 Colt, .38 Colt
  • Barrel length(s): 3 in (7.6 cm) - 7.5 in (19.1 cm)
  • Capacity: 6
  • Fire Modes: SA/DA

The "Colt 1878 Double Action" has been used by the following actors in the following movies, television series, anime, and video games:


Title Actor Character Note Date
The Great Train Robbery Bandit 1903
The Hound of the Baskervilles Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes 1939
Nigel Bruce Dr. Watson Standard and 1878-1902 Philippine Model
Richard Greene Sir Henry Baskerville
Morton Lowry Stapleton 1878-1902 Philippine Model
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Basil Rathbone Sherlock Holmes 1878-1902 Philippine Model 1939
George Zucco Professor Moriarty Standard with 5" and 7.5" barrels and 1878-1902 Philippine Model
Alan Marshal Jerrold Hunter
E.E. Clive Inspector Bristol
Drum Beat Charles Bronson Kintpuash aka Captain Jack 4" or 5" barrel 1954
Robert Keith Bill Satterwhite 7.5" barrel
Little Big Man Jeff Corey Wild Bill Hickok 1970
Joe Kidd John Saxon Luis Chama 1972
The White Buffalo Charles Bronson Wild Bill Hickok 1977
High Road To China Tom Selleck Patrick O'Malley 1983
Bess Armstrong Eve Tozer
The Sign of Four David Healy Dr. Watson 1878-1902 Philippine Model 1983
Project A Part II Secret police agent 1987
Tombstone Kurt Russell Wyatt Earp 1993
The Hateful Eight Channing Tatum Jody Domingre 2015


Title Actor Character Note / Episode Date
F Troop Paul Lynde Sgt. Ramsden 1902 Philippine Model / "The Singing Mountie" (S02E01) 1966
Reilly: Ace of Spies Sam Neill Sidney Reilly 1983
Rough Riders Gary Busey Major General Joe Wheeler 1997
Sherlock: The Abominable Bride Natasha O'Keeffe Emilia Ricoletti 2016

Video Games

Game Title Referred as Mods Note Release Date
Call of Juarez "Border Gun" 2007

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