The .45 Long Colt, or just .45 Colt as it is registered, can
date its origin back to 1872. (The addition of “long” to its name is used
primarily to differentiate between it and the .45 S&W Schofield, seeing as
though both were used by the military at the same time.) It’s developer, Colt,
created the .45 Colt for the Colt Single Action Army Revolver, originally named
the “New Strap Pistol”. The round was quickly implemented by the US Army in
1873 and stayed as an official caliber for the Military for 14 years.
The development of the round, and the revolver, was a joint
effort between Colt and the Union Metallic Cartridge Company and was intended
to be used by horse-mounted soldiers. Keep in mind, it was created before the
invention of smokeless powder; but it functioned well. It’s intended purpose?
To have the power to bring down any human criminal, as well as to put their
horses out of commission. As was often the case, horses would be injured during
a battle and the humane thing was to quickly end the horse’s life; the .45 Colt
made this possible.
It’s 1.29” length made it the longest pistol caliber of its
time, especially with its predecessor, the .44 colt, being only 1.10”. It was
filled with 30-gr of black powder behind a 250-gr bullet. Today, it is still an
iconic round used mainly by those looking to replay scenes and prompts from the
days of the wild-west.
Each box contains 250 once fired brass shell casings. Headstamps are mixed. This is unprocessed brass sourced from commercial shooting ranges. The casings have been washed and polished, but not resized and may still contain the spent primer.
It is recommended that all brass be inspected prior to being reloaded and fired.