11 February 2021

.45 Short Colt

.45 S&W, issued because the Army bought "Schofield" model S&W Model 3 revolvers is what gave rise to the term ".45 Long Colt" when there never actually was a .45 Long Colt, or .45 Short Colt for that matter.

It's from how the rounds got marked up.

Long for Colt.


.45 Colt won't fit in a Schofield, it's too long.

.45 S&W will fit in both a Colt 1873 and a Schofield.  It's got a bit less thump, but hardly enough to matter.

So the Army standardized on one round and the ammo that worked in both guns got picked.

 

2 comments:

  1. That .45 Short Colt looks like a long .45 Auto Rim round.

    jrg

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    1. ".45 Short Colt" is really .45 S&W, just in case I didn't make that clear in the snark.

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