Billy The Kid’s Gun

Where is Billy The Kid’s gun now? Although many historians believe the kid might have owned a Colt Thunderer at one point and most likely owned a S&W Schofield in 45 S&W, also sometimes refereed to as a 45 short, what we do know for sure looking at the know picture of him is that he definitely owned a  Colt Model 1873 Army SA (single action) long 45 inch revolver and a Winchester Model 1873 44-40 Rifle.

Billy the kids guns
    Billy the kid with his guns

Billy the kids Colt Model 1873

revolver is now perhaps one of the most coveted guns that remains lost. Many collectors have offered huge sums of money to anyone that can find it and sell it to them. Some experts say it could be worth as much as $1,000,000 if it was ever discovered and made it to the open market or auction.

Billy the kid's gun
1873 Colt revolver

Apparently this legendary revolver was lost in southern Alabama many years ago and has still never been discovered. The trouble is, how could any Colt Model 1873 revolver proved to be his one? Unless he has inscribed his name on it, the gun might actually be in someones collection right now and we would never know that it was once held and fired by the kid!

Colt Single Action revolver

Was first designed for the U.S. government service revolver trials of 1872 by Colt’s Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company.  It is able to hold up to six rounds and In order to fire the revolver you have to manually cock back the hammer (this is why they are called single action) before pulling the trigger. The cylinder holding the rounds turns after each squeeze of the trigger to line up the next bullet.

It is possible to fire the Colt single action revolver rapidly by holding down the trigger and “fanning” the hammer with the other hand.

The Colt SAA revolver is a famous piece of American history and known as “The Gun That Won the West”.

References:

http://www.billythekidslegendaryrevolver.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colt_Single_Action_Army