In the history of rifles, or long guns, the first repeating firearms were introduced as military weapons in the Civil War. The 1860 Henry was allegedly called by Confederate soldiers, "that damned Yankee rifle that they load on Sunday and shoot all week!"Long Guns
It wasn’t until Colt’s first factory—the Patent Arms Company, in Paterson, NJ—introduced the Colt Paterson, in 1836— that the handgun world was introduced to a repeating firearm employing a rotating cylinder in which each opening acted as a separate chamber; a true revolver.Modern Handguns
by Tom Drinkard
Although many well-known people have carried derringers, probably the most infamous example of the weapon is the pistol used by John Wilkes Booth in the assassination of Abraham Lincoln.
The weapon was manufactured in Deringer’s factory and is a .44 caliber single-barrel cap and ball muzzleloader. Such pistols were normally sold in pairs, but the Booth pistol’s twin has never been found.
There was a rumor in the 1960s, that burglars had stolen the actual murder weapon on display at Ford’s Theatre and replaced it with a fake replica. Learn the results of an extensive FBI forensic investigation in 1997.pocket pistols