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Old 06-01-2003, 05:41 PM
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Colt "embattled horse" logo history




Has any one ever published a collection of the various prancing pony images that Colt has used over the years? I think that the history of this image must be pretty interesting.
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Old 06-02-2003, 12:10 AM
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Perhaps it's got something to do with the name "Colt"
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Old 06-02-2003, 08:29 PM
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Sure, but why are people throwing spears at this poor horse? Is this Sam Colts commentary on the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, or is there a historical meaning? Maybe something from the indian wars?
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Old 06-02-2003, 08:42 PM
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Hmmm, good point, never thought about that, but my theory is that it resembles a horse that is in battle, with parts of a spear in it's mouth symbolizing the horse's will to fight. Just an idea.
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Old 06-02-2003, 09:00 PM
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I'm sure Colt would tell you for $100.

I went to Colt's site and from what I gather the "Rampant Colt" logo is derived from the statue that was on top of the original factory. I'm not sure why the horse has spears in its mouth. The statue went up sometime around 1850 so I doubt if it has anything to do with the Indian Wars. If there's a story behind it, it's probably something Greek.

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At about this time, Mr. Colt, Hartford's unabashed sales promoter, raised the distinctive onion-shaped dome, topped with a cast-bronze rampant colt, over his factory, thereby assuring that every Hartford resident and visitor who saw the dome would ask about it and hear the Colt success story.

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Old 06-02-2003, 10:26 PM
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The Rampant Colt

"In the days before firearms, when the crusaders went into battle on horseback and armed with spears--one very intelligent horse, seeing that his rider was about to be pierced by the enemy's spear--reared on his hind legs, grasped the spear in his mouth, struck out with one hoof and broke the spear: This is embelmatic of the Colt--always coming to the defense of the master." from the Archives of the Connecticut State Library--Author Unknown.

Doug Sheldon's book--Colt's Super .38, The Production History-From 1929 Through 1971 documents the design variations of the Colt logo that were used from the 1890's through the 1960's.
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Old 06-03-2003, 06:38 AM
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Thanks! That's so darn touching, the SAA might just come out of the safe for this day's traveling.

I've looked at that rampant pony a gillion times, and it never crossed my mind just what it meant
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Old 06-03-2003, 07:33 PM
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Thank you Kwill!
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Old 01-29-2011, 04:59 PM
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That's a cool story (Sorry to bump a 7 year old thread) but I was googling what the Colt horse was doing and came across this and thought others would like to know!
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Old 01-29-2011, 08:29 PM
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Wow! I've owned one Colt or another since the mid-80s and never knew what the logo meant.

Thanks for the bump, lazarus86!
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Old 01-29-2011, 11:26 PM
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It's also partially derived from the Colt coat of arms.


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Old 01-30-2011, 08:04 PM
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"In the days before firearms, when the crusaders went into battle on horseback and armed with spears--one very intelligent horse, seeing that his rider was about to be pierced by the enemy's spear--reared on his hind legs, grasped the spear in his mouth, struck out with one hoof and broke the spear: This is embelmatic of the Colt--always coming to the defense of the master."
That horse is way the heck better than any of mine lol.
First thing that would happen if someone came at Blue with a spear is he would try to buck me off and head back to the barn.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:05 PM
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Anyone have a picture of the stamp used in 1980 or 1981? Particularly on the Python?
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