1. Colt was an early adopter of assembly-line production.
2. He pioneered product placement.
3. Colt produced his own version of July 4th fireworks.
4. A ship voyage as a teenager gave Colt the idea for a revolver design.
5. He spent three years as a traveling huckster.
6. His first firearms company flopped.
7. His brother was convicted of murder in a sensational trial.
8. The Mexican-American War revived Colt’s fortunes.
9. Colt built an industrial utopia.
10. He never held a Colt .45 in his hand.
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