EVERY firearm is capable of causing life threatening wounds - indeed many non-fire arms are fully capable of targeting and killing, including air-weapons, - arrow projecting BOWS - Crossbows - Slingshots - Spears and indeed the whole spread of impact tools including axes, hammers, baseball bats and of course knives & swords - edged weapons. - "Accidental" injuries can occur.
Of Course there are no individuals out there who have dropped a NUKE by accident - Are there?
The U S Government Pentagon admits to having had 32 'BROKEN ARROWS' nuclear mishaps - so that's nice and reassuring eh - I don't expect that the Russians, Chinese, Indians, Pakistanis, Brits, French, Israelis, or Iranians have ever been anywhere near as careless. - All those stories about Russian sailors glowing green in the dark, and forbidden zones in central Australia & elsewhere would of course be bullshit. - How many U S or Russian (other Brands are available) nuclear submarines are permanently missing? - the answer is NINE or TEN depending on how you count "nuclear" - as powered, armed, or both.
Naturally there are some knowlegeable folk who would dismiss the firelocks, flintlocks, and percussion "cap'n'ball" muzleloaders with a sneering shake of their heads - as progress has advanced beyond this kind. (I too like the old Glocks etc).
QUESTION 1: Did the invention of warheads mounted on missiles mean that nuclear bombs dropped by aircraft would no longer work?
QUESTION 1a: Did the Colt AR15 development stop the old 30-30 from still harvesting deer and hogs?
OK .. Can 5 lead balls fired from a 31" caliber Model 1849 Pocket Percussion Revolver each penetrate Thirteen inches of ballistic gelatin to pass the FBI Standard? - Answer YES.
OK .. Can 6 lead balls from a .36" Colt Navy 1851 or 1861 model each penetrate to more than twice that minimum FBI recommendation? - Answer YES
QUESTION 2: Are modern guns easier to load and use ... Obviously. - Are they MORE powerful ... Sometimes
QUESTION 2a: Is anything killed with a modern cartridge gun MORE DEAD than something killed with an old obsolete firearm .. Obviously NOT.
My second topic is "Brands" or Makers ... there likely are hundreds if not thousands of gunmakers who produced guns over the 750 plus years history of blackpowder guns - some excellent, and some perhaps more ordinary - with the most famous name Samuel Colt being THE American legend.
Those early original 'Colts' are fascinating pieces of firearms history that are rightly treasured as valuable antiques. There is strong evidence that English born gunsmith John Pearson had much design input into the first 26 prototype guns for Colt.
- Samuel Colt bought the steel AND SOME COMPONENTS he used to make his guns from Thomas Firth & Sons of Sheffield England, up until 1869.
In the late 1950s Val Forgett contracted with Italian gunmakers Gregorelli & Uberti to make fine copies of Colt's 1851 Navy model, in 1958 and onwards. - Their success lead to Colts Manufacturing Company contracting with Lou Imperato in 1993 - who founded 'Colts Blackpowder Arms Co.' and they bought Italian made components to be finished & assembled as "Colts" in U S.
Are these "Second Generation" & "3rd Generation" percussion revolvers 'REAL Colts' ? ... Discuss .. but please remember always that many of Samuel Colts very earliest commercial guns were made for The Patent Manufacturing Company under contract by Eli Whitney Blake. - Were they real Colts?
The present U S Colt Co. is a subsidery holding of the Czech business Česká zbrojovka Group. (Colt CZ Group) .. are they real Colts ?
Now ... There is 'expert opinion' to consider - and there is accepted fact that has later been discredited or thrown into doubt. If you stray into collecting interesting rare old Colt guns for financial investment ambition - it would be wise to learn of RL Wilson and some nasty collecting events. - Try listening to this two hour sorry story for starters: