Colt ‘Root’ 1855 military revolving rifle
Designed by Elisha K. Root and made by the Colt Manufacturing Company for its 1856 military contract - serial number 322 from an order of 101 guns.
.44 cap and ball six-round cylinder, Root sidehammer single action, creeping loading lever, military style full length foregrip.
I can’t help but love these things even though they weren’t the most practical.
Samuel Colt managed to get in a few military contracts for his new product thanks to his prior sales of Paterson ring lever rifles to various US Army regiments - a total of 1100 military style Root revolving rifle were thus produced, which in turn boosted the sales on the civilian market.