What was the main weakness of Colt revolvers, comparing to its competitors?

low speed
low durability
lack of possibility to use metallic cartridges
poor shooting precision
Samuel Colt missed a great op­por­tu­ni­ty in firearms de­vel­op­ment when he dis­missed an idea from one of his gun­smith­s, Rollin White. White proposed a "bored-through" revolver cylinder to allow the use of metallic car­tridges in a handgun. After Colt fired White for sug­gest­ing an im­prove­ment to his re­volver, White took his idea to Colt's com­peti­tor, Smith & Wesson, who patented his in­ven­tion and kept Colt from being able to build car­tridge firearms for almost 20 years.

Answers distribution

low speed
low durability
lack of possibility to use metallic cartridges
poor shooting precision
answers
flagItaly
5%
10%
63%
21%
19
flagIndia
0%
29%
52%
5%
17
flagthe Netherlands
36%
4%
45%
13%
22
flagNorway
41%
0%
41%
17%
17
flagGermany
23%
7%
37%
32%
81
flagthe United States
24%
13%
34%
27%
69
flagSweden
41%
8%
33%
16%
12
flagPoland
27%
11%
32%
28%
7437
flagthe United Kingdom
27%
14%
28%
29%
107
flagRepublic of Ireland
31%
0%
25%
43%
16
flagCzech Republic
33%
0%
25%
41%
12
flagUnknown
36%
12%
19%
30%
974

Gender

men25%
women35%
low speed
30%
27%
low durability
12%
9%
lack of possibility to use metallic cartridges
25%
35%
poor shooting precision
32%
26%

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