Allowing the hammer of any single action revolver to rest on a cap on a loaded cylinder percussion revolver, or on the primer of a loaded round in a revolver made for fixed ammunition
, or using the so-called "safety" notch on the hammer with all chambers loaded--are all invitations to disaster.
Colt looked upon double actions and fixed ammunition as so much foolishness.
In the process they converted Colt percussion revolvers to handle fixed ammunition with the Thuer, Richards and Richards-Mason Cartridge Conversions.
With the coming of fixed ammunition
firearms the stage was at least set for the two-gun man.
Richards' patent was used by Colt to convert thousands of cap-n-ball sixguns to the new fixed ammunition style.
Smith had always been a fixed ammunition revolver manufacturer going all the way back to 1852 and their pocket pistols in .22 rimfire.
Subsequently, the Maynard design made an easy transition from using a percussion cap-fired brass cartridge to modern fixed ammunition
and was considered a highly desirable target and sporting rifle from 1870 through the 1890s.
When percussion revolvers were replaced by single action sixguns using fixed ammunition
such as the Colt Single Action the cylinder still had six chambers, however it could only be carried safely with the hammer down on an empty chamber.
He did not believe sixguns that fired fixed ammunition
would ever replace cap and ball revolvers.
.44 Russian: Three years before Colt brought out the Single Action Army, Smith & Wesson introduced the first big-bore sixgun that fired fixed ammunition
. This was the Model No.
The coming of large bore single-shot rifles using fixed ammunition
hastened the slaughter of the buffalo and the subjugation of the Plains Indians.