ⓘ Colt Buntline
The Colt Buntline Special is a long-barreled variant of the Colt Single Action Army revolver, which Stuart N. Lake described in his best-selling but largely fictionalized 1931 biography, Wyatt Earp: Frontier Marshal. According to Lake, the dime novelist Ned Buntline commissioned the production of five Buntline Specials. Lake described them as extra-long Colt Single Action Army revolvers, with a 12-inch -long barrel, and stated that Buntline presented them to five lawmen in thanks for their help in contributing local color to his western yarns.
Lake attributed the gun Wyatt Earp, modern researchers have found no evidence from secondary sources or in available primary documentation for the existence of guns before the publication of the books of the lake. After its publication, various Colt revolvers with long 10-inch or 16-inch guns were named the Colt Buntlines or special Buntline. The colt made a gun among second generation revolvers produced after 1956. A number of other manufacturers such as Uberti, the Navy arms and Cimarron arms, made their own versions of this long-barreled revolver.