The ‘Rampant Colt’ Explained

A follower on the Instagram page asked for an explanation of the item being carried in the Rampant Colt’s mouth and on it’s legs. So, I put together a post about it. The images I am posting here were taken by me in 2019 and are the ‘Rampant Colt’ from the early Colt plant in Hartford, CT. It is on display in the Connecticut State Library Colt firearms collection.

The following description of the ‘Rampant Colt’ is from The post there references as the original source of information.

It states:

“The Colt company emblem is a modification of the Colt family coat of arms dating back to medieval England.

In ancient heraldry a horse is a symbol of loyalty and service to a monarch. A broken spear or lance symbolizes a fallen knight.

The famous Rampant Colt is taken from the coat of arms, and pictures a horse defending it’s fallen knight by breaking a lance in half, one half over it’s legs and the other in it’s mouth.

This is an ancient symbol of loyalty.
The Rampant Colt logo is stamped on almost all Colt firearms.

Over the years the Rampant Colt has maintained it’s form, but has changed from skinny to heavier ponies and back again.”

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