Adopted as a pistol round in 1873 by the US army. Originally a black powder cartridge it soon converted to using smokeless powders. It is now used in numerous lever action rifles however originally it was not suitable for such uses due to the minimal rim of the original cases which caused problems ejecting spent cartridges It remains popular as a Cowboy Action Shooting in the US. Using a 255 grain bullet the .45 Colt gives 523 foot pounds of energy.
Cufflink created from a recycled polished brass case head (rim and portion of cartridge body) of the .45 Colt round. Cufflink measuring 13.6mm diameter by 3mm depth set on gold plated solid arm (Approx 24mm overall length). Set with 4mm round citrine in place of primer cap.