"They say this gun can kill anything."

The Colt is a supernatural revolver made by the hunter Samuel Colt. John Winchester had been searching for it for many years. According to legend, anything shot by this gun, using one of its thirteen original bullets, will die, including supernatural creatures normally immune to any and all weapons. On several occasions, it was in the possession of Sam and Dean Winchester, who used it to kill demonsvampires, a phoenix (through time travel), and the demon Azazel.


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The Latin inscription: "I will fear no evil"

The gun used in the series is actually a replica Colt Paterson 1836 ball and cap gun modified to fire metallic cartridges. On the barrel of the gun is inscribed a Latin quote from Psalm XXIII:4, "non timebo mala", meaning "I will fear no evil".

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The Pentagram on the handle of the gun

On the handle is a carving of a pentagram, with much of the finish removed to give it an aged appearance. It originally came with 13 bullets - eight were used before the Winchesters obtained it, and they used the other five. It then no longer worked. However, the demon Ruby and Bobby Singer, managed to make more bullets for it.


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The creation of the gun.

Back in 1835, when Halley's Comet was overhead, the same night those men died at the Alamo, they say Samuel Colt made a gun...a special gun. He made it for a hunter -- a man like us, only on horseback. The story goes he made 13 bullets. This hunter used the gun a half dozen times before he disappeared, the gun along with him. Somehow, Daniel got his hands on it. They say -- they say this gun can kill anything.
John Winchester tells the legend of the Colt
Dean shoots azazel

Dean kills Azazel with the last of the original bullets.

When John Winchester became aware of the power that the weapon had, he began to search for it so that he could use it to kill the demon that killed his wife - Azazel. He and his sons finally obtained it after a vampire killed the owner, Daniel Elkins, and the Winchesters attacked the vampire's nest to get it back. However, John gives it to Azazel in return for Dean's life being spared after an almost-fatal car crash, and at the end of the second season, Azazel uses it as a key to open a gateway to Hell that Samuel Colt had sealed. Dean uses the last original bullet to kill him.

Towards the end of the third season, the gun was stolen from them by Bela Talbot in order for her to get out of her contract with a Crossroad Demon. She told the Winchesters that she gave it to Lilith, but in fact she instead gave it to a demon named Crowley, who hid it. After Castiel and the Winchesters track down Crowley he returns it so that they can kill Lucifer. The boys find Lucifer and Dean shoots him straight through the head but Lucifer, although unconscious for a few moments, awakens and is unharmed, although it was painful, and he mentions he is one of five things in all of creation that the Colt cannot kill. It is seen once more when the Winchesters travel to 1861. Dean drops the Colt just before being transported back to the present day, where it is retrieved by the saloon owner Elkins, a possible ancestor of Daniel Elkins, who possessed the weapon at the beginning of the series.


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The bullets of the Colt are engraved with numbers

The Colt's original thirteen bullets could kill almost anything; there were only five things in all of creation (including Lucifer) that couldn't be killed by the revolver.

After using all the bullets, Ruby somehow helped Bobby make other bullets that can kill supernatural monsters. The Colt has a second function: the barrel of it acted as a key to unlock a Devil's Gate, as seen in the episode All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 2.

The following denotes the known uses of the Colt with the original "Samuel Colt" bullets shown in the color grey:

Image Number Gun handler Reason Result of shot Episode
Not seen in the series. # 1-5 Original hunter for whom the Colt was made (possibly Samuel Colt himself) Unknown Unknown N/A
SPN 0776 # 6-7 Samuel Colt To kill two demons Both demons killed Frontierland
SPN 1144 # 8 Dean Winchester To kill the Phoenix, Elias Finch Kill Frontierland
SPN 1052 (John) # 9 John Winchester To kill the vampire Luther Kill Dead Man's Blood
SPN 1024444 #10 Sam Winchester To kill the demon, Azazel
Missed Salvation
SPN 0898 #11 Dean Winchester To kill a demon, Tom Kill Devil's Trap
SPN 1223 #12 Sam Winchester To remove Azazel from John Winchester Wounded John in the leg;
Azazel depossessed John
Devil's Trap
Dean shoots azazel #13 Dean Winchester To kill the demon, Azazel Kill All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 2
BobbyColt #14 Bobby Singer To kill the demon Father Gil Missed Sin City
SPN 095478 #15 & 16 Sam Winchester To kill the demon Father Gil and Casey. Kill Sin City
SPN 0994445 #17 Sam Winchester To kill a Crossroad demon Kill Bedtime Stories
SPN 0896 #18 Dean Winchester To kill a vampire. Kill Fresh Blood
SPN 0520 #19 Dean Winchester To kill the demon Ruby Missed; shot in the air Malleus Maleficarum
200px #20 Sam Winchester To kill the demon Astaroth. Astaroth stopped the bullet using telekinesis Malleus Maleficarum
SPN 0168 #21-22 Crowley To kill two demons Hit, both demons killed Abandon All Hope...
DeanColt #23 Dean Winchester To kill a hellhound Hit, kill unconfirmed but probable Abandon All Hope...
SPN 1025 #24 Dean Winchester To kill Lucifer Shot in the head, his immunity to the Colt prevents death. Though his pain was evident. Abandon All Hope...


  • The props department of the show has a rubber version to be used in fight scenes for pistol whipping.
  • The design of the Colt appears to be a stylized Colt Paterson black powder revolver, patented by Samuel Colt in 1836.
  • Despite being in the possession of Hell during the ushering of the Apocalypse, the Colt (along with Death's Scythe) was never used by demons offensively against angels.
  • The Colt has appeared at least once in every season from Season One to Season Six.
  • As Eric Kripke mentioned he was inspired by Hellblazer, it is possible that the Colt was based on the Ace of Winchesters, a magical rifle from the Old West that John Constantine of the Hellblazer series uses to instantly kill demons. It is interesting to note that the name of the rifle also shares the surname of Sam and Dean.
  • Lucifer mentions that there's five things in creation that the Colt can't kill, and only he so far has been confirmed to be one of them.
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