Bits 'n Pieces
Page 15 - John Crow

"John Crow was a blacksmith, gunsmith, wagon maker and carpenter
as well as a farmer by trade and a Republican and Methodist Episcopal
by preference. He established the first blacksmith shop in Lorane and
held several minor political offices in the district. As a gunsmith, John
Crow, who was also a friend of Samuel Colt, developed a revolver that
held five cartridges. They were contained in a clip which had to be
manually pushed into the chamber one cartridge at a time. Shortly
after the development of this hand gun, however, his friend Colt came
out with his famous Colt .45 revolver which automatically turned and
fed a new cartridge into the chamber after each shot. Crow bowed to
the superior invention of his friend..."