One Colt became a trademark. While John Wayne used many Colts in his movies. One of his personal guns, Wayne gave the Colt to Gary Hess who worked for his gas and oil exploration company, DECO. The maker of the Duke's holster rig remains a mystery.
Lee A. Silva concludes that the legend of Wyatt Earp owning a "Buntline Special" Colt revolver is true . The extra-long-barreled gun had a detachable wooden rifle stock that could be fitted to the gun so that it could be fired like carbines.