|Creator :||Samuel Colt|
|Use(s) :|| Kills almost any being in creation|
Key to the Wyoming devil's gate
|Affected creatures :||Demons|
All but five other entities in creation
The Colt is a legendary supernatural revolver created by Samuel Colt, with the ability to kill almost any being in existence that it is used to shoot. The Colt originally possessed thirteen bullets which were all used up, and new bullets retaining the gun's supernatural-killing power were afterwards made for it.
The Colt was designed to be able to kill anything shot with it, including supernatural creatures regardless of their invulnerability to most methods of killing. The Colt is known to be able to kill demons, vampires (Dead Man's Blood, Fresh Blood) and phoenixes, (Frontierland) but is incapable of killing Lucifer (although being shot with the gun does still cause Lucifer a flash of pain). According to Lucifer, there are only five things in all of creation, himself included, that the Colt cannot kill. (Abandon All Hope...)
When the Colt is used with supernatural bullets made specifically for the gun, if any being vulnerable to its killing power is shot with the gun, the bullet from the Colt that hits the targeted creature or being will exhert a supernatural power which seems to infect the shot being and destroy and kill it within seconds. However, when a supernatural is shot using the Colt, the fired bullet must hit a vital part of the targeted being that conventionally would kill a human (such as the heart or the head), and a conventionally non-fatal wound such as a shot to the leg will only weaken the shot being. (Devil's Trap)
It is apparently difficult to create bullets for the Colt capable of exercising its supernatural-killing power against creatures and beings shot, though still possible with correct help and knowledge; (Sin City) the Colt was originally made with thirteen bullets capable of using the gun's killing ability, (Dead Man's Blood et al.) and after all these original thirteen bullets were used, new bullets capable of killing supernaturals the Colt was used on were made. (Sin City) Though the Colt's bullets are capable of killing most supernatural beings, they are still not protected against supernatural powers such as telekinesis, as the demon Astaroth once deflected a shot from the Colt by stopping the bullet in the air with telekinesis. (Malleus Maleficarum)
As well as being able to kill almost any being in existence, the Colt is apparently also a key to the devil's gate in Wyoming that was also built by Samuel Colt. When the Colt is inserted into the gate's lock, it will unlock the gate's doors and open the devil's gate. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
The Colt was created by Samuel Colt in 1835, when Halley's Comet was overhead, during the Battle of the Alamo. According to the legend of the Colt, Samuel Colt made the gun and its original thirteen bullets for another hunter, who apparently used the Colt five or less times before he disappeared with the gun. (Dead Man's Blood)
By 1861, the Colt was back in Samuel Colt's possession, until he gave it to Sam and Dean Winchester (who had come from 2011) so the Winchesters could use the gun to kill the phoenix Elias Finch in Sunrise, Wyoming. When Sam and Dean killed Finch with the gun and immediately afterwards returned to their time, the Colt was left lying in the street of Sunrise, and it is unknown what happened to it after this. (Frontierland)
By 1973, the Colt and its remaining bullets were in the possession of Daniel Elkins, (In the Beginning) and Elkins retained ownership of the gun until in 2006 (by which time only five of the Colt's original bullets were left), when vampires killed Elkins and took the gun. Sam, Dean and John Winchester shortly afterwards took the Colt from the vampires, using one of its bullets in the process, in hopes of using the gun to kill Azazel. (Dead Man's Blood) In the Winchesters' mission against Azazel, all but one of the gun's remaining four bullets were used, (Devil's Trap) and John subsequently handed the Colt over to Azazel as part of a deal with the demon to save Dean's life. (In My Time of Dying)
In early May, 2007, Azazel gave the Colt to Jake Talley and sent Jake to use the Colt as the key to open the devil's gate in Wyoming. Jake succeeded in using the Colt to open the gate, and Dean then took the Colt back and successfully shot and killed Azazel with the Colt's last remaining bullet. (All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2)
After all of the Colt's original bullets were used up, (Season 1, All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2) Bobby Singer began experimenting with the gun and trying to develop new bullets for the gun that could exercise the Colt's supernatural-killing power against demons as the original bullets had done. (Sin City) Eventually, with help from Ruby, Bobby succeeded in making new supernatural-killing bullets for the gun, and Sam and Dean subsequently began using the Colt as a demon-killing weapon against demons again. (Season 3) However, Bela Talbot eventually managed to steal the Colt from Sam and Dean, (Dream a Little Dream of Me) and gave it to Lilith's right-hand man, the crossroads demon named Crowley, in a failed effort to trade the gun for ownership of her soul. (Time Is on My Side)
The Colt remained in Crowley's possession for over a year, until in late 2009, Crowley willingly gave the gun to Sam and Dean in hopes that the Winchesters could use it to kill Lucifer and stop the Apocalypse. The Winchester brothers subsequently tracked Lucifer down to Carthage, Missouri to shoot him with the Colt, but the Colt failed to kill Lucifer due to his immunity to its killing power. (Abandon All Hope...) It is unknown what happened to the Colt after this, and it was not seen again.
In an alternate future where Sam and Dean had remained separated after the early days of the Apocalypse, the Colt remained in the demons' possession for the following five years, and was regularly moved around to many places by the demons to keep it out of the Winchesters' hands. In 2014, Dean finally retrieved the Colt from the demons, and hoped to use it to kill Lucifer after tracking him down. However, Dean ultimately failed when Lucifer defeated and killed him during this assassination attempt. (The End)
- Dead Man's Blood
- Devil's Trap
- In My Time of Dying
- All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2
- Bad Day at Black Rock
- Sin City
- Bedtime Stories
- Fresh Blood
- Malleus Maleficarum
- Jus in Bello
- In the Beginning
- The End
- Abandon All Hope...
- Following Lucifer's revelation in Abandon All Hope... that he and four other things are the only things in existence immune to the Colt's killing power, there has been much debate among fans about what these other four things are, and whether they are four individuals or four different species. However, it is widely agreed that God, Death and Michael are most likely to be among the other four things immune to the Colt.
- Though it wasn't confirmed what happened to the Colt between Frontierland and In the Beginning, fans have suggested that after it was left abandoned in the street when Sam and Dean killed Finch, the bartender Elkins found and stored it, thus confirming that he was Daniel Elkins' ancestor and explaining how the Colt wound up in Daniel's possession.
- The effect used for when demons are killed by the Colt has varied; between an electrical blue flash over their vessels (in Devil's Trap and Frontierland) to a similar internal orange flash to that seen when demons are killed by angel blades or the demon knife (in All Hell Breaks Loose: Part 2, Season 3 and Abandon All Hope...).