"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 demons, including their leader, the Prince of Hell Azazel, vampires, including their Alpha, and a phoenix through time travel. It was severely damaged by the Prince of Hell Dagon after three failed attempts to kill her with it. It is unknown if it can be repaired.

Physical AppearanceEdit

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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, Bobby Singer and the demon Ruby, 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
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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.


Crowley obtained the Colt from Bela.

Towards the end of Season 3, 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.

In Frontierland, the Winchesters travel to 1861, and obtained the colt from its original owner, Samuel Colt. 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.

In Stuck in the Middle (With You), it was revealed that following the first defeat of Lucifer, the Colt was given to the Prince of Hell Ramiel by Crowley. Six years later, it is stolen by Mary Winchester and given to Arthur Ketch of the British Men of Letters.

In The Raid, the British Men of Letters reveal their possession of the Colt to Sam when the Alpha Vampire attacks their base. While the British Men of Letters lack bullets for the Colt and the knowledge to make them, Sam is able to tell them how as Bobby taught him. Sam is then able to use the Colt to kill the Alpha Vampire.


Dagon destroys the Colt.

After a failed attempt to kill Dagon in The British Invasion, the Colt was taken by Eileen Leahy who returned it to the Winchesters.

In The Future, after two more failed attempts to kill her with the legendary gun, Dagon heats the Colt's barrel, causing it to fall off, severely damaging and potentially destroying the gun. In Twigs & Twine & Tasha Banes, Sam examines the Colt's parts and admits he doesn't know if he can repair it.


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The original 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 helped Bobby make other bullets that can kill supernatural monsters. Also, its barrel 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 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 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 Azazel Kill All Hell Breaks Loose - Part 2
BobbyColt #14 Bobby Singer To kill the demon Father Gil Missed Sin City
SPN 095478 #15 and 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
SPN 0749 #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 Kill Abandon All Hope...
SPN 1025 #24 Dean Winchester To kill Lucifer Shot in the head, survived Abandon All Hope...
Sam kills alpha vampire #25 Sam Winchester To kill the Alpha Vampire Kill The Raid
Eileen with the Colt #26 Eileen Leahy To kill Dagon Missed, accidentally killed Renny Rawlings The British Invasion
Moloch is killed by the Colt #27 Sam Winchester To kill Moloch Kill The Memory Remains
Castiel with the Colt #28 Castiel To kill Dagon Miss The Future



  • 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. The Colt Paterson, however, was designed to use musket balls, having been designed and patented prior to the invention of conical-shaped bullets.
  • The Colt has appeared at least once in every season from Season 1 to Season 6.
  • 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. In The Raid, the Alpha Vampire claims to be another, but Sam Winchester quickly sees through this lie as the Alpha Vampire hasn't attacked him yet. The Alpha Vampire's claim is proven to be false when Sam kills him with the Colt.
  • While the Winchesters didn't know about the limitation on the Colt's ability to kill, Mary Winchester, who heard it from her father, the British Men of Letters and the Alpha Vampire all knew.
  • Sam and Dean Winchester have killed the most creatures on-screen with the Colt, each with 5. Dean killed Elias Finch, Tom, Azazel, Gordon's Victim, and a member of Meg's Hellhound Pack with the Colt. Sam killed Dean's crossroads demon, Casey, Father Gil, the Alpha Vampire, and Moloch.
  • The fate of the Colt was unknown until Stuck in the Middle (With You), where it is revealed that Crowley gave it to Ramiel between the events of Swan Song and Exile on Main Street. It was in the Winchester's possession after Eileen Leahy missed Dagon before Dagon severely damaged it in The Future.
  • In The Raid, the ritual for creating the Colt's new bullets is revealed.
  • The Colt has had a role in the deaths of two Big Bads: Dean used it to kill Azazel and later to kill a Phoenix whose ashes he needed to kill Eve.
  • In its Season Twelve return, The Colt was used to kill the same type of monster it was first used against in Season One and later in Season Three: a Vampire.
  • In The Future, Dean reveals that he sleeps with the Colt under his pillow.
  • The Colt has been used on two Princes of Hell, Azazel and Dagon and has missed both of them, though Azazel was eventually killed by the gun. Dagon suffered three failed attempts to kill her with the Colt, though only two shots were ever fired at her.
  • John Winchester was the first person to use the Colt on-screen, the first to kill a vampire, as well as the first to make an on-screen kill with the weapon, and was also the first to use one of the thirteen original bullets.
  • When a fan asked Jensen what four things The Colt couldn't kill besides Lucifer, Jensen said "God, Amara, and the Winchester Brothers."

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