1880 mfr Antique COLT 1877 “SHERIFF MODEL” Thunderer .41 Long Colt REVOLVER
2-1/2 Inch Barrel, No Ejector Thunderer made in 1880!
Here we present an antique “Sheriff’s Model” Colt 1877 Thunderer Double Action Revolver, made in 1880 in Hartford, Connecticut. The Model 1877 was Colt’s first venture into double action revolvers. It was quite successful, selling 166,849 from 1877 through 1909. Nonetheless, there was some hesitation to move away from the single action mechanism, which had so proven itself. Famous adopters of the Model 1877 were William “Billy the Kid” Bonney and John Wesley Hardin, along with “Doc” Holliday. Doc’s weapon of choice early in his western career was an 1851 Colt Navy revolver. Later, Doc carried a nickel-plated .41 caliber Colt Thunderer or the .38 caliber Colt Lightning.
The Model 1877 was offered in three calibers, which lent them three unofficial names: the “Lightning”, the “Thunderer”, and the “Rainmaker”. Neither “Lightning” nor “Thunderer” were Colt designations, nor used by the factory in any reference materials. Both terms were coined by Benjamin Kittredge, one of Colt’s major distributors. The principal difference between the models was the cartridge in which they were chambered. The “Lightning” being chambered in .38 Long Colt and the “Thunderer” in .41 Long Colt. Both models had a six-round ammunition capacity. An earlier model in .32 Colt known as the “Rainmaker” was offered in 1877.
The overall condition is very good. Original nickel finish. Numbers match. Great action in both single and double action. Bright, well-rifled bore. Solid, sun-faded Colt trademarked hard rubber grips. Markings are clear. Clear engraving of the “COLTS DA CAL .41” designation on the left side of the barrel. This is a solid Colt double action revolver with a really handy overall length that would have ridden is a compact holster on the belt or in a shoulder holster.
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .41 Long Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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