1880s SCARCE Antique COLT Model 1878 12 Gauge DB Side x Side HAMMER SHOTGUN
Double Barrel Made in 1883 with Damascus Barrels
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1878 Double Barrel Hammer Shotgun, manufactured in Hartford, Connecticut in 1883. The Model 1878 was made from 1878 to 1889, with approximately 22,683 guns manufactured. These double barrel shotguns were an exposed hammer double gun that competed closely with high-end Parkers. The Colt Model 1878 Double-Barrel Hammer Shotgun is considered to be, if not the finest, one of the finest American double-barrel shotguns ever made. The Model 1878 Shotgun was the highest priced item in the Colt line and was available in almost any grade as a special-order item. This double trigger shotgun is a 12-gauge solid rib with 30-inch barrels.
According to one source, “the Model 1878 Hammer Gun ranks among the best grade doubles produced in the entire American arms trade. The limited number completed and the great pains devoted to handling specific orders from often fussy shooters means that a considerable degree of quality and variety is evident in the Model 1878 series.”
The overall condition is very good. Original finish and patina. Much of the original Damascus pattern remains on the barrels with some light and dark spotting. The actions are excellent. The bores are smooth and bright. The stock is solid. Numbers match. A very nice double from Colt!
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Barrels are 30 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 inch with Extractor
Length of pull: 14-1/8 inches.
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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