1881 ETCHED PANEL .38 Colt SHERIFF Model 1877 Lightning Revolver Antique
Nickel & Blue with Checkered Rosewood Grips!
Here we present an antique Etched Panel “Sheriff’s” Model Colt 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver, made in 1881 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 Lightning 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 fine. Handsome original nickel finish with fire blue accents on the backs of the hammer and trigger. The action is excellent! The bore is bright and in great shape. Grip is checkered rosewood, a feature of the earlier production pieces. The etching on the left side of the barrel is still legible. The nickel finish remains bright and reflective. All numbers match. Here is a must have Colt Lightning the likes of Doc Holliday was known to pack!
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Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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