1888 Antique COLT Model 1877 “Lightning” .38 Caliber Double Action REVOLVER
With Period Wallet Type Leather Holster!
Here we present an antique Colt 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver, made in 1888 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 very good. Original nickel finish with blued accents. Excellent action. Bore is well-rifled with aged patina. Both rampant colt trademarked grips are in good shape with an average amount of handling wear. Numbers match. The included period leather holster is in good shape and “223/4” is marked on the back. It would have been very useful for putting in a jacket pocket and the like.
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Barrel is 3-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Long Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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