1897 mfr. Antique SHERIFF’S MODEL COLT Model 1877 “Lightning” REVOLVER
Billy the Kid, Doc Holliday, John Wesley Hardin
Here we present an antique “Sheriff’s Model” Colt 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver, made in 1897 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 overall condition is nearing fine. Original blue preserved on the barrel and trigger guard. Case colors still visible on the frame. Strong action. The cylinder indexes nicely and locks up firmly with the exception of one of the six chambers, where the timing is off. Bright, reflective and rifled bore. Good Colt trademarked grips. Numbers match. A Colt Lightning in very nice condition!
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Long Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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