Antique COLT FRONTIER Model 1878 .44-40 WCF Caliber DOUBLE ACTION Revolver
HARD TO FIND .44-40 WCF Colt 6-Shooter Made in 1897!
Here we present an antique Colt 1878 Double Action Frontier Revolver, made in 1897 in Hartford, Connecticut. The M1878 was designed by William Mason, Colt’s factory manager and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards, Superintendent of Engineering. The 1878 Frontier was a much larger and more reliable version of the Model 1877 Lightning and Thunderer, Colt’s first double action revolver. The 1878 Frontier also offered a much more comprehensive array of calibers, compared to the 1877’s three offerings. Despite all of this, the Model 1877 was clearly the popular favorite as over 166,000 were produced versus 51,210 of the Model 1878 made between 1878 through 1907.
Out of the 51,210 Model 1878 revolvers made, 4,600 were made for the United States Ordnance Department in 1902 and known as the “Philippine” models. They were intended to equip the Philippine Constabulary in the Philippine Insurrection.
The overall condition is good. The action is strong in both double and single action. The bore is in good shape for its age, clean with good rifling. Both grips are firm with minimal handling marks but with replacement screw. The lanyard ring and stud for the loading gate have been removed.
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Barrel is 5-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .44-40 WCF
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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