c.1890 Antique COLT Model 1877 Lightning .38 Caliber Double Action Revolver
With the Longer 6” Barrel and the Ejector Rod!
Here we present an antique Colt 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver, made in 1890 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. Original nickel finish and fire blue accents on the small parts. The numbers match. The action is excellent in both double and single action. The bore is shiny bright and clean with sharp rifling. The rampant colt trademarked grips are in very good condition. A fantastic example of Colt’s first double action revolver!
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Barrel is 6 inches.
Caliber: .38 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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