c1882 Antique COLT Model 1878 FRONTIER .45 Long Colt DOUBLE ACTION Revolver
With Upgraded Adjustable Front & Rear Sights!
Here we present an antique Colt Model 1878 Double Action Revolver, made in 1882 in Hartford, Connecticut. It is often referred to as the “Frontier” or the “Double Action Army” revolver. The Model 1878 was designed by William Mason, Colt’s factory manager and Charles Brinckerhoff Richards, Superintendent of Engineering.
The 1878 Double Action Frontier was a much larger and more reliable version of the Model 1877 Lightning and Thunderer, Colt’s first double action revolvers. 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.
The overall condition is very good. Patina throughout. The action is excellent. The bore is clean and sharply rifled. The walnut grips are in nice shape. This one has a very neat set of adjustable sights that were installed at some point. The rear sight is a rifle-style buckhorn with an elevation ladder. A great example of some period gunsmithing!
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Barrel is 7-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .45 Long Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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