c1888 COLT mfr. LIGHTNING Slide Action RIFLE .32-20 WCF Winchester Antique
Pump Action Rifle Made Circa the Late 1880s
Here we present an antique Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle in .32-20, made circa 1888, in Hartford, Connecticut. This was Colt’s entry into the pistol caliber rifle and carbine market, which was absolutely dominated by Winchester at this time. Pistol caliber rifles were instrumental in the hands of those settling the West, as they were able to carry one type of ammunition to feed both their long gun and their sidearm. It also enabled a rifle to be stoked with the maximum number of cartridges, sacrificing power for capacity, useful when outnumbered at close range. The Colt Lightning was successful, but never approached the numbers that Winchester’s lever actions were able to achieve.
This example is chambered in .32-20 WCF, a very light and handy cartridge for hunting small game yet more knock down power than the lighter .22 calibers.
The overall condition is near fine. Original finish. The action is excellent. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The walnut stock shows use and remains solid.
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Barrel is 25-3/4 inches.
Caliber: .32-20 Winchester Center Fire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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