Fine 1899 COLT LIGHTING .22 S/L SLIDE ACTION Rifle Octagonal Barrel C&R
Fabulous Small Game or Target Rifle!
Here we present a Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle in .22 Rimfire Short or Long, made in 1899, 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 fairly successful, but never approached the numbers that Winchester’s lever action were able to achieve. This specimen is chambered in .22 rimfire, a very light and handy cartridge for hunting small game or just going out to do some plinking.
The overall condition is fine. Original blue and case colors (on the hammer) preserved. The Rampant Colt trademark remains clear on the left side of the frame—this is many times worn out as it was a finer marking. Nice 24-inch octagonal barrel balances very well. Smooth slide, excellent action. Reflective bore with good rifling. Solid, smooth stock. These are a bit harder to find in this kind of condition due to use, so don’t hesitate on this one!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire Short or Long
Overall condition as seen in photos.
Very Fast. Very Safe. FREE SHIPPING. Will need to be sent to your local FFL or C&R licensee. This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
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