LETTERED Antique COLT Model 1883 Hammerless 12 Gauge Double Barrel SHOTGUN
Made in 1890 with Damascus Barrels w/ Special Order Flat Matte Rib
Here we present an antique Factory Lettered Colt Model 1883 Hammerless Double Barrel Shotgun, manufactured in Hartford, Connecticut in 1890.
The Model 1883 was made from 1883 to 1895, with approximately 7,360 manufactured. These double barrel shotguns were often custom made to order and fitted with Damascus barrels from 28 to 32 inches in length.
According to early sources, “The Hammerless Model 1883 ranks among the best grade doubles produced in the entire American arms trade. The limited number completed, and the great pains devoted to handling specific orders from often fussy shooters means that a considerable degree of quality and variety is evident in the Model 1883 series.” This shotgun was considered one of the finest guns money could buy in its day, and this one features a checkered stock and light engraving. The barrel address is “COLT’S PT F A MFG CO HARTFORD CT USA”. The underside of the frame is marked “PATENTED/AUG.22 SEPT.19 1882”.
The Colt factory archive letter lists this shotgun as having 30-inch 12 gauge barrels, blue finish, a wood stock (walnut), a weight of 8 pounds, Grade 1, and a special order feature: a flat matte rib. It was shipped to France and Thiel on August 6, 1890.
The overall condition is very good. Original Damascus pattern on the barrels and blue finish. The actions are excellent. The bores are in good condition, clean and reflective with light texture throughout. Numbers match. The walnut stock shows wear and remains solid. A nice Colt 1883 shotgun with a letter!
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Barrels are 30 inches.
Caliber: 12 Gauge
Chambers: 2-3/4 inches
Chokes: Modified/Improved Modified
LOP: 14-1/8 inches
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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