LETTERED Antique SHERIFF’S Model 1877 COLT Lightning ETCHED PANEL Revolver
SAN FRANCISCO SHIPPED .38 Colt Made in 1885
Here we present an antique Etched Panel Colt Sheriff’s Model 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver, made in 1885 in Hartford, Connecticut. The factory letter states that this revolver was one of a twenty gun shipment to N. Curry and Brothers of San Francisco, California and left the factory on April 8, 1885. 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 overall condition is near fine. Reflective original nickel finish preserved with nitre blue remaining on the back of the hammer and trigger. Robust, tight action in both single and double. Very bright bore with sharp rifling. Firm grips with average wear. Numbers match. Here is a superior Sheriff’s Model Colt 1877 Lightning that went to San Francisco, California in the 1880s!
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Barrel is 2-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Colt
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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