VERY RARE EARLY 1880’S PRODUCTION 38 COLT MODEL 1877 DA “LIGHTNING” WITH 6” BARREL, NO EJECTOR “SHERIFF’S MODEL” RUBBER GRIPS, FACTORY LETTER
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Return Policy: 3 day inspection and return policy on used guns.
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The ejectorless Colt M1877 DA was extensively produced with 3-1/2” barrels (28% of total M1877 production) and with 2-1/2” barrels (8% of production). A few are known with 4-1/2” barrels and in other lengths, but seldom is a 6” barrel seen as made with no ejector. A total production of less than 100 of these 6” ejectorless models would be a good guess. The few known examples of this configuration seem to be from very early production, so the survival rate will also be small.
A Colt Factory letter states that #34607 was shipped 38 Caliber. 6”, Blue, Stocks Not Listed, To Hartley & Graham, NYC on Sept 30, 1882. The “Stocks Not Listed” entry simply means that the grips were of the standard type for the time (Hard Rubber).
The serial number 34607 appears on the frame, trigger guard, and backstrap. The rear of cylinder is faintly stamped 6, 0, 7 between the chambers. The front of the cylinder is stamped “H” by the factory inspector. By this time in production the serial numbers were no longer applied to the barrels. The barrel only has inspector “J” in the cylinder pin slot. That J barrel inspector has been seen on guns within the 16,000 to 68,000 serial range. The gate is not numbered and appears to be an old replacement. Gates were oil quenched to make them very hard. Some gates became brittle hard, and I have seen a dozen Colt SAA’s with gates snapped off where the rod joins it. So over 112 years ago, while the M1877 was still being produced, someone ordered this replacement gate. The hammer slot of the frame is stamped with the factory inspector “H” and a dot.
All markings are very distinct on this revolver, except for cylinder number and the etched “Colt D. A. 38” on the barrel. The patent dates, “38 Cal” on trigger guard, two-line barrel address, and main serial numbers are clearly stamped.
The mechanism works as it should, with all hammer notches sharp and audibly clicking the sear, providing reasonably tight cylinder lock-up, and with no hesitation in trigger return action. The bore has strong rifling with scattered areas of light to moderate roughness. The cylinder chambers are excellent and smooth, with the pictures showing some grease as applied after this gun was thoroughly cleaned.
This gun shows traces of original blue on the trigger guard, and on rear surfaces of the hammer and trigger. The balance is generally a smooth light-to-medium dark gray mottled patina. The cylinder pin is unusually nice, with distinctive knurling and no damage from plyer removal.
The grips are also unusually nice, and are undoubtedly replacements. These grips fit very well all around the straps and frame. There are no cracks or chips. Such nice grips definitely add to eye appeal and enhance the gun’s value.
The steel front sight on this revolver is in its original half-round configuration and normal height.
Fourteen High Resolution Photographs are included with this listing. All of the revolver’s surfaces have been covered, the major markings are presented, and the half-cock hammer position is also shown. Also included is a scan of the Colt Letter, which in itself is worth $150.
No FFL Required, can Ship Directly to purchaser.
No International sales. Not being sold as a shooter, but as a collector’s Colt M1877 DA. If you want to shoot any older gun, first take it to a competent gunsmith and have it checked out.
Three day inspection period, but please ask questions prior to buying (see additional notes on returns at bottom). Additional pictures sent on request. Contact me by email with request for pictures, or with questions. We can then also set up a phone call to discuss all details of this antique gun.
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I accept Bank Cashier’s Checks and Postal Money Orders. No personal checks or Western Union MO’s. Payment must be received within seven days after sale date, and sent by Priority Mail with Tracking Number provided by buyer. Shipping by USPS Priority Mail Insured (11" x 8-1/2" x 5-1/2" Priority Box) for $52.75 (and tracking number provided to buyer). Usually shipping occurs within 3 days after payment received.
Three (3) day Inspection and Return Policy: Only if returned Exactly as Received - Not Disassembled for Inspection, Not Tampered, Not Broken/Chipped/Scratched/Dented/Scuffed, or any Parts Switched. Any Original Documentation sent Must Be Returned with item.