Fine 1902 COLT 1877 “LIGHTNING” .38 REVOLVER .38 Colt Double Action Revolver Made in 1902!
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Category: Colt Revolvers - Lightning -
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Fine 1902 COLT 1877 “Lightning” .38 REVOLVER
.38 Colt Double Action Revolver Made in 1902!
Here we present a Colt 1877 Lightning Double Action Revolver in .38 Colt, made in 1902 in Hartford, Connecticut. 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 Model 1877 was offered in three calibers, which lent them three unofficial names: the "Lightning", the "Thunderer", and the "Rainmaker". Neither "Lightning" nor "Thunderer" were Colt designations, nor used by the factory in any reference materials. Both terms were coined by Benjamin Kittredge, one of Colt's major distributors. The principal difference between the models was the cartridge in which they were chambered. The "Lightning" being chambered in .38 Long Colt and the "Thunderer" in .41 Long Colt. Both models had a six-round ammunition capacity. An earlier model in .32 Colt known as the "Rainmaker" was offered in 1877.
The overall condition is very fine. 98% of the original blue finish remains with just that blemish on the left side of the barrel. The case colors are vibrant. The markings are clear. The numbers match. The trademarked hard rubber grips are in great shape. The bore is bright with sharp rifling. The action is excellent. A better example would be difficult to find at this price!
This firearm is classified as a Curio & Relic.
Barrel is 4-1/2 inches.
Caliber: .38 Colt
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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