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1898 Antique COLT LIGHTING Slide Action .22 Rifle Pump Action Rifle Made in 1898
1898 Antique COLT LIGHTING Slide Action .22 Rifle
Pump Action Rifle Made in 1898
Here we present an antique Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle in .22 Rimfire, made in 1898, 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 good. The walnut stock shows handling and remains solid. The bore is dim with thin rifling. The action remains strong.
Own the original! This is a legitimate antique and not a reproduction.
Barrel is 24 inches.
Caliber: .22 Rimfire
Overall condition as seen in photos.
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