Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3253: Colt Large Frame Express Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Auction Date: June 7, 2020

Very Fine and Desirable Colt Large Frame Express Lightning Slide Action Rifle in Highly Desirable .50-95 Express

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $7,500 - $11,000

Very Fine and Desirable Colt Large Frame Express Lightning Slide Action Rifle in Highly Desirable .50-95 Express

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 50-95 Express
Barrel: 26 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 1451
Item Interest: Very Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 110
Class: Antique
Description:

This rare Large Frame Colt Lightning Magazine Rifle was manufactured in 1892 and is chambered for the powerful .50-95 Express cartridge. Only 6,496 Large Frame Lightnings were manufactured compared to nearly 90,000 each of the Medium and Small Frame versions. This impressive rifle features a nickel-silver "knife blade" front sight, adjustable sporting rear sight, the two-line patent marking on top of the barrel, "50-95-Ex." on the left at the breech, the Rampant Colt trademark on the left side of the frame, a tang mounted Lyman peep sight, checkered forearm, and smooth buttstock with crescent steel buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very fine with 80% original blue finish, strong original case colors on the hammer, fading mostly on the buttplate and magazine tube and generally light wear. The wood is also very fine and has smooth oiled finish, crisp checkering, and mild handling wear. Mechanically excellent.



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