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Lot 1279: Colt Lightning Large Frame Slide Action Rifle in .45-85-285

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

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Estimated Price: $2,500 - $3,750

Colt Lightning Large Frame Slide Action Rifle in .45-85-285

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning-Express
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-85-285
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 295
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 136
Class: Antique
Description:

Despite an exceptional design, faster rater of fire than lever actions, and the Colt reputation for quality firearms, the Colt Lightning rifles were nowhere as successful as the already well-established Winchester lever actions, and Colt only manufactured approximately 6,500 of these large frame "express" rifles from 1887 to 1894. This example was manufactured in 1893 and has a German silver blade front sight, the two-line address and patent marking ahead of the elevation adjustable sporting rear sight, "45-85-285" on the upper left flat at the breech, the serial number on the lower tang, the Rampant Colt trademark on the left side of the receiver, multi-point checkered forearm and smooth straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Very good, retains 30% of the original blue finish with the balance having thinned to mostly a smooth grey patina with some scattered patches of rough darker oxidation. The wood is also very good with some minor dings and scratches, a short hairline crack near the upper tang, and otherwise mostly crisp checkering on the slide handle. Mechanically excellent.



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