Despite an excellent overall 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 1887, the first year of production for the Large Frame rifles, and has a German silver blade front sight, the two-line address and patent marking ahead of the elevation adjustable sporting rear sight, "40-60-260" 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.
Good, showing a mix of brown and grey patinas some scattered patches of very light surface pitting, and some heavier pitting on the buttplate. The refinished wood is also good with some scattered minor dings and scratches, and a couple hairline cracks and minor chips near the upper and lower tangs. Mechanically excellent.
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