Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 1288: Special Order Colt Large Frame "Express" Lightning Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Special Order Colt Large Frame "Express" Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $1,800 - $2,750

Special Order Colt Large Frame "Express" Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning-Express
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 45-85-285
Barrel: 23 3/4 inch part octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 365
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1888. The top barrel flat is marked with the standard two-line address and caliber marking on the upper left at the breech, Rampant Colt on the left of the frame, and serial number on the lower tang. Fitted with German silver blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights. Mounted with a finely figured checkered slide handle and smooth straight grip stock with a crescent buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Good, retains traces of the original blue finish, primarily on the magazine and sheltered areas of the receiver, with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina with a few scattered patches of very light surface pitting. The barrel and magazine have been shortened to their current lengths. The finely figured period replaced non-factory wood is very good with some scattered minor dings, scratches, and chips. Mechanically fine.

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