This example is one of the approximately 7,366 Model 1883 shotguns manufactured by Colt between 1883 and 1895; this shotgun was manufactured in 1895. Single white bead on the concave solid matte rib with single line Colt address. 2 3/4 inch chambers, choked modified/modified with extractor. Brown Damascus barrels and casehardened frame. "PATENTED/AUG. 22., SEP. 19. 1882" marked on bottom of action. Matching serial numbers on the lower tang, water table, barrel flat, and forearm hardware and wood. Light scallop border engraving on the action, trigger guard, and lower tang. Mounted with a checkered walnut forearm with ebony forend insert and pistol grip stock with a horn grip cap and checkered horn Rampant Colt buttplate and silver initial oval. Length of pull is 13 3/4 inch.
Fine. The barrels retain 50% thin original brown finish with almost all of the Damascus pattern showing. The trigger guard has a smooth gray patina. The receiver retains 40% original bright case colors with a smooth silver gray on the balance. The wood is fine with almost all of the original varnish remaining and showing a few small shallow gouges on the right toe and scattered minor dents, dings and scratches. The checkering remains crisp. The markings are clear. Mechanically excellent.
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