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Lot 1290: Colt Lightning Large Frame "Express" Slide Action Rifle

Auction Date: December 4, 2021

Colt Lightning Large Frame "Express" Slide Action Rifle in .38-56-255

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

Colt Lightning Large Frame "Express" Slide Action Rifle in .38-56-255

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning-Rifle
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 38-56-255
Barrel: 28 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 417
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 138
Class: Antique

Manufactured in 1888, just one year after the introduction of the Large Frame Lightning rifles and the .38-56 Winchester cartridge. The latter is best suited to black bear and small game unlike the larger "Express" calibers of the Large Frame line. This example has a German silver blade front and elevation adjustable notch rear sights, the two-line address and patent marking on top of the barrel, "38-56-255" on the left at the breech, the Rampant Colt trademark on the left side of the frame, and is mounted with a replacement, multi-point checkered, hard rubber forearm and smooth straight grip stock with a hard rubber shotgun buttplate.

Rating Definition:

Good, retains traces of the original blue finish, primarily in sheltered areas, with the balance mostly a smooth grey patina speckled with brown. The replacement hard rubber slide handle is very good with some minor handling marks and crisp checkering. The modified wood is good with a few hairline cracks and minor handling marks. Mechanically excellent.

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