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.
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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