Rock Island Auction Company

Lot 3237: Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Carbine

Auction Date: December 5, 2021

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $6,500

Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Carbine

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning-Carbine
Type: Carbine
Gauge: 32-20
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 298
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 141
Class: Antique

This is an excellent example of a scarce medium frame Colt Lighting rifle in .32-20 caliber. These Colt rifles were never a large success and the survivability rates this condition are extremely low. It is estimated that only 89,777 total were produced with production ending in December 1898, indicating that this rifle was produced almost at the end of production. It has the desirable 26 inch octagon barrel and the top of the barrel is marked: "COLT'S PT.F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A./PATENTED MAY 29. SEPT 18. 83 MAY 22. 85 JUNE 15 86. FEB 22. 87" and directly in front of the receiver it is marked "32 Cal". The left side of the receiver has the large standing Rampant Colt logo, with the serial number on the lower tang and it is fitted with an adjustable semi-buckhorn rear sight with the German silver blade front sight. It has the standard straight grip walnut stock and forearm with a crescent buttplate. Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent with a 97% original blued finish overall with wear on the edges and high spots, some thinning on the magazine tube, underside of the trigger guard and lower tang area, and a few very minor scratches on the sides of the receiver. The hammer retains 95% bright case colors and the buttplate shows a smooth patina. The buttstock and forearm are near excellent and show evidence of an old light cleaning. Mechanically excellent.  

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