This model is famous as Colt's only attempt to compete head to head with Winchester in the lever action rifle market, but that competition was quickly cut short after less then two years of production, reportedly due to an agreement between Colt and Winchester to stay out of each other's respective markets. Colt may have also simply decided to focus their attention on their distinctive Lightning rifles. Regardless of the reasons, the Burgess was arguably superior to the contemporary Winchester Model 1866, 1873, and 1876 rifles; the action was shorter and more refined than the comparable Model 1873. A total of just 3,775 rifles were manufactured in 1883-1885, 2,556 with octagon barrels and 1,219 with round barrels. This rifle has a blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, the two-line Colt address and patent marking between Maltese crosses on top of the barrel, the Rampant Colt trademark on the left, and a smooth stock and forearm with attractive grain and standard rifle cap and buttplate (compartment empty). Provenance: The Milan J. Turk Collection
Very good. The crisp barrel and magazine tube retain streaks of original blue finish, otherwise faded to a brown. The remaining metal surfaces have a mixed brown-gray patina with strong traces of blue remaining on the lower tang. The revarnished wood is also very good with minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.