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Lot 116: Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Light Baby Carbine

Auction Date: August 26, 2022

Desirable Documented Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Light Baby Carbine with Factory Letter

Price Realized:
Estimated Price: $4,500 - $7,000

Desirable Documented Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Light Baby Carbine with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning-Carbine
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44-40 WCF
Barrel: 20 inch round
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
Item Views: 569
Item Interest: Active
Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 136
Class: Antique
Description:

This "Baby Carbine" was manufactured in 1893 and slimmed down by Colt to weigh approximately 5 pounds 10 ounces rather than the 6 pounds 4 ounces of the standard carbines. These lighter carbines were manufactured in much more limited numbers than the standard rifles and carbines during the Medium Frame Lightning's 1884-1902 production run. They would make excellent guns for stalking through the woods or traveling on horseback. It has a small block front sight, the two-line address and patent marking on top of the tapered barrel ahead of the notch and folding ladder rear sight, "44 Cal." to the left at the breech, the standard Rampant Colt trademark on the left side of the frame along with a saddle ring, a checkered pump handle, smooth buttstock, and carbine buttplate. The accompanying factory letter confirms the "Baby Carbine" configuration with a 20 inch barrel in .44 caliber, blue finish and "wood" stock. The letter also states the carbine was shipped to Hartley & Graham, New York City on March 1, 1893. This shipment was for 10 guns. Provenance: The Wilmer Kellogg Collection; Property of a Gentleman

Rating Definition:

Fine, retaining 60% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. The reoiled wood is also fine with some minor dings and scratches. Mechanically excellent.



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