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Lot 122: Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Outstanding Documented Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action .44-40 Rifle with Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Lot 122: Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle

Outstanding Documented Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action .44-40 Rifle with Factory Letter

Auction Date: December 9, 2022

Estimated Price: $20,000 - $35,000
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Outstanding Documented Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action .44-40 Rifle with Factory Letter

Manufacturer: Colt
Model: Lightning
Type: Rifle
Gauge: 44 WCF
Barrel: 26 inch octagon
Finish: blue
Grip:
Stock: walnut
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Serial Number:
Catalog Page: 122
Class: Antique
Description:

Offered here is one of the finest Colt Medium Frame Lighting Rifles we have had the pleasure of cataloging. A true crown jewel in Colt collecting! These rifles saw hard use and are rarely found in this high condition. The Medium Frame was the first of the Lighting type slide action rifles Colt produced, and these rifles shared chamberings with the factory's legendary SAA and Model 1878 DA revolvers. This made carrying ammunition for both your rifle and your revolver simple and allowed an individual to be ready to defend themselves against man or beast in a variety of tough situations. Colt proclaimed, "Nothing was faster than lightning!" These capable rifles have a short pump action that allow for quick follow up shots. One trick was to hold the trigger and pump the action for "lightning" fast shots. The accompanying factory letter for this extraordinary example confirms the 26 inch octagon barrel in .44 caliber, blue finish, and "wood" stock. The letter also states the rifle was shipped on May 23, 1889 and shipped to Hibbard, Spencer, Bartlett & Co. of Chicago, Illinois. This shipment was for ten units. The rifle is fitted with a beaded German silver blade front sight, an elevation adjustable rear sight, and a folding tang peep sight. The top barrel flat is stamped with the two-line Hartford address/patent dates legend ahead of the rear sight and "44 CAL" at the breech. A Rampant Colt is stamped on the left side of the receiver. The pump handle features multi-point checkering. The plain straight grip stock is fitted with a crescent buttplate. Provenance: The Tom Selleck Collection

Rating Definition:

Excellent. The receiver and bolt retain 97% bright original polish blue finish with some extremely light thinning visible on the lower tang. The barrel and magazine tube retain 98% plus original blue with some lacquer around the front sight and the slightest handling marks. The buttplate retains 40% original blue finish with a smooth brown patina on the balance. 60% original niter blue remains on the loading gate. Nearly all original case colors remain on the hammer. The wood is also excellent with very limited handling marks and crisp forearm checkering. Mechanically excellent. An exceptional Colt Medium Frame Lightning Rifle that will be a stand out piece to even the most advanced collection. A must have for the serious Colt collector. This Lightning .44-40 Rifle will be hard, if not impossible, to improve upon!



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