Original U.S. Colt Medium Frame .44-40 Lightning Pump Action Magazine Rifle made in 1891 – Serial 27396


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Original U.S. Colt Medium Frame .44-40 Lightning Pump Action Magazine Rifle made in 1891 – Serial 27396

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. This is a most attractive Colt Lightning Magazine Slide-Action Rifle, with a lovely Antique glow around it. The serial number 27396 stamped on the trigger guard indicates manufacture in 1888. The 26″ Octagonal barrel is marked .44 Cal. above the chamber, indicating that this rifle is in .44-40 Winchester, a popular caliber of the time. It features a nice “Buckhorn” rear sight, with the classic front sight.

The top of the barrel is marked with the manufacturer information, which is clear:

+ ELLIOT’S PATENTS MAY 29.1883. SEPT. 18.1883. +

Stocks are in very good condition, with a great patina and the reddish-brown color of aged oiled walnut. Offered with a crisp tight action in fully functional condition. Metal work is good, showing no signs of major restoration, showing a lovely antique patina. The barrel markings are fully legible. The bore is partly bright with clear lands and grooves, with light wear and oxidation. We often see these close to shot out, so still having clear rifling is a rarity.

Fully cleaned and ready for display!

Year of Manufacture: 1888
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge

Length: 26 Inches
Overall Length: 43 Inches
Action type: Slide Action Repeater
Feed System: 15-round tube magazine 

More on the Colt Lightning Rifle:

The Colt Lightning Magazine Rifle was a slide-action (pump-action) rifle manufactured by Colt from 1884 to 1904 and was originally chambered in .44-40 caliber. Colt eventually made the Lightning Rifle in three different frame sizes, to accommodate a wide range of cartridges, from .22 Short caliber and .38-40 to .50-95 Express. Its profile somewhat resembles the pump-action rimfire rifles made by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Remington Arms. The Lightning saw use as a sporting arm in America and was adopted for use by the San Francisco Police Department, but was never as popular or as reliable as the various lever-action rifles of its day.

The medium-frame Colt Lightning Magazine Rifle was manufactured between 1884 and 1904. It was the first slide-action rifle offered by Colt. Colt records indicate 89,777 were produced, in .32-20, .38-40, and .44-40 as a companion arm to the Colt Single Action Army revolver. Two versions were offered: a rifle with a 26 in (66 cm) barrel and 15-round magazine, and a carbine with a 20 in (51 cm) barrel and 12-round magazine.

NOTE: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are not able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services. International customers should always consult their country’s antique gun laws prior to ordering.


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