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Original U.S. Colt Medium Frame .44-40 Lightning Magazine Saddle-Ring Carbine made in 1891 - Serial 57021

Regular price $2,795.00

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available.This is a most attractive Colt Lightning Magazine Slide-Action Saddle-ring Carbine, with a lovely Antique glow around it. The serial number 57021 stamped on the trigger guard indicates manufacture in 1891. The 20" round barrel is marked .44 Cal. on the left side of the chamber, indicating that this rifle is in .44-40 Winchester, a popular caliber of the time. It has a standard 2 leaf carbine sight, though the leaf has broken off. It also has a saddle-ring attached to the rear left side of the receiver.

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

PATENTED MAY 29. SEPT.18.83 MAY 26.85 JUNE 15.89 FEB 22.87

Stocks are in very good condition, with a great patina and the brown color of aged oiled walnut. Offered with a crisp tight action in fully functional condition. Metal work is good, worn to a nice aged gray patina. Barrel markings are fully legible. Bore is definitely worn, but lands and grooves are still visible,  with a partly dark finish.

Fully cleaned and ready for display!

More on the Colt Lightning Carbine:

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.


Year of Manufacture: 1891
Caliber: .44-40 Winchester
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 20 Inches
Overall Length: 37 Inches

Action type: Slide Action Repeater
Feed System: 12-round tube magazine

Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship to the United Kingdom. Please note that for international shipping, these MUST be shipped using UPS WW Services.

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  • Note: This gun is NOT considered obsolete calibre, so we are no able to ship these to the United Kingdom.

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