Original U.S. Colt Model 1878 Double Barreled 12 Gauge Hammer Shotgun Serial 21744 - made in 1887

Item Description

Original Item: Only One Available. We just received this lovely example out of an antique firearms auction. This is a very nice example of the Colt Model 1878 Hammer Shotgun, with lovely 30 inch long Damascus laminated steel barrels. The serial number 21744 is stamped on the bottom of the barrel assembly, the top of the action in the hinge joint, and on the metal fitting of the fore stock, indicating production in 1887, close to the end of this models production life. It is in the very popular 12 gauge chambering, and looks to have seen moderate use, with the bores rating about 7 out of 10.

Both lock plates are correctly marked Colt's Pt. F. A. Mfg. Co. in lovely ornamented print. The only other markings are some stamps on the bottom of the barrel assembly. The gun is in very good condition shape, and bores are clear, with some oxidation peppering. The standard top lever pushed to the side, opening the chambers for reloading. Removing the fore stock allows the barrels to be removed from the receiver.

Shotgun functions well, the ejector presents, and both locks work correctly. As this is a hammer shotgun, there is no half cock position, as the hammers are normally not even touching the firing pins when fully forward.

The stocks on the shotgun are quite lovely, especially the butt stock, which has a checkered "pistol grip" design, and shows some lovely curl to the grain. There are no dents or other major damage that we can see. The fore stock also has lovely checkering, and an inlaid ebony diamond at the front. There is some missing wood on the sides, typical for a shot gun of this age.

Already over 130 years old and still in very good condition, ready to display!


Year of Manufacture: 1887
Caliber: about 18.4mm 12 gauge / bore 
Cartridge Type: Centerfire Cartridge
Barrel Length: 30 Inches with about 3" long Chambers

Overall Length: 47 Inches
Action type: Side Action Locks with External Hammers
Feed System: Top Break with Top Lever

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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