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Old February 16, 2002, 10:23 AM   #1
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ID SA Colt??

A friend got hold of a Colt that we are trying to ID. It is a single action revolver, appears to be .38 cal with a 5 1/2" barrel. On the barrel it has Colts Pt F.A. Mfg Co Hartford CT USA. On the side of the frame below the cylinder it has Pat. Sep 19 xx, Sep 5 xx, Jan 19 , 75.
It has a Bisley type round butt with what appear to be hard rubber grips. It was nickle plated but most is worn off. It came with a holster which appears to have a stainless steel belt loop and appears to be very old. Need ID and value.
Any help will be apppeciated
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Old February 16, 2002, 11:46 AM   #2
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I am posting two Colt Revolvers that sound similar to that which you describe. Do either of them look like the Revolver you have?

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Old February 16, 2002, 11:48 AM   #3
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This is the 2nd Colt-2

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Old February 16, 2002, 01:37 PM   #4
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It is more like the first. It isn't a SAA. The frame is smaller and the grip is more like a bird's head than a Bisley. Maybe I can get a photo.
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Old February 16, 2002, 03:01 PM   #5
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Based on the patent dates, caliber, size, and round butt, you have a Colt Lightning. It is a gate loading, rod extracting double action with a superficial resemblance to a SAA. They are notoriously fragile mechanically, so yours might very well be out of order to where it would not function double action.

I 'm not going to guess on the value, but in the condition described, it won't be great.

Oh, yeah, made from 1877 til 1912.
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Old February 16, 2002, 03:41 PM   #6
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It IS single action. It has the loading gate and ejector rod, but it is single action.
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Old February 16, 2002, 05:14 PM   #7
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I have looked at a bunch of photos on the web and it surely looks like the Colt Lightning. I didn't really examine it but I sure thought it was single action. I will have another look Monday.

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Old February 17, 2002, 05:56 AM   #8
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Maybe you looked at it with the hammer cocked?

Does this look more like it?

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