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Revolver - Colt Lightning, 1883 Object Reg. No: ST 024314

Colt 1877 Double Action Lightning centrefire revolver, cal. .38 in., rifled round barrel 113 mm (4 1/2 inch) long with right hand side rod ejector.

Made by Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut. Serial number 31904, 1883.

Used at the Australian Army's School of Infantry, Seymour, Victoria.
ix chambered long fluted cylinder, locking notches on rear cylinder face rather than outer surface, solid steel frame with light case hardening colours still visible, steel rounded trigger guard with good original blueing, steel back strap, two-piece chequered wooden grips. Blade front sight, loading gate on right hand side. Serial number suggests a production year of 1882. Two-line Colt address stamped on barrel. British proofmarks stamped on cylinder and under barrel at cylinder end. Missing left hand backstrap screw into frame and central lock ensembly screw on left hand side.

Good original blueing on barrel with light corrosion.
Acquisition Information:
Donation from Australian Army, 1957
Discipline: Technology
Dimensions: 12.70 cm (Height), 3.20 cm (Width), 22.80 cm (Length)
Dimension Comment: Barrel length 11.30cm (4 1/2 in)

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Tagged with: revolvers american
Themes this item is part of: Colt Firearms in Colonial Victoria, 1850-1900, Arms Collection, Samuel Colt, Gunmaker (1814-1862), Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co., Gunmakers, Hartford, Connecticut, USA
Primary Classification: ARMS & ARMOUR
Secondary Classification: Firearms
Tertiary Classification: handguns
Inscriptions: Stamped on barrel: COLT'S PT. F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD CT. U.S.A./ DEPOT 14 PALL MALL LONDON
Stamped on cylinder with British proof marks
Stamped on barrel with British proof marks
Etched on barrel L.H.side: COLT D.A.38
Stamped on L.H. side of frame: PAT. SEPT 19, 1871./ PAT. SEPT 15, "74/ PAT. JAN. 19, "75
Stamped on L.H. triggerguard triangle: 38 CAL

Serial No. -
Triggerguard: 31904; Frame: 31904; Butt: 31904; loading gate stamped 911.
Model Name/Number: 1877 Double Action (DA) Lightning
Manufacturer: Colt's Patent Fire Arms Manufacturing Co, Hartford, Connecticut, United States of America, 1883
User: School of Infantry, Australian Army, Seymour, Victoria, Australia, 1930s-1950s

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