Colt Lightning

Discussion in 'Firearms Gallery' started by 22lrfan, Apr 13, 2018.

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  1. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I performed another pawn shop rescue yesterday. I guess I'm just to nice. I can't stand the sight of an unloved, old timer languishing in the rack at a pawn shop. At their age they deserve better than that. This one is a Colt Lightning in .32-20 made in 1897. Most of the finish is gone but she has no pitting. Shot a few rounds through her this afternoon with no problems. With a 26" octagon barrel this thing is heavy. The recoil feels like a .22.

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    Colt Lightning '97 c.JPG That's a scratch on the stock, not a crack.
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    Here she is with her older big brother, an 1896 Lightning in .38-40.

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    And here she is with more .32-20's. I got some .32-20's loaded so I plan to shoot them all this weekend.

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  2. phillipd

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  3. Quickeye

    Quickeye Vietnam&PersianGulf Wars MSGO Supporter

    Good catch!!
     
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  4. DEADEYE 1

    DEADEYE 1 Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Nice gun. They are out there, just don,t find them every day.
     
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  5. TwangBanger

    TwangBanger Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Learn something new on this forum everyday. I had no idea Colt even MADE rifles back in the day.
     
  6. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    They made the Lightning in a small, medium and large frame size. Small was .22 rimfire. Medium was pistol caliber cartridges, .32-20, .38-40 and .44-40. Large was rifle calibers. I think the largest caliber made was .50-90. I would love to find one of those.
     
  7. Mesquite

    Mesquite Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    The Colt 32-20 revolver was one vr1967 spotted a elderly gentlemen wearing to church recently if i recall right.
     
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  8. TwangBanger

    TwangBanger Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    I always thought the Lightning was a revolver.
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  9. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    Yep. Colt made a pair of revolvers called the Thunder and Lightning. Thunder was .44 caliber. Lightning was .38. They had a very fragile action. They say that if you find one that's not broken it getting ready to break. I've seen a half dozen or more in pawn shops and none have been operational.
     
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  10. Jeff700

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    Nice classic stuff....what a collection!

    Really like the Marlin with the tang sight
     
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  11. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    It's a Marlin Model 1889 made in 1890. I love the tang sights. Got them on several of my old timers. I would love to have one for the Lightning but when they show up on eBay they usually sell for several hundred dollars.
     
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  12. Jeff700

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    Are the bores decent in those rifles?

    I would like to have a 73 Winchester SRC, but good condition, all original examples are out of my league! I sold a 44-40 El Tigre a few years ago that I wish I had back.
     
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  13. 22lrfan

    22lrfan Distinguished Poster MSGO Supporter

    None of the bores are mint but they are all shootable with plenty of rifling. It's hard to find on old, black powder gun with a mint bore.
     
  14. Jeff700

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    That's true, I'd say they are good if they have plenty of rifling and are shootable.
     
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  15. Joe S.

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    Unbelievable. All I ever see on racks in pawn shops anymore is shot guns and bolt actions. If I do luck up and find something of interest to me it is just a boring old Marlin or Winchester 30-30
     
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  16. HerrZnk

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    Very nice. Such finds are why I insist on trolling the pawn shops.
     
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  17. HerrZnk

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    I just trolled an Ithaca 37 16gauge that was so new we had trouble with the grease getting the barrel off. No one wanted that odd gauge. He he he
    Keep your eyes open guys, there are acorns out there (for us blind pigs).
     
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