"COLT MODEL 1877 LIGHTNING DA REVOLVER. SN 138865. Cal. 38 Colt. Blue & case colored with 4-1/2" bbl, half moon front sight with 2-line bbl address on top and caliber marking on left side. Left side of frame has 3-line patent dates and rampant Colt in a partial circle. Fitted with rampant Colt, hard rubber, birdhead grips. These little revolvers reportedly were favorites of outlaws & lawmen as "hideout" guns and was, reportedly, the model of revolver carried by Billy the Kid. CONDITION: Very fine to extremely fine. Bbl & ejector rod housing retain 95-96% glossy orig factory blue with a small chemical spot with fine pitting and muzzle edge wear. Cylinder retains 93-95% strong orig blue with some pin prick rust and a few scrapes around rear edge. Frame retains about all of its lightly faded case colors, brilliant in sheltered areas. Top & back edges of hammer and side and back edges of trigger retain about all of their glossy fire blue. Trigger guard retains 85-90% thin orig blue and back strap is a thin blue/gray patina with glossy bright blue at top. Right grip has a melted area at the toe and has a stress fracture inside and shows moderate wear and may be an old replacement. Left grip shows light wear. Mechanics are crisp, brilliant shiny bore. 4-32095 JR314 (2,000-3,000)"
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