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    Colt Lightning rifle

    Hello,

    New member here. I am very interested in Colt lightning rifles. Hopefully people can help me get a better understanding of these rifles.

    My first question is on one of my Baby Carbines. It is an early model in 44-40. I am guessing by the serial number, it would of been near the end of the run on this type. Is that correct. Sorry for the lousy photos. Thanks for the help





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    It's referred to as a Medium frame. The baby was the small frame. It's of 1886 vintage and appears in very nice condition. The Lightning rifles started life in 1884..so yours would be at the beginning. Do some online browsing there's tons of neat info on them.
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    It is not a regular carbine, but a lighter weight baby carbine

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    Oh good! That's a treasure with the very short barrel! Here's a write up I had saved on them: The Colt Lightning Pump Action Rifles: Lightning in a bottle
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    Quote Originally Posted by LeverActionBill View Post
    Oh good! That's a treasure with the very short barrel! Here's a write up I had saved on them: The Colt Lightning Pump Action Rifles: Lightning in a bottle

    Thanks for a great link!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LeverActionBill View Post
    Oh good! That's a treasure with the very short barrel! Here's a write up I had saved on them: The Colt Lightning Pump Action Rifles: Lightning in a bottle
    Nice link!
    But as the owner of a couple of Lightnings, I say Colt did the smart thing when they decided (at Winchesters behest) to leave the rifle business to Winchester, Marlin, and Remington, and stick to the handgun business.

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    one sweet gun!

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    I noticed in the article there was a mention of the Lightning rifle made for the San Francisco Police Department. Here are some pictures of #12. As mentioned, only 401 of these were made for the SFP. Here is a link to more pictures.
    http://www.americanarmsandantiques.c...gs.php?id=1520










































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