What are the chances that a Colt Lightning shipped in 1878 had factory Ivory?
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    What are the chances that a Colt Lightning shipped in 1878 had factory Ivory?

    I just purchased a Colt Lightning with serial number falling in the second year of production. It has one piece Ivory grips that fit perfectly and appear to have possibly been on the pistol since birth. How likely are they to be factory installed? There is no Colt letter with it.
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    I would order a letter.

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    For an 1877? Definitely get a letter

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdennis View Post
    I just purchased a Colt Lightning with serial number falling in the second year of production. It has one piece Ivory grips that fit perfectly and appear to have possibly been on the pistol since birth. How likely are they to be factory installed? There is no Colt letter with it.
    My early guns with One-piece ivory grips:
    #1046 38x3-1/2" Nickel, Colt letter says SNL, shipped 5/24/77.
    #2191 41x6" Nickel, No Eject, Colt letter says Ivory, shipped 10/4/77.
    #3527 41x6" Nickel, No Eject, Colt letter says Ivory, shipped 7/3/79.
    #6490 41x5", Nickel, W/Eject, Colt letter not requested.
    #6599 41x5", Nickel, Engraved, W/Eject, Colt letter says Ivory, shipped 5/9/78.

    Also, based on the first 21 years of production (39547 guns sampled) 939 had factory recorded ivory grips (slightly over 2%). Total prod at end of 1897 was 107,500.

    One final statistic; During 1877-79, 380 Colt M1877 DA's had Ivory out of 19,000 produced guns (Oh, and look at that! 2% Again).
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    Back then great pride and Craft was taken to make certain the grips were “book matched”. Ivory stock was more plentiful to do such.
    If the other side isn’t identical I’d put big money on No!
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    IMG_0057.jpg

    This is other side
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    That's an interesting holster. I like it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tdennis View Post
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    This is other side
    Seeing both sides of these grips, all I can say is that they look like a Colt product. I guess you know that the cylinder pin needs to be the 1" knurl type.

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    Yes, anyone have an original cyl pin for an 1877 without ejector rod?
    I just purchased and hope to get it the end of this week. Will order a Colt letter later today.
    tdennis

    Quote Originally Posted by victorio1sw View Post
    Seeing both sides of these grips, all I can say is that they look like a Colt product. I guess you know that the cylinder pin needs to be the 1" knurl type.
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    What about two piece? I would imagine not factory.
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