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Show me some of your 1877 Lightning, Thunderer’s and Rain Makers. Might be interested in buying some also.

Also does anyone know if any 2 digit exists anywhere for sale? Thanks!
 

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A nice set of Model 1877 Colts you have there! I especially like the ones with the stag grips. I only have one at the moment, but I think it is a very special one! It is an 1877 "Lightning" made in 1883 but it was rebuilt by gunsmith George Matthews in 1953 as a .22 rimfire. He lined the cylinders and barrel, reworked the inner bits, changed the grip from birdshead to SAA style and added ivory grips. To finish things off, he case hardened the frame and blued the cylinder, barrel, ejector housing and the grip frame. A picture of this gun is in the 1969 volume of the Guns and Ammo Annual as part of an article about Mr. Matthews work. The action works quite nicely in both single and double action! The holster was made by Ed Buffaloe in Texas.

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I'm a gonna wait for Russ to post the one he picked up at Tulsa, with the original box! Come on, Russ!
 

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This 1877 was in the first shipment of ivory gripped 1877's from the factory. It is serial number 404 and was shipped with 5 others to Kittredge. So far no other guns from that shipment have surfaced. The grips are solid one piece ivory. Paul at Colt Archives confirmed that this was the very first shipment of Ivory gripped 1877's. See his comments below:

Alright — I had a little ‘extracurricular activity’ time today. The first shipment (that I was able to find) to Kittredge was 2/24/77, so yours is not the first shipment. Appears yours is in the 2nd shipment to Kittredge on 3/15/77. As far as the first ivory one, it’s the first shipment of 1877’s with ivory stocks that I could find.

Paul Szymaszek
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Wow, some amazing 77s!
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