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I don't know the answer to your question, but your lightning is a real beauty, look's to be
in excellent condition for it's age.
 

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I don't know the answer to your question, but your lightning is a real beauty, look's to be
in excellent condition for it's age.
Thanks for that,yes it is,the picture doesnt show the true condition,case colors are near 100%, barrel blue is little thin, but rest of the blue is vivid,grips show no ware and still nice red in color.
 

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tony56: Did you see the pictures of my 1877 that I posted a couple weeks ago? I will post two of them again since our guns are so much alike.


Wow, no i did not see them, that a nice little lightning. my sn is just 200 from your's.wouldnt they make a nice pair.yours stayed in the state's and mine went across the atlantic to london town.thanks for posting again.
could you post a link so i can have a look at more photo's thanks.
 

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Here are a couple of Lightning/Thunderer's in 2 1/2, 3 1/2, 4 1/2 and 6 1/2" barrels....Jim



 

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Does anyone know how long colt fitted checkerd roswood grips to the 1877s. this is the only one ive owned.
shipped to london april 1878
The only information I can find in answer to your question is out of Peer's Book. Rosewood stocks were standard on Blue model 1877's through early 1881 then special order only since they were expensive to make and fit compared to the two piece rubber stocks.

Great looking 1877.
 

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Tony: That is a very good picture. I can see the British proofmark very well.
I would become more excited about collecting more of these small revolvers (as compared to SAA's) if I had not watched my favorite gunsmith try to repair several that would no longer function properly. He put a lot of work in on them to get a couple back in reasonable working order, just to have them returned by the owner after he took them out and shot them a few time. I still recall some of his comments when the guns were returned for re-repair. They are not easy to repair.
 

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Tony: That is a very good picture. I can see the British proofmark very well.
I would become more excited about collecting more of these small revolvers (as compared to SAA's) if I had not watched my favorite gunsmith try to repair several that would no longer function properly. He put a lot of work in on them to get a couple back in reasonable working order, just to have them returned by the owner after he took them out and shot them a few time. I still recall some of his comments when the guns were returned for re-repair. They are not easy to repair.
Yes i also watched a friend pull one apart to repair a spring years ago,apparently gunsmiths hate working on them.
 

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Great guns to all of you.
Yes they are a bear to work on, as most of us know they were called the watch/clock makers nightmare. But they are oh so pretty to look at. Plus like the New Army DA’s I’m working on now parts are tough to come by.
Anyone know where I can get parts for a Lightning/Thunderer & New Army/Navy DA .38, (other than Numrich) I would appreciate a shout at [email protected].
I bought my Lightning from Will Barsalow at [email protected]. All or some of the proceeds from his stuff goes into care packages for US troops overseas.
The photos don’t show it but the screws are fire blue.


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Woops! I guess I need some instruction. Either that or I like looking at the gun even it it is a photo. :bang_wall:
 
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