I have an 1877 model Colt Lightning that was manufactured in 1903 and I cannot seem to get a straight answer from anyone about if it can handle modern ammunition or not... HELP! Also, can somebody please tell me does it fire .38 LC or .38 short or what?
Without inspection and for your safety , it's not a good idea for us to say a 100 year old revolver is safe to shoot with any ammo .
I can say that if I owned an 1877 .38 mfg in 1903 that locked up tight and showed no signs of abuse , I'd probably fire it on occasion with modern "cowboy" loads .
I am planning on taking it to a gunsmith to get it into proper working order, that's for sure. I really just want to fire it at least once just so I can say I have. Thanks for the reply. I'll put some pics of it up.
Most gunsmiths won't work on a M-1877 Lightning ... the mechanism is quite difficult to deal with ... Try Ed Cox at Coltparts.com ... Lightnings are his specialty... Ed does good work as he has fixed a couple of mine... Try a websearch for another gunsmith that does lightnings if you want a comparison... I know my local smith won't touch them... Just my opinion ... Bob Best