Colt Revolver..A Thunderer? Issues...


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skidooman603
March 6, 2012, 11:14 AM
http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn48/gunnerlad/coltthunderer003.jpg

http://i301.photobucket.com/albums/nn48/gunnerlad/coltthunderer001.jpg

Hey guys..the revolver recently came to me. I have limited knowledge on Colt Handguns. Is this the Thunderer model? Says DA .38 on barrel. The issue with this piece seems to be the cocking mechanism. pull the trigger and it will pull back the hammer but not to firing position. Single action lock..no dice. What can you Colt Gurus tell me?
Thanks Gary

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rcmodel
March 6, 2012, 11:18 AM
The .41 was known as the Thunderer.
Yours is the 1877 .38 Lightening.

http://www.collectorsfirearms.com/admin/product_details.php?itemID=15085

http://www.collectorsfirearms.com/admin/product_details.php?itemID=19094

Broken lock-work is very common on them, and getting parts and someone knowledgeable enough to fix them problematic.

Then, they are just gonna break again sooner or later.
Probably sooner though.

I'd build a nice shadow box for it and hang it on the wall.

rc

skidooman603
March 6, 2012, 11:27 AM
Thanks RC...as always. Kinda what I figured as well...:(

Iggy
March 6, 2012, 11:51 AM
That Lightning would look pretty good in a shadow box.

http://i130.photobucket.com/albums/p246/Iggy25/Thunderer.jpg

This Thunderer was given to me by and old time train robber. It's functional but
it's found a home.

1858remington
March 7, 2012, 01:02 AM
These guns had a VERY delicate action and were prone to breakage even if the action was played with. From what I hear they are expensive to get working properly. A shadow box is a good place for these guns.

CraigC
March 7, 2012, 08:57 AM
Agree with the above sentiments but would want to be able to easily remove it from the shadow box every now and then to play with it. ;)

Remllez
March 7, 2012, 09:29 AM
Most shadow boxes I've seen have sliding glass making it easy to remove the piece for a little "fun time." The OP's revolver is a fine example of old world Colt craftsmanship never to be seen again in the firearms industry. A shadow box display is the perfect way to let others enjoy that revolver.

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