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Belgian Colt 1877 lightning ???????

Discussion in 'Firearms Research' started by Kingson, Jun 14, 2006.

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  1. Kingson

    Kingson Member

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    I'm trying to find info on this revolver that I just picked up. It looks just like a colt model 1877 lightning, but it doesn't say colt anywhere on the gun. On the cylinder it has 3 Belgian proof marks. One is a crown and below it in a circle it has E then
    LE and they used that proof since 1893. Another one is a crown with a L below it. There is another mark but I can't make it out. There is a 1 stamp on the front (I belive that it is the serial# because there is a 1 stamped on the under side of the barrel and a 1 stamped on the front of the frame where the cylinder rod goes.)

    On the barrel is stamped 38 Cal. on the right hand side almost under the ejector housing there is a proof mark of a crown with a R under it and one other that I can't make out. On the underside it is stamped "Belgium".

    It came with one colt grip with the horse on it and one grip with a deer or stag on it Under the left hand grip in the butt is stamped HT.

    Just wondering if anyone has some info on this gun and what it might be worth. Thanks
     

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  2. Jim Watson

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    Wow, why would anybody bother to copy a Lightning?
    I never saw or heard tell of one, maybe an expert will come along.
    With a picture of a Colt before me I can see that the ejector rod button is too prominent, the base pin is not contoured, there is a projection on the back of the trigger, the topstrap is squared off over the barrel, trigger guard runs all the way to the front of the frame, none of which is just like the Colt. But it is a pretty close copy otherwise, indicated by it taking a real Colt grip panel.
    I have no idea of dollar value, maybe somebody collects period fakes.
     
  3. Kingson

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    Maybe "just like" is the wrong word, lets say almost like a Colt :) . One of the grips is a little to wide because they woun't screw together.
     
  4. Jim K

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    Belgian gun makers had a long tradition of producing copies, licensed and unlicensed, of just about any gun that came along. Their copies of Colt percussion revolvers are noted (or notorious) as "Colt Brevetes" because many were marked "Brevete" (patented). I confess that while I was aware of Belgian copies of the Colt percussion guns and the Single Action Army, I had not seen any copies of the 1877 model. Thanks for the education.

    Jim
     
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