This is a nice untouched example of a Colt Lightning rifle with lots of original finish. This one is 100% original and appears to be right out of the attic. Caliber 38-40. Standard 26" octagon barrel, full magazine, and crescent rifle style buttplate. Serial number is in the 48,000 range. Made in 1890. Original standard Colt sights include a semi-buckhorn rear and Rocky Mtn. style front w/German silver blade. Barrel has Colt Mfg address with 1883, 1885, and 1887 patent dates. Left side of the frame has the Rampant Colt or Pony logo that's perfect!
Overall condition grades to NRA Antique Excellent with most of the original finish intact on both wood and metal. The frame shows about 80% bright original blue that is mixed with some light specks of patina and closet rust. Barrel and magazine tube show approximately 85-90% original blue also mixed with some light specks of patina and scale from long-term storage. Most of the screws are excellent and still show considerable amounts of bright original fire blue. Hammer still shows 75% original case colors. The wood is near perfect with most of the original oil finish intact. Forend has very good checkering with nice German silver eyelets around the brightly fire blued screws. Stock has survived 118 years in great shape with just a few light handling marks. Perhaps a tad dark from many years of dirt and storage. Perfect wood to metal fit. No chips, cracks, or repairs. Action works fine. Only noteworthy remark I need to make is the same thing we've found on 9 out of 10 Colt Lightnings. Bore is in Fine condition with strong rifling and just a few minor spots of light pits. An exceptionally nice Colt Lightning rifle showing very little usage with a desirable octagon barrel.