British London proofed .22” short Colt Lightning pump action rifle.


British London proofed .22” short Colt Lightning pump action rifle. Slab sided lightening action with brass sliding loading gate to the front has chequered spurred hammer to the rear and action dust cover to the top. Walnut shot gun straight hand stock with hard plastic butt cap embossed with Colt rampant lion motif. Screw retained chequered pump forend with tube magazine to the underside of the barrel. Round barrel with replacement British pattern BSA rear sight (elevation adjustment element missing) is engraved to the top COLTS PAT F.A. MFG CO HARTFORD CT USA over patent dates. Made from 1887 to 1904 the small frame Colt Lightening was a popular but short lived rifle chambered either for the .22” Long round or less commonly the then still popular short .22” as is this rife. Designed for plinking and small game / vermin shooting the Colt is a reliable and accurate rifle with some such as this being imported by Colts London agent for sale in the UK and so London proofed. In fair / good condition with good bore and mechanics, small chip out of the forend and a replacement English BSA sight to replace the original crude Colt standing V sight fitted at the factory, the tang drilled and cupped to allow the fitting of a BSA type aperture rear sight. A scarce early Colt rim fire sold on the UK market during the reign of Victoria.

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