Gun Specifics:

  • Range of serial numbers: 1 – 89,900
  • Date of manufacture: 1887 to 1904
  • Total production: Approx. 89,900
  • Length of barrel: Rifles 24 inches. Other barrel lengths available on special order.
  • Caliber: .22 short & long rimfire
  • Address: ‘COLT’S PT., F.A. MFG. CO. HARTFORD, CT. U.S.A.’ plus Patent dates
  • Weight: Rifles with octagonal barrels 8 pounds 12 ounces. Standard carbines 7 pounds 8 ounces.

Colt Lightning Magazine Small Frame Rifle

Small Frame

The small frame Colt Lightning Magazine Rifles were produced from 1887 to 1904. They were chambered for 22 Caliber and accepted long, short, or a combination of long and short cartridges. The small frame had basically the same slide action as the medium frame but with internal differences in construction and loading. The brass loading gate extends through the forward part of the receiver and is pushed to the right side in order to insert the cartridges into the magazine. The barrel markings are the same as on the later model of the medium frame. Standard barrels were twenty four inches, either round or octagon, but many special order options were available. Butt plates were made of hard rubber with the Rampart Colt Trademark. Total production was approximately 89,000 in a range separate from medium and large frame models.

More Colt Lightning Magazine Small Frame Rifle

The re-classified Colt Pocket Model 1865 of Navy Caliber percussion revolver or Pocket Navy was previously known to collectors as the "Model of 1853" or the "Model 1862 Pocket Navy". It is now more correctly termed as the heading or as the "Pocket Model of Navy Caliber" or merely "Pocket Navy."

The small frame Colt Lightning Magazine Rifles were produced from 1887 to 1904. They were chambered for 22 Caliber and accepted long, short, or a combination of long and short cartridges. The small frame had basically the same slide action as the medium frame but with internal differences in construction and loading.

The first model of the Colt Lightning Magazine Rifles and Carbines with a slide action was a medium frame and was produced in 1883. This model is easy to identify, as it has no dust cover and is fitted with a safety bolt locking device that is operated with a lever in a slot in the forward part of the trigger guard.