Colt M1877 "Thunderer", "Shopkeeper's Model", .41 Long Colt
The M1877 was Colt's first attempt at a double-action cartridge revolver, and it was about four years ahead of Smith and Wesson. It is a very unique design, different from the European revolvers of the same era, and different from the S&W design four years later. This is the quintessential "Western" revolver, with the side-mounted, spring loaded extractor, loading gate and fluted cylinder. The gun was made from 1877 to about 1909, and this long production run says something about its popularity! In Canada only those .41 LC guns with serial numbers below 107,000 are considered antique.
This specimen is in excellent condition, with 90% original nickel, flaking lightly around the muzzle, backstrap, and on the cylinder. The grips are excellent, without cracks or missing chips, and no visible wear. The markings are sharp, the etched panel is excellent, and there remains some blue on the trigger and screw heads. The action is crisp and tight, and the cylinder locks up properly. Fine, bright bore with sharp rifling, all matching numbers. 3 1/2 inch barrel, made in 1880, SN 24479, rated Excellent overall.

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