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Colt Rifles

Colt is primarily known for their famed line of handguns, be it the 1911, the SAA, or the Snake series of revolvers. However, Colt has a history of producing rifles going back to 1855.

The Colt Model 1855 Revolving rifle was a combination of a revolver mechanism with a stock and longer barrel. The Model 1855 was used on both sides of the Civil War and served well in combat.

Colt later produced the Colt 1883 Burgess rifle. This firearm was their entry into the successful lever-action rifle market. The revolving rifle was a fine weapon, but the lever-action rifle was more dependable, quicker to load and cheaper to manufacture. Colt even produced a pump-action rifle known as the Lightning Rifle. Today, Colt produces numerous rifles for the military including the M4 carbine. They produce AR-15 rifles for civilian use and have remained a popular rifle brand in the AR-15 market.


Quick Facts

  • The Colt Revolving rifle was issued to men guarding the Pony Express lines
  • The Colt Lightning was heavily used by the San Francisco Police Department for a short period of time
  • Colt’s long history of military contracts continues today with an M4 contract

Recommended Items at Auction

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Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Burgess Lever Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $5,500- $7,500
$4,7500 Bids
Colt Model 1855 First Model Sporting Percussion Revolving Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1855 First Model Sporting Percussion Revolving Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $6,000- $9,000
$5,0000 Bids
Colt Alteration Robbins & Lawrence U.S. 1841 "Mississippi Rifle"
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Alteration Robbins & Lawrence U.S. 1841 "Mississippi Rifle"
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $5,000- $8,000
$4,5000 Bids
Colt Paterson Model 1839 Military Pattern Percussion Carbine
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Paterson Model 1839 Military Pattern Percussion Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $35,000- $55,000
$30,0000 Bids
Antique Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $4,500- $5,500
$4,0000 Bids
Antique Colt Medium Frame Slide Action Saddle Ring Carbine
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Colt Medium Frame Slide Action Saddle Ring Carbine
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,500- $5,500
$3,0000 Bids
Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $3,000- $4,500
$2,5000 Bids
Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,500- $4,000
$2,0000 Bids
Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
May 19, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Small Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,8000 Bids
A Colt Lightning pump action rifle, USA
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
A Colt Lightning pump action rifle, USA
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
A Colt Lightning Slide Action Carbine
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
A Colt Lightning Slide Action Carbine
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€3000 Bids
A Colt Lightning Pump Action, Medium Frame
May 15, 9:00 AM CEST
A Colt Lightning Pump Action, Medium Frame
by Hermann Historica GmbH
Est: €0- €0
€4000 Bids
Deluxe Colt Revolving Half-Stock Percussion Sporting Rifle
May 18, 9:00 AM CDT
Deluxe Colt Revolving Half-Stock Percussion Sporting Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $15,000- $25,000
$13,0000 Bids
San Francisco Police Marked Colt Lightning Medium Frame Rifle
May 17, 9:00 AM CDT
San Francisco Police Marked Colt Lightning Medium Frame Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $7,500- $11,000
$6,5000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Colt Rifles


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH