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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

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ROSSI MODEL R92 .45 COLT LEVER ACTION RIFLE NIB
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ROSSI MODEL R92 .45 COLT LEVER ACTION RIFLE NIB
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Est: $500- $600
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Colt Lightning Slide Action Rifle, Caliber 32
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Colt Lightning Slide Action Rifle, Caliber 32
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Est: $500- $750
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Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
Jun 23, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Slide Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $2,000- $3,000
$1,8000 Bids
Colt Model 1883 Burgess Lever Action Rifle
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt Model 1883 Burgess Lever Action Rifle
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Est: $12,000- $18,000
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Colt-Sauer Sporting Rifle in .300 Win. Mag. with Scope
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Colt-Sauer Sporting Rifle in .300 Win. Mag. with Scope
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Colt Model 1855 Percussion Revolving Saddle Ring Carbine
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Est: $2,750- $4,250
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Colt/Fabrique Nationale The Coltsman Bolt Action Rifle
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Colt/Fabrique Nationale The Coltsman Bolt Action Rifle
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Est: $500- $800
$4500 Bids
A Colt Mod. Lightning
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A Colt Mod. Lightning
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Est: €0- €0
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Two Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Rifles
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Two Antique Colt Medium Frame Lightning Rifles
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $1,400- $2,250
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Antique Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Colt Lightning Medium Frame Slide Action Rifle
by Rock Island Auction Company
Est: $900- $1,500
$8000 Bids
1885 Colt Lighting 44-40 cal. Side Action Rifle
Jul 13, 10:00 AM CDT
1885 Colt Lighting 44-40 cal. Side Action Rifle
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Est: $4,000- $5,000
$2,0000 Bids
Antique Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle
Jun 22, 9:00 AM CDT
Antique Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle
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Est: $1,000- $1,600
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Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle
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Colt Lightning Small Frame Slide Action Rifle
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Est: $600- $900
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Sellers Who Sell Colt Rifles


Rock Island Auction Company

Rock Island Auction Company

Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Fontaine's Auction Gallery

Hermann Historica GmbH

Hermann Historica GmbH

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC

Affiliated Auctions & Realty LLC