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POTD: Poking Holes in Clouds Since 1877

POTD: Poking Holes in Clouds Since 1877 – Colt Rainmaker

Welcome to as we speak’s Photograph of the Day! Right here now we have one of many rarest Colt double-action revolvers. This can be a Colt 1877, however the factor that makes it uncommon is that it’s chambered for the .32 Colt cartridge. Its extra appreciable and rather more widespread brothers are dubbed the “Lightning” – which is a .38 caliber revolver – and the “Thunderer” – which was a .41 caliber revolver. This little .32 Colt 1877 is lovingly named the Rainmaker. Out of roughly 166,849 Colt 1877 double-action revolvers, solely 200 Rainmakers have been produced. Final 12 months, I had the good pleasure of seeing one on the Cody Firearms Museum in Cody, Wyoming. The Mannequin 1877 as a complete had a kind of tumultuous manufacturing run and as we speak is considered a little bit of a mechanical folly.

“This instance is marked with the 2 line Hartford deal with on the highest of the barrel and “COLT D.A. 32” on the left facet. The body is marked with the three line patent info on the left. The matching serial quantity is marked on the body, set off guard, and again strap. “8” and “94” are on the rear cylinder face. The meeting quantity “174” is on the loading gate. It’s outfitted with a spherical blade entrance sight, body groove rear sight, no ejector, and a pair of checkered Rampant Colt grips. The revolver is available in a fitted hardwood case with navy blue lined inside. The case has a 13 spherical cartridge block, compartment with a “TAYLOR” marked key, oiler, screw driver, and cleansing rod.”


Lot 331: Colt 1877 Revolver 32 Colt – Scarce Cased Colt Mannequin 1877 .32 Colt Caliber “Rainmaker” Double Motion Sheriff’s Mannequin Revolver. (n.d.). Rock Island Public sale Firm. {photograph}. Retrieved July 31, 2022, from

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