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Colt Lightning Carbine

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Colt Lightning Rifle (Uberti reproduction) - .38 Special

The Colt Lightning Carbine (also called the Colt Lightning Rifle; not to be confused with the Colt Lightning revolver) was a slide-action or pump-action rifle manufactured by Colt from 1884 to 1904, and was originally chambered in .44-40 WCF. Colt eventually made the Lightning Rifle in three different frame sizes to accommodate a wide range of cartridges, from .22 Short and .38-40 WCF to .50-95 Express. Its profile somewhat resembles the pump-action rimfire rifles made by the Winchester Repeating Arms Company and Remington Arms. The Colt Lightning Carbine saw use as a sporting arm in America and was adopted for use by the San Francisco Police Department, but was never as popular or as reliable as the various lever-action rifles of its day.


(1884 - 1904)

  • Type: Rifle
  • Caliber(s): .22 LR, .32-20 WCF, .38-40 WCF, .44-40 WCF, .38-56 WCF, .50-95 Express
  • Barrel length(s): 26 in (66 cm)
  • Capacity: fixed tubular magazine; capacity varied based on caliber and length
  • Fire Modes: Slide-Action/Pump-Action

The Colt Lightning Carbine can be seen used in the following films and television shows:


Title Actor Character Note Date
For a Few Dollars More Col. Mortimer 1965


Show Title Actor Character Note / Episode Air Date
Gilligan's Island Bob Denver Gilligan nickel finish, in wall-mounted gun rack / "The Sound of Quacking" (S01E07) 1964

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