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Rebelpan 09-10-2013 03:32 PM

Colt 1878 DA
Looking for info on a Colt 1878 DA. It has a 3 1/4 in barrel, black rubber grips, nickel plated. Anyone know if Colt ever reproduced these?

hiwall 09-10-2013 06:36 PM


Anyone know if Colt ever reproduced these?
No I do not believe they did. They were too ugly to reproduce (like some people).

Rebelpan 09-10-2013 09:22 PM

Colt 1878
Well is this "ugly" gun worth anything? It is missing the lanyard ring. It's a 45 cal,the action is good,holds on single action and DA works good.

hiwall 09-10-2013 11:26 PM

I never said they were cheap:)
Way to many variables on a gun like that to give a price. Even with pics it would have to be quite a price range.
Let's say $700 to $2700 with the info we have to work with.

Bob Wright 09-11-2013 12:51 AM

The Model 1878 Double Action was never real popular as its double action cycling was atrocious, and when the New Service was introduced it surpassed the M8178 and folks never mourned its passing.

Its a pretty fair collector's piece now, and becoming more so.

Bob Wright

Rebelpan 09-11-2013 03:30 AM

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Yes it's not a very dependable pistol ,but I do like the way it looks(to each their own) and shoots. A lot different than my Colt SAA (44-40) but still fun.

Rebelpan 09-11-2013 03:32 AM

Sorry the picture came in upside down??

Bob Wright 09-11-2013 01:55 PM

It was an illustration in my first gun book, The Daisy Red Ryder Handbook, of a Colt 1878 Double Action that really set me off in search of handgun knowledge.

I thought I knew everything there was to know about guns, then there was this gun I couldn't identify. Took me a few years, but finally identified it, plus picking up a little more information along the way.

Bob Wright

Rebelpan 09-11-2013 09:11 PM

That's why I got this gun. A neighbor had this old colt to sell for his mother in law,she just wanted it gone.he showed it to me and I had no idea what it was,but the price was right. He thought it was a thunderer or a lightning but I told him it wasn't. It was fun trying to track down just what it was. It's got a 4 digit serial number (8xxx) that puts it between 1882 and 1883 if the website was right.

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