New From Navy Arms: Replica Colt 1884 Lightning Rifle

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Last year, Navy Arms partnered with Winchester and Turnbull and released an outstanding Miroku-made replica of the Winchester 1873 lever action rifle.  Public reaction was strong, and for this reason Navy Arms decided to expand the line up to include additional models, including a replica of the Colt 1884 Lightning pump action rifle . . .


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The rifle is made by the Italian firm Davide Pedersoli, a company known for their high-quality replica firearms. For this run, Pedersoli adds stocks made from hand-selected, Grade 1 American Walnut, and includes checkering at the wrist and forend.

The guns are then shipped to the United States, where the receiver and metal furniture are bone-charcoal color case hardened, and accented with nitre blued screws and a high-polish blued full octagonal barrel. Sights are a semi-buckhorn rear and gold-bead dovetail front sight. The upper tang is also drilled and tapped to accept the Marble Arms peep tang sight.

According to Navy Arms, there version of the Lighting “has a unique coil-spring extraction system that ensures fast, high ejection of spent cartridges. Unlike other maker’s systems that have proven to be troublesome to shooters.”

The Navy Arms Lightning Available in both 20″ and 24″ and in both .45 Colt and .357.

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Navy Arms has also partnered with Winchester Firearms and the Buffalo Bill Center of the West to re-create a limited edition deluxe version of the Winchester “Centennial Model” 1873 lever-action rifle.  Details of this firearm are available here, but I will share a few of the pics I took of this rifle at the 2016 SHOT Show:

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Courtesy Joe Grine

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Courtesy Joe Grine


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  1. avatar anaxis says:


  2. avatar Mark N. says:

    1860(?!?) Colt Lighting? The gun was introduced in 1884. It was originally chambered in .32-20, .38-40 and .44-40. Uberti makes a version, but it’s not as pretty. Bet it costs a lot less too (although it sells for $1300).

    1. avatar Joe Grine says:

      Oops. Correction Made. Not sure why I was thinking 1860. Derp.

      1. avatar George Brennan says:

        I have a Pedersoli Lightning rifle in 44-40. Do you know what Marbles Tang sight would fit on the Lightning?
        Do you know what the spacing was on the screws in the tang?

        Thanks for any information you can give me
        George Brennan

  3. avatar Mike says:

    Why not 44?

    1. avatar John L. says:

      Looks like they have another one, a Winchester 1892, due to come out this year that’s chambered in .44 Magnum:

  4. avatar Kendahl says:

    Interesting possibility for Cowboy Action matches provided it’s reliable. I just looked at the Navy Arms web site. For $2,500, the rifle better be reliable!

  5. avatar jwm says:

    I used a Savage pump .30-30 a couple of times in my youth. Short, light and with an action that my favorite shotgun used, pump.

    These copies are no doubt well made. But are they too pretty for a knock around woods gun? The savage I used belong to an uncle and it was his “truck” gun. With all that implies. Every time he would issue and a pocket full of shells to me and tell me to get lost for a while I always checked the sights to make sure they hadn’t been knocked off or horribly bent rattling around in his truck.

    1. avatar bontai Joe says:

      The ones in the photos sure are pretty, but too pretty to use? I don’t think so. Guns are tools, meant to be used. I remember seeing photos of rich guys hunting in Africa with expensive attractive guns. Many of us poor folks cringe at getting a scratch in something pretty, but it’s the dings and scratches that create the patina and stories of past hunts. I couldn’t buy a Ferrari and not drive it, or a Rolex and not wear it, so all but one of my guns was bought to shoot. Yeah, I did buy one strictly as an investment, but it’s hard to look at it and not touch it.

  6. avatar Kapeltam says:

    I’d love a pump rifle in .357 magnum with a nice, short, 16 inch barrel.

    1. avatar Swarf says:

      For, say, $700.

  7. avatar Tom in Oregon says:

    Oh. My. Gosh.
    That is stunningly beautiful.
    I’m gearing up to make some knife handles with color case hardening. I hope it looks half that good.

    1. avatar Joe Grine says:

      Make me one! Please?

  8. avatar MD Matt says:

    If you want a less expensive version, my whife has the taurus rossie thunderbolt for I think $600 street.
    It is an excellent firearm and shoots like a dream.

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