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Colt Root 44cl x 24" Sporting Rifle
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This is a fine example of a very desirable Colt sporting Revolving Rifle only 250 were made with 24" barrels. These rifle have a root-type side hammer, 5-shot fluted cylinder, ratchet-type loading lever and three leaf rear sight with graduations for 100, 300 and 600 yards.The top of the frame in the sighting grove is stamped "COL. COLT HARTFORD CT. U.S.A.". The left side of the frame is marked "COLT'S PATENT" in a curve over "NOV. 24th, 1857". The cylinder has the 1850 patent stamped on one of the flutes. Matching numbers on buttplate and frame and iron lower tang/trigger guard . The left side of the trigger guard is stamped with 44cl. Full length forearm with brass tip and straight grip stock with the buttplate having a sliding trap. There is a sling swivel on the rear barrel band and a sling swivel base on the lower tang. Please note ramrod damaged.