Make: Iver Johnson / Lightning Express
Model: American Bulldog / Lightning Express
Serial Number: 2127. This number is found on the left grip frame.
Year of Manufacture: 2nd Model ABD is a pre-1899 antique. The last few made were marked "I. J. 1898 Model"
Caliber: We believe .44 Webley. A .44 Russian seats in the cylinder but are too long.
Action Type: Single and Double Action Revolver
Markings: The top of the barrel is marked “Lightning Express”. The serial number is found on the left grip frame. There are no other markings.
Barrel Length: 4 ½”
Sights / Optics: This revolver is mounted with a trough rear sight. The front sight blade is missing.
Stock Configuration & Condition: The grips are checkered hard rubber. The checkering is strong. There are some minor nicks and dings present. The grips rate in about Very Good overall condition.
Type of Finish: Nickel
Finish Originality: All Original
Bore Condition: The bore is bright and the rifling is sharp and deep. There is very little sign of use and perhaps just some minor old fouling. The bore is unusually good for this type and age of revolver.
Overall Condition: This revolver retains about 80% of its metal finish. There is flaking and wear to the front of the cylinder and the lower front of the frame. There is wear on the cylinder pin which is worn down under the knurling. There is some scratching around the latch pin, on both sides of the frame. The hammer shows nice case colors and a little pinprick erosion. The Screw heads are sharp, showing minor use. The markings are clear. Overall, this revolver rates in about Very Good condition.
Mechanics: The action functions correctly, both single and double action. The lock-up is tight. We did not fire this revolver.
Box, Paperwork & Accessories: There is a period coat pocket holster provided. The front side of the holster is marked “J.E. May / 850 Cass St. / Chicago, Ill”. The back of the holster is marked “221 / 38”. The holster shows frayed edges and some finish wear and loss of stitching but there are no tears or cuts. This holster is in Fair to Good overall condition.
Our Assessment: This is a cool old revolver in a large caliber and existing in unusually good condition. The finish is good, the bore is good and the cylinder chambers show little use. Lightning Express was a trade name used by Iver Johnson from 1896-1930, and the gun resembles the American Bulldog, Second Model as seen in the Goforth book. This particular revolver is a very good example and will be a significant addition to any collection.
CA Legal or CA Private Party Transferable: This revolver can be transferred in California and is C&R eligible and can be transferred to a California resident as a private party transaction (PPT) at our shop in Simi Valley.
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