Colt M1877 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Colt M1877 was a double action revolver manufactured by Colt's Manufacturing Company from January 1877 to 1909 for a total of 166,849 revolvers. The Model 1877 was offered in three calibers, which lent them three unofficial names: the "Lightning", the "Thunderer", and the "Rainmaker". The principal difference between the models was the cartridge in which they were chambered: the "Lightning" being chambered in .38 Colt; the "Thunderer" in .41 Colt. Both models had a six-round ammunition capacity. An earlier model in .32 Colt known as the "Rainmaker" was offered in 1877.
I NEVER understood why it wasn't offered in .45 LC. Not strong enough ? ? ?
Until I read this.
Its early double-action mechanism proved to be both intricate and delicate, and thus prone to breakage. The design had a reputation for failure. Typically, this would reduce the revolver to single-action fire only. Because of the intricate design and difficulty of repair, gunsmiths disliked working on them. Gun Digest referred to it as "the worst double-action trigger mechanism ever made".
And, here we are, all the way around the horn and back to
Revolver Design !
I guess those design computers in 1877 were just a little bit too slow and unwieldy.