Colt-Burgess Lever-Action Rifle
Courtesy Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming
Represented Colt's only attempt to compete, with Winchester, for lever-action rifle market. It is said when Winchester started to produce revolving handguns for prospective marketing, Colt dropped the Burgess from its line. Chambered for .44-40. Has 25.5" barrel and 15-shot tubular magazine. Carbine version has 20.5" barrel and 12-shot magazine. Finish blued, with case colored hammer and lever. Stock is walnut, with an oil-finish. Colt Hartford address is on barrel and "Burgess Patents" stamped on bottom of lever. There were 3,775 rifles manufactured—1,219 with round barrels and 2,556 with octagonal barrels. Also, 2,593 Carbines. Burgess was produced from 1883-1885.